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Obituary Requests

Due to budget cuts and reduced staff, the State Library no longer offers our obituary lookup service to out-of-state customers. 

If you are a Washington State Resident, and have a library card with the Washington State Library, you can submit obituary requests for Washington state obituaries using our Obituary Request Form.

Click here to find out how to get a library card,  and click here to find out what options are available for out-of-state customers who are looking for Washington State obituaries.



Obituary Request Instructions

1. Please submit 1 name to research at a time. 
Out of fairness to other customers, please submit no more than 5 requests per day.

2. We do not have an obituary index for our newspapers, so you will need to include the following information with your request:

  • Name of the person at the time of their death
  • Specific Date of death - We need at least the month & the year.
  • Location of death in Washington State
  • Location of residence in Washington State
  • Age

If you need assistance in locating those dates and places, check out the links on our Vital Records page, and on the Obituaries page.

If an obituary is found, a scanned copy will be sent to you as an email attachment.