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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Obituary Index, St. Louis Public Library, Missouri


The independent city of St. Louis is located at the middle of Missouri’s eastern border. The St. Louis Public Library offers an obituary database and other resources on its website. First click on the Reference & Research link and then on the Genealogy link to open a new page with the obituary database links.


The St. Louis Obituary index was compiled from the death notices, burial permit listings, and obituary articles found in the St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper. The obituary index currently contains names from the St. Louis Post Dispatch for the years 1880–1930, 1942–1945, 1960–1969, and 1992–2009. There are more than 750,000 records in the database.


Click on the ‘Obituary search’ link to access the search page. You can search the database by last name and/or first name. If you know the deceased’s birth and/or death date you can enter the information into the ‘b’ and ‘d’ search fields. The data fields in the search results include full name, newspaper title, the first date of publication on which the death notice or obituary (year/month/day) was published, and page number. If there is a burial permit, that data follows the newspaper information. You can also browse through the obituaries year by year. Click on the ‘Obituaries by year’ link to open a page with links to the records by year. Click on the year link to open a new page. Then click on the first letter of a surname to view a list of all individuals whose names begin with that letter.

Click on the Gateway Family Historian link to view and read issues of the Gateway Family Historian newsletter, a publication of the St. Louis Public Library.


Index for the Obituary and Death Notice Collection at the Adair County Historical Society, Missouri


Adair County is located in northeast Missouri. Kirksville is its county seat. The Adair County Historical Society has made an obituary and death notice collection available on its website. The index comprises more than 35,000 names. The obituaries and death notices have been extracted from the Kirksville Daily Express, Kirksville, Missouri, and cover the period from March 1979 through December 31, 2010. Some records fall outside that date range, particularly some older ones published in the Unionville Republican. A detailed description of the index’s contents can be found on the database search page. The alphabetical by surname index includes the surname and given name for deceased individuals, plus the volume and page number of the death record. Copies of obituaries and death notices can be ordered from the Adair County Historical Society for a fee.

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