Obituaries in Massachusetts and other parts of New England can generally be found in the local town or county papers. Many obituaries for Boston and the surrounding area can be found in:
Boston Athenaeum. Index of Obituaries in Boston Newspapers, 1704-1800. Boston, Massachusetts: G. K. Hall and Company, 1968. FHL film 823596.
American Antiquarian Society. Index of Obituaries in Massachusetts Centinel and Columbian Centinel, 1784 to 1840. Boston, Massachusetts: G. K. Hall and Company, 1961. FHL fiche 6051402–06. The obituaries are abstracts of the news items and are listed alphabetically.