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Spotlight: Obituary Indexes, Texas and Arkansas

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Burnet County Genealogical Society, Texas


Burnet County is located in the Texas Hill Country, in the central part of the state. Its county seat is Burnet. The Burnet County Genealogical Society has compiled and made obituary indexes for the period from 1876 through 1910 available online. This project is a work in progress, with more years being added as they are completed. The indexes are organized by year and are alphabetical by surname. The data fields in the index include the name of the deceased, age, city of residence / resident of, newspaper title, and the date of publication of the obituary. A check mark has been included in the publication date field if the genealogical society has a printed copy of the obituary in its collection.


McKinney Public Library, Texas


McKinney is located in northeastern Texas. It is the county seat of Collin County. The McKinney Public Library has made a number of vital record indexes available on its website. The files are in Microsoft Excel. The data has been extracted from local newspapers. There are two birth, engagement, and marriage indexes, covering the period from 1980 to 1989 and 1990 to 1991. The data fields include last name, first name, type of record, date of publication, and page number. There are four alphabetical obituary indexes. They cover 1884 to 1989, 1990 to 1999, 2000 to 2009, and 2010 on. The data fields for the earliest index are last name, first name, title, maiden name, newspaper, date(s), and page(s). For later databases the data fields include all of the above except for newspaper title.


Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library, Arkansas


Pine Bluff, which is located in central Arkansas, is the county seat of Jefferson County. The Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library has made an obituary database available on its website. They have indexed all deaths and obituaries in Jefferson County newspapers in the library’s collections. Records in the index date back to 1866. It should be noted that there are gaps in the collection to 1899. The database includes the following newspapers: Pine Bluff Commercial, Pine Bluff Graphic, Pine Bluff News, Pine Bluff Press-Eagle, and White Hall Journal, as well as some little-known publications such as The Pine Bluff Dispatch, The Negro Spokesman, The Jefferson Republican and The Weekly Echo. Obituaries from the Pine Bluff Commercial and the White Hall Journal continued to be added to the database as they are received.


This database is searchable by name (surname, full name, or even nickname) or by name and year. Up to 1,000 records will be displayed in the search results at a time. Data fields in the initial search results include name, date of the obituary, and the source. Click on the name link to access a record that also includes the page number on which the obituary appears. Click on the Request Photocopy link to learn how to obtain a copy of an obituary from the library for a fee.

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