Obituaries and Death Notices

Obituaries & Death Notices

Saint Paul

Saint Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch

Indexes available at the George Latimer Central Library.

  • 1967 - 1980: A cumulative name index is available.
  • 1967 - 1971: Check the annual index under the heading "Obits." The 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 included online.
  • Searchable archive (with photos) dating back to 2002 is available on the Pioneer-Press/ website.

Saint Paul Globe


Print index covering 1971-1986 available at George Latimer Central Library

Online archive: coverage from 1986 to present. Paid obituaries index starting in 2003.

Minneapolis Tribune 1867 - 1922: available from the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub.

Searchable index (with photos) dating back to 2001 is available on the Star-Tribune website.

Copies of Obituaries or Death Notices

Minnesota Historical Society - Obituary Request Service
Search services for obituaries and death notices appearing in Minnesota newspapers. Fees apply.

Tips for Locating Obituaries or Death Notices

If a date of death is unknown, determine a date with:

Searching Saint Paul Newspapers, 1849-present

For early dates, each page of the 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. In the Sunday newspapers, death announcements were not in any standardized place.

More Resources

Vital Records
Information on obtaining copies birth, death, and marriage certificates.

Items cataloged as Saint Paul (Minn.) - Biography

Items cataloged as Minnesota - Biography

Minnesota & St. Paul Biography Clippings - Indexes early newspapers, Ramsey County HistoryGrand GazetteMinnesota History, and other reference materials. Available at the George Latimer Central Library.

Index to Biography File Clippings -- (also known as "the morgue"). Covering 1910 - 1945. Clippings from the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch newspapers.

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