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Genealogy: Obituaries

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Vital Records

If the event occurred in Alameda County, birth certificates from 1940 to the present, death certificates from 1960 to the present and marriage certificates from 1854 to the present may be ordered online from Alameda County.

For other areas of California or dates not covered by Alameda County, certificates may be ordered online from the State of California Department of Health Services.

California Vital Records

VitalCheck provides links to the vital records.

 

Obituaries

If the deceased resided in one of the parts of the County served by Alameda County Library, we will try to locate an obituary for you by checking our local papers. Please use Ask Us!, our online reference to provide as much information as possible about the person.

The parts of the County we cover are: Albany, Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont, Newark, San Lorenzo, Union City and other unincorporated areas.

Please note our newspaper holdings listed above to see which areas are covered by each. Generally, we have archives back to the 1960's. For earlier dates, some of the city libraries may be able to help. Oakland Public Library has an especially strong local history collection in their Oakland History Room 510-238-3222.

There are a number of city libraries that are not part of Alameda County Library. These independent city libraries are:

Alameda City Library
http://www.ci.alameda.ca.us/library/

Berkeley Public Library
http://berkeleypubliclibrary.org/

http://hayward-ca.gov
 

 

Livermore Public Library
http://www.livermore.lib.ca.us/

Oakland Public Library
http://oaklandlibrary.org/

Pleasanton Library
http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/library.html

http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=2000049301
 

San Leandro Public Library
http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/library/default.asp

If the deceased resided in one of these cities, you may want to contact the city library directly to obtain information regarding local files they maintain and whether they conduct obituary searches. The following information is critical to a successful obituary search:

Full Name

Date of Death

Place of residence

Place of death

If you do not know the city of residence or the city where the death occurred, you can order an informational death certificate from the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder. This office can provide death certificates for deaths occurring since 1893 for a fee. Death certificates may also be obtained from the state of California Vital Records.

You may be able to find recent obituaries by checking Internet sites.

Legacy.com has recent obituaries from 1000 newspapers. Some of the local papers mentioned in the Newspaper Holdings section above also provide recent obituaries through their web sites.

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This Obituary Index was compiled  by Don Meeker of the Livermore Heritage Guild and completed in Spring, 2011.

George Anderson and Dick Finn of the Livermore Amador Valley Genealogical Society (L-AGS [http://www.l-ags.org/]) assisted with proofing the entries. 

The names were culled from an index of local TriValley newspapers created and maintained by former Livermore Librarian, Barbara Bunshah and published on CD-Rom under the title An Index into Livermore’s Past.

This obituary index covers the years 1874-2004.

The Livermore Heritage Guild has microfilm through 1965; microfilm can also be retrieved at the Livermore Public Library.