Dick Eastman has mentioned that ProQuest hopes to launch a database for obituaries this summer. The project will be called ProQuest Obituaries.
The press release indicates that obituaries from major newspapers as far back as 1851 will be included. The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Constitution, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Defender were listed. I think St. Louis was still a major city in 1851 -- Gateway to the West, hello? -- so I would hope that one of the area papers is considered. The Post didn't start until 1874, so I guess that would leave the Globe-Democrat (1853-1986) as the most likely candidate to be part of the database. Frankly, I'd like to see ProQuest do something bold and also make the Westliche Post (German, 1857-1938) part of the project considering the German influence in St. Louis.