The library holds a large collection of obituary clippings and death records from local newspapers and other sources. Obituary clippings come chiefly from the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal and are complete from 1970 to the present. Earlier records are much less complete but extend into the late 1700s. An index to these various records by surname is available by clicking on the files to the right, which provide the name of the deceased; year, month, and day of death; age; and source. Some entries include date of newspaper.
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EM BOOK: Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and other items collected by Etta Musser (1917-2008), from ca. 1932-2008. Currently this collection is indexed but not scanned. Copies may made from the scrapbooks in the Etta Musser Papers or requested from LMHS staff.
HANNES EBY BUR REC: Record of burials (not obituaries) kept by John (Hannes) Eby from 1793-1845, chiefly of his friends, associates, and relatives in northern Lancaster County.
INTELLIGENCER JOURNAL: Obituaries from the Lancaster newspaper saved as pdf files from Jan. 2013 to the present. Note: The indexing project is ongoing so the more recent obituaries may be incomplete in the index. These obituaries are not currently available on the LMHS website.
MISC SCRAPBOOK: Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and other items, whose compilers are unknown. Currently this collection is indexed but not scanned. Copies may made from the scrapbooks requested from LMHS staff.
WASH HSE REG: List of deaths (not obituaries) copied from the "Washington House Registers," Strasburg, Pa., from Feb. 1875-Aug. 1880.
The Lititz Public Library has on their web site an index of obituaries from the Lititz Record Express that is very useful: http://www.lititzlibrary.org/
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has death indices from 1906-1961 in pdf format on their web site.
Click here for a guide to online Pennsylvania obituaries and death indexes.
Obituary Index Files