Newspaper Obituaries

Our Central Library has Indianapolis newspapers on microfilm from about 1822 to the present. You may access the microfilm collection in person during library hours. We can also mail a copy of an obituary to you for a fee. We have limited staff resources for doing searches, so you will need to provide an exact date of death or burial (see sources below). We will search the newspapers within 5 days of the date of death or burial.

If you would like us to send you a copy of an obituary, you will need to provide us with the following information:

The charge for searching is $1.00 for Marion County residents and $7.25 for Non-residents per name. This includes the cost of copying one page of an obituary. If the obituary is more than one page, we will send you a bill for the extra copies. Pre-payment is required for amounts over $10.00. Mail your request with a check or money order to IndyPL.

The Indianapolis Public Library
Obituary Requests
Central Library Services
P.O. Box 211
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Below are listed sources which may assist you in determining the date of death or burial.


Indiana State Library Genealogy Division
Has a printed index of Marion County death records 1882-1920.

Marion County Health Department: Birth & Death Certificates
The MCDH has death certificates as far back as 1879.

Indiana State Health Department: Birth & Death Certificates
Death records in the ISDH Vital Records office begin with 1900. See their website for more details about this.

Crown Hill Cemetery Burial Locator
This feature appears on the "Locate a Loved One" page of the Crown Hill website. To determine someone's burial location at Crown Hill, enter a last name or burial date.