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Re: Looking for a needle in a haystack!
Posted by: PHelfand46 (ID *****9713) Date: March 11, 2012 at 13:28:47
In Reply to: Re: Looking for a needle in a haystack! by Veronica Hauke of 5226

Not sure if you located the following record or not or if it is your Frances King. You could write to the reference dept of Phila Public Library for an obit lookup for 1-3 days after the death date.

Checking between 1936 and 1941 in PA death index, only found the following record for Frances King of Phila:

Frances King K520 51 died Sept 18, 1937 Phila, #83471

Ordering obituaries from the Free Library of Philadelphia:

Send a written request with the person's name, exact date of death (month, day, year) or burial date and a stamped self-addressed envelope. They will check two newspapers for each name submitted.

U.S. Mail:
Free Library of Philadelphia
Newspapers & Microfilm Center
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


A $10 fee will be charged for up to three obituary name "lookups" whether or not staff can locate the obituaries. This fee covers three emailed scans. If you prefer a paper copy a $5.00 shipping/handling fee will be added. An invoice and search results will be sent upon completion of the research

Service Limitations:
Please be advised that staffing limitations prevent them from undertaking ongoing or in-depth research for patrons. Please refrain from sending additional requests until payment is completed for previous requests.

Here are just some of the newspapers that are archived at the Newspaper and Magazine Database Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Bulletin, 4/10/1847-1/29/1982
Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/3/1860-date
Philadelphia Public Ledger, 3/25/1836-3/15/1934
Philadelphia Record, 5/14/1870-2/1/1947
Of course, there are MANY others.

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