Please note some changes to our obituary service beginning in June, 2011.What is the Dead-a-Base?
The Dead-a-Base is a database index of the obituary and death notice listings as they appeared in the Latrobe Bulletin from their first issue December 18, 1902 to the present.
The index contains names, dates of death and dates on which the obituary appeared. This index does not contain the text of the information contained within an obituary. It simply allows researchers to determine if any obituary or death notice appeared in the Bulletin and what date it appeared on. In order to access information contained within an actual obituary, you will still need to access our microfilm and archive of the Bulletin.
Where do the index listings come from?
A dedicated squadron of library volunteers, led by Milton Radman, has painstakingly hand-entered information from 100 years of obituaries as they appeared in the Latrobe Bulletin. These volunteers searched literally page by page, day by day, through every issue available on microfilm and entered the names and dates into the computer. From there it is reformatted and entered into this database. At this time, the obituaries are not available in digital form.
What dates are indexed?
December 18, 1902 to present.
What information is available in this database?
Currently, the volunteers have only entered names as they appeared in the paper, dates of death, and dates on which the obituary occurred.
If you need more information, such as that which is typically contained in the full text of an obituary, you can access the microfilm directly to obtain the full text. If you cannot come to the library to use our microfilm in person, please see our section below regarding mail service.
We charge twenty-five cents per page to print copies of microfilm in-house.
The board of directors has instructed the director to raise the copy rates for obituaries for the first time since we began the service in 2000. The new flat fees, which appear below, will still include the cost of postage. Payment and mailing address must be received in advance of the printing.
One name $4.00
Two names $5.00
Three names $6.00
Four names $7.00
Five names $8.00
If you cannot come to the library yourself, and would like notices printed and mailed to you, please email or write the library to submit up to five names per request. Due to funding cuts we have reduced staff and we are now relying on volunteers to help with many library tasks, including the printing of the notices from the microfilm. We must now limit each request to five names per request. We know this will affect our serious genealogists most of all, but the alternative is to drop the service altogether. We hope you will be patient with the additional inconvenience this may cause you.
You may email up to 5 names per request to: email@example.com. An acknowledgement email will be sent by a staff member to confirm the request within five business days. Please be aware that some email programs may block the reply as spam--you must add our address to your address book or check your junk email.
To send payment or requests by regular mail, please use the following address:
Adams Memorial Library
ATTN. Kathy Tobolewski
1112 Ligonier St.
Latrobe, PA 15650
Checks, money orders, and cash are accepted. The library cannot take credit cards at this time.
We will do our best to process your request as quickly as possible. The library has lost over $135,000 in funding from the state over the past years. Since the microfilm is not digitized a staff member or volunteer must manually go through the microfilm to find the notice or obituary and print it. Also, please be aware that heavy in-house usage of the microfilm reader may delay our response. Notices are usually processed in 1 -3 weeks depending on the volume of requests.
I can't find the obituary I'm looking for. What do I do now?
Please note: the Latrobe Bulletin did not necessarily run an obituary or death notice for every individual. At present, the Latrobe Bulletin is the only newspaper indexed in the Dead-a-Base. The paper only covered deaths within a few miles of Latrobe. Also, the name may have had an error in the spelling. If you have a year of death, staff can check a printed list to see if there is a close match.
If you have questions about the Dead-a-Base you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The contents of the Dead-a-base is the sole property of Adams Memorial Library and may not be used or reproduced without express written and prior permission.
Adams Memorial Library is not connected with the Latrobe Bulletin. The Library takes sole responsibility for the contents of the Dead-a-Base database. Likewise, the Library is not responsible for the contents of obituaries or death notices as printed in the Bulletin.
Names and dates are transcribed as they appeared in the Latrobe Bulletin. While we do our best to maintain an accurate index, we cannot be responsible for any errors printed in the Latrobe Bulletin. We do not verify the information in the Latrobe Bulletin from any other source. If you find an error in our index, please report it to us at: email@example.com or call the library at 724-539-1972.