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Find a Santa Clara County Obituary

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How to Find a Santa Clara County Obituary

Search the following newspaper databases on the library’s website. They are free with your Santa Clara City Library card.

  • San Jose Mercury News covering June 1, 1985 to the present
  • San Jose Mercury and Evening News Historical Archives covering 1884-1922

Need another year or it wasn’t in the databases?

Go to the San Jose Public Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose and search their complete run of historic San Jose newspapers on microfilm.

You are not local? It is inconvenient?

  • Use your local library’s interlibrary loan service to order microfilm of the San Jose Mercury News and other California newspapers (some back to 1850) from the California State Library.

The Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society offers a $10 per name search service.  Below are options for contacting the Society.

  • Email:
  • Visit: , choose Research, then choose Research Services
  • Write to the Society at: Santa Clara City Library, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051, Attention: Research Consultant. Please - include a self-addressed stamped envelope.