Among the Genealogy Center’s most popular databases is one for local obituaries
. This index covers area deaths listed in Fort Wayne newspapers, and is separated into two parts. The first part of the index, covering 1841 to 1899, was originally printed in book form, and, as specific newspaper titles and precise dates are not included, locating a specific item can be challenging.
The second part of the index, which provides specific citations, begins with 1900. New citations are added regularly by staff and volunteers to cover recent deaths, and to add material which was missed in earlier versions. Microfilm copies of these newspapers are located in the Genealogy Center’s microtext collection, which can be used onsite, and, for those out-of-area researchers, copies can be obtained by sending an email request to Genealogy@ACPL.Info
. Copies are mailed, so mailing addresses should be included in requests. Cost is $2.50 per obituary, billed when the material is sent.