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About the Index

This site contains an index of deaths from the Indianapolis Commercial newspaper, a business publication containing only statistics. It is available on microfilm on the second floor of the library. We started this online index with the 1930s since we already have a print death index for Indianapolis 1882-1930 in our collection. The WPA index to deaths in Marion County (Indianapolis) is available in the Genealogy Division of the Indiana State Library.

This index is not a complete compilation. Currently, the index features 0 entries. Staff and volunteers continue to add entries to the index. Additionally, in the future, the Indiana State Library has plans to add births and divorces to the Indianapolis Commericial index.

Note: Not all entries have been proofread.

General Searching Instructions

The index is searchable by last name. The entry will include the name of the person, his/her age and the date of the newspaper. The cause of death is a field we recently added to the database. If your entry does not include that, we will be happy to make a copy of the entry from the newspaper for you.

You may request a copy of the entry through our Ask a Librarian service. Any copies made for patrons will result in an invoice of $2.50 for 1-10 pages copied (flat rate). An invoice will be sent with your copies; do not send a check until you receive the invoice. Please be aware that we are unable to respond immediately to requests for articles.

A copy of the death certificate should be available from the Marion County Health Department