Q. How do I obtain a copy of an obituary?
The Indiana State Library has the largest collection of Indiana newspapers in the world. You can see a list of our holdings here. Most papers are accessible on microfilm on the second floor of the library. We also have access to Newspaper Archive and Newspapers.com, which contain large numbers of Indiana newspapers. If you would like to search from home, the Hoosier State Chronicles database is free and available anywhere.
If you are unable to make it into the library, you can request an obituary through our Ask a Librarian service. Please provide the full name of the individual, including the married and maiden names for women, as well as the date of death, date of burial, or date of the funeral. We are unable to search microfilmed newspapers without an exact date of death, but we can search our databases with only an approximate date. Copies are $5.00 per obituary.