Free Obituaries On-Line



All the links below (except the advertising links between the purple lines) 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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Australia

Australian Obituaries
Current obits. It says "Search by name or location", but is really a keyword search of the entire text
Allvoices.com Obituaries
scroll down to the red circle-star icons
Funeral Notices, Death Notices & Obituaries for Australia
Archived since January 2006
Australia Obituaries (RootsWeb) Maillist
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Funeral Notices, Death Notices and Obituaries for Australia -- A nicely organized and attractive website -- Good job, Webmaster!
Obituaries Australia - National Centre of Biography
obits of Australians published in newspapers, journals, magazines & bulletins. A new site in development inviting submissions, built on the Biographical Register since 1954. Not yet searchable, but will launch in August 2011, with full text obituaries and related photos and materials submitted by familly members.
The Ryerson Index : to contemporary death notices and obitaries in Australian newspapers
note the description of the contents of this database, currently predominately from New South Wales. Gives name, date of death (or funeral or probate), publication name & date, age at death
The Last Post
death and funeral notices for all of Australia, as supplied by funeral homes
Obits, death notices, memoriams and funerals from:
  • Victoria - Sunday Herald, Weekly Times
  • New South Wales - Cumberland Newspapers, Sunday Telegraph
  • Queensland - Ayr Advocate, Charter Towers Miner, Herbert River Express, Innisfail Advocate, Quest Newspapers, Tablelander, Townsville Bulletin
  • South Australia - Messenger Newspapers
  • Northern Territory - The News, Sunday Territorian
  • Tasmania - Sunday Tasmanian
    Old Australia Genealogy, New & History (TheOldenTimes.com)
    old newspaper articles from or about families of Australia & New Zealand
    Adelaide SA - The Advertiser / Sunday Mail
    Brisbane QLD - Courier Mail / Sunday Mail
    Bunbury WA - Bunbury Mail
    Deaths and Funerals
    Busselton WA - Busselton-Dunsborough Mail
    Deaths and Funerals
    Collie WA - Collie Mail
    Hobart TAS - The Mercury
    Illawarra NSW - Illawarra Mercury
    Melbourne VIC - Herald Sun
    death notices and obituaries
    Molendinar QLD - Gold Coast Bulletin
    Newcastle NSW
    Perth WA
    Queensland - Courier Mail / Sunday Mail
    Sydney NSW
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    Bermuda

    Mid-Ocean News 1911-2009
    note that these issues are searchable via the Royal Gazette website (see below). Last publication date was 2009 Oct 16.
    Hamilton - The Royal Gazette

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    England

    RootsWeb United Kingdom & Ireland Records Index
    From the Type of Records drop down menu, choose Deaths
    UK BMD - Births Marriages, Deaths and Censuses on the Internet new
    a complex and exhaustive website. The list down the left side of the screen details the type of information to be found here. Do read the description of the various databases, for example, the difference between Local BMD and GRO BMD. British Abroad provides data for expatriates.
    London - The Guardian
    London - The Times
    Obits for famous people only
    iannounce new
    SUPER site! Updated daily from 410 newspapers in the United Kingdom. Includes not only obituaries, but birth & marriage announcements as well.
    High Wycombe - Bucks Free Press new
    Lancashire - Lancashire Telegraph new
    Longtown Area - Carlisle Journal and Patriot Newspapers, 1800-1843
    See also Deaths and Inquests from the Longtown Area Highly interesting reading!

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    India

    Obituaries India

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    Ireland

    Ireland Obituaries (RootsWeb) Maillist
    Send a message with the word subscribe in the body. Do NOT include a signature block or any other text to mail mode or digest mode
    RIP.ie - End of Life Matters
    Recently published death notices
    RootsWeb United Kingdom & Ireland Records Index
    From the Type of Records drop down menu, choose Deaths
    Cavan - Anglo Celt
    Donegal - Derry People Donegal News
    Drogheda - Drogheda Independent
    From the Category dropdown menu, choose the Deaths. Currently, death notices are integrated with those in the Irish Independent.
    Dublin - Irish Times updatedLink repaired!
    last 2 months of notices
    Enniscorthy - The Echo
    From the Category dropdown menu, choose the Deaths. Currently, death notices are integrated with those in the Irish Independent.
    Enniscorthy - The Guardian
    From the Category dropdown menu, choose the Deaths. Currently, death notices are integrated with those in the Irish Independent.
    Fermanagh - Fermanagh Herald
    Gorey - The Echo
    Limerick City, Munster - Limerick Post updatedLink repaired!
    archived since 2013 Dec 13
    Longford - Longford Leader
    Co. Mayo - Mayo News
    From the Category dropdown menu, choose Deaths. Currently, death notices are integrated with those in the Irish Independent.
    Navan - Meath Chronicle
    Nenagh Co., Tipperary - Nenagh Guardian
    From the Category dropdown menu, choose the Deaths. Currently, death notices are integrated with those in the Irish Independent.
    New Ross - New Ross Echo
    Scroll down the Local News column to find the deaths near the bottom.
    New Ross - New Ross Standard
    Swords - Fingal Independent
    Ulster - Ulster Herald
    Wexford - Wexford Echo
    Wexford - Wexford People

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    Jamaica

    Jamaica Find-a-Grave
    scroll down to Findagrave Jamaica Obituaries - each link in this list is to a single obituary Jamaica Gleaner
    Jamaican Obituaries
    photos & full text included
    Jamaicans Found Elsewhere
    obits for those formerly of Jamaica
    National Gallery of Jamaica Blog Obituaries
    obits for artists, writers, gallery directors, etc., important in all arts in Jamaica
    Obits Jamaica
    photos & full text included
    Obituary Index - Jamaica
    Index only of obits for people born in Jamaica, who died in Orange Co. NY between 1999-2003.
    Kingston, Jamaica - Jamaica Gleaner
    Current week's obits

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    Scotland

    SCOTLAND-OBITS -- Obits anywhere in Scotland RootsWeb maillist
    Send a message with the word subscribe in the body. Do NOT include a signature block or any other text to either mail mode or digest mode
    iannounce - Scotland obituaries, death notices, etc. new
    Johnston Press Newspapers Announcements
    Current notices and search utility for past 2 months for 47 newspapers in Scotland (all can be searched at once from the same page)
    Aberdeen - Evening Express
    Under the black text heading Bereavements, click the blue text link Bereavements for the last 14 days of notices
    Banff - Banffshire Journal
    Last 30 days' notices
    Brechin - Brechin Advertiser
    Buchan - Buchan Observer
    PDF views of the notices pages going back to May 2002! (Adobe Acrobat Reader link on the site) Use the search box at the top right of the blue bar to search these archived notices. Very fast!
    Caithness - John O'Groat Journal / Caithness Courier
    Cumbernauld - Cumbernauld News
    Edinburgh - Edinburgh Evening News
    Falkirk - Falkirk Herald
    Fife - Fife Today Compiled from East Fife Mail, Fife Free Press, Fife Herald, Glenrothes Gazette, St. Andrews Citizen
    Archive
    Galloway - Galloway Gazette
    Fife - Fife Today Compiled from East Fife Mail, Fife Free Press, Fife Herald, Glenrothes Gazette, St. Andrews Citizen updated Link repaired!
    Glasgow
    Greenock - Greenock Telegraph
    North Scotland - The Press and Journal
    Under the black text heading Bereavements, click the blue text link Bereavements for the last 14 days of notices

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    New Zealand

    Auckland NZ - New Zealand Herald
    Fairfax Media conglomerate
    Obits from the Dominion Post, Marlborough Express, Maanawatu Standard, Nelson Mail, The Press, Southland Times, Sunday News, Sunday Star-Times, Taraniaki Daily News, Timaru Herald, Waikato Times
    Gisborne NZ - Gisborne Herald
    Funeral Notices and Obituaries from Newspapers and Publications Around New Zealand, 1848-1940s
    Death notices 1960 onward
    New Zealand Obituaries
    search by name or location -- keyword searches entire text
    New Zealand Herald + - Deaths from various years in the 1840s to 1880s
    Napier Mail, The Hastings Mail and Hawke’s Bay Country Scene
    select the community newspaper from the front page displayed on the right. Patience! The PDF (Adobe) files take a few moments to download. Use the search box in the menu bar above the webpage to enter death notice. You can then read the page as it appears in print. This menu bar gives the option to increase or decrease the page size for best viewing and reading. Adobe Reader is required, and this can be safely downloaded via this link Rodney & South Kaipara NZ - Hibiscus Matters, Mahurangi Matters, & Northern Matters combined
    SMITH funeral notices in New Zealand
    Waiheke Island NZ - Gulf News
    sporadic notices back to 2001 - NOTE: only those obits that are the primary story will be able to be read. Some links may not provide the obit.
    Wairoa NZ - Wairoa Star
    click the last page for the death notices, which will open in a new window. Adobe Reader is required, and this can be safely downloaded via this link

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