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Index to Nanty Glo Journal Obituaries Introduction

This is an index to obituaries and death notices published in The Journal, formerly known as the Nanty-Glo Journal. The Journal began publishing in May 1921 and is part of the Mainline Newspapers group, which is a subsidiary of Latrobe Printing and Publishing Co. The Mainline Newspapers include The Dispatch (Portage), The Journal (Nanty Glo), The Mainliner (Cresson), The Mountaineer Herald (Ebensburg), and The Star-Courier (Patton). Ms. Paula W. Varner is Editor of the Mainline Newspapers and Jim Lauffer is the Bureau Chief of the Journal. Published every Thursday, The Journal news focuses on the villages of Nanty Glo, Belsano, Mundys Corner, Mineral Point, Twin Rocks, Vintondale, and Vinco in Cambria County, PA. The newspaper's address is: The Journal, P.O. Box 777, Ebensburg PA 15931-0777, telephone (814) 472-4110. A set of all issues of The Journal, through about 2008, is available on microfilm at the Nanty Glo Public Library, courtesy of The Journal.

The Mainline Newspapers have a limited presence on the Internet at http://www.mainlinenewspapers.com.

In the earliest editions, obituaries and death notices were frequently published on the front page with some included on inside pages -- included in the Twin Rocks, Belsano, Jackson Twp., etc., news columns. The "Obituary Section", which groups all obits in one location started in 1990's. Beginning with the June 14, 2000 issue, The Journal began publishing a "Death Notice" column, which provided a listing of deaths for which complete obituaries were not received from funeral directors. In the December 20, 2000 issue the "Death Notice column became the "District Deaths" column. The obituary index includes the names of individuals from news stories on the front page who may have been prominent citizens or died in tragedies such as auto accidents, fires, murders, etc.

The Journal obituaries have been published "5-way" since January 2003. The same obits are found in the The Dispatch, The Journal, The Mainliner, The Mountaineer Herald, and The Star-Courier. Prior to January 2003 the obits were 4-way, appearing in The Dispatch, The Journal, The Mainliner, and The News Leader. The Star-Courier was the Union Press Courier prior to 2000.

This index was compiled using the format of the Obituary Daily Times (ODT); an online database containing the index to obits collected by the Obituary Daily Times (ODT) volunteers. I have been indexing The Journal and the Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, PA) since October 1998. As of July 14, 2014, the Obituary Daily Times database contained 17,285,731 entries. Access to and searching of this database is free to anyone who has access to the Internet. The location is: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/

A special "Thank You" to Donna Davis and Barbara Hakanen of the Nanty Glo Tri Area Museum and Historical Society (NGTAMHS) and Kim Regitz for their assistance. Donna transcribed about 27 years of the earliest publication years, Kim transcribed about 15 years of the 1950s and 1960s, and Barb worked on several years and helped fill in some of the gaps I had in my more recent transcriptions. On May 10, 2003 the transcription of all previous editions of the Journal was completed. Without their help and support this project would certainly have taken several years to complete. Scanning the newspapers for death notices was a tedious task and it likely that some deaths were missed. On average, approximately 6-8 hours were spent on the preparation of each year which included reviewing the newspapers, compiling a transcription, entering the data into a computer database file and merging the data into a composite database.

This index, and much more information about the history of Blacklick Township, Cambria County, is also available on the Internet from the Blacklick Township History and Genealogy Web Site at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~pacblack. This index is a work in progress and annual updates will be published on my web site.

Copies of obits or death notices may be printed from the Journal microfilms located at the Nanty Glo Library, at a cost of 25 cents per copy. In the past several volunteers of the NGTAM&HS have offered to locate and provide copies of the obits contained in this index. If you would like a copy of a particular obit, follow the directions below:

Obituary Requests
 The Nanty Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society researches and sends old obituaries from the Nanty Glo Journal. This service is NOT AVAILABLE from the Nanty Glo Library. For each obituary, send details of the decedant (name and publication date) and a check for $4 made out to the NGTAM&HS, 942 Roberts St., Nanty Glo, PA 15943 and INCLUDE a stamped, self-addressed return envelope. No phone numbers, no calls, no e-mails, PLEASE.

Please report any corrections or omissions to me and I will be glad to make the necessary changes in the next update.

Note: If born and died in PA, only place of death is shown.

Completed issues May 5, 1921- December 27, 2013. Total records = 37,014.


Year Obits Year Obits Year Obits Year Obits Year Obits Year Obits Year Obits Year Obits Year Obits Year Obits
1921 57 1931 180 1941 185 1951 284 1961 281 1971 319 1981 246 1991 383 2001 941 2011 638
1922 137 1932 160 1942 189 1952 212 1962 257 1972 362 1982 227 1992 427 2002 919 2012 633
1923 291 1933 187 1943 190 1953 200 1963 271 1973 558 1983 307 1993 431 2003 1175 2013 592
1924 249 1934 175 1944 222 1954 289 1964 326 1974 437 1984 312 1994 404 2004 1199 2014
1925 212 1935 176 1945 255 1955 213 1965 378 1975 412 1985 267 1995 433 2005 1373 2015
1926 173 1936 220 1946 194 1956 228 1966 323 1976 413 1986 320 1996 398 2006 1200 2016
1927 354 1937 251 1947 253 1957 225 1967 342 1977 383 1987 340 1997 570 2007 1096 2017
1928 339 1938 187 1948 291 1958 219 1968 336 1978 366 1988 371 1998 610 2008 1051 2018
1929 393 1939 199 1949 251 1959 254 1969 333 1979 310 1989 419 1999 644 2009 887 2019
1930 262 1940 167 1950 290 1960 300 1970 299 1980 253 1990 491 2000 778 2010 844 Total 37,014

 

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