Washington State Cemetery & Obituary Resources


Effective June 16, 2014 due to budget cuts and reduced staff, the Washington State Library is no longer offering an obituary lookup service.


We have compiled resources to help you locate death dates, obituary citations, and obituary research services in Washington State.


There are also many useful links on our Vital Records page.


Washington State Obituary Indexes
Washington State Cemetery Records & Transcriptions 
Pacific Northwest Indexes & Transcriptions

Obituary Research Options



 Washington State Obituary Indexes

If you are looking for recent obituaries, try searching the archives on the newspaper web site of the town where the person lived and/or died.



Washington State Cemetery Records & Transcriptions




Pacific Northwest Indexes & Transcriptions

Check out the Pacific Northwest Vital Records Links on the Genealogy Web Resources page.



Obituary Research Options

  1. Interlibrary Loan

    The Washington State Library lends out its microfilmed newspaper collection through interlibrary loan.  You can submit an interlibrary loan request at your local library.  When we receive that request, we will send the microfilm to your library for you to search.  Every box of microfilm is listed in our online catalog.

         If you have any questions about which newspapers cover the area you are researching, contact us through
         Ask-A-Librarian, and we’d be happy to help.


  1. Genealogical Societies and libraries of Washington State
    Many of the county genealogical societies and other libraries in Washington state will do obituary lookups for free or for a small fee.  To assist patrons, we have compiled this list of resources around the state that offer some kind of obituary search services. Fees may be required or suggested, depending on the organization offering the service.   



 The CamWood Genealogical Workshop has on file all of the original newspaper clippings of the indexed obituaries.  If you should find something that interests you, they'll be happy to make a copy of the obit and mail it to you free of charge; requests should be emailed to Bill Blandin - Blandin (AT) pobox.com.  Donations to the Stanwood Area Historical Society would be appreciated.  SAHS' address is PO Box 69, Stanwood, WA 98292.



Use this index to locate local obituaries from 1916 to the present. To see the entire obituary, visit the Port Angeles Main Library to view the microfilm and make prints, or contact [email protected] to request an electronic copy of the obituary.



Jefferson County Genealogical Society maintains an obituary index from 1871-present. To order copies of any obituaries cited in their index, fill out their research request form. $5 for an indexed record; $20 per hour of research.



King County Library system offers obituary searches for obituaries from their service area. See guidelines below.


Obituary Requests-

Use our email reference form to request a copy of an obituary from one of the communities served by the King County Library System (KCLS).



Due to the volume of requests that we receive, we ask that you observe these guidelines:


§  Provide complete information on the individual including full name, place of death, and date of death*. E.g., "Please send the obituary for John Doe, Seattle WA, date of death 5/15/2000."


§  If you have information on a publication that contains the obituary, please include that as well. E.g., "Please send the obituary for John Doe appearing in the Seattle Times, May 18, 2000, p.5."


§  General research is beyond the scope of our service. E.g., "Please send the obituary for Jane Doe, who died in Seattle WA in 2000" does not provide enough information for us to locate the obituary.


§  Submit one request per form and limit requests to one at a time. Do not send additional requests until you have received a response to your previous inquiry.


§  We provide this service for non-commercial purposes and reserve the right to discontinue or disregard requests from professional genealogists, paid researchers, or companies.


§  Staff will search the relevant publications in our collections for the King County community that is specified in the request. We are not able to search collections of other library systems.

* We will search for the date of death plus ten days. 

Most requests are completed within 14 working days of the receipt of the request. 




·         Kitsap Regional Library obituary lookup request form


·         Puget Sound Genealogical Society obituary files

"Our obituary files include information dating back to 1891 and were obtained primarily from local and regional newspapers.  We officially stopped collecting obituaries August 31, 2012, due to space limitations and the availability of recent obituaries in the online editions of local and regional newspapers. We do, however, have a few obituaries for 2013. If you would like to request a copy of an obituary, please submit an Obituary Research Request Form."



            See http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~westklic/obindex.html.  Click on newspaper title to see years indexed and information about how to obtain copies of the obituaries indexed.  



Skagit Valley Genealogical Society maintains an obituary index from approximately 1987-2008.

"Copies of these obituaries may be obtained by writing to our society and we will photocopy whatever is available on this list for a cost of $8.00 (full obit) $3.00 death notice, also $1.00 for additional pages such as newspaper articles. Please include SASE. Remit to: Skagit Valley Genealogical Society; att’n Genealogist, P.O. Box 715, Conway, WA 98238-0715. Or e-mail our Genealogist from this website itself. Monies received from this fund go to help the continuing works of this society."




Spokane Public Library has an obituary lookup service. 


"Spokane Public Library has access to Spokane County newspapers only, so we cannot search for any announcements outside of this area. We will search for three announcements at a time and will search the newspaper for 5 days after an event date. 


Results can be emailed or mailed. Emailed copies are free and delivered in .pdf format. Mailed copies cost 10 cents a page."




Request obituary lookups from the Pierce County Genealogical Society. Cost is $7.50 per obituary.




Tri-City Genealogical Society maintains an index of obituaries from the Tri-City Herald from January 2000-December 2013. ($5 per indexed obit; or $20 for 2 hours of research if not indexed)




The Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society maintains an index of Wenatchee area obituaries from 1880-2016. 

"Obituary pricing is $6.00 for the 1st record request and $5.00 for each additional request for non-members ($4.00 & $3.00 for members)." To order a copy of an obituary fill out their request form.


Rootsweb Obituary Lookup Volunteers