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About the Obituary Index: Richmond Enquirer 1804-1860, Richmond Visitor 1809-1810

General Arrangement of Finding Aid | Format of Collection | Related Resources
Ordering Copies of Articles

Description of Collection

This index lists personal names as reported in the obituary notices of the Richmond Enquirer between 1804 and 1860 and the Richmond Visitor between 1809 and 1810. This index was developed by the staff of the Reference Department. Newspapers are one of the few sources of information on deaths prior to 1853. In 1853 an act was passed in which the state required the recording of vital statistics. However, between 1896 and 1912, birth and death records were not kept by the state. Microfilm copies of death records between 1853 and 1896 are available in the Library of Virginia Archives.

General Arrangement of Finding Aid

Arrangement is alphabetical by the last name of the deceased. Each card also contains the name of the newspaper and the date, page, and column on which the obituary appears. It may also contain the county or place of death, or names of family members appearing in the obituary.

Format of Collection

Microfilm and original newspapers

Related Resources

"Index to obituary notices in the Richmond Enquirer from May 9, 1804, through 1828, and the Richmond Whig from January, 1824, through 1838." Virginia State Library Bulletin v. 14 no. 4, (Oct. 1921). Z881 V81 B v.14 no. 4

Death notices from Richmond, Virginia newspapers, 1821-1840. Virginia Genealogical Society, 1987. FD233.25 D28

Marriages and deaths from Richmond, Virginia newspapers, 1780-1820. Virginia Genealogical Society, 1983. F233.25 M35

Obituaries Richmond Visitor 2/11/1809 - 8/4/1810 Richmond Enquirer 5/9/1804 - 12/31/1859. Virginia State Library Administration Division. Film 834

Ordering Copies of Articles

There are two basic ways to obtain copies of the original newspaper articles indexed: ordering and borrowing.