Some of the earliest German newspapers that are part of the Milwaukee's German Newspapers; an index of death notices and related items at MPL are available online through MPL / Badgerlink subscription to NewspaperArchive.
The local German papers that are listed there include: Atlas (weekly edition), Atlas Tagliche Ausgabe (daily edition), Das Tagliche Banner (Daily Banner), Taglicher Volksfreund, (Daily People's Friend), Wisconsin Banner, Wisconsin-Banner und Volksfreund. The years covered range from 1844 through about 1860 with some gaps.
If there is an indexed entry found in Milwaukee's German newspapers : an index of death notices and related items for these years and these papers, it was likely found by reading through this entire online collection.
These papers offer the rarest research information for researchers since these editions were published well before vital records were routinely maintained. While there are few death notices or obituaries found in these early papers, there are other items that can be just as helpful for research purposes: probate notices (in English), "Wo ist..." (where is ...) notices for family members (usually listing German origins), marriage announcements - sometimes posted with a poem, and other brief news articles that indicate some biographical information.
Submitted by Gary Rebholz, author of Milwaukee's German newspapers : an index of death notices and related items.