Monroe County Obituary Index

Last name:
First name:
Maiden name:
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You may search any of the fields individually or in combination.
Type as much of the name as you know. For example, the search term Jim would locate Jim, Jimmy, etc.
You may insert the percent sign ( % ) in place of individual unknown letters. For example, the search term Sm%th would locate Smith, Smyth, etc.

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Covers death and funeral notices and obituaries appearing in most of the Bloomington newspapers; includes those present and past residents of Monroe and surrounding counties: Lawrence, Greene, Owen, Morgan, Brown. When coverage from Bloomington papers wasn't sufficient, other papers were consulted.

Covers Bloomington newspapers from 1824 - current month.

The Smithville News and its predecessor, Name It & Take It, was published from 1897 but had a short run with several interruptions. Some issues were digitized in 2012, uploaded to Smithville News and then entered into our Obituary Index. The full text of all of these obituaries are available online.

Also included are some obituaries published in The Christian Record which was published during the years 1843 to 1884 with several interruptions. [These entries are not on microfilm. Printouts are located in the Vertical File under the heading: Newspapers & Magazines -- Christian Record]

There may be more than one entry per name if additions or corrections were published.

The date included in the index is the date of the obituary appeared in the newspaper and not the date of death.

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