Answered By: Cathay Keough
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2019     Views: 35

The Wilmington Public Library provides expert help for Delaware library patrons.  Their site has a page dedicated to looking for dates of death and looking for obituaries.  Click here for Wilmington Public Library's information about searching for dates or death, or how to request an obituary look-up. Obituary Request image

If the person you are looking for died after 2002 you may be able to find their obituary online through the News Journal (for a fee).  Please note, the News Journal does not provide exact information on the years they cover, but it's likely to extend to at least 2002.

If the person you are looking for died prior to 2002, you will have to find the obituary using microfilm.  The Wilmington Public Library has microfilm for the News Journal going back to 1871.  You can come into the Library and search for yourself for free, though printed copies are 25 cents per page, or you can mail in a request with $5.00 per name and a Reference Librarian will search for you.

For persons who are still living, the Delaware libraries offers a database called Reference USA.  The White Pages and more are available through this resource.  

You may be interested in a couple of other FAQs and an additional resource that are relevant to this topic:  

1.  Searching for my family's history (genealogy)

2.  How to find obituaries (available to Delaware library patrons through the Wilmington Public Library)

3.  The University of Delaware's LibGuide on searching for family history.