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

index of published obituaries

  • Obituary Daily Times: search the growing index of published obituaries. The database has entries that give information about obituaries that appeared in publications around the world. Refer to the list of publications for publication abbreviation.

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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