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 .
VitalCheck provides links to the vital records.
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
Berkeley Public Library
Livermore Public Library
Oakland Public Library
San Leandro Public Library
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:
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.
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.