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Obituaries and Death Notices: Home

Information on finding obituaries and death notices -- in library resources, from other agencies, and online.

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


Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Copies of 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 catalog as Minnesota - Biography

Minnesota & St. Paul Biography Clippings - Indexes early newspapers, Ramsey County History, Grand Gazette, Minnesota 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.