Free Obituaries On-Line


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.

Please report any broken links, or a change in status, should a site start requesting payment for the full text of an obituary. Also, please send me the URLs for any other sources of obituaries available on-line at no charge.

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Family Name Obituary Databases

USA - Vermont

Vermont USGenWeb Obituary Project (pre 1929)
newspaper obituaries -- search or contribute
Vermont Chronicle 1826-1882
abstracts of published obits, a work in progress (paper published until 1898). Of limited use as marriage notices are combined with the deaths and no info beyond place, name and whether it was a marriage or death are included. Of course, one may pay to order an obit.
Vermont Civil War Obituaries
Addison County VT - Addison County Independent
archived since Oct 2007
Barre VT - The World
Barre-Montpelier VT - Barre-Montpelier Times Argus
current notices and search utility for obits archived since Sept 2008
Barton VT - The Chronicle
Bennington VT - Bennington Banner
Bradford VT - Journal Opinion
obit index only for 2009 -- name, date of birth & death (no maiden names offered) -- No current notices -- huh?!?
Brattleboro VT - Brattleboro Reformer
Burlington VT - Burlington Free-Press
archived 1 year
Coös Co. NH - Coös County Democrat
Covers Lancaster, Groveton, Whitefield plus upper Connecticut River Valley communities in NH and VT
Manchester VT - Manchester Journal
Middlebury VT - Addison County Independent
Randolph VT - The Herald of Randolph
Rutland VT - Rutland Herald
St. Albans VT
St. Johnsbury VT - The Caledonian-Record
Archived since Oct 2009
Stowe VT - Stowe Reporter
Washington Co & North Orange Co VT - Vermont World
West Dover VT - Deerfield Valley News
Waitsfield VT
Wallingford, Rutland County VT - Town Reports Deaths 1902-1911 & 1935-1945
index only, providing name, date of death, and age
White River VT - Valley News
note disclaimer about full obits -- only the first sentence is online.
Worcester, Washington County VT Deaths 1893 & 1894

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USA - Virginia

Alexandria VA
Altavista VA - Altavista Journal
Bristol VA - Bristol Herald Courier
Now archived for about one month
Chatham VA - Star-Tribune
Culpeper VA - Culpeper Times
Fairfax VA - Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home new
Fauquier VA - Fauquier Times-Democrat
Fredericksburg VA - Free Lance-Star
Gainesville VA - Gainesville Times
Harrisburg VA - Daily News Record
check the notices archived since 2008 Feb 26
Lexington VA - The Alleghany Journal / Rockbridge Weekly
Loudoun VA - Loudoun Times-Mirror
Lynchburg VA - News & Advance
Martinsville VA - Martinsville Media -- WHEE, WHMVA, WYAT-TV40
Newport News VA - Daily Press
Norfolk VA - The Virginian-Pilot
Rappahannock VA
Richmond VA
Roanoke VA - Roanoke Times:
Shenandoah VA - News-Leader
South Boston VA - Gazette-Virginian
Warrenton VA - Fauquier Citizen

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USA - Washington

Aberdeen WA - The Daily World
full access to paid obituaries only. You must be a paid subscriber to view the online version of the paper. How daft can you get!? If you ARE a paper subscriber, why would you read the darned thing online???
Arlington WA - Arlington Times
Auburn WA
Bainbridge Island WA - Cook Family Funeral Home Obits
Bellevue WA - Bellevue Reporter
Bellingham WA - Bellingham Herald
Bonney Lake & Sumner WA - Courier-Herald
Bothell WA - Bothell Reporter
Bremerton WA
Centralia, Greater Lewis Co. WA - The Chronical
Clark Co. WA - The Columbian
Current notices and search utility for archived obits since 2006 Apr 05
Covington WA - Covington Reporter
Deer Park WA - Deer Park Tribune
Enumclaw WA
Eastsound WA - Islands Sounder
Ellensburg WA - Daily Record
Everett WA - Daily Herald
Current and archived obits (back to June 2000) from the same simple search page.
Federal Way WA - Federal Way Mirror
Friday Harbor WA - Journal of the San Juans
Issaquah WA - Issaquah Reporter
Kennewick, Pasco & Richland WA - Tri-City Herald
One week archive, updated weekly
Kent WA
Kingston WA - Kingston Community News
Kirkland WA - Kirkland Reporter
Kitsap WA - Kitsap Sun
Lewis County WA - Town Crier
covers towns of Castle Rock, Napavine, Onalaska, Toledo & Winlock WA
Long Beach WA - Chinook Observer
Lopez Island WA - Islands Weekly
Marysville WA - Marysville Globe
Mercer Island WA - Mercer Island Reporter
Moses Lake WA - Columbia Basin Herald
Pierce County WA Cemetery Transcriptions
includes Anderson Island, Artondale, Carbonado, Calvary, Gig Harbor, Old Settler/Gravelly Lake, Rainier/Stringtown, Roy, Sumner, Washington Soldiers' Home at Orting, Wilkeson Catholic and Town cemeteries.
Port Orchard WA - Port Orchard Independent
Redmond WA - Redmond Reporter
Renton WA - Renton Reporter
Sammamish WA - Sammamish Reporter
Seattle WA - Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home
Includes photos and online memorials
Seattle WA - Seattle Post-Intelligencer & Seattle Times
Sedro-Woolley (Skagit County) WA - Lemley Chapel Funeral Directors
Silverdale, Kitsap County WA - Central Kitsap Reporter
archived since Dec 2007
Skagit WA - Skagit Valley Herald
covers notices from Anacortes American, The Argus, Courier-Times
Snohomish Co WA - Snohomish GenConnect Obits
Post an obit or search those listed
Snoqualmie WA - Valley Record
South Whidbey WA - South Whidbey Record
Spokane WA - The Spokesman-Review
Stanwood / Camano WA - Stanwood/Camano News
Sunnyside WA - Daily Sun News
Tacoma WA
University Place WA - New Tacoma Cemeteries & Funeral Home new
Vancouver WA - The Columbian
Vashon Island WA - Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Walla Walla WA - Union-Bulletin
Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, cashmere, Chelan, Leavenworth, Quincy WA - Wenatchee World
White Salmon WA - The Enterprise
Whidbey Island, Coupeville, North Whidbey, Oak Harbor WA - Whidbey News-Times
Woodinville WA - Woodinville Weekly/ Northlake News / Valley View
Yakima WA - Yakima Herald
Yelm WA - Nisqually Valley News

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USA - Washington DC

Washington DC - Cape Gazette
Washington DC - Washington Post Obituaries and Death Notices
last 90 days
Joseph Gawler's Sons Funeral Home Obits
Marshal-March Funeral Homes Obits
Murray & Tellington / Tri-State Funeral Services Obituaries
Stewart Funeral Home Obituaries
Taylor's Funeral Home new

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USA - West Virginia

Beckley WV - Register-Herald
Berkeley WV - Morgan Messenger
Bluefield WV (Princeton Co.) - Daily Telegraph
Braxton Co WV - Braxton Citizens' News
Cabell WV - Cabell Record
Charleston WV - Gazette Online
Calhoun County - Hur Herald
Charleston WV - Daily Mail
Clarksburg WV - Exponent-Telegram
Archived since May 20, 1998
Elkins WV - The Inter-Mountain
Fairmont WV - Times West Virginian Link repaired!
Grafton WV
Huntington WV - Woodmere Memorial Park Funeral Home
Grant Co. WV - Petersburg, Grant County Press
Current obits, plus links to archived obits at the bottom of the page.
Harrisville, Ritchie Co. WV - Ritchie Gazette & Cairo Standard
Jackson Co. WV - WVGenWeb Obituaries
Madison WV - Coal Valley News/A>
Marshall Co. WV - GenWeb Obituaries
Obits, death notices contributed from family files, dating back decades in some cases. Some e-mail contributors' addresses included.
Martinsburg WV - The Journal of Martinsburg
Morgantown WV - The Dominion Post
Parkersburg WV
Princeton WV
Parkersburg WV - News and Sentinel
Putnam WV - Putnam Democrat
Shinnston WV - Dorsey Funeral Home
Wardensville WV - Loy-Giffin Funeral Home
Weston WV - Weston Democrat
Wheeling WV - Intelligencer News-Register
Williamson WV - Williamson Daily News

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USA - Wisconsin

Appleton WI - The Post-Crescent
includes links to the past week's notices
Kenosha WI - Kenosha News
select Funerals Notices. It appears one week's worth are posted.
La Crosse / Coulee Region WI - La Crosse Tribune
Current obits and search box for notices archived about 10 days, so far at least.
Manitowoc Co. WI - Obituaries List
Scroll down past the "Lookups & Submissions" chart to the black heading "Deaths". Two paragraphs below is "OBITUARIES", the links to an alphabetized list of obituaries for people who lived in Manitowoc County, some with photos, primarily before 1922
Marinette WI - Marinette Menominee Eagle Herald
Death notices and obituaries from the same page, archived 2 months
Milwaukee WI - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online
Obituaries Index
Oshkosh WI - Oshkosh Library Online Obituary Index
This is just an index. Only minimal information is available for obits since 1970s. Prior to that, only the name of the deceased, the name of the newspaper, page number, and the publication date are available. Full text costs $.
Park Falls WI - Park Falls Herald
Tri-State Area WI, IA, IL - Telegraph Herald
  • Obits Archived since Jan 1996 A somewhat finicky search engine that will pull up news stories as well as obits. It may be simpler to search by date. Click the name links in the resulting index for the full obits. Entering John Q. Public or John Q Public with the quotation marks yielded the same two obits. Entering only john public,without the quotation marks produced only his spouse's obit, which included his name as predeceased.
  • Today's obits Scroll down the left column and click Obituaries. Don't bother with the state links, as the obit list is the same, combined from all three states.

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USA - Wyoming

Albany Co. WY - Laramie Boomerang and Laramie Daily Sentinel
Obit index only for 1866-1940
Casper WY - Casper Star-Tribune
Cody WY - Cody Enterprise
Cheyenne WY - Wyoming Tribune-Eagle
Douglas WY - Douglas Budget
Evanston WY - Uinta County Herald
Fremont Co. WY Deaths Index and Obits 1899 to November 2000, plus March 2001
As published in one of the Fremont County Newspapers - the Riverton Ranger, The Lander Journal, and The Dubois Frontier.
Gillette WY - News Record
Archived since June 2007
Green River WY - Green River Star
Kemmerer WY - Kemmerer Gazette
Laramie WY - Laramie Boomerang
Lovell WY - Lovell Chronicle
Lingle WY - Lingle Guide
Lusk WY - Lusk Herald
Powell WY - Powell Tribune
Current month's obits and links to notices archived since 2001.
Riverton (Fremont Co.) WY - Davis Funeral Home Obituaries
Sheridan WY - Sheridan Press
Current month's notices and grid links for obits archived since 2001
Torrington WY - Torrington Telegram
Wheatland WY - Platte County Record-Times
Worland WY - Northern Wyoming Daily News
Current obits follow a list of indexed obits for the past year.

 


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