Obituary Search Within Maine Only

Please review before requesting an obituary.

  1. Available newspapers for searches: Portland, Lewiston, Augusta, Waterville and Bangor ONLY.
  2. Date of Death and Place of Last Residence are required for all searches.
  3. There is a fee of $5.00 per obituary (no charge if an obituary is not found).
  4. If only a notice is found, the fee remains the same.
  5. Limit of five (5) obituary searches per month.
  6. You must include YOUR name, address and telephone number.
  7. Searches may take 5-10 days to complete depending on the format of the request.
  8. Searching for obituaries prior to the early 1900's is usually not successful because obituaries at that time were rare. Please only request IF the person was prominent or the death unusual.

Helpful Hints

To verify date of death, use the Maine State Archives Death Index or the Social Security Death Index (SSDI)

Online Request Form for Obituary Search

  Required * fields

Contact Information
(mm/dd/yyyy) You MUST include month, day and year. We will search newspapers up to 10 days beyond the date of death.
(mm/dd/yyyy)
(at time of death)
*Your Name:  
*Your City, State, Zip:  
Your Phone:  
(You may print and mail this form if you have no email address)
Choose a Delivery Method
[Format: mm-dd-yyyy]

You may also request an obituary search through the mail or by phone:

To Mail: Print the form above, complete all information and mail to:

Maine State Library
Reference Department
64 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Phone: 207-287-5600

Requirements and fees for an obituary search are the same regardless of the method of request.

We cannot guarantee that we will find the requested obituary.