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Virtual Reference Desk: Obituaries, Death Notices & Genealogical Resources

Cleveland Area

  • Cleveland News Index: Includes the former Cleveland Necrology File which contained "death notices published in the following newspapers: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - 1850-1975, The Cleveland Herald - 1833, 1847-1848, 1876, 1878-1879, The Cleveland Press - 1941-1975" and the News Index which provides death date and a reference to where obituary appeared for the Cleveland Press, 1976-1983, and the Plain Dealer, 1976-2014 courtesy of Cleveland Public Library. You can search both indexes or select a subset.
  • Death Notices & Guest Books: Recent Plain Dealer full-text obituaries.

Cleveland State University Library Resources

  • Ebsco eBook Collection: Accessible on campus or remotely with library pin number. You can search for genealogy books by subject. You can search for other materials in the Scholar catalog.
  • New York Times (1980- ): National and international news, photo- and video-journalism, and other multimedia. This resource updates on a 24/7 basis. Access requires individual account creation. Limit a search by Document Type to obituary.


  • Explore billions of historical records. Search for a deceased ancestor in historical records to uncover vital information from their life.
  • New York Times Obituaries (Current online)
  • Obituary Central: The headquarters for finding obituaries and performing cemetery searches.

Genealogical Resources from Other Libraries