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Tip-Typing Away
Check out our new online obituary database!
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Lately, my carpal tunnel has been reminding me that I've been doing a lot of typing.  And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT.  I'd been hoping to have this project finished by now, but my goals were a little higher than what time (and my wrists) told me I could do.


That being said, I'm proud to announce the arrival of MCPL's online obituary database.  The database is still under construction (and will most likely always be under construction), but it contains hundreds of obituaries transcribed from local newspapers. These initial entries have been transcribed from donations of obituaries which were originally contained in notebooks in the genealogy room. As the documents’ physical states were not stable (non-archival adhesives, newsprint, etc.), these have been typed up and digitized. More obituaries will be added as they are transcribed. 


Check out the database by visiting http://www.marioncopublic.org/?page_id=2144. (The database can also be found by hovering over "Research & Discover," "Genealogy & Local History," and then selecting "Obituaries."  Eventually, a printed version of the database will be available for perusal in the genealogy room as well.


The obituaries are in PDF form, alphabetized by surname and then last name.  They are searchable, simply by hitting "CTRL+F" on your keyboard and typing in the word or phrase for which you are looking.


If you have obituaries that you would like to add to the collection, please feel free to share them with us. You may email images, documents or transcribed obituaries to Jama at jama.watts@marioncopublic.org.