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Spotlight: Miscellaneous Databases for Kentucky, Mississippi, and Louisiana

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Owensboro Area Obituary Index, Kentucky

Owensboro, the seat of Daviess County, is located on the Ohio River, about one mile from the Indiana border in northwestern Kentucky. The Daviess County Public Library has made the Owensboro Area Obituary Index available on its website. Indexing began in 1977. It is a work in progress with data being added on a daily basis. Access is free to all, but to enter the site you will have to go through a security process to ensure you are not a rogue computer program.


The database has been divided into three time periods, depending on the amount and type of data abstracted: 1842–1919, 1920–1989, and 1990–present. Indexes for pre-1920 deaths provide a complete abstract of the vital data in each article. The database indexes obituaries from 46 counties in Kentucky and eight in southern Indiana. Additional (extensive) notes describing the pre-1920 Obituary Index have been provided for the researcher in the description of the database.


For the period 1842–1919 and 1990–present the data fields in the detailed results include name, obituary date, age, birth date, birthplace, death date, death place, cemetery, cause of death, survivors, and comments. Click on the name link to view them. For the period 1920–1989 the data fields include name, obituary date, age, birthplace, and death place. Click on the name link to view them. A number of different newspapers have been published in Owensboro. A two-letter abbreviation in the source field indicates the name of the eighteen newspapers from which the information was extracted. The comments field includes vital and biographical information, page numbers, cross references to other articles, sex of the deceased if not noted or it is ambiguous, age detail, and other descriptive information such as race, employment, residences, military service, accomplishments, and more.


Using the simple search form you can search by name and date. With advanced search you run three types of name searches—soundex, like or starts with. You can run a date field search by a year, month and year or a range of dates. You can search the other non-date field categories by keyword. When searching for a phrase use quotation marks for the best results.


Pike County Marriages, Mississippi

Pike County is located in southwestern Mississippi on the Louisiana border. Its county seat is Magnolia. The Pike County Circuit Clerk’s office has made a marriage license index available on its website. The earliest marriages included are from July 1882. The database can be searched by groom’s name, bride’s name, marriage date, book/page number and file number. The search results include a file number link, name (groom or bride) and marriage date. Click on the file number link to open a detailed record page. The detailed record includes file number, recorded date, book/page number, groom information, bride information and ceremony information.


Marriage Indexes, Caddo Parish, Louisiana

Shreveport is the seat of Caddo Parish, located in the northwest corner of Louisiana. The Caddo Parish clerk’s office has made marriage indexes available to the public on its website. Click on the Online Marriage Indexes link on the main page to open the Marriage Indexes page. Then click on the link of the same name on the Marriage Indexes page to access the search page.


Please be advised that you must use Internet Explorer in order to view the images; however, the parish’s web imaging program is not compatible with the new Internet Explorer beta. It will not work properly with browsers such as Firefox or Netscape. You can view the abstracted information with any web browser.

The indexes start with February 6, 1919. The index can be searched by last name, first name of the groom, bride or bride’s maiden name, or by book and page number. Searches can be limited by date. The data fields in the index include groom’s name, bride’s name, bride’s maiden name, date filed on, date married on, and book and page number.

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