Request an Obituary/Death Notice

Obituary search requests

  • The Grosvenor Room of the B&ECPL provides an obituary/death notice search service.
  • The exact date of death (MONTH, DAY, YEAR) is required.
  • We can check our local newspapers on microfilm for 5 days after the date of death. 
  • The search fee (per name) is $10 for Erie County residents; $25 for non-Erie County residents. The fee applies if a notice was not published and cannot be found.
  • A photocopy of the notice will be mailed to you along with an invoice for payment.
  • Please allow 3 business days for processing. 

Helpful tips

  • There is no guarantee that an obituary article was published.  It is more likely that a small, brief “death notice” was published.  If found, we will provide this instead.
  • If you don’t know the exact date of death, see the Obituary information here.

To support the overall health and well-being of our community and employees, and due to the rapidly changing situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), all Buffalo & Erie County Libraries will be temporarily closed through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

We will respond to your obituary request when the Library resumes full services.  We apologize for the inconvenience. 

About the Deceased
Your Information

If you are a resident of Erie County, NY, the search fee (per name) is $10.  The fee is $25 for non-Erie County residents. The search fee applies if a notice was not published and cannot be found.  By submitting this form, you agree to pay the correct fee.