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Re: Obtaining Date of Death When Unknown
Posted by: Richard Blue Date: March 26, 2000 at 08:41:40
In Reply to: Obtaining Date of Death When Unknown by Fran Chepey of 2633

Cleveland Public Library maintains a
Necrology Index running from about 1870
to present, as I recall. It derives from
death notices and obituaries published in
Cleveland newspapers. There deaths are
alphabetized by surname so it's pretty
easy to find people if the name is not too
common. If you can get to the library
yourself, the search is easy. I don't know
what fee might be charged if they search for
you, but it's certainly worth a try. Look for the Library's web site. Once there you
can also search the Plain Dealer for anything
published in say the last ten years. A third
source that has worked for me for residents of the Cleveland area are city directories.
I have access on microfilm at the Library
of Michigan to Cleveland directories for the
period 1880-1935. Since they are annual, when John Smith departs this life his entry may be replaced with one for Jane Smith (wid of John) at the same address. Again it helps to have a less common name.

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