Finding Obituaries

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Public Libraries usually keep copies of their local newspapers, and many own microfilmed collections. Contact individual libraries for more information. The Idaho State Archives owns the state's largest collection of Idaho newspapers on microfilm. It loans its microfilms (exceptThe Idaho Statesman) to other libraries through inter-library loan. A list of holdings is available online. The University of Idaho Library maintains a large collection of Idaho newspapers on microfilm. It is the only library that loans The Idaho Statesman on microfilm to other libraries. McCall Public Library keeps clippings of obituaries from Valley, Adams, Washington, and Latah counties.

THE IDAHO STATESMAN ON MICROFILM

The following libraries each own copies of the Idaho Statesman newspaper on microfilm:

IDAHO NEWSPAPERS ONLINE

Several newspapers publish current obituaries online as well as, in some cases, an online archive:

FINDING A DATE OF DEATH

OBITUARIES

  • 1865 to 1919: The Idaho State Archives owns several obituary indexes covering a wide range of dates and newspapers, including an index to obituaries that appeared in The Idaho Statesman and other selected Idaho newspapers from 1865 to 1919. None of these indexes are available online; patrons must call or go to the library.

  • 1957-present: Boise Public Library maintains an index to obituaries and death notices that appeared in The Idaho Statesman from 1957 to the present. It is arranged alphabetically by last name and includes the date the obituary or death notice appeared in the newspaper.

  • 1893 to 1912: The Idaho State University's Oboler Library keeps an index to marriage, birth, and death notices that appeared in the Pocatello Tribune from 1893 to 1912.

  • McCall Public Library keeps clippings of obituaries from Valley, Adams, Washington, and Latah counties. The library currently owns about 1300 clippings.

OBITUARY SEARCH SERVICES

Some libraries will search their local newspapers to find obituaries for patrons. Each library's policy varies - some charge fees - so you'll have to contact the library directly for specific information regarding policy. Libraries need to know the full name of the deceased before they can search for an obituary.

 

Last updated: November 13, 2014 - 1:17pm by farrit