St. Joseph County Obituary Index

This database is a digital index comprised mainly of obituaries that appeared in the South Bend Tribune. Types of records included are obituaries, death records, arrangements pending notices, funeral notes, news articles, and memorial announcements. The index was started in 1913, but older records from other local papers are now being added with the goal of creating a comprehensive source for obituaries in our area.

This index is an ongoing project. Volunteers and staff continually add current and historic obituaries, hunt for and enter missing records, and make corrections to existing records.


The actual obituaries can be viewed in Local & Family History Services in Main Library. If you live at a distance, you can place a request for an obituary and local history search.

If you have questions about the contents of this database or need help with it, contact local.history@sjcpl.org.

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