2,280 Obituary and Obituary Index Links from the U.S.

One of the main goals for genealogists in searching historic newspapers is to find obituaries. Obituaries are a gold mine of information. They provide death dates and locations, funeral and cemetery information and sometimes more importantly – information about the relatives of the deceased’s family and extended family.  This family name information is often not found anywhere else.

During February, 2019 I have been updating the links to online obituary and obituary index collections that are available to search for free. There are a total of 2,280 online database links that I have found for the U.S. Of these, over 700 have been added since the previous update. 

Here are alternative means to newspaper searching to find obituary information, listed by the link to each state’s list of free links. Please be aware that if you find a desired obituary in an index, that the holder of the actual obituary (e.g., library or genealogical society) may charge a small fee to send you a copy of the obituary itself.

​Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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  1. I am trying to find the obituary of William Wallace who dies in East Aurora 0n June 16, 1887. Can you please assist? Malcolm

    1. more information would help, I never heard of the town, so can’t assume it is in NY like what came up now. Never know what towns were around in other states.

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