An old obituary for an ancestor is a gem
indeed! Locating obituaries can be a chore but once a
find is made, it is well worth the effort. Start with
what you know and work from there. If you can pinpoint
the place of death, start your obituary search with newspapers
in that area. Another good idea is to search the
newspapers in the area where the deceased person's descendants
Need to obtain a
copy of an Oklahoma Co. obit?
Check our lookup page for volunteers.
Oklahoman is the major newspaper in Oklahoma Co.
The following book may aid you in
your search and is available at various libraries including
OHS Newspaper Room - 405-522-5223
index OK Death Notice & Obit Index to the Daily
Oklahoman by Deone K. Pearcy & N. Dale
Vol. I 1947-1961
Vol. II 1962-1971
Historical Society [OHS] has a list
of microform copies of earlier newspapers published in
Oklahoma Co. A fee
is charged for search/copies. A printable copy of their
research form is online.
to learn more about OHS Newspaper Archives.
The Downtown Metropolitan Library
System has copies of current and back issues of the
Daily Oklahoma and will do a search for a small fee. Phone 405-231-8650
If you can't locate the obit and
know the month and year of the person's death, you can order
the death certificate from the State of Oklahoma, Department
of Health. Printable forms with required fee
information is linked on their page.
Records may also be helpful, if you know what
funeral home your family used.
Various sites with
obituaries pertaining to Oklahoma may be found online. Below
is a list of those I've located. If you know of others,
please let me know.