Free Pennsylvania Obituaries and Obituary Index Links

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.

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 or index lists provide the location in old newspapers where the obituary can be found. Sometimes the obituary clipping or transcription is even provided.

Below is a list of links to Pennsylvania obituary indexes, an alternative means to newspaper searching to find obituary information. If the newspaper clippings are available, or if the obituaries are transcribed, they will be denoted. 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 May 2022)

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

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free Pennsylvania Links, click on the category of interest:

BMD Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records
Church Records
Coroner Records
Criminal Records
Divorce Records
Immigration Records
Military Records
Mortuary Records
Probate and Wills
School Records
Tax Records
Voter Records

7 replies on “Free Pennsylvania Obituaries and Obituary Index Links”

The Warren Tribune Chronicle Obit Index, second from the end above, is in Ohio not Pennsylvania.

Kenneth, Thanks for all of your hard work. I thought you’d want to know that the forth, and final, entry for Cambria County Pennsylvania (Cambria County Obituary Indexes) is no longer an active site.

Hi ! I’m trying to access Bethlem index in Pennsylvania but it failed, “Access from your area has been temporarily limited for security reasons.”
I’m living in France
Can I have some help please ? 🙁

The site works from my location in Arizona. It must be something from that site that restricts access maybe only in the U.S. I don’t know how I can help you.

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