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Welcome to the California Obituary Links Page

Welcome to the California obituaries page, where you will find links, databases, and resources that will help you find obituaries and vital records related information. If you are looking to find a copy of a specific obituary, biographic/public records data, or a copy of the official death certificate from person who died in California, then please follow the following steps:

1 Search the Local Newspapers Archives
Once you have the name, place, and date of death then you can search the local newspapers archives for a copy of the obituary posting. You can access our free list of all the newspapers and their obituary sections for the state of California.
2 Search other Free and Paid Resources
If you do not want to search the local newspapers, then we recommend the following resources and companies, who can provide this information. Many offer both free and paid services which can you help you find obituary and biographic information.
3 Get an Official Death Certificate
If you are looking for an official copy of a death certificate then please read the specific instructions of how to order death certificates.
4 Further Genealogical Research
If you are a genealogist, we also have aggregated a list of genealogy resources by state. You can try these genealogy focused resources, which are organized by county and state.

Obituary Search Tools and Resources

Instructions for obtaining a copy of a California Death Certificate

To order Death Certificates you can contact the California Department of Vital Records which is listed below. If you want to order online you can use the following link to order a death certificate.

Death Certificate for California

Event: Death

Cost of copy: $12.00

Office of Vital Records
CA Department of Public Health
MS: 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Office of Vital Records. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This is a recorded message

Directory of California Obituary and Genealogy Resource Links
Below are obituary resource links organized by county. Please contact us if you would like to add your site.

Looking for the obituary section for a local newspaper? Please search through our full list of California Newspapers and access their online obituary sections. Click here to access California Newspapers.


Statewide Obituary Search Engines
Cemsearch - California Cemetery Inscription Search
Miscellaneous California Obituaries
California Obituary Lookup Volunteers
Miscellaneous Early California Obituaries
California GenealogyBuff Library
California Deaths, 1940-97
CaliforniaContributed Data Forum
California Birth Index 1905-1995
California Death Index 1905-1995
Western States Marriage Index

Alameda Co.

Miscellaneous Alameda County Obituaries
Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home Obituaries
Alameda County Obituary and Death Notices Collection
San Lorenzo Express Obituaries
The Alameda Times-Star Obituary Archives 2001-Present
The Alameda Journal Obituary Archives 2002-Present
Early Livermore Obituaries
The Fremont-Newark Argus Obituary Archives 2001-Present

Amador Co.

Volcano Catholic Cemetery Inscriptions
The Ledger Dispatch Obituary Archives 1997-Present
Amador County Pre-1905 Death Index

Butte Co.

Butte County Obituary Search Engine
Chico Enterprise-Record
Butte County Obituary Index 1859-1862
Butte County Pre-1905 Death Index
Lookups by Donna

Calaveras Co.

Jesus Maria and Milton Cemetery Inscriptions
Calaveras County Births (1858-1915)
Applications for Marriage 1927-1951

Colusa Co.

Colusa, California Newspaper Records, 1876-84
Colusa County Pre-1905 Death Records

Contra Costa Co.

Contra Costa Times Obituaries
The Brentwood News Obituary Archives 1997-Present
The Contra Costa Times Obituary Archives 1995-Present
The Contra Costa Sun Obituary Archives 1996-Present
Alhambra Cemetery Inscriptions
Pacheco Cemetery Inscriptions

Del Norte Co.

Del Norte County Obituary Search Engine
Del Norte County 1999 Obituaries Jan-Feb-Mar-A-M-J-J-A-S-O-N-D
Brother Jonathan Cemetery Inscriptions
How-On-Quet Indian Cemetery Inscriptions
Del Norte County Births

El Dorado Co.

El Dorado County Obituaries
El Dorado County Cemetery Inscriptions

Fresno Co.

Fresno Bee
The Fresno Bee Obituary Archives 1987-Present
Miscellaneous Fresno County Deaths 1
Miscellaneous Fresno County Deaths 2
Miscellaneous Fresno County Deaths 3
Miscellaneous Fresno County Deaths 4
Miscellaneous Fresno County Deaths 5
Miscellaneous Fresno County Deaths 6
Miscellaneous Fresno County Deaths 7
Miscellaneous Fresno County Deaths 8
Miscellaneous Fresno County Deaths 9
Fresno County Index to Marriage Licenses 1855-1897

Kern Co.

Bakersfield Californian Obituaries
Miscellaneous Kern County Obituaries
Cottage Grove Cemetery Inscriptions
Desert Memorial Endowment Center Cemetery Inscriptions

Kings Co.

Kings County Obituary Index

Lake Co.

Miscellaneous Lake County Obituaries
Glenbrook Cemetery Inscriptions

Lassen Co.

Lassen County Obituary Search Engine
Lassen County Times
Lassen Mail Obituary Index - 1907-1919
Lassen Mail Obituary Index - 1920-1929
Lassen Mail Obituary Index - 1930-1938
Big Valley Gazette Obituary Index 1907-1956
Lassen Advocate Obituary Index 1868-1879
Lassen Advocate Obituary Index 1880-1889
Lassen Advocate Obituary Index 1890-1892
Lassen Advocate Obituary Index 1896-1899
Lassen Advocate Obituary Index 1900-1910
Lassen Advocate Obituary Index 1911-1919
Lassen Advocate Obituary Index 1911-1919
Lassen Advocate Obituary Index 1930-1939
Lassen Advocate Obituary Index 1940-1949
Lassen Advocate Obituary Index 1950-1959
Lassen Advocate Obituary Index 1960-1969
Lassen Advocate Obituary Index 1970-1974

Los Angeles Co.

Los Angeles County Obituary Search Engine
Los Angeles Obituaries June 30, 1970
The Daily News of Los Angeles Obituary Archives 1985-Present
The Long Beach Press Obituary Archives 1990-Present
The Los Angeles Times Obituary Archives 1985-Present
Burbank Leader
Glendale News Press
Los Angeles Times
Palo Verde Valley Times Search Engine
Antelope Valley Press
City of Palmdale Public Library Database of Obituaries
White's Funeral Home Obituaries of Azusa
Harrison-Ross Mortuaries Obituary Archive
Los Angeles County Pre-1905 Death Index
Pacific Crest Cemetery Inscriptions
Fairmount Cemetery Inscriptions
Index to some small LA County Cemeteries
McKinley Avenue Intermediate School Yearbook - 1914
Santa Monica High School Yearbook - 1928

Madera Co.

Jay Chapel Obituary Search Engine
Oakhill Cemetery Inscriptions, Oakhurst, California
Madera County Pre-1905 Death Index
Madera County Death Register 1892-1905
Madera County Birth Index 1893-1905
Madera County Birth Register
Madera County Index to Delayed Births 1878-1905
Fresno County Index to Marriage Licenses (Madera Extracted) 1855-1897
Madera County Marriage Index 1893-1905
1850 Mariposa & Madera Counties Mortality Schedule

Marin Co.

Marin County Pre-1905 Deaths

Mariposa Co.

Mariposa County Obituaries
Mariposa County Pre-1905 Death Index
Mariposa County Cemetery Inscriptions
Coulterville Cemetery Inscriptions
1850 Mariposa & Madera Counties Mortality Schedule

Mendocino Co.

Mendocino County Obituaries and Death Notices
Mendocino County Pre-1905 Death Index

Merced Co.

Modesto Bee
The Modesto Bee Obituary Archives 1989-Present

Modoc Co.

Willow Ranch Cemetery Inscriptions
Modoc County Obituary Index
Modoc County Record Obituaries

Mono Co.

Mono County Obituaries

Monterey Co.

Monterey County Obituary Search Engine I
Monterey County Obituary Search Engine II

Napa Co.

The Times-Herald Online
Miscellaneous Napa County Obituaries (growing database)
Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home Obituaries
Napa County Registered Births
Napa County Marriage Index 1850-1905

Nevada Co.

The Union
North San Juan Protestant Cemetery Inscriptions
Historic Cemeteries of Nevada County, CA (Inscriptions/photos)

Orange Co.

Orange County Register
The Orange County Register Obituary Archives 1987-Present
Los Angeles Public Library Database of Obituaries
The Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot Obituaries
The Daily Pilot
The Huntington Beach Independent
Orange County Pre-1905 Death Index

Placer Co.

Gold Hill Cemetery Inscriptions
Todd Hill Cemetery Inscriptions
Auburn Journal
County Obituary Lookups
Placer County Index to Deaths 1852-1879
Placer County Index to Births 1852-1879
Placer County Index to Marriages 1852-1879

Plumas Co.

Plumas County Obituary Search Engine
Plumas County Obituary Index
Plumas County Online

Riverside Co.

San Diego County Obituary Search Engine (covers parts of Riverside Co.)
The Press-Enterprise Obituaries
The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) Obituary Archives 1999-Present
Miller-Jones Funeral Home Obituaries
Idyllwild Town Crier
Riverside County Pre-1905 Death Index
Palo Verde Valley Times

Sacramento Co.

Sacramento Bee
The Sacramento Bee Obituary Archives 1984-Present
Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home Obituaries
Sacramento County Cemetery Inscriptions
County Obituary Lookups

San Benito Co.

Burial Index for San Benito County
San Benito County Pre-1905 Death Index
San Benito County Cemetery Index
San Benito Burial Permits 1874-1910 A-H - I-P - Q-Z

San Bernardino Co.

Daily Bulletin Online
Misc. Obits Index (2000) Victorville I
Misc. Obits Index (2000) Victorville II
San Bernardino County Pre-1905 Death Index

San Diego Co.

San Diego County Obituary Search Engine
The San Diego Union-Tribune Obituary Archives 2000-Present
Miscellaneous San Diego County Obituaries I
Miscellaneous San Diego County Obituaries 2
Miscellaneous San Diego County Obituaries 3
Miscellaneous San Diego County Obituaries 4
San Diego County Pre-1905 Death Index
San Diego Union Vitals - June 15, 1940
County Obituary Lookups

San Francisco Co.

San Francisco County Obituary Search Engine 1999-2000
The San Francisco Chronicle Obituary Archives 1985-Present
San Francisco County Vitals Search Engine 1999-2000
San Francisco Chronicle-Examiner - Archives
San Francisco Co. Obituaries & Death Notices
Miscellaneous San Francisco County Obituaries
San Francisco County Marriage Records
County Obituary Lookups
1906 San Francisco Earthquake Deaths

San Joaquin Co.

Lodi News-Sentinel
Modesto Bee
San Joaquin County Scanned Obits (Margie Campbell)
County Obituary Lookups

San Luis Obispo Co.

Telegram-Tribune - Announcements
San Luis Obispo County Obituary Index
Misc. San Luis Obispo County Obituaries I
Misc. San Luis Obispo County Obituaries II
Misc. San Luis Obispo County Obituaries III
Misc. San Luis Obispo County Obituaries IV
San Luis Obispo County Obituary Index 1991

San Mateo Co.

San Mateo Obituary Search Engine

Santa Barbara Co.

Santa Barbara Obituary Search Engine
Coastal View Obituary Archives
Miscellaneous Santa Barbara County Obituaries 1
Miscellaneous Santa Barbara County Obituaries 2
Miscellaneous Santa Barbara County Obituaries 3
Miscellaneous Santa Barbara County Obituaries 4
The Lompoc Record
Santa Barbara News-Press
Santa Barbara County Hospital Cemetery Inscriptions
Santa Barbara Newspaper Abstract Search
Goleta Cemetery Register

Santa Clara Co.

Santa Clara Obituary Search Engine - Los Altos
Santa Clara Obituary Search Engine - Los Gatos
Miscellaneous Santa Clara County Obituaries
San Jose Mercury News
The San Jose Mercury News Obituary Archives 1985-Present
City of Mountain View Public Library Obituary Database
City of Palo Alto Obituary Database
Palo Alto Marriage Search
Miscellaneous San Jose Area Obituaries
Extracts from Early Mountain View Newspapers

Santa Cruz Co.

Santa Cruz County Obituary Search Engine
County Obituary Lookups

Shasta Co.

Shasta County Marriages 1854-1904
Shasta County Marriages 1861-1888
Shasta County Marriages 1888-1896
Whitmore Cemetery Inscriptions
Anderson Pioneer Cemetery Inscriptions
Cottonwood Cemetery Inscriptions
Harrison Gulch Cemetery Inscriptions
Parkville Pioneer Cemetery Inscriptions
Pinckney Cemetery Inscriptions
Shasta Hospital Cemetery Inscriptions
Tuttle Gulch Cemetery Inscriptions

Sierra Co.

Sierra County Pioneer Cemetery Index (pre-1925)
Sierra County Cemetery Inscriptions

Siskiyou Co.

Siskyou Daily News Obituary Search
Siskyou Co. Daily News
Siskyou County Cemetery Inscriptions

Solano Co.

The Times-Herald Online
The Reporter Online
The Dixon Independent Voice
Solano County Deaths Index
Passalacqua Funeral Home Records 1914-2000

Sonoma Co.

The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa) Obituary Archives 1995-Present
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
County Obituary Lookups

Stanislaus Co.

Modesto Bee

Tehama Co.

County Obituary Lookups

Trinity Co.

Kellogg Cemetery Inscriptions
Hyampom Cemetery Inscriptions

Tulare Co.

Miscellaneous Tulare County Obituaries
Porterville obituaries 1890 to 1996 A-F - G-N - O-Z
Brides Index 1852-1893 - Grooms Index 1852-1893
Brides Index 1893-1909 - Grooms Index 1893-1909
Tulare County Marriages
Deep Creek Cemetery Inscriptions
Hamilton Cemetery Inscriptions
Porterville Cemetery Inscriptions
Crabtree-Globe Cemetery Inscriptions
Duncan-McDonald Cemetery Inscriptions
Hillcrest Cemetery Inscriptions A-G - H-O - P-Z
Home of Peace Cemetery Inscriptions
Smith Mountain Cemetery Inscriptions
Springville Cemetery Inscriptions
St. Ann's Cemetery Inscriptions
Vandalia Cemetery Inscriptions
Visalia Cemetery Inscriptions
Tipton-Pixley Cemetery Inscriptions
Three Rivers Cemetery Inscriptions
Woodville Cemetery Inscriptions
Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery Inscriptions

Tuolumne Co.

Modesto Bee
Misc. Tuolumne County Cemetery Inscriptions
Index to Tuolumne County Births 1863-1925

Ventura Co.

Ventura County Obituary Search Engine
Ventura County Star Obituary Search Engine
Oxnard Press Courier (1944-1956)
Ojai Valley News Obituaries
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Public Library Database of Obituaries
Miscellaneous Ventura County Obituaries

Yolo Co.

Davis Enterprise
County Obituary Lookups
Yolo County Obituary and Death Notice Collection
Yolo County Obituary Archive
Miscellaneous Yolo County Obituaries 1
Miscellaneous Yolo County Obituaries 2
Miscellaneous Yolo County Obituaries 3
Miscellaneous Yolo County Obituaries 4
Miscellaneous Yolo County Obituaries 5
Miscellaneous Yolo County Obituaries 6

Yuba Co.

Yuba County Obituary Search Engine
Miscellaneous Yuba County Obituaries 1
Miscellaneous Yuba County Obituaries 2
Miscellaneous Yuba County Obituaries 3
Miscellaneous Yuba County Obituaries 4
Miscellaneous Yuba County Obituaries 5
Miscellaneous Yuba County Obituaries 6
Miscellaneous Yuba County Obituaries 7
Miscellaneous Yuba County Obituaries 8
Miscellaneous Yuba County Obituaries 9
Keystone Cemetery Inscriptions