How do I find an obituary?

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.


Learn how to find obituaries in the Kansas City Star and other newspapers or check out more genealogy resources.

 

Kansas City Star

If you think the obituary appeared in the Kansas City Star newspaper, and you know the date of death, visit the Central Library and use the microfilm reader/printers to make a copy from the Kansas City Star microfilm rolls, which start in 1881.

You can also search for an obituary using the Kansas City Star database (1991 - present) found on the Library’s website. Use the Advanced Search option, and search for the person’s name and the term obits. This database is available at home with a library card.

If you wish to have this service done for you, review the copy requests page for more information or call Access Services at 816-701-3463 to request through Interlibrary Loan. We request that you know the year and month of death for staff to do a search.

Other newspapers

If the obituary appeared in a newspaper other than the Kansas City Star, and you have a valid Kansas City Public Library card, review the interlibrary loan page for more information or contact Access Services at 816-701-3463 to request through Interlibrary Loan. You need to know the date of death to use this service.

Get help

If you have trouble finding what you need, please call Central Reference at the Central Library at 816-701-3433 or stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Central Library. Remember, when in doubt - ask a librarian for help!