From Obituary Indexes to EpochLegacies.org
From Obituary Indexes to EpochLegacies.org
Created: July 3, 2014
From Obituary Indexes to EPOCHLegacies.org
Obituaries, death notices, funeral notices and articles published on the Obituary page of the local Orlando newspaper give a daily glimpse into the lives of people who, at least in death, became part of the history and memory of Orlando and Central Florida.
Many tug at your heart and pique your curiosity, like the entry for five members of the Iacovitti family in the 1952 index. My curiosity finally got the better of me and I had to know what happened to this family. If you are curious, too, go to EpochLegacies.org and read the obituary.
Between 1949 and 1991 library staff members recorded the name, age, date, and page number of obituaries, death notices, funeral notices, and articles published on the obituary page of the local Orlando newspaper creating an Obituary Index, usually just referred to as an Obit Index.
Staff created a notebook for each year and entries were added each time an obituary, death notice, funeral notice or article about a deceased person was published on the obituary page of the local newspaper. Articles reporting deaths on other pages of the newspaper are not recorded in these indexes.
These genealogical treasures in newspapers are not as common as in years past, and tributes published on Funeral Home sites do not remain there forever. Cognizant of this trend, the Orange County Library System created EPOCH - Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage. At EpochLegacies.org you may post an obituary / tribute with images and others may add their comments / memories to your tribute.
The library's efforts to preserve the history found in obituaries for future generations began in 1949 with pen and paper and continues today with EpochLegacies.org.
As you peruse the obituary indexes, remember that errors may exist. Check the Florida Death Index or Social Security Death Index to verify the date and place of death, and check the microfilm just in case your ancestor's name was missed.
If you would like to receive a copy of an obituary or death notice published in the Orlando newspaper, you have a number of options.
1. You may use the microfilm at the Orlando Public Library in downtown Orlando or, if the death took place after April 1985, you may use the online Orlando Sentinel database (April 1985 forward) or digital Orlando Sentinel (2010 forward) at www.OCLS.info
2. If you reside in Orange County and have a valid OCLS library card, staff can send you a digital copy of an obituary by email.Just call 407-835-7323 with the name, age, and date of death. Processing fee may apply.
3. If you do not live in Orange County or reside in Maitland or Winter Park city limits, call the same number and library staff can send you a digital image for $30 per half hour.
1966 index *** Missed names were added at a later date in long hand on the reverse of some pages. If you do not see your ancestors name where you would expect to find it by date, please go ahead or back a page or two to check for added names.
1967 index ***Abbreviations OES - Orlando Evening Sentinel and OS - Orlando Sentinel indicate edition of the daily paper in which the obituary was published. It is likely that the obituary was also published in other editions, but if not found, be sure to check the edition noted.
1970 index *** Many handwritten corrections throughout. Some entries made on back of pages. If you do not see the person you are seeking at the date you expect, go forward or back a page or two. Please see note in "W" section: Missing June - December.
1971 index*** Many handwritten insertions and corrections on the reverse of some pages. If you do not find your ancestor where you would expect them to be based on date of death, look a page before or after.
1972 index *** Some handwritten insertions and corrections on the reverse of some pages. If you do not find your ancestor where you would expect them to be based on date of death, look a page before or after.
1973 index *** Note in front of binder indicates names may be missing for newspapers published on October 8, 9, 10.
1974 index *** No "I" surnames found in the index. Hand written additions throughout and on the reverse of some pages. If you do not find your ancestor where you would expect them to be based on date of death, look a page before or after.
1975 index*** No "I" surnames found in the index. Hand written additions throughout and on the reverse of some pages. If you do not find you ancestor where you would expect them to be based on date of death, look a page before or after.
1978 index *** NOTE: Surnames beginning with "N" - Missing January - June pages.
1982 index***NOTE: Surnames beginning with "G" - Missing December 10-31.
Check the Florida Death Index to verify date/place of death and go to the microfilm of the Orlando Newspaper to look for obituary or death notice.
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