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These links will take you to various obituary search engines maintained by Libraries,  Universities and other sources.  Many of them are indexes and actual copies of the obituaries must be ordered from the institution who holds the files.  These are a wonderful resource for old and new obituaries.  I have also included some death index search engines.  Use the state index to locate the state for which you are seeking obituaries.

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1890-1930 Index of Deaths in The Florence Times

1931-1945 Index of Deaths in The Florence Times

1946 Index of Deaths in The Florence Times - Surnames A-J

1946 Index of Deaths in The Florence Times - Surnames K-Z

1988-1998 Index of Deaths in The Times Daily.  All of these are located at Lauderdale County USGenWeb.  Includes obituary indexes from The Florence Times and The Times Daily newspapers of Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Birmingham Area Newspaper Obituary Index.  Located at the Birmingham Public Library.  Searchable database of newspaper obituaries from Birmingham area newspapers, it covers September 1946 through December 1976.  Newspapers are: the Birmingham News, Birmingham World, Methodist Christian Advocate and the Alabama Christian Advocate.

Winston County Death Indexes and Obituaries.  Located at Winston County USGenWeb.  Includes a large amount various death record resources such as mortality schedules, obituary indexes and death registers.

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Anchorage Newspapers Obituary Index Search Engine.  Located at Anchorage Municipal Libraries.  Searches 1981-2001 obituaries from local Alaskan newspapers.


Yukon News Obituary Indexes:

Alberta Strays

British Columbia Strays

Manitoba Strays

Ontario Strays

Québec Strays


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Arizona Birth and Death Certificate Search.  Located at Arizona Department of Health.  Includes birth records 1855-1938 and death records 1870-1953.  This site allows you to view and print the actual copy of the certificate!

Arizona Births, Deaths and Obituaries Search Engine.  Located at Mesa Arizona Regional Family History Center.  Searches obituaries, birth records through 1928 and death records through 1953.

Maricopa County Obituary Project and Index

Located at the West Valley Genealogical Society.  Obituaries are from local newspapers in NW Maricopa County, AZ for years 1998 to 2003.  Copies of the obituaries may be requested if a name is found in the index.

Prescott, Arizona Obituary Index

Located at the Sharlot Hall Museum.  The index consists mostly of obituaries from Prescott, AZ newspapers.  Currently it holds current newspaper obituaries, the Whiteside Collection with years 1973-1995 is being added and soon they will add books covering years 1879-1973.

Scottsdale Newspaper Database Index.  Located at the Scottsdale Public Library.  Searchable index of articles from the Scottsdale Tribune.

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Ashley County Obituaries.  Located at the Ashley County Ledger.  Contains indexes of obituaries from 1965 to present day.  Copies of the actual obituaries may be ordered from the newspaper.

Bradley County Obituaries.  Located at Bradley County GenWeb.  Features an index of surnames found in obituaries which were published in the Arkansas Methodist Newspaper from 1884-1930.

Lawrence County Obituary Index Jones Sun Obituary Index 1927-2004.  Located at Nancy's Lawrence County Corner.  Includes various extracts from The Times Dispatch Newspaper and the Jones Sun Newspaper.

Monette Weekly Obituary Index.  Located at Craighead County Genealogy Society.  Includes 1962-1968 obituaries from the Monette Weekly Newspaper.

Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Obituary Search.  Located at the Pine Bluff, Arkansas Public Library.  Includes 1866 to present obituaries from the Pine Bluff Commercial newspaper.  Photocopies of the obituaries may be ordered.

Prairie County Death Certificates Index.  Located at Prairie County USGenWeb.  Includes 1914-1950 Death Records.

Randolph County Death Certificates Index.  Includes death 1914-1923 Death Records.

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California Death Records Index Search Engine.  Located at RootsWeb.  Searches 1940-1997 Death Records.

California Death Index Project.  Located at Pre-1905 CA Death Index Project.  Includes death records before 1905 in California.

California Newspaper Abstracts

Fillmore Newspaper Obituary Notices IndexLocated at the Ventura County Historical Society.  Includes obituaries from 1916-1996 from the Fillmore Herald, Fillmore Daily Sun, Fillmore American and the Fillmore Gazette.  Also see: Index of Maiden Name to Married Name.

Lassen County Obituary Index.  Located at Exploring Northeastern California History .  Includes 1868 - 1969 obituaries from local area newspapers.

Mountain Echo Death Index.  Located at Santa Cruz Public Libraries.  Includes 1896-1916 deaths from The Mountain Echo newspaper published in Boulder Creek.

"Noted actors, authors, journalists and librarians" Obituary File.  Located at Los Angeles Public Library.

San Francisco Call Database.  Located at Jim W. Faulkinbury Genealogical Services.  Includes index to vital records 1869-1900 published in the Call.

Solano County Death Database.  Located at Solano County Genealogical Society.  Includes death records 1850-present from obituaries, death notices, Bible records and other sources.

Trinity County Vital Records Search Engine.  Located at Trinity County Recorder's Office.  Searches vital records for 1900s.

Ventura County Obituary Indexes.  Located at the Ventura County Genealogical Society.  Includes obituaries from the late 1800s through the late 1900s.  Also see: Index of Maiden Name to Married Name.

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California Obituaries of Colorado Residents.  Located at the Larimer County Genealogical Society.  These are clipped from the Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register newspapers.

Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection. This extensive collection of early Colorado newspapers is searchable and includes many Colorado newspapers covering years 1859-1923.

Colorado Obituaries - Early records at Colorado Clues

Denver Obituary Indexes.  Located at the Denver Public Library.  Includes 1939-2003 obituaries from local area newspapers.

Jefferson County Obituaries Index.  Located at the Foothills Genealogical Society.  Features an index of obituaries from local area newspapers.

Kit Carson County Death Register.  Located at the Colorado State Archives.  Includes death records 1893-1907.

Larimer County Obituary Index of Digitized Images.  Located at the Larimer County Genealogical Society.  The alphabetical index is linked to actual images of obituaries from "The Coloradoan" Newspaper which was published in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Years included in this project are 1988 to 2002 with more being planned as they become available. 

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Connecticut Jewish Ledger Obituary Database

Located at JewishGen.  Features indexes to obituaries published in the Connecticut Jewish Ledger from 1975 to present and various years between 1946 and 1974.

Norwalk Hour Newspaper Index

Located at the Norwalk Public Library.  Features indexes of obituaries 1983-2007, births 1983-2007 and marriages 1983-2007 which appeared in the Norwalk Hour newspaper.

Ridgefield Obituary Indexes.  Compiled at the Ridgefield Library.  Includes obituaries between 1875 & 1999 appearing in the Ridgefield Press Newspaper.

Wilton Bulletin Obituaries Index.  Held at the Wilton Library.  Database contains index to obituaries from the Wilton Bulletin Newspaper for dates January 1937-September 2005,

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Delaware Probate Database Search Engine.  Located at Delaware Public Archives.  Searches 1680-1925 probate records.

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District of Columbia  See Washington D.C.


Alachua Probate Records Search Engine.  Located at Alachua County Clerk of the Court.  Searches death and probate records 1800s-1900s.  (Disabled by court order)

Bay County Obituary Index.  Located at the Bay County Genealogical Society.  Indexed by last name.  It is a complete index to obituary and death notices printed in The Panama City Pilot newspapers between 30 May 1907 and 1916 along with The Panama City News Herald newspapers from July 1, 1987 through April 20, 2006.

Collier County Obituary Index.  Located at the Collier County Public Library.  Features an index of obituaries and death notices from the Naples Daily News.  Years covered at 1927-1936 and 1947 to present time.  The library provides copies of obituaries on request.

Florida-Times Union Obituaries Archive.  Located at the Florida-Times site, the archives contains obituaries from 1997 to present time which have appeared in the newspaper.

Naples Daily News Obituary Index Project - Located at the Collier County Public Library.  The index features obituaries appearing in the Naples Daily News and covers years 927-1936 and 1947 to present with some holes in coverage.  The library fulfills obituary requests if the proper information is supplied.

Pinellas Obituary Index.  Located at Pinellas Genealogy Society.  Includes many obituaries they have on file for many different time periods from local newspapers.

St. Petersburg Times Obituary Index.  Located at Pinellas Genealogy Society.  Includes 1990-1992 obituaries from the St. Petersburg Times newspaper.

Tampa Tribune Obituaries in the TRAILS SEARCH.  Located at the Hillsborough County Public Library.  This searchable database is primarily for indexing the magazines and periodicals in the library but does include some obituaries from the Tampa Tribune.  Try typing the surname in the quick search field.  I also found many by typing in the word obituary.

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Miscellaneous Obituary and Deaths Resources:

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 RootsWeb Obituary Times Daily

 Obit Times Search Engine at RootsWeb

 Newspaper Obituaries Search Engine at Ancestry

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 Social Security Death Index Search Engine

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 United States Vital Records

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Obituary Search Engines by Religion:

American Jewish Year Book Cumulative Index of Obituaries

American Friend Obituary Index.  Located at USGW Archives, it is an index of obituaries extracted from The American Friend, a Quaker publication.  Years include 1894-1960. Copies of obituaries may be requested from the Earlham College.

Christian Conservator Obituary Index.  Located at Huntington College.  Includes late 1800s to early 1900s obituaries.

Gospel Advocate Obituary Index - Church of Christ 1855-2006

Seventh Day Adventist Obituary Search Engine

Mennobits - Obituaries of Amish and Mennonite Families 1864-1998.

Religious Telescope Obituary Alphabetical Index.  Located at Huntington College.  Includes 1800s-1900s obituaries from United Brethren publications.

Religious Telescope Obituary Geographical Index.  Located at Huntington College.  Includes 1800s-1900s obituaries from United Brethren publications.

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