Obituary Listings

Search Obituaries

As a service to patrons doing genealogical research, the ECPL has compiled and maintains an obituary index for Erie County, Pennsylvania, from 1822 to present.

The Library maintains a paper and an online version of the obituary index from 1822 to present.

ECPL cardholders can find obituaries 1999-present by searching Newsbank.

The Information Services staff will do limited genealogical research or requests for obituaries by the mail or email. The fee for this service is $10 for the first ½ hour of search time, $5 for each additional ½ hour, plus a $1 per page fee for photocopying. Information on more than one person can be included in each request. In most cases, you will be billed for the research when the information is sent to you. Normal requests may take 2 to 4 weeks to be processed.

In most cases, you will be billed for the research when the information is sent to you or you will be notified as to the charge.

To use this service, please fill out the contact form below or print the request form and mail it to the library. Include as much information as possible about the person(s) for whom you are searching. The more information you can provide, the better the chance we can provide you with the information you need. Please remember to include your own mailing address in your request.

Print request form

As obits cannot be emailed, please include your regular mail address so that we may send it to you via U.S. mail.

You can contact the Library by mail at:

Information Services
Erie County Public Library
160 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507

Fax: 814-451-6907

If you have any other questions concerning genealogical research and resources at the Erie County Public Library, please call the Information Hub at 814-451-6927.

  • Last name
  • First name (nicknames and/or titles such as Dr, Jr, Sr, etc.)
  • The date that the obituary appears in the newspaper.

The information for the obituary index is obtained from the listing of deaths in the daily Erie newspapers.

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