Note: From 2005 the Index incorporates private funeral services, many of which did not appear in the Funeral Notice columns of the Advertiser. Entries marked "Y" in the "Death Notice" column will be found in the Deaths Section of The Advertiser.
The compiling of these indexes commenced in January 2001 and more than three hundred days were spent at The State Library of South Australia extracting the necessary information from microfilm.
Initially an index of five years was compiled and donated to the State Library of South Australia and due to positive feedback from library staff and a number of regular researchers, the work recommenced in January 2003.
In October 2003, the missing twenty years, 1971 to 1990 were completed to fill the gap between the then last released official death notices and a summary of the Advertiser Death Notices 1991 to 1996 which is available on microfiche.
Commencing again from 1997 the indexes were compiled in the same manner until 2002 from which time the indexes have been updated on a daily basis directly from the Advertiser.
The launch of the index online by the State Library of South Australia on 7 January 2014 exposed the gap 1991 – 1996, which could not be uploaded, so an immediate start was made to index the funeral notices for those years.
After a further seventy three days work at the State Library, a continuous index from 1971 to 2013 containing 397,128 entries was finally completed on 30 April 2014.
The manner of extracting the information from the microfilm for various reasons did not make it possible for 100% accuracy, but I hope all users of these indexes are successful in obtaining the information sought.
Gerald A Savill
PS: With the addition of entries for the years after 2013 and some corrections, the index now contains 458,827 entries.