This is a weblog about genealogy in and about the State of Ohio. It will feature news and views (mostly mine) about developments of interest to genealogists doing research in Ohio, no matter where they reside.--Wally Huskonen

Sunday, March 05, 2006

New Online Obit and Death Notice Index for L.A.Times

From time to time, I have needed to find death information for relatives who have relocated from Ohio to California. Now there is an index to obituaries and death notices that have appeared in the Los Angeles Times from 1988 to 1993 and also in 1995.

The Southern California Genealogical Society has just added the Los Angeles Times Obituary Index database to its website, www.scgsgenealogy.com. The database is a fully-searchable index of decedent names listed in obituaries and death notices published in the Los Angeles Times. The database currently covers the years 1988 through 1993 plus 1995, and eventually will be expanded to include a 20-year index. In addition to the standard obituaries and death notices, the index includes entries for In Memoriam, Cards of Thanks, Funeral Notices, etc. The online obituary index provides the name and year the notice was printed.

The online index is available for use by all researchers at no charge.
Individuals interested in obtaining a copy of the actual obituary or death notice can contact the Research Department of the Southern California Genealogical Society and request a copy for a nominal fee.

It would be valuable if societies in Ohio followed suit with indexes to newspapers in the Buckeye State.