Obituary Lookup Volunteers - California

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 don't know the exact date for a death from 1940 through 1997, use CADI - California Death Records 1940-1997 to find the date of death before you make a request.
  • 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
Alameda Oakland Public Library - E-Answer Online Reference Service WebPage
Alameda Obit Lookups for Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore Wendy R -
Alameda PLEASE READ: Exact Death Date(mo/da/yr) & City/Town Needed Lynn T -
Amador Jackson, Sutter Creek - The Dispatch, Ledger and Record (1860-1900 Incomplete, 1900-Present) Barbara M -
Butte Butte County Library WebPage
El Dorado Library once a week on Tuesdays & can look for graves at cemeteries in Placerville most Fridays Beverly M -
Fresno Fresno Newspaper Lookups, NewsBank Lookups, Historical Newspapers (Ancestry.Com) Lookups and Death Date Lookups in CADI (1905-2000) Need Approximate Dates, Middle Names are helpful Nancy H -
Humboldt Obituaries and Death Records before 1941 ONLY. I am usually at the library once a week. Please give approximate year if exact date is not known. Also births before 1929 and marriages before 1964. Darlene G -
Kern Tehachapi & Bakersfield only Elizabeth W -
Los Angeles Whittier - Obit Lookups 1888-1930 ONLY
Vital Records Index for Whittier, CA Newspapers Available
Heatherdawn -
Los Angeles Obit lookups for deaths that involve accidents (car, plane, etc.), natural disasters, explosions, violent crime Joe W -
Los Angeles Long Beach only!! Liz M -
Los Angeles The Downey Eagle/Online Obits 09/06/1996-3/29/2002) WebPage
Los Angeles Los Angeles Times - Selected Obits (6-9 months) WebPage
Los Angeles Los Angeles Times Archives (1985-P).  Fee for full text. WebPage
Mendocino Ukiah Daily Journal, Fort Bragg Advocate,
Mendocino Beacon
Barbara W -
Merced Atwater, Ballico, Cressey, Delhi, Dos Palos, Livingston, Los Banos, Merced, Winton
Merced Sun Star
Alma S -
Monterey Monterey Bay Area: Monterey, Pacific Grove, Del Rey Oaks, Seaside, Carmel ONLY - ** Once a Month ONLY ** Mary F -
Nevada   Van & Diana R -
Orange Orange County Public Library (Links to Obituary Resources) WebPage
Placer Roseville Press Tribune (Dec. 1907 to Present) Kathie M -
Sacramento Scramento Bee - Online Obits for past 365 Days WebPage
Sacramento Scramento Bee - Obits Beyond 365 Days For 3 Years WebPage
Sacramento California State Library Access Ralph C -
Sacramento Birth, marriage and death date lookups in the Sacramento Bee Index (1857-1905) Colleen N -
San Bernadino High Desert Insider Genealogy Page WebPage
San Diego Escondido Public Library - Obituary and Local History Search Request Form WebPage
San Diego San Diego Union (10 Oct. 1868 to Present), One name per request, Please. Must have Exact Date of Death. Peter -
San Francisco San Francisco Call Database (1869-1895)
Births, Deaths, and Marriages.
San Francisco San Francisco Co Genealogy - Online Databases WebPage
San Francisco San Francisco Public Library - Obituary Search Request Form WebPage
San Luis Obispo Obit Lookups in the Telegram-Tribune Daily, Gravestone Photos in San Luis Obispo Sandy C -
San Luis Obispo Obituary lookups from Microfilm at the Public Library Martha G -
San Mateo Obit Lookups in the Following Newspapers: Redwood City Tribune� Jan 1939 - Mar 1979 (monthly), San Mateo County News� Jan 1914 - Dec 1918, San Mateo County Times & Gazette� Apr 1859 - Jan 1864, San Mateo Times� 1901 - Mar 1996, San Mateo Weekly� (most recent year), San Francisco Chronicle� 1891-1953, 1973+ Jerry S -
Santa Barbara Carpinteria, Goleta, Santa Barbara
Headstone photos - Limit: 2 per month.
Carell J -
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Public Library
Obituary Lookups
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara News Press WebPage
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Genealogical Society WebPage
Santa Clara Will lookup birth, death and matrimony notices published in the San Jose, CA newspapers as follows:
San Jose Evening News 23 Feb 1884through 30 Dec 1922
San Jose Mercury News 2 Jan 1886 through 31 Dec 1922
Nancy M -
Santa Clara San Jose Public Library - links to resources Web Page
Santa Clara City of Palo Alto Obituaries (1890's-P) Web Page
Santa Clara Mountain View Obituary Index (1967-P) Web Page
Santa Clara Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society.  Fee for research. Web Page
Siskiyou Obituary lookups: Mount Shasta Herald, October 1996-present.� Please provide month and year of death. Mabel G -
Sonoma Sonoma County Library Lookups: Information on Sonoma County CAGenWeb - Browse or search for: Sonoma County Library WebPage
Sonoma Sonoma County Library Genealogy Resources
Sonoma The Press Democrat - Online Obits (7 days) WebPage
Stanislaus Obituaries - please limit to one request every two weeks Bernie T -
Stanislaus The Modesto Bee, The Patterson Irrigator
Obituaries and cemetery records
Della R -
Stanislaus Birth, marriage and death date lookups in the Modesto Bee Colleen N -
Stanislaus Turlock newspapers (1912-P), Turlock Memorial Park photos Minnie L -
Stanislaus Modesto Bee Online Obits (Last 90 days)
Modesto Bee Online Obits Archive (1989-P),Fee for full text.
Tulare Tulare County Obituaries - FEE WebPage
Tuolumne Union Democrat (1870 - Present) Covers Entire County
Will also Photograph Gravestones
Shirley D -
Ventura Obits from the Ventura Star from Dec 2000 to present, Ventura Co BMD index lookups 1871 - 1991 Stephanie P -
Southern California Southern California Obituary Resource Project WebPage
*Statewide* Various California state resources - please ask! Colleen N -

California Links

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