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Can I get an obituary?

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2017  |  442 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. 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. 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

Berkeley Public Library

Hayward Public Library

Livermore Public Library

Oakland Public Library

Pleasanton Library

San Francisco Public Library

San Leandro Public Library

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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