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Obituaries and Death Notices

Saint Paul newspapers, 1849 - present

See newspapers available on microfilm at Central Library.

For early dates, each page of newspaper must be checked, as a death notice could appear anywhere. Headings to look for include "Deaths," "Obituaries," "Funerals," "Died," or as one or two lines in a column reporting an accident.

Beginning around 1910, death announcements are typically found at the beginning of the classified advertisements. Sunday newspaper death announcements were not in any standardized place.

If the date of death is unknown, you may be able to determine a date using:

Indexes & Online Newspapers

Pioneer Press and Dispatch indexes - available at Central Library

  • 1967-1980 - A cumulative name index is available.
  • 1967-1971 - Check the annual index under the heading "Obits." These names are not included in the microfiche cumulative names list.
  • 1981-1996 - Check the yellow "names" section of the annual index.

Pioneer Press online archive

  • 1988 - 1992 - News article obituaries only (prominent persons or newsworthy deaths).
  • 1993 - present - Paid death notices are included.

Saint Paul Globe

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Copies of Obituaries or Death Notices

Copies of Death Certificates

The Saint Paul Public Library does not have death certificates in its collection. To obtain copies of death certificates, contact:

Ramsey County Health - Vital Records

  • Death records from 1997 to present for the entire state of Minnesota
  • Death records from 1870 to present (approximately) for Ramsey County

or

Minnesota Historical Society Death Certificate Index

  • Copies of death certificates and cards, 1904-2001