Obituaries Research Guide - USA
Online Obituary Indexes, Death Notices, Memorials and Finding Aids
General Sources for Recent for Obituaries and Death Notices or Indexes|
Tips for Obtaining Copies of Newspaper Obituaries
- Obituaries Archive - ObitsArchive/Newsbank provides online copies of recent obituaries, some dating back to the 1980s - covers over 2500 newspapers - you can obtain copies of individual obituaries online for a fee
- Obituary Daily Times
more than 17 million obituaries are indexed here (index only - no obituaries)
- Genealogy Bank
includes America's Newspaper Obituaries 1977 to recent, and Historical Newspapers 1690-2010 (more than 6500 newspapers) - requires subscription fee for full results
Listings for Individual Religious and Ethnic Groups
- For recent obituaries (circa 1990s to present) you might try the online Obituaries Archive - there you can obtain online copies of many individual obituaries for a fee
- It helps to know the date of death or the date the newspaper carried the obituary. For help finding a date of death try this website's death indexes directory. Try the Social Security Death Index if the death occurred after about 1962. Or use the state links listed at the bottom of this page. Also try the obituary indexes listed just above.
- Some local libraries will provide copies of obituaries by mail for a fee. To find a library in the area you need you might try a Google search.
- If a library can't help, you might try contacting the Obituary Look Up Volunteers
- For recent obituaries see the general listings above or check to see if the newspaper has an online edition. To find an online newspaper you might try a Google search.
Memorials for Firefighters and Police Officers
Deceased Physician File
There are also many online obituary indexes available for individual counties and cities. To find some of these click on a state below...