Inquiring Minds: Looking for an old obituary?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here’s one of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. I am looking for an obituary in local newspapers for someone who died in the mid-1960’s. Can you help?

A. The answer is maybe. The Ramsey County Library now offers digital access to the Star Tribune newspaper archives going back to 1861. If the obituary you’re looking for was published in that newspaper, we can help you look for it.  The Star Tribune database is available for in-house use only at the library, but you can call our information desk at 651-724-6001 for more help and we will look up a name for you.

If the obituary was published in a smaller newspaper, the place to try is the newspaper microfilm collection at the Minnesota History Center in downtown St. Paul. The history center has complete microfilm holdings for all Minnesota newspapers, and some of their early pre-1922 holdings have also been digitized. For more information about their collections, you can call the history center at 651-259-3000.

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Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 651-724-6001 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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