Obituary Lookup Volunteers - Massachusetts

Obituary Lookup Volunteers

Please follow these guidelines when making a lookup request:

  • If this is your first request, read Making a Request.
  • To find the county for your lookup request, use the USA County Lookup.
  • Before making a request, do a quick Web Search in case the obituary is available there.
  • If you find a volunteer for your area, use the listing's Email link to send your request directly to him or her.  If you don't find a volunteer, send your request to the mailing list (see OBIT-LOOKUPS-L Mailing List for subscription information).
  • After receiving a lookup, post or publish the obituary or an abstract to help other researchers.
  • Please do not send the same request to more than one volunteer.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS - Please consider volunteering
for your area, even on a limited basis, because every lookup
helps someone.  Becoming a Volunteer has more information.

Volunteer listings are by county, with statewide listings last, and related statewide links below.  The areas the volunteer covers and the resources available are listed along with the volunteer's name and e-mail address, and web page if any.  Entries in green are web sites for libraries, newspapers, death records, cemeteries, and genealogical/historical societies.  Many library web sites have information about local obituaries and newspapers. 

County City or Town/Newspapers/Libraries, Etc. Volunteer
Barnstable Falmouth Public Library. The Cape Cod Times (1936-P). Exact date of death required. No charge for copies of obits. WebPage
Berkshire Berkshire Athenaeum. Fee for copies. WebPage
Berkshire Vital Records to 1850 WebPage
Bristol Fall River Herald News, Covers: Fall River, Somerset, Swansea, Westport, some of Dartmouth and Tiverton, RI Maryann M -
Bristol New Bedford/The Standard Times, The Mercury, The Standard/New Bedford Public Library Eric J -
Bristol Taunton Daily Gazette (towns of Taunton, Berkley, Dighton, Raynham, and Rehoboth) JR -
Dukes Martha's Vineyard Gazette Death Index (1850-1875) WebPage
Dukes Martha's Vineyard Gazette Index of Death and Marriages (1884-1939) WebPage
Essex Andover Townsman Obits Online (07/1999-P) WebPage
Essex Ipswich - Ipswich Chronicle (1872-Present) Janet P -
Essex Newburyport Public Library - Will accept email requests with EXACT Date of Death. WebPage
Essex Salem/Salem Evening News Kathryn M -
Essex Haverhill Gazette - Online Obits - One Week WebPage
Franklin Greenfield/Greenfield Recorder Donna O -
Franklin The Republican Archives (5/1988-P). Fee for full text. (Formerly Union-News). WebPage
Hampden Agawam, Chicopee, Springfield, Westfield Gina R -
Hampden Obit Lookups 1900-Present ** MUST Have EXACT Date of Death ** Deborah S -
Hampden Republican (1988-P) Sandy P -
Hampden The Republican Archives (5/1988-P). Fee for full text. (Formerly Union-News) WebPage
Hampden Holyoke Public Library History Room - Obit Lookups WebPage
Hampden Connecticut Valley Historical Museum WebPage
Hampden Connecticut Valley Historical Museum Research Request - Fee WebPage
Hampden Springfield Library & Museums WebPage
Hampden Springfield Library WebPage
Hampshire Northampton - Forbes Public Library WebPage
Hampshire The Republican Archives (5/1988-P). Fee for full text. (Formerly Union-News) . WebPage
Middlesex Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury Joanne -
Middlesex Lowell, Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Tyngsboro, Carlisle; local newspapers and libraries. Will also take cemetery photos; 2 - 3 requests per month Doug L -
Middlesex Reading/Reading Chronicle Sharlene S -
Middlesex   Kathleen B -
Middlesex Cambridge, Framingham, Malden, Marlborough, Watertown Boston Archdiocese Cemetery Records Webpage
Middlesex Arlington Advocate Obits - Current month WebPage
Middlesex Framingham/MetroWest Daily News Obits - Current month WebPage
Nantucket Nantucket Historical Association - Research Library & Archives WebPage
Norfolk Town of Franklin area. I can also make trips to the Boston Public Library and Morril Memorial Library in Norwood, MA. Thre may be a waiting list - please have patience! Julie C -
Norfolk Canton, Quincy Boston Archdiocese Cemetery Records Webpage
Norfolk The Daily News Transcript Obits - Current month WebPage
Plymouth Brockton - Brockton Public Library WebPage
Suffolk Charleston, Roxbury, South Boston, Boston Archdiocese Cemetery Records Webpage
Suffolk Boston Public Library Obituary Database (1971-1974 & 1983-2002) Webpage
Suffolk Boston Public Library Webpage
Suffolk Boston Globe Searchable Database (1979-P).  Fee for full text. WebPage
Suffolk Boston Herald Online Obits - One Week WebPage
Suffolk Boston Herald Archives (7/1991-P) WebPage
Suffolk Boston Archives and Records WebPage
Suffolk Database of Advertisements for Irish Immigrants Published in the Boston Pilot (1831-1921) WebPage
Worcester Worcester and Surrounding Towns Fred T -
Worcester Athol Daily News - Current Obituaries and Archives WebPage
Worcester Worcester Telegram & Gazette - Current Obituaries WebPage
Worcester Worcester Telegram & Gazette Archives (1989-P) - Fee for full text WebPage
*Statewide* Massachusetts Archives Research Services - Vital Records 1841-1910 by mail.
Microfilm print for very small fee.
*Statewide* MA Death Records for 1841-1905 (NOT OBITS) Deborah S -

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