New Bern-Craven County
Public Library

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New Bern Obituary Index

Clipart of Tombstone The New Bern Obituary Index helps users find obituaries or death notices located in the newspapers of New Bern. The dates given in the index are the dates of the obituary or death notice, not the actual dates of death.

The Obituary Index includes over 135,000 obituaries and death notices from 1751 through 1927, and 1968 through February 28, 2014. Other years are included; however, they are not complete.

Also included are several obituary "hoaxes" or death notices of people who were actually still living. Two such cases are the "obituaries" of Jimmie Lillian Roll in 1968 and John Koonce in 1888. For the trivia buff, the shortest name in our database is Ben, a slave, whose death was reported on April 25 and 26, 1848. The longest name in our database is Byron Hiram Ariom Long Myram William John Adrian Livingston Corbett, whose death is reported in the Tribune of August 17, 1935.

Copies of the obituaries or death notices listed in the index can be obtained by sending a check or money order for $2.00 for each notice to:

Kellenberger Room
New Bern-Craven County Public Library
400 Johnson Street
New Bern, NC  28560

Advance search features allow users to search by a particular year. There are two types of advance searching. One allows the results to be returned alphabetically by the last name of the deceased. The other allows the results to be returned in date order. For example, to search for all deaths in 1968, type 1968 in the Year box. To search for all deaths in the 1960s, type 196 in the Year box. To search for all deaths in the 1900s, type 19 in the Year box.

Search the Index

Advanced Searching (allows searching by Year, results are alphabetical)

Advanced Searching (allows searching by Year, results are chronological)


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Updated March 10, 2014
URL for this page is http://newbern.cpclib.org/research/obituary.html