Monroe County Obituary Index

Due to renovations of the Indiana Room, microfilm will not be available to process obituary requests between October 21st and November 15th. Please be advised there may also be a temporary delay in delivery of any request submitted immediately after this time frame.

Last name:
First name:
Maiden name:
Middle name:
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 most of the Bloomington newspapers (1824 – current month). Try also:

  • MCPL Library card holders can access the Herald-Times Online via Newsbank for full text obituaries published after 1988.
  • Hoosier State Chronicles - assorted Monroe County newspapers 1869-1932. Searchable by keyword. Part of the the Indiana State Library's Digital Historic Newspaper Program.
  • The Monroe County Coroner’s Reports (1896 – 1935) [PDF]
  • The Smithville News and its predecessor, Name It & Take It, (1897 – 1915) had several interruptions. Any obituaries found were added to the Obituary Index. Go to Smithville News to learn more about the project or to view obituaries.
  • Monroe County’s RootsWeb Listserv includes transcriptions of older obituaries.
  • The Christian Record (1843 – 1884) had several interruptions but death notices have been included in this Obituary Index. However, these entries are not on microfilm but part of our Vertical File under the heading: Newspapers & Magazines -- Christian Record.