Obituary Research in the Bay Area & Silicon Valley

If you are researching obituaries in the Bay Area or Silicon Valley, there are a variety of selected resources at Santa Clara County Library District and on the web. Here are some additional useful resources for obituary search assistance:

Additional Libraries

Fee-Based Service

  • Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society (SCCHGS)
    SCCHGS is as a nonprofit educational organization that makes available research consultants that can assist in locating an obituary for a fee. Send in your request via email to research@scchgs.org, or write to the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society, c/o Santa Clara City Library, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051, Attention: Research Consultant; include a self-addressed stamped envelope. The Society recommends that requestors fill out the application at http://scchgs.org/shop/research.htm.

Commercial Sites for Obituaries and Death Notices

  • ObitsArchive.com
    You may search for someone in several newspapers simultaneously. Searching is free, but there is a fee (single article: $2.95; or monthly subscription: 100 articles every 30 days: $19.95) for viewing the obituary.
  • Legacy.com Obitfinder
    Searches about 200 U.S. newspapers and the Social Security Death index starting as early as February 2001. Searching is free, but there is a fee (single article: $2.95) for viewing the obituary.

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