Obituaries and Death Notices, Minnesota



I can obtain copies of Minnesota obituaries and death notices from the Minnesota Historical Society’s extensive newspaper collection. Availability will depend on a lot of factors—whether MHS has newspapers for the particular city or area, whether its holdings cover the specific time period, or whether an obituary or death notice was even printed.

To see if the MHS holds a particular newspaper or has newspapers for a particular city or area, check the MHS Library Catalog ( before you place an order. (Click where it says “MHS Catalog Options” and select “Newspapers.”)

Since I get to the Minnesota History Center nearly every Saturday (sometimes more often), turnaround time may be up to one week.

Because of the time involved in finding obituaries, particularly when there are several newspapers covering a city or area to check, this fee is non-refundable. However, if I’m unable to find an obituary based on the information you provide, I will let you know which newspapers I searched and on what dates.

$8.00 fixed

Full payment upfront


Saint Paul, Minnesota


Minnesota History Center

Ordering instructions from hoffm610

Please tell me the decedent’s full name plus any nicknames, the date of death, and the city in which they died.

If you do not know the city or the exact date of death but the decedent is listed in the MN Death Certificate Index (, I should be able to get the city and death date from there. If that is the case, I will need the decedent’s name and the full certificate number (CERTID). Note: I will not be held responsible if the certificate number you provide is for an unrelated person with a similar name, so please make sure the information you give me is for the correct person.

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