Obituaries for many individuals who died in Ottawa County
have been published in the Toledo Blade. Microfilms of most Toledo Blade issues from
1940 through 2007 are now available for on-line viewing through Google News.
These guidelines may be helpful in locating Blade obituaries:
1. Determine or estimate the publication date of the obituary.
First search the Toledo Lucas County Library
Obituary Index. Prior to the demise of the Toledo Times in the late
1970's, the Blade operated as an evening newspaper on weekdays, so obituaries were
sometimes printed on the same day as the death date. Most times, the obituary was
published on the day following the date of death.
2. For obituaries after 1940, go to the Google News Archives. Enter the obituary date in the date field. Obituaries prior to 1940 are available through the Toledo Public Library.
Be aware that, prior to about 1980, obituaries were considered news
articles. Many times, there were also "death notices" in the classified
section. These appear at the front end of the classified ads, generally labeled as
category "2". Many times, these were published every day until the funeral
and information may be changed from day to day. You should look for these also, as
they sometimes provide additional information that is not in the obituary.
After the 1980's, all obituaries were considered classified ads and there were no longer
separate death notices.
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