Find Old Obituaries from Canada

 

This article has been updated and is more current (with more links).  The current version is 300 Obituary and Obituary Index Collections from Canada. Please us this new link.

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.

Over the past few decades, thanks to volunteers, librarians and archivists, a great number of indexes to death information and obituaries from newspapers have been provided for free online.  These searchable indexes often provide the location in old newspapers where the obituary can be found. Sometimes the obituary clipping is even provided.

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

Here is a list of alternative means to newspaper searching to find obituary information:

(Updated February, 2018; added links are in Bold)

(Please note that there are a substantial number of obituary indexes available via RootsWeb. This site is currently unavailable and undergoing a significant re-construction. I will add these record indexes in a future update when RootsWeb comes back online)

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

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 Comments

  1. I have a small box of church card obituaries that my 96 year old father gathered over his life. They tell short stories of people’s lives. I want to share these but don’t know how

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