Appleton History
Obituary Index -- an Appleton Public Library Local History Project
About the Obituary Index
This database is a partial index to obituaries and death notices from the newspapers published in Appleton from 1853 to the present. The indexing project began in 2000 and is an ongoing effort of Appleton library staff and several dedicated volunteers. New records are added regularly and the index is updated twice a week. This database is just an index to published obituaries and death notices. Actual obituaries and death notices are not available online through this index.

The indexing of the papers dated between 1853 and 2000 is in its initial stages so only a small fraction of all obituaries or death notices have been entered. If a search of the index does not retrieve the obituary you want, try back at a later date. For information on finding obituaries not yet covered in our index, please see how to request a photocopy of an obituary. The newspapers that are (or will be) included in the index are listed below.

Appleton Crescent
• February 10, 1853 - December 29, 1906
• June 28, 1919 - January 31, 1920

Appleton Daily Post
• August 11, 1899 - February 3, 1906
• January 2, 1920 - January 31, 1920

Appleton Evening Crescent
• April 18, 1901 - April 28, 1902
• January 26, 1904 - April 28, 1904
• October 8, 1906 - June 27, 1919

Appleton Evening Times
• December 30, 1874 - March 5, 1875

Appleton Motor
• September 1, 1859 - September 13, 1866

Appleton Post
• August 4, 1859 - December 9, 1861
• September 20, 1866 - April 25, 1889
• August 11, 1899 - February 2, 1906
• January 2, 1920 - January 31, 1920

Appleton Post Crescent
• February 2, 1920 - January 2, 1965

Appleton Weekly Post
• May 2, 1889 - February 3, 1906

Post Crescent
• 1965 -

The amount of information found in the indexed entries varies. Obituaries generally include more information on the deceased while death notices contain less information. When available, the following information is included in the index:

  • Last name
  • First name
  • Maiden name
  • Nickname
  • Title (examples: Rev, Sr., etc.
  • Death date
  • Date of birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Spouses name
  • Newspaper
  • Date notice appeared in paper
  • Section
  • Page
  • Type (obituary or death notice)
  • Cemetery

From 2001 to the near present the database indexes all obituaries and death notices that appeared in the Post-Crescent.

Photocopies of the full text of the obituaries or death notices are available from the Appleton Public Library. You can request a copy online or write to:

Community Partnerships Clerk
Appleton Public Library
Appleton WI, 54911

Every effort is made to be as complete and accurate as possible in this index. We are happy to receive notification of errors or omissions. Reports of errors or omissions should relate only to indexed obituaries and can be submitted online. At the bottom of each full record will be a submit correction link. General questions or comments about the Obituary Index can be sent to the Appleton Public Library Reference Department through our online form.

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Updated: January 13, 2014

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