Obituary Database

Drake Community Library – Grinnell, Iowa

Search scanned obituaries from the newspapers of Grinnell and the surrounding communities in Poweshiek County. Obituaries date from the late 1800s to the present day.

The newspapers in this database are primarily the Grinnell Herald Register, Montezuma Republican, and Brooklyn Chronicle. Obituaries from other newspapers are included when they have been submitted. Here are the abbreviations used in the database for each newspaper:

BC: Brooklyn Chronicle

CH: The Chronicle (a precursor to Poweshiek County Chronicle Republican for a short time in 2009)

DT: Diamond Trail

HR: Grinnell Herald Register

MR: Montezuma Republican

PCCR: Poweshiek County Chronicle Republican (Brooklyn and Montezuma combined papers in 2009)

For best results in finding an obituary, start with a broad search. e.g. Enter only the last name or the first few letters of the last name in the “Last Name” field. This should generate a list of names with links to a PDF of the published obituary(s).