Obituary Search Assistance

Free Service

The Santa Clara County Library District provides a free, three per month, obituary/death notice search request service. We perform searches only for persons whose obituary appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, or in the local community newspaper for Santa Clara County. Our access to the San Jose Mercury News is from 1886-1922 and from 1984 to present.

You may complete the Obituary Search Request Form (below) to submit your request.

  • All requests are fulfilled on a first come, first served basis.
  • Obituaries are published no earlier than 1 week after a person's passing. Please wait at least 1 week after a person's passing before requesting obituary search assistance.
  • Please allow 2-4 weeks for us to respond to your request.
  • We cannot guarantee that we will find the information you request.

Helpful Hints:

For additional useful resources for obituary search assistance, including fee-based services, visit Obituary Research in the Bay Area & Silicon Valley.

Obituary Search Assistance

Please include the first and last name of the deceased and the date of death at minimum.
  • Name of Deceased:
  • Have you searched Ancestry.com?
    Visit https://sccld.org/resource/ancestry-library/ to search Ancestry.com.
  • Please include any additional information we should be aware of.
  • Your Contact Information

  • Your Name:
  • Your Email:
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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