My great-grandfather died in 1949, probably in Dallas County. Would he have had an obituary; and if so, where would I locate it?

Obituaries were fairly commonplace in daily newspapers by the 1940s. An obit for a person


The Dallas Morning News,
March 25, 1949

who died in the Dallas area may have appeared in The Dallas Morning News or The Dallas Times Herald ? sometimes both newspapers. The Central Library’s Texas/Dallas History Division (7th floor) has both papers on microfilm beginning with the earliest date of publication for each. Most years of The Dallas Morning News are indexed and searchable on the Newbank Online Service database. Newbank can be found on library computers and is available for Dallas Public Library card holders on their home computers. The Dallas Times Herald ceased publication in 1991. To see a complete list of the Library’s newspaper holdings for Texas towns and cities, consult

The Library’s Humanities Department (3rd floor) subscribes to many newspapers across the globe, in hard-copy and microfilm. Consult

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3 Responses to My great-grandfather died in 1949, probably in Dallas County. Would he have had an obituary; and if so, where would I locate it?

  1. Diana says:

    You might try A LOT of Texas records are listed there.

  2. David Torres says:

    The Humanities actually no longer subscribes to the excellent newspaper collection. While they do have Press Display and this is an excellent database, there are many popular newspapers that the library used subscribe to that are no longer available at the Dallas Public Library. Examples of cancelled newspapers that are not available are Seattle Times, London Times, San Antonio Express-News. Salt Lake Tribune, Boston Globe (this was very popular), New Orleans Times Picayune, Indianapolis Star, and many others. While I understand this was done for budget reasons, the newspaper collection was an important aspect of the library. Hopefully, the future will include restoration of at least some of these newspaper subscriptions.

    • booked says:

      The writer is correct and the Library could no longer subscribe to the more than 70 newspapers we had historically collected. We have subscriptions to a few targeted papers.

      Balancing materials expenditures and staffing levels has led to some difficult choices being made in the last few years. Maintaining a newspaper collection costs the Library more than just the subscription prices of the newspapers themselves. It is a labor-intensive proposition.

      While Press Display is not complete, it is helpful and we are working to expand its availability. We appreciate the writer’s concern and will carefully consider future additions to this collection.

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