Hints For Obituary [Death Notice] Searches In The Tulsa Newspapers

 The Central Library has copies of all of Tulsa's city newspapers on microfilm. This is one of the few places that these microfilms are available. The major city newspapers are/were The Tulsa Daily World and the Tulsa Tribune. The World is the morning paper and the Tribune was the evening paper. A few years ago the Tribune sold out to the World and there is now only one major newspaper for Tulsa. The other place that has copies of all of these microfilms is the Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, OK

1906-1919 -'City in Brief' section sometimes near the classifieds

1920s - Anywhere under 'Rites Held For...' or 'Death of...' near the automotive classified section. This section is not included in each day's paper. Also look in the 'Mortuary' section of the Tulsa World or in the 'Day in Tulsa' section of the Tulsa Tribune before 'Lodge Notices.

1930s - 'Vital Statistics' in the classified ads of the Tulsa World. 'Deaths' section in the classified ads of the Tulsa Tribune. 'Funeral Notices' section after 'Society' section of the Tulsa Tribune.

1940s - 'Deaths' section of the Tulsa Tribune for death notices. 'Day in Tulsa' section of the Tulsa Tribune for obituaries.

1950s - 'Vital Statistics' section of the Tulsa World. (Sections may be indexed on the first page.) 'Deaths' section of the Tulsa Tribune (may be placed anywhere in the paper).

1960s - 'Vital Statistics' section of the Tulsa World. (Sections may be indexed on the first page). 'Day in Tulsa' section of the Tulsa Tribune (may be indexed on the first page).

1967-1990 Death Notice Index in the periodicals department [Central Library]. 'Telling Tulsa' section of the Tulsa World. 'For the Record' or 'Day in Tulsa' section of the Tulsa Tribune.

1989 to present - Death notices are indexed in the library's Tulsa World online database

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