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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Washington State Library's Online Catalog will be down for maintenance on MONDAY JUNE 14th. Thank you for your patience.
Obituary & Genealogy Research Options for Out of State Patrons
Due to budget cuts and reduced staff, the State Library is no longer offering our obituary lookup service to out-of-state customers. Effective June 16, we will discontinue the service for in-state customers as well.
These are some options for accessing obituaries and other genealogical information in Washington state newspapers.
- 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. www.sos.wa.gov/library/catalog.aspx
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. www.sos.wa.gov/library/ask.aspx
- County Genealogical Societies of Washington State
Many of the county genealogical societies in this state will do obituary lookups for a small fee. You will need to contact them directly with any inquiries.
- Association of Professional Genealogists
You can search this web site for a professional researcher by name, location or research specialty.