California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Newspaper
Collection years 1985-2011
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of a card file index created from local newspapers and includes obituaries, wedding announcements, anniversaries, and birth announcements. The obituaries are mixed with biographical news stories. Some obituaries are included from the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register of persons who were natives of Oakland or the Bay Area and died in southern California. The card files for 1985-2002, 2003-2006 and 1986-2011 are located at the Oakland Family History Center.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, Oakland, Alameda County, Obituary Card Files, 1985-2011.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date and place
  • Names of parents
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of children
  • Name of cemetery
  • Place of residence
  • Name of newspaper
  • Date of obituary publication
  • Other types of news events

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of any event
  • The names of other relatives

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Date Range and Name Range to view the images.


How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information found in the record to locate the death record
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection, 1985-2011." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Oakland Family History Center, Alameda.

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