Allen County Kansas
Obituaries and Death Notices
Obituaries and death notices, especially those written years ago, are not just a valuable source of names, dates and places for a genealogist. Grouped together as they are here they become an intimate social history of a community, written by journalists who usually knew the deceased and their families.
Some are tributes to pioneers, patriarchs, pastors and parents whose life stories are the history of Allen County. Others are tender remembrances of children, women who died in childbirth or those struck down by disease, unfortunate accidents or natural disasters. There are stories honoring the supreme acts of sacrifice of local young men and women who died overseas in distant wars as well as reports of sensational crimes that live on in story for generations.
As an Allen County researcher this is your chance to contribute to the history of Allen County online. Please consider contributing your own family stories from obituaries and death notices you have of Allen County residents. They don't have to be from an obituary. You can write a tribute to your Allen County relation and submit it as well.
If you'd like to contribute an obituary or death notice to this page check out the GUIDELINES at the bottom of this page.
You can check the Iola Register for recent Allen County Obituaries
-site provided by the Iola Register
You can check the Iola Register Obituary Index for Allen County Obituaries from 1900 to 1919 and
You can check the Iola Register Obituary Index for Allen County Obituaries for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
-site provided by Southeast Kansas Genealogical Society-
Do you have an old obituary or short death notice of a Allen County resident tucked away in a scrapbook, trunk or file. Take it out and share it with the rest of us! Type up your obituary and email it to us and we'll post it here. Just observe the following guidelines...
To enter your Allen County obituaries:
1- Email them to Lonna Nevil at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put ALLEN CO OBITUARY in your subject line.
2- On first line put name of deceased. Use the name in the obit. If you want to rename the individual to clarify who they are add that name in parenthesis after the obit name. Look below for examples of this. Do this to include maiden names or full names for individuals given initials only in the obit.
3-On the second line put the name of the newspaper, newspaper's town, date of issue where obituary is found, page and column, if known. PLEASE-- Allen County residents only. A resident is defined here as an individual who lived in Allen County for part of his/her life.
4-When typing the obituary capitalizing all SURNAMES. Don't put given names or locations all in caps, just the surnames. Now here's the hard part. Limit your obituary to less than 350 words. This may be hard. Some obituaries go on and on. Figure out what to keep and what to drop. If we get something too long we'll have to send it back to you for editing.
5-Put "submitted by [your name and email address]" at the end. If you want to, include your postal address as well.
6- It's OK to edit the obits you submit. If you want to add maiden names, correct/add dates or other information do so. Just put any added information in [brackets]. That lets the reader know that this is something not in the original obituary. Just remember to keep the whole thing under 350 words.
It's as simple as that!