Daviess County Public Library
Owensboro Obituary Index
- About The Database -
By Jerry Long
The Kentucky Room has been indexing obituaries in the Owensboro newspapers since 1977. This online index is added to and updated almost daily. The amount of data abstracted divides the database into three time periods: 1842-1919, 1920-1989 and 1990 to present.
Obituary index of 1842-1919 and 1990 to present contain the data fields:
Obituary index of 1920-1989 contain the data fields:
Note that data abstracted varied for the different time periods. The Simple Search form allows you to search by name and date. The Advanced Search form allows you to perform a soundex, like or starts with search for a first or last name. Also with it you can search by the additional data fields. Each of the non-date field categories can be searched separately or several jointly by keyword(s). Searching for a phrase works best when it is enclosed by quotation marks. The obituary date field can be searched by a year, month & year or a range of dates.
Over the years there have been several different newspapers published in Owensboro. The particular newspaper title is indicated by a two-letter abbreviation in the Source field on each individual form preceding the obituary date. If an obituary also appeared in a different newspaper title then the code for the additional title(s) is found in the Comments field following the phrase “see also”.
The Source codes for the various newspapers are as follows:
Index for pre-1920 obituaries:
The index for the obituaries since 1920 is essentially a name index. The indexes for the pre-1920 deaths are a full abstract of all vital data found in the original article(s). The two sections of the database vary significantly by the format, complexity and intended goals.
Jerry Long has created the pre-1920 obituary index. He started on it in 1990. The pre-1920 obituary index strives to be much more than just a name index. It is essentially a full abstract of all vital information found. It seeks to be a more complex and integrated tool for both genealogical and historical research.
All items indicating (or suggesting) a death in Western Kentucky or Southern Indiana were indexed. Every column and page was closely scanned to locate deaths. This was necessary since at the time death notices did not appear in one particular spot but were scattered here and there throughout and many items were only a couple of lines.
For the pre-1920 obituary index all deaths in the following 46 counties of Western Kentucky were abstracted.
Also deaths in the following 8 counties of Southern Indiana were indexed:
Individuals who died in other locations were indexed if it was stated (or if it was known) that they were former residents of the above counties or if they had relatives there.
The Owensboro Area Obituary Index is here to assist you in locating obituary records for Owensboro, Kentucky and surrounding areas. We have divided the database into sections in order to make it easier to locate records. Click here to choose a date range and begin your search.