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Can I get an obituary?

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2017  |  391 Views
Topics: Obituaries

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If the deceased resided in one of the parts of the County served by Alameda County Library, we will try to locate an obituary for you by checking our local papers. The parts of the County we cover are: Albany, Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont, Newark, San Lorenzo, Union City and other unincorporated areas.

The following information is critical to a successful obituary search:

Full Name

Date of Death

Place of residence

Place of death

If you do not know the city of residence or the city where the death occurred, you can order an informational death certificate from the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder. This office can provide death certificates for deaths occurring since 1893 for a fee. Death certificates may also be obtained from the state of California Vital Records.

You may be able to find recent obituaries by checking Internet sites.

Legacy.com has recent obituaries from 1000 newspapers. Some of the local papers mentioned in the Newspaper Holdings section above also provide recent obituaries through their web sites.

Interment.net and CemeteryJunction provide cemetery records.

There are a number of city libraries that are not part of Alameda County Library. These independent city libraries are:

Alameda City Library
http://www.ci.alameda.ca.us/library/

Berkeley Public Library
http://berkeleypubliclibrary.org/

Hayward Public Library
http://library.ci.hayward.ca.us/

Livermore Public Library
http://www.livermore.lib.ca.us/

Oakland Public Library
http://oaklandlibrary.org/

Pleasanton Library
http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/library.html

San Francisco Public Library
http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=2000049301

San Leandro Public Library
http://www.ci.san-leandro.ca.us/sllibrary.html

If the deceased resided in one of these cities, you may want to contact the city library directly to obtain information regarding local files they maintain and whether they conduct obituary searches. 

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  1. What address do we send an obit request to and is there a fee? Lots of info about the service you provide and alternate resources but no specific info to make the request. Thank you.
    by Laura Long on Feb 27, 2013.

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