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The Daily Genealogist: Various Library Databases: Obituaries and Birth Notices

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Altoona Public Library, Pennsylvania
The city of Altoona is located in central Pennsylvania in Blair County. Its county seat is Hollidaysburg. The Altoona Public Library's Digital Library contains two databases of interest to family history researchers. Scroll down to the Databases section and click the Our Databases tab.
 
The Obituary database is an index to obituaries that appeared in the Altoona Mirror between 1929 and the present. The index can be searched by last name, maiden name, or first name. The data fields are last name, first name, middle name, maiden name, descriptor, date of publication, and page number. Copies of obituaries may be ordered from the library for a nominal fee.
 
The Birth Notices database is an index to birth announcements found in the Altoona Mirror. The database may be searched by the child's first and last name and date of birth; mother's first, maiden, or married name; and father's first and last name. The data fields in the database include last name, first name, father's first name, father's last name, mother's first name, mother's last name, mother's maiden name, date of birth, and date the announcement appeared in the paper.
 
Lincoln Public Library, Massachusetts
The town of Lincoln is located in Middlesex County in eastern Massachusetts. The Lincoln Public Library has made an obituary database available on its website. Click the Digital Collections link and choose Obituary Database from the drop down list. The information was extracted from three local newspapers: The Fence Viewer (9/17/1959-12/26/1974), The Concord Journal (7/11/1974 - 12/31/1984), and the Lincoln Journal (1/1/1985 on). The database can be searched by name or date. The data fields in the database are last name, first name, date of death, and obituary. The information in the obituary field is newspaper title, date of publication, and page number. The results returned are in alphabetical order by surname. Click on the See Next (#) to move through the list of records found.
 
Elkhart Public Library, Indiana  
The city of Elkhart is located in northern Indiana in Elkhart County. Goshen is its county seat. The Elkhart Public Library has made an obituary database available on its website. Click the Genealogy & Local History link and select it from the drop down list. The Obituary database is an index to obituaries that appeared in the Elkhart Truth from 1921 to the present. The database is a work in progress with new obituaries being added on a regular basis. The index can be searched by first and/or last name and maiden name. Searches can be limited by date. The data fields in the search results are name, obituary date, location (section/page), date of death, and date of birth. Copies of obituaries may be ordered from the library for a small fee.
 

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