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This report is extracted from the 1000 Section (Confirmed Newspaper Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.   Either a compiler, publisher or repository had confirmed the existance of this index and supplied information for the report. See the INTRODUCTION for the methodology used in compiling the LATHROP REPORT.

REPORT NO:  1309B Previous Report (1309A)  |  Next Report (1309C)
INDEX NAME:  Missouri obituaries & death notices from the St.Louis Christian Advocate
  • ST.LOUIS CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE St. Louis MO 1851-1858;1860;1865-1867
COMPILER:  Nadine Hodges & Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff
1824 S. Harvard
Independence MO 64052
Telephone: (816) 833-2191
AVAILABILITY:  These obituaries and death notices have been abstracted and published in one of two genealogical series: MISSOURI PIONEERS or MISSOURI MISCELLANY. Copies of the issues in which the index appeared may be ordered from Mr. Woodruff for $5 per copy. The series and issues in which the index appeared, and the years which appeared, are indicated below: MISSOURI PIONEERS Vol. 5 (1851-1854) MISSOURI PIONEERS Vol. 10 (1855) MISSOURI PIONEERS Vol. 13 (1856) MISSOURI PIONEERS Vol. 18 (1857) MISSOURI PIONEERS Vol. 26 (1858) MISSOURI PIONEERS Vol. 30 (1860) MISSOURI MISCELLANY Vol. 4 (1865-1866) MISSOURI MISCELLANY Vol. 7 (1867) Over 150 of the largest libraries and genealogical societies in the U.S. have purchased these volumes. The Central United Methodist College (Fayette MO) has both these indexes and a fairly complete collection of the original weekly newspaper.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  The St. Louis Christian Advocate was published weekly by the Methodist Episcopal Church (South) from 1851 until about 1930 when it was discontinued. Each issue carried a column entitled "Obituaries and Death Notices". These notices were sent in by Methodist ministers throughout the state of Missouri. Some of the obituaries were very long, containing testimonies of faith, original poems, etc. These obituaries are especially important since no official death records were kept in Missouri at this early date. Only the genealogical data appearing in the obituary has been abstracted (names, relationships, dates, place of residence, former residence, military service, professions, etc.).
FORMAT OF INDEX:  The obituaries are abstracted and arranged in chronological order according to the newspaper in which they appeared. Each abstract contains the name of the deceased along with selected genealogical information. The abstracts have been typed and printed on 8½x11 inch pages as one article or one part of a larger volume of genealogical information (namely, one or more issues of the MISSOURI PIONEERS or MISSOURI MISCELLANY). Each issue contains a surname index which guides the user to all pages within that issue where a given surname appears. Thus, this surname index serves as a guide to the obituaries and death notices as well as other articles appearing in the same issue of MISSOURI PIONEERS or MISSOURI MISCELLANY.
SIZE OF INDEX:  Early years contain about 100 obituaries per year. Later years include as many as 250 to 300 per year.
Anita Cheek Milner. NEWSPAPER INDEXES: A LOCATION & SUBJECT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1977.
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