With over 150,000 tombstones in local county graveyards and nearly 700,000 obituaries published in local newspapers since 1837 we are only providing links to online indexes. Some information is on our People pages with occasional links to published obituaries at Funeral Homes. FamilySearch declared 2014: The Year of the Obituaries so more obituaries may eventually be available online.
Obituaries, like all things online, are subject to existing copyright laws. Generally anything published prior to 1923 is in the public domain and anyone is allowed to re-publish. The problem with obituaries is who owns the copyright? Did the deceased write it before they died? Did the family, a funeral home, or newspaper employee write the obituary? That answer and the date published determine who, if anyone, owns the copyright.
The Legal Genealogist is a great resource for genealogy and the law. Judy G. Russell has many blogs on Copyright and genealogy. For obituary copyright information read her blog: Copyright and the post-1963 obit posted September 13, 2012 and Copyright and the obit - A society’s transcriptions raise questions posted on September 12, 2012 by Judy G. Russell.
There is an Index to tri-state obituaries (Indiana-Ohio-Michigan) from the Fort Wayne journal gazette ... book at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Funeral Home Records, Fort Wayne, Indiana on ACGSI.org is a compilation of funeral record index information from C. M. Sloan & Sons Mortuary Records, 1903-1974, Tom Mungovan Funeral Home Records, Peltier Mortuary Records 1874-1938, Wellman's Funeral Home Mortuary Records 1917-1964 and others.
Online Obituary Indexes
- Allen County Obituary Index, 1837-2018 is a two part index with over 700,000 records from local Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio from Fort Wayne newspapers available on microfilm at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The results page states:
Copies of specific obituaries may be ordered by emailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info with the complete citation as found in the index. Cost is $2.50 per obituary, billed at the time of mailing. Response time is typically 4-6 weeks. Your complete name and mailing address must be included with your request.Allen County Genealogical Society of Indianavolunteers continue to review old newspapers for obituaries missed by earlier volunteers as well as adding the typical 20 to 50 new daily newspaper obituaries to The Genealogy Center Index. Includes names from multi-volume books: Obituary records as found in Fort Wayne, Indiana newspapers.
- Evangelical Messenger Obituary Index also at the The Genealogy Center, is a weekly publication covering January 1848 through December 1931, with names of decedents and spouses in over 151,000 entries.
- The Indiana State Library in partnership with Newspapers.com has public domain newspapers available and much more via their INSPIRE service web site.
- The Newspaper Archive is available via the Allen County Public Library. You can search all states, by Indiana 1800-2016 or Fort Wayne 1841-2012.
- Obituaries on local Funeral Home web pages.
- Obituaries for people with Indiana connections on INGenWeb.
- ProQuest for Allen County Public Library card holders searches newspapers and more online.
- Newspaper obituaries are available online back to around 2003 on Legacy.com.
Recent Obituaries Online:
- Fort Wayne Newspapers go back to 2003, but may require payment for archived obituaries.
- Huntertown Historical Society has obituaries, photos, stories and more on their web site.
- Most local funeral homes now have recent obituaries online often with a color photo of the deceased, personal memorials and sometimes a photo gallery.
- Some local newspapers have online obituaries and often have more details in their version of the same obituaries.
- Obituary abstracts from 2006 and 2007 were formerly posted by Richard Berkheiser for his Newspaper Tidbits Project on the Allen County, Indiana Rootsweb Mailing List.
- The Waynedale News Obituaries goes back to 2001.
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