Saturday, February 2, 2013


St. Louis Public Library staff have compiled an index for obituaries, death notices, and burial permits appearing in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper. Years indexed at this time include 1880-1930; 1942-1945; 1960-1969; and 1992-present. You can check the index here:

Listings in the index provide year of death, date the obit or death notice appeared in the newspaper, and the page number in that newspaper (occasional index listings do not provide a page number). The index also notes if the listing is a burial permit.

In order to make a copy for you, we will need:

Name of the deceased
Year of death
Exact listing from our index (or exact date of death)
Your name
Your mailing address
Your phone number or email address (should we have a question about your request)

We cannot scan or email an obit to you at this time.

If you do not find the persons of interest in our index, you can also check the Missouri State Archives Death Certificates Database:

If you find the death certificate for a person who died in the St. Louis metro-area, you can use the date of death from that certificate to request an obit search from us.

We can copy up to five obits per request. Wait until you receive those obits before making another request. Your order will include a bill ($1.00 postage & handling plus $0.25 per copy).

Send your orders to, or call us at 314-241-2288.