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Obituary Search Help

For articles and obituaries appearing in the Register Guard, use the search tips listed below.

If you would prefer to have Library staff search for you, there is a $10.00 fee for each obituary and article request. Send the following information to LibraryReference@ci.eugene.or.us or call 541-682-5450. Articles will be sent by e-mail with an invoice including payment instructions.

Obituary Request

  • Full name of decedent, date of death, place of death
  • Your name, e-mail and phone number

Register Guard Newspaper Article Request

  • Date of article, names of persons involved, subject and location of event
  • Your name, e-mail and phone number

Lane County Obituaries - Search Tips

Remember that...

The Register Guard is the main source for obituaries submitted for deaths in Eugene and some smaller towns in Lane County.

Obituaries are optional newspaper articles requested by friends and family. There is no law that requires that an obituary be placed. An obituary must be submitted to a paper, it doesn't happen automatically; many folks, especially in early times, never had obituaries.

How do I find the date of death?

Search names in the online Register-Guard Index (years 1963 through 2003). Search last name first: e.g., Smith, Richard D., to obtain the date that the obituary/death notice appeared in the newspaper.

In the library, search the Oregon Death Index through Ancestry.com for years 1903 through 1998 or use library microform of the Oregon Death Index for years 1903 through 2006 (additional years added annually).

How do I find and print a full-text obituary online?

For full text articles/obituaries from 11/14/2001 to current search the Library’s online Register-Guard database (Infotrac).

For full text articles/obituaries from 1867 to current search www.registerguard.com: select Google News Archives.

How do I get a copy of the original newspaper page?  How do I use microfilm at the Library?

The Downtown Library has the local newspapers on microfilm from 07/13/1867 (The Guard) to current (The Register-Guard).

The Downtown Library has microfilm reader/printers. Prints are 25 cents each.

When searching microfilm for obituaries, start the search on the date of death and about 7 days following it.

Obituaries can appear in different areas of the newspaper. Usually they are found in the City Region (local news) section but also can be found in the classified section or appear as paid notices.

Beyond Lane County - Search Tips and Requests

Searching for an obituary outside of Lane County?

  • Contact a public library in that city or town.  Many libraries maintain archives of current and historical newspapers.  Librarians may be able to send a photocopy of an obituary for a nominal fee.
  • Search archives located on a newspaper's website.
  • Find academic, club or association newsletters that may publish alumni death notices.