Introduction to the Obituary and Death Notice Index
This 37,257-name index (Volumes 00-31), last updated 2/4/13, is intended to provide a valuable service to genealogists as well as serve as a fund raiser for the ACHS, a non-profit organization. A description of the collection and instructions for obtaining hard copies follow - or just go directly to the surname index (Note: Because the files are huge, they may take time to load. Just be patient.)
To Obtain Hard Copies:
The ACHS will send up to three obituaries/death notices from this index for a $10.00 minimum charge plus $3.00 each thereafter. Send your request including the name(s) and their volume and page number (e.g. Joe Smith 14-153) plus a check made payable to the Adair County Historical Society at the above address. The request must include a self-addressed stamped envelope (legal sized) and should specify the volume and page number on which the requested obituary/death notice appears in the index.
Researchers may also view the collection and index at the Society’s museum and library at the above address and make copies for twenty-five cents each. Regular visiting hours are 1 - 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Call 660-665-6502 if you have questions.
Description of the Collection
The index is for obituaries “obits” and death notices from the Kirksville Daily Express, Kirksville, Missouri from March 1979 (Vol. #1) through December 31, 2012 (Vol. #31) that are included in hard copy as part of the collection of the Adair County Historical Society (ACHS). In addition, an old book of miscellaneous obits, labeled “Vol. 00” was indexed in 2010 and has been added. Vol. 00 contains mostly obits and death notices from the 1970s and 1980s that were not included in the main collection as described above. There were also obits/notices outside that range. In some cases, to fill blank spaces, much older obits, some published in the Unionville Republican, were added.
For a few years in the 1980s, the collection (and thus its index) is incomplete or contains only obits and notices for those buried in Adair County, Missouri even though a full obit or death notice appeared in the paper. For other years the collection contains obituaries but not death notices. Many of the books contain all obits and death notices that appeared in the paper, including persons who had resided in surrounding counties and/or had former ties to Adair County. The index includes the given name and surname for deceased persons including all the prior surnames for the women. The volumes are by year and the obits are in approximate chronological order by death date. However, when we obtain a missing obituary, it is added to a later volume. The index is in alphabetical order by surname which also shows the given name and the volume and page numbers (i.e. 17-104 is Volume 17, page 104).