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Entered Union: 1850 (31st state)
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California Obituaries

Our collection of California obituaries is expanded regularly as volunteer contributors transcribe citations. You can help other researchers by taking a few minutes each day to pick up your local or county paper and enter citations for the obituaries. We also have many volunteers that transcribe obituary information from the newspaper archives at their local library.

Search by Name

Enter a last name (i.e. surname) and search through the California newspapers citations already indexed.


Or, if you would like to contribute obituaries, first locate your local or county newspaper listing in the directory.

Why Citations? Where's The Rest of the Obit?

To avoid violating the copyright protection exercised by many newspapers over complete obituaries, our database simply cites the individual, date of death, age at death, newspaper name, date of paper and page of citation. We attach a link to the newspaper website (when available) so you can contact them directly to obtain the full obituary.

Newspaper Directory

Browse through our listing of California newspapers and access their online obituary archives. Included in our directory are highlights of genealogy columns published in each paper. To add an obituary citation, locate the newspaper listing and then click on "Add Obituary".

Additional California Sources

Below are links to California sites that have uploaded state or county obituaries. If you would like us to include a link to your obituary page(s), complete this form.

  • Alameda County Obituaries
  • Coastal View Obituariess
  • Contra Costa Times Obituaries
  • El Dorado County Obituaries
  • LA Public Library Database of Obits
  • Lassen County Obituaries
  • Mariposa County Obituaries
  • Mendocino County Obituaries and Death Notices
  • Mono County Obituaries
  • Ojai Valley News Obituaries
  • Porterville obituaries, 1890-1996
  • Press-Enterprise Obituaries
  • San Francisco Co. Obituaries & Death Notices
  • San Joaquin County Scanned Obits
  • San Luis Obispo County Obituaries, 1991
  • San Luis Obispo County Obituaries
  • West Coast Obituary Search Engine

    California Resources at StateGenSites

    Visit the StateGenSites California Genealogy page, with its unique database of state and county web site links organized in 27 different categories.

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