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*Abbreviations of Newspapers Cited*

July 4, 2014

Af-Am Sentinel = African-American Sentinel

OWH = Omaha World Herald

Am Cit = American Citizen (a local Italian language newspaper)
OBN = Omaha Bee News

How to Read the Listings

December 2, 2011

Lets look at an actual listing and take it apart:

FADDEN, John T. “Jack”; 8; 16 Oct 1943 OWH eve p 12 & 13 @ Holy Sepulchre*

What each segment means:

  • FADDEN, John T. — Name of the deceased person
  • “Jack” — Nickname that appears in the obituary
  • 8; — age at time of death
  • 16 Oct 1943 — the date the listing appears in the newspaper (this is not the death date).
  • OWH — the newspaper the obituary appears in. In this case, it is the Omaha World Herald. (A list of Omaha newspapers and their abbreviations will be published here soon.)
  • eve — denotes the evening edition of the paper. The morning edition is abbreviated as “morn“.
  • p 12 & 13 — the page number(s) in the newspaper the item appears on.
  • @ Holy Sepulchre – the cemetery the person is buried in. If the cemetery is outside of Omaha city limits, the city/town the cemetery is located in will be listed after the name of the cemetery.
  • * — means that more information on the individual appears in a later edition of the paper. Usually, it’s because the obituary appears again in the next day’s paper. Two asterisks would indicate that the obit appears twice more in later editions of the paper, and so forth.

Omaha Obits Index – Introduction

November 12, 2011

For information on how to obtain copies of any obits listed in this index, click [here].

This site is updated when we have about 1,000 or more new listings to add to it.

This is an index to obituaries and death notices in Omaha papers. We have included people whose item indicates that they may have lived within an hour to an hour and a half away from Omaha, but appeared in the Omaha newspapers. (The only exception is that we’ve added deaths of Civil War vets from anywhere in a larger area.)

This site is more than just an index of obituaries. The items indexed here run the gamut from a lengthy obituary, funeral story and extensive personal coverage to tiny one line “death certificate” notices. In all cases, we include them because it is often difficult to locate a time period for the death of a family member when doing genealogy if the date is not already in family records.

We have tried to include anything that indicates someone who died. If the name &/or location of the cemetery is included, we have added it. Hopefully you can use this index to add information to your family history. Some may have several different types of items in the paper.

Unless the person has two different spellings of the name given, the individual is probably going to only appear once in the index for each paper they appeared in. In the case of alternate spellings, we usually give both as they appear in the paper. There is no way that we can always be sure of correct spelling in the case of 100 year old newspapers, and some of the papers were poorly filmed or in very fine print being difficult to read. Indexers have done the best that they can with what is available.

Multiple news papers will qualify an individual for multiple listings. For example, one person may have an obit in the World Herald, the Omaha Bee, the Omaha Excelsior and the True Voice. In that case, as the other papers are indexed, the individual will be given lines for each different paper. Sometimes the stories vary slightly in content, but not always.

Explanation of terms:

D/C: Death Certificate notice in early papers may be the only indication that there was a death. The only information they give is the name, age, and location of death.

LN: Lodge Notice is an invitation for members of a particular organization to attend the funeral of a member. It may not be an actual lodge in all cases, but any kind of organization is included. The organization may have kept information on its members.

COT: Card Of Thanks. COTs sometimes list more family members than does the original obituary in the paper. In some cases, a COT is the only thing that was found in the papers.

*: An astrisk indicates that there is more than one paper that an item appears in. Sometimes later editions give more complete information than the first time a name appears in the paper.

Unidentified man, woman or child: If a later story indicates that the individual was identified, the “unidentified” designation will be changed. Otherwise, it stands as we find it originally in the paper.

w/: widow. The spouse may be living, but may also have predeceased the subject.

Maiden names: are included when available.

How to use this index:

November 11, 2011

Searching for a name:

Searching for a name on this site works the same as if you were searching for a name in a document on your word processing program. Brief instructions are below.

Click on the appropriate letter of the alphabet to the right. The link will take you to the page whose names begin with the letter you clicked on.

To search for a name, hold down your keyboard’s control key and press “F“. A small “Find” window will appear.

In the “Find” window, type the last name of the person you are looking for, then click the window’s “Next” button.

You can continue clicking “Next” to cycle through every occurance of that name in the list.

Navigating the Index pages: 

To go to the bottom of a page, hold down the control key and press the “End” key.

To go to the top of a page, hold down the control key and press the “Home” key.

For quick scrolling up or down the name list, use the “Page Up” and “Page Down” keys.

For slower scrolling up or down the name list, use the arrow keys.

New Search Feature Added

November 26, 2009

Entering a name or a date in the search box at the top of the sidebar to the right, will give you a list of all the pages on this site the information appears on. Clicking on one of the items will take you to that page. Unfortunately, the search engine does not highlight the information, so you will have to follow the navigation instructions on the sidebar to find the information you are looking for. You can encase your search term in quotes (i.e. “Smith”), or you can enter your search without quotes. (i.e. Smith). If you use quotes, the search engine will look only for the exact search term (i.e. all occurrences of Smith). If you search without quotes, the search engine will come up with not only Smith, but also any word that Smith might be part of (i.e. Smithfield, Blacksmith, etc.). Experiment for a minute or two, performing searches with quotes and without quotes. Remember that when you get to the page, you will need to follow the instructions on the sidebar for finding a name. That second search is the one that highlights the information for you. The little search box will tell you how many occurrences of the name it found. Up and down arrows on the box will let you navigate from one occurrence of the name to the next.

And naturally, you can still look for information just by clicking on the Obit Index in the sidebar.

New Obit Source – American Citizen newspaper

August 1, 2008

The 31 July 2008 upload includes extractions from the American Citizen newspaper. This is an Italian language newspaper, so any obits you order will be in Italian. We don’t provide a translation. The abbreviation for American Citizen will appear as AM CIT in the listings. There will be more obits from this source posted in the future.

Don’t Forget…

May 26, 2008

…to also take a look at our “Additional Listings not from Newspapers” section (shown in the sidebar at right). Numbering over 1700 listings, these are comprised primarily of death listings from early Omaha City directories. 


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