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DEATH NOTICES AND OBITUARIES IN TULSA NEWSPAPERS

Death notices are posted by the funeral home and contain only references to the date of death and the date and location of funeral services. 

Obituaries are provided and purchased by the family and, though they vary in length, can provide biographical data and information on the survivors of the deceased.

 

Q and A

tulsa obituaries, death notices, and newspaper articles

 

NEWSPAPER TITLES AND DATES

Please see the newspaper and periodicals tab for the newspaper titles and dates in the Research Center collection.

 

SPECIAL TIME PERIOD CONSIDERATIONS

1989-Present

The Tulsa World archives are available online from 1989-present. You can access the archives from the library's database, America's Newspapers. You can only access text in the database, not images, and you will need your library card.

Before 1923

There are ongoing efforts to digitize newspapers that are in the public domain. For Oklahoma newpapers, try these two resources:

1. Library of Congress Chronicling America

2. Oklahoma Historical Society Gateway to Oklahoma History

 

IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF TULSA COUNTY

Are you looking for an obituary, death notice, or article from a Tulsa newspaper but you live outside of Tulsa County? Research Center staff can help. Here is what you need to know:

  • Requests can be made by email: askus@tulsalibrary.org or phone: 918-549-7323. You can also text askTCCL to 66746 or IM a reference librarian here. 
  • There is a $10 minimum fee associated with this service. 
  • Research Center staff will search ten days of microfilm per request, so you need to identify and provide a month, day, and year for staff to begin the search. 
  • Staff can send the search result by email or post.
  • There is no guarantee that an obituary will be found because not every family purchased one.

Why does the library charge $10 for this service?

Unless the death occurred after 1988 or is included in the indexes listed in the Q and A flow cart, there is no general index to obituaries and death notices in the Tulsa newspapers; they can only be found by searching the full text of the newspaper. There was not a standard location for obituaries and death notices in early newspapers. For early dates, each page of newspaper must be checked as a death notice could appear anywhere. 

 

WHAT IF...

What if I can't find a date-can I come in and try to find the article on my own?

Yes! You are free to search the Library's historical newspapers on microfilm, even if you don't have a library card.

What if I need to make photocopies of the article that I find?

You can print from the microfilm readers. Prints are 10 cents a page.

What if I want to scan an article from the microfilm to a flash drive?

Some of our microfilm readers allow users to scan to a flash drive. If you forget to bring a drive of your own, you may purchase one at the Library.

 

DEATH NOTICE INDEX, FUNERAL HOME INDEX, SSDI, AND LOC NEWSPAPER DIRECTORY

Death Notice Index

Find dates of publication for death notices and some obituaries in the Tulsa World 1963-1990 and in the Tulsa Tribune 1964-1990.

Funeral Home Index

The Tulsa Genealogical Society provides online access to the records from several Tulsa funeral homes. Volumes I-X: 1906-1984 are available in print in the Research Center. 

Social Security Death Index

The social security death index is available from Ancestry.com. If you don't have an Ancestry.com account, you can access the library edition from any of the library's locations. If you are unable to visit the library, you can contact Research Center staff for assistance.

Library of Congress (LOC) Newspaper Directory

This directory of newspapers published in the United States since 1690 can help identify what titles exist for a specific place and time and where they can be accessed.

 

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  • Find A Grave
    FindaGrave is another good resource for finding a date of death and is searchable by person's name, cemetery name, and geography.
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