300 Obituary and Obituary Index Collections from Canada

 

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 mote importantly – information about the relatives of the deceased’s family and extended family.  This family name information is often not found anywhere else.

During January and February, 2020 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 300 online database links that I have found for Canada. Of these, 34 have been added since the previous update. 

So not only can we search old newspapers for these gems, we sometimes can get transcriptions and clippings and also get directed to the location of the obituaries from obituary indexes. 

Here are alternative means to newspaper searching to find obituary information, listed by the link to each province’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.

(Updated February, 2020; recently added links are in Bold)

General Canada

Alberta

If you wish to search this province’s historic newspapers for obituaries, click on Alberta Online Historical Newspapers Summary

British Columbia

If you wish to search this province’s historic newspapers for obituaries, click on British Columbia Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Manitoba

If you wish to search this province’s historic newspapers for obituaries, click on Manitoba Online Historical Newspapers Summary

New Brunswick


If you wish to search this province’s historic newspapers for obituaries, click on New Brunswick Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Newfoundland and Labrador

If you wish to search this province’s historic newspapers for obituaries, click on Newfoundland and Labrador Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Nova Scotia

If you wish to search this province’s historic newspapers for obituaries, click on Nova Scotia Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Ontario

If you wish to search this province’s historic newspapers for obituaries, click on Ontario Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Prince Edward Island

If you wish to search this province’s historic newspapers for obituaries, click on Prince Edward Island Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Quebec

If you wish to search this province’s historic newspapers for obituaries, click on Quebec Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Saskatchewan

Yukon

If you wish to search this province’s historic newspapers for obituaries, click on Saskatchewan Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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2 thoughts on “300 Obituary and Obituary Index Collections from Canada”

  1. In regard to your listing of
    300 Obituary and Obituary Index Collections from Canada
    2/4/20200
    You are welcome to add a link to my database, Nova Scotia obituaries from the Chronicle Herald newspaper (Provincial edition) since March 2010. More than 80 thousand, fully searchable obituaries and counting, no charge, registration required, a simple formality, email address and user selected password to keep the bots out.
    https://www.nsobits.org
    L. Harvie
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

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