Obituary Request

While the library is closed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Obituary Requests are temporarily unavailable.

Once you’ve found the obituaries you are looking for, follow these steps:

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Obituary Index is part of our most valuable genealogy research tools. It helps hundreds of people each year search for their ancestors or loved ones who lived and/or died in Topeka and the surrounding area.

The Topeka Room has an index of more than 170,000 obituaries from Topeka newspapers from 1906 to the present. The index is available online 24/7.

How to Make a Request

  1. Search the obituary index to find the person of interest.
  2. Fill out the obituary request form and submit the form.

Search Obituary Index

Please limit search to obituaries of persons who lived in Topeka or Shawnee County or whose obituary would have appeared in the local Topeka newspapers.