The GRHS Obituary Project

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Click on the first letter of the surname you are interested in.
Surnames starting with X are not indexed.
Pages vary in size from 300KB to 2700KB.

The Alice Essig Informational Cards Collection
Alice Essig created about 12,000 index cards for individuals who were researched at GRHS using, in part, information from these Obituary files.

Getting a Copy of an Obituary from the GRHS Collection

To acquire copies of obituaries from GRHS, contact the Society at headquarters providing us with :

  1. A list of which obituaries are wanted (include the name of each deceased and date(s) of death
  2. Your name
  3. Your full postal address, including country
  4. Your e-mail address

Hard copies of the obituaries will be sent to you via the U.S. postal service. There will be a cost of US $2.50 funds, plus postage, for the first obituary and US $1.00 funds for each additional obituary. A bill will accompany the obituaries when they are sent to you, payable upon receipt. You will receive a digital rendition of the obituaries as input by volunteers. On rare occasions typographical errors may occur in these digital renditions. If you find such errors, please notify us and we will make every effort to correct them. You will not receive a photocopy of the original obituaries.

Obituary Digital Project Overview

It is NOT the purpose of this project to input obituaries donated to the Society for the purpose of establishing a system of searching them for data and information. The purposes of the project are two-fold:

  1. To input obituaries for the sake of digital preservation of the collection
  2. To place an index of the collection on the Society's web site

Indexes are placed on the Society's web site to allow access to its Obituary Collection to interested parties who do not have access to the physical collection of obituaries at the Society's headquarters.

The obituary indexes found in this web site consist of:

  • Surname (if male; husband's surname, if female)
  • Given name(s) (plus the maiden name, in parentheses, if the female was married, plus a middle name, plus the surname of a first spouse, or if married more than once a third, fourth, etc., spouse)
  • Birth date
  • Death date

[A birth or death date found in parentheses (  ) in the indexes indicates that no date was found in the obituary of the decedant. A date found in parentheses was from some other source or was determined by some other means. 1) We may have subtracted the age of the decedant from the date of the newspaper in which the obituary was printed, that is, if the date of the newspaper was available. 2) Someone, possibly the donor of the obituary, may have penciled in a date onto the obituary itself, then sent the obituary to us.]

Ted J. Becker, GRHS Obituary Committee Chairman (April 2010)