Cleveland Public Library's News Index and Necrology File

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The Cleveland Necrology File was produced from a microfilmed copy of an alphabetical card file containing local cemetery records and newspaper death notices gathered by the staff of the Cleveland Public Library. It contains death notices published in the following newspapers:

Note: This file is not an official or complete record of deaths in the Cleveland area during those years. It was not always customary during this time period for individuals to use paid newspaper notices. In addition, the cemetery records included in this database may not be complete.

The Cleveland News Index lists citation information for local news stories, feature articles and reviews from:

The Cleveland News Index contains citation information for death notices and obituaries from: The Cleveland News Index does not provide full text access to these sources.

Additional information:

For full text of current obituaries, see

If you have a Cleveland Public Library Card, you can use the Plain Dealer Historical database to access full-text copies of the Plain Dealer from 1845 to 1991.

A listing of additional available databases can be found at

If you are unable to visit the Center for Local & Global History, you can request up to three digital scans of newspaper items per day by emailing or calling (216) 623-2864.

For requests, please provide the following information, if you have it:

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