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Ark Newspaper

Has an archive that goes back to 1979 but it is not indexed. We can check back issues to see if there is an obituary. Alternatively, contact The Ark Newspaper directly and they can search for you. 

The Ark Newspaper
1550 Tiburon Blvd
Tiburon, CA 94920


The Landmarks History Collections

Established in 1959 by the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society as an institution for the gathering and conservation of records, artifacts, fine art, photographs and ephemera which chronicles local history. 

Dave Gotz, Landmarks Archivist
1550 Tiburon Blvd, Suite I
Tiburon, CA 94920


Marin Independent Journal

The county daily newspaper offers obituaries online powered by

Marin Independent Journal
4000 Civic Center Drive, Suite 301
San Rafael, CA 94903


Anne T. Kent California Room

Request an obit search for a fee from the California Room of our local Marin County Library System. Here is their form for requesting a search. (PDF)

Carol Acquaviva, Digital Archivist 
Marin County Free Library, Civic Center Branch, Anne T. Kent California Room
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 427
San Rafael CA 94903


San Francisco Public Library

Offers extensive archives of the San Francisco Chronicle. You can find their procedure for obituary requests here.

The San Francisco History Center Desk has clipping files and related materials covering San Francisco people, places, and events, dating back to Spanish California.

San Francisco History Center
100 Larkin Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, 94102


More links:

Online California Death Records & Indexes


Last Revised on:

May 2017