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All the links below lead to obituaries, death or funeral notices, mostly from newspapers, but all are free, although some sites may require you to register or allow cookies to be set. Some are for the current day only, some are archived for a week, a month, or more. Also included are death registers.

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USA - Nebraska

Alliance NE - Alliance Times-Herald
Click obits in the left frame
Aurora NE - News Register
Chase Co. NE - Index of obits from the Imperial Republican
Columbus NE - The Telegram
Grand Island NE - Grand Island Independent
Hastings NE
Hooper Co. NE - Logan Cemetery Obituaries
Obituaries for those buried in this cemetery -- Neat idea! Where no obit has been located, a short biography has been written.
Imperial (Chase Co.) NE - Imperial Republican "Small Town News"
Scroll down the left side and look for the headings Death Notice and Obituary.
Kimball & Banner Counties NE - Western Nebraska Observer
approx. 3 months obits
Lincoln NE - Lincoln Journal Star
North Platte NE - The Telegraph
Sydney NE - Sydney Telegraph

USA - Nevada

Nevada Obituaries (GenWeb) - The Obituary Project - prior to 1934
some tombstone photos included
Nevada Obituaries Index
Index only of obits for people born in Nevada, regardless of the location of death. Those listed died between 1999-2008
Carson City NV - Nevada Appeal
Note link below the obits More articles >> to more notices -- obits appear to go back to late September 2009
Elko NV - Elco Daily Free Press
Ely, White Pine County NV - Ely News
Gardnerville NV (including Carson City & Minden)- The Record-Courier
Use the Search Archives by Keyword box with terms (one at a time) "survived", "funeral", "death", "died", etc. This will bring up varying lists of obits going back to 2003, although the archives may go back to 1998.
Fallon NV - Lahontan Valley News
includes Lahontan Valley, Churchill County, northern Lyon County & Fernley
Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Incline Village NV - North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
Las Vegas NV - Las Vegas Review-Journal & Las Vegas Sun
Nye County NV - Pahrump Vally Times
under NEWS menu at left of screen, click Obituaries. Link is date-coded. NEAT TRICK!!! - Edit the date in the URL to get obits back to the January 2, 2009 issue! Just follow the same format.
Reno NV - Reno Gazette Journal

USA - New Hampshire

Net Obituaries
Obits, many including photo, submitted by a network of funeral homes in NH and MA. Search by name or click Recent Obituaries on the left side of the screen.
Colebrook NH - News and Sentinel
Coos Co. NH - Coos County Democrat
Covers Lancaster, Groveton, Whitefield plus upper Connecticut River Valley communities in NH and VT
Derry NH - Derry News
Covers Southern New Hampshire including Chester, Hampstead and Londonderry,
Dover NH - Foster's Daily Democrat
Current week's notices
Epping NH, Exeter NH, & Raymond NH - Brewitt Funeral Service & Crematory, Inc. Obituaries
current notices with a link to archive back to 2007
Exeter NH - Town News
includes obits from Exeter News-Letter, Hampton Union, Portsmouth Herald, Rockingham News, York County Coast Star, York Weekly
Hillsborough Co. NH
Laconia NH - The Citizen
Current week's obituaries
Manchester NH - Phaneuf Funeral Home
Manchester NH - Cremation Society of New Hampshire Obituaries
Merrimack NH - Rivet Funeral Home
Milford NH - The Cabinet

USA - New Jersey

Jersey Journal
180 day archive. Note yellow bar links to news obits, etc.
New Jersey - IN Jersey Online
Covers Asbury Park Press (Monmouth & Ocean Counties), Courier-News, Home News (Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties)
Bergen NJ - Bergen Record
Local and out of state obits, plus a neat search utility on the bottom right to check archives back to 1997. You must put something in the search term box or a blank page is returned.
Bridgeton NJ - Bridgeton News
180 day archive. Note yellow bar links to news obits, etc.
Camden NJ - Camden Courier
Current plus search utility for obits and memoriams back to Jan 1999, all on one page
Gloucester Co. NJ - Gloucester County Times
archived now for 180 days! Note yellow bar links to news obits, etc.
Kearny NJ (Bergen, Essex, Hudson Counties, etc.) - The Observer
obits published since 2004 Jan 07
Madison NJ - Madison Eagle
Current obits only. Archive doesn't appear to be accessible anymore. Click the first obit in the list and it opens that notice, plus a list of links to rest of the notices on the index page. You don't have to flip back and forth to view successive obits. Smart web design!
Newark NJ - Express Times
180 day archive. Note yellow bar links to news obits, etc.
Newark NJ - Today's Sunbeam
180 day archive. Note yellow bar links to news obits, etc.
Neptune NJ - Asbury Park Press
Straight forward page with search by day or by name. Check the radio button for Obituaries and Death Notices before clicking the Submit Query button Seven day archive.
Newark NJ - Star-Ledger
Now archived 180 days! Note yellow bar links to news obits, etc.
Trenton NJ - Trenton Times
Archived now for 180 days! Note yellow bar links to news obits, etc.

USA - New Mexico

New Mexico Death Index Project (1899-1940)
Alamagordo NM
Albuquerque NM
  • Albuquerque Journal
    Current obits and links to archives back to March 1998 on one page. Includes a surname search that will give you a whole day's obits, but highlight your search name in red.
    NOTE: All text in obits is searchable. My test pulled up a brother-in-law's name listed as a survivor.
  • Riverside Funeral Home
    includes notices from Los Lunas NM branch
Artesia NM - Terpening & Son Mortuary obituaries
Belen NM - Noblin Funeral Service
includes notices from branch in Los Lunas NM
Cibola Co. NM - NMGenWeb Obits
Clayton NM - Hass Funeral Directors obituaries
Colfax Co. NM - NMGenWeb Obits
Dale City NM - Duggan's Serra Mortuary
current obits and link to all on file
Deming NM - The Deming Headlight
odd that "Recent Obituaries" are over a year old, but left side of screen lists current notices.
Espanola NM
Farmington NM - Daily Times
Chavez Funeral Home obituaries
includes obits from a 2nd facility in Santa Rosa NM
Las Cruces NM - Sun-News
Los Alamos NM - The Monitor
McKinley Co. - NMGenWeb obits
Santa Fe NM - Santa Fe New Mexican
Truth or Consequences NM - The Herald
Union Co. NM - NMGenWeb obits
Valencia Co. NM - Valencia News-Bulletin

USA - New York

Albany NY - Times Union
A really neat and simple search utility for current obits, with the full text being searchable. Choose the day of the week and check Death Notices, Funeral Services, and Memorial Services, though the most returns resulted when I didn't make any choices. Enter any search terms in the boxes below.
Auburn NY - The Citizen
Death notices are included. Obits listed were truncated and you are still advised that if you want the entire text of an obit, go buy a street issue. Yeah, that's practical 1,500 miles away. This isn't a national paper. I think they've perhaps backed off a bit on the lopping off of the obits.
Binghamton NY - Press & Sun-Bulletin
Brighton, NY -- 1847 - 1849
page includes births and marriages for the same period
Buffalo NY - All Buffalo newspapers
A well-done comprehensive webpage for the Buffalo NY area, covering newspapers in the library collection dating back to the 1840s, plus other sources.
Buffalo NY - Buffalo News
Chemung Co NY - Joyce Tice's Tri-County Genealogy Sites
Full text obits dating back to ca 1910, plus marriage and birth announcements, etc. from the Tri-County area (Chemung Co NY, & Bradford and Tioga Counties PA)
Elmont, Franklin Square & West Hempstead NY - Three Villages Times
Farmingdale NY - Farmingdale Observer
Floral Park NY - Floral Park Dispatch
Garden City NY - Garden City Life
Glen Cove NY - Glen Cove Record Pilot
Glens Falls NY updated
Great Neck NY - Great Neck Record
Hicksville NY - Hicksville Record
Levittown NY - Levittown Tribune
Long Island / New York NY - Newsday
Current obits & Search utility. Archived 365 days.
Manhasset NY - Manhasset Press
Massapequan NY - Massapequan Observer
Mineola NY - Mineola American
Amsterdam & Area, Montgomery Co. NY - Recorder-News
Registration is required, but a free 30-day account is offered. After that, I'm not sure if you can re-register without cost, or if a different e-mail address will work. Archived since 1996 June 27.
New Hyde Park - New Hyde Park Illustrated News
New York NY - New York GenExchange Death / Obituary Index
Searchable by surname or first letter of surname -- most date from 1997
New York NY - New York Times Death Notices Index since 1929
An ongoing project indexing microfilm records, mirror site
Death notices for May 7-13, 1909 (not NY Times website)
New York NY - New York Times
New York NY - New York Weekly Museum, 1788-1817
Doesn't appear copies are available and the Search link doesn't work
New York NY - Newsday
Oneonta NY - The Daily Star
Obits archived since July 1, 1998 available from same page
Orange Co. NY - GenWeb Obit Index for people born in CT
most obits appeared in the Times-Herald Record.
Oyster Bay - Oyster Bay Enterprise-Pilot
Plainview / Bethpage NY - Plainview Old Bethpage Herald
Plattsburg NY - The Press-Republican
Current and archived obits back to March 1999 (1999 are short death notices, not full obituaries). Explicit instructions included on one page. PSSST -- It's genealogy, not geneOlogy!!!
Port Washington NY - Port Washington News
Rochester NY - Democrat and Chronicle
Current day's and week's obits, plus a search box for obits archived up to a year.
Roslyn NY - Roslyn News
Suffern NY - Scarr Funeral Home
Syosset & Jericho NY - Syosset-Jericho Tribune
Syracuse NY - Syracuse Post- Standard
Includes six months archived obits.
Westbury NY - Westbury Times

USA - North Carolina

North Carolina Death Index 1913-1986
In the State/County: (optional) box, select -NC- before entering any search terms. Not a great problem now, but as more areas are added, it will be.
North Carolina Deaths 1826-1845 - Raleigh Register & North Carolina Gazette
NOTE: each page is a separate .pdf file, so a search only checks that page.
State Library of North Carolina Digital Repository
see actual images of family bibles with their handwritten family histories and inserts of marriage certificates, etc. Organized by family surname on the bibles. NOTE: names from entries are not indexed.
Ahoskie NC - Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald
includes links to archives back to 2008.
Asheville NC - Asheville Citizen-Times
Asheville NC - Asheville Citizen-Times 1977-1989
index provides name (including maiden), age, place of birth, date of publication. Scattered notices from other area newspapers included.
Black Mountain NC - Black Mountain News
Boone NC - Watauga Democrat
Carolina Beach NC - Island Gazette
Carteret County NC - Carteret County News-Times
Includes notices from Topsail Voice (Hampstead) & Tideland News (Swansboro)
Catawba County Obit Index 1993-2004
name, sometimes occupation, date of death, name of publication only
Chapel Hill NC - Chapel Hill News & Advocate
Charlotte NC - Charlotte Observer
Cherokee County Death Records 1913-1927
Scroll down to "Deaths" for the alphabetical links. Name of deceased, parents and date of publication is included. Unfortunately, confusing XX-XX-XX date format has been used. In this case, it's month, day, year.
Concord NC - Concord & Kannapolis Independent-Tribune
Craven County NC - New Bern Public Library Obituary Index: 1751-1898, 1902-1903, 1906, 1908-1909, 1911, 1914-1926. 1968-2009, plus other incomplete years
index only, although full obit can be ordered for a fee
Dunn NC - Dunn Daily Record
Durham NC - The Herald-Sun
Edgecombe County NC - The Daily Observer
covers the communities of Conetoe, Crisp, Macclesfield, Pinetops, Princeville, Speed, Rocky Mount, Tarboro & Whitakers
Elizabeth City NC - Twiford Funeral Homes
includes obits from branches in Manteo & Hatteras NC
Fayetteville NC - Fayetteville Observer
current notices and a 30 day archive search utility
Gaffney NC - Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home
Gaston NC - Gaston Gazette
You may be asked before you are able to view the obits to select either dial-up or broadband, whichever service you have. Seven days of obits, visitations & funerals. Click Page to adjust the page size. You can click on any article to see the text. Select the date by sliding the mouse over the date under the header (left side).
Greensboro, NC - News & Record Online Obituaries Index
30 day archive & search utility
Guilford County Death Records Index - Greensboro Patriot 1826-1899
Note: Greensboro Library proviso that database is incomplete, and errors may have occurred in transcription or in the source book, Guilford County Marriage and Death Records, 1941.
Hickory NC
Hyde County NC Death Certificate Index
Index only of name, sex, race, parents' names, date of death, location, and original records reference, with added comments in red type. Of course, copies of the originals may be purchased.
Johnston County NC - Smithfield Herald Index of Obituary Notices Since 1801
includes area newspapers: Raleigh Register, Farmers & Mechanic (Raleigh) & Clayton Bud. From Jan 2008: Clayton News-Star, Cleveland Post, Four Oaks-Benson News in Review, Kenly News, Princeston News-Leader, Selma News, & Dunn Daily Record. Various search methods provided.
Kinston NC - Kinston Free Press
Lexington NC - The Dispatch
Lillington NC - O'Quinn-Peebles FUneral Home
McDowell County NC - McDowell News
Morganton NC - Morganton News Herald
covers Butte County NC
New Bern NC - Sun-Journal
use the search box on the right side of the screen to retrieve notices archived at since 2007 Sept 25 (set the date choice to All time. If there are other obits from 2001, I couldn't find any functioning link.
Raleigh NC - News & Observer Story Search
Sampson County NC - The Sampson Independent
last 30 days
Statesville NC - Statesville Record & Landmark
Taylorsville NC - Taylorsville Times
Waynesville NC - The Mountaineer
Whiteville NC - The News Reporter
Winston-Salem NC - Winston-Salem Journal

USA - North Dakota

North Dakota Obituary Lookup Volunteers
North Dakota Public Death Index
Index of obits for people born in North Dakota
Beulah ND
Bismarck ND - Bismarck Tribune
Burke Co. ND - Burke County Tribune
Crosby ND - Crosby Journal
Accessibility to full text limited to subscribers -- BITE ME! Name, age and location of deceased only
Devils Lake ND - Devils Lake Journal
Dickinson ND - Dickinson Press
Fargo ND
Garrison, McLean County ND - McLean Independent
deaths listed at the bottom of the page -- name, age, location of death only
Grand Forks ND - Grand Forks Herald
Hazen ND - Hazen Star
deaths listed at the bottom of the page -- name, age, location of death only
Jamestown ND - The Sun
McClusky ND - McClusky Gazette
deaths listed at the bottom of the page -- name, age, location of death only
Minot ND - Minot Daily News
New Town, Mountrail County ND
Red River Valley Genealogical Society Funeral Home Indexes
Renville Co. ND - Renville County Farmer
click Obituaries in the menu at the left of the screen. Resulting link is different every day.
Tioga ND - Tioga Tribune
name, age and location of death of deceased only
Valley CIty ND - Times-Record
Westhope ND - Westhope Standard
Williston ND - Williston Herald
Underwood ND - Underwood News
deaths listed at the bottom of the page -- name, age, location of death only
Valley City ND - Times Record
apparently edited version of obit only online -- each notice is followed by a directive to see that day's edition of the paper for the full obit. Give me a break! I'm in Timbuktu and I need to get a copy of the physical paper?!



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