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Searching obituary and birth indexes

You can search for obituary and birth records from local newspapers using the library catalog. The catalog currently has obituary records from 1934 through 2006 and birth records from 1954 to 2001. (Additional years will be added.)

Each record has brief information on the newspaper and date the notice was published. The record does not have the actual notice from the newspaper. The library does have the original newspapers on microfilm.

You may request a copy of the original notice. Patrons making requests need to give the full legal name of the person and their date of their birth or death along with the date the notice appeared in the newspaper. There is a $5.00 fee for out of county requests.  The maximum number of records that can be requested at one time is five.  Requests are filled in the order they are received.  Please allow two to three weeks for delivery.

Requests should be set to :

Iredell County Public Library
Atten: Joel Reese
P. O. Box 1810
Statesville, NC 28677

Checks should be made to :Iredell County Public Library

How to search obituary and birth records

1. On the library catalog page, click the Local History Indexes tab.
2. Type the name of the person in the search box and click the red arrow button.
3.The screen will show a list of records that match you search. It will also show similar records in alphabetical order. To view a record, click on the name.
4. The individual record will show the newspaper where the notice was originally published and the date the newspaper was published. In this example, the newspaper is the Statesville Record and Landmark published November 22, 1961. Note that the date in the record is the date the newspaper was published, not the date on which the birth or death occurred.