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Obituaries

Find an Obituary in The Tennessean

Obituaries in The Tennessean, 1964-2002 (index only, no full text)

Obituaries appearing in The Tennessean newspaper are indexed back to 1964. The index will provide the first date the obituary appeared in the paper and the page number. Use the date and page number to look up the obituary in The Tennessean microfilm at Main Library or make a request for a copy of the obituary by mail.

Obituaries in The Tennessean, 2002-2013 (index only, no full text)

In the search box, type the word “obituary” plus the name of the deceased. The index will provide the first date the obituary appeared in the paper and the page number. Use the date and page number to look up the obituary in The Tennessean microfilm at Main Library or make a request for a copy of the obituary by mail.

Obituaries in The Tennessean, 2001-present (full text)

Obituaries after 2001 are available full-text online through ProQuest. Click on the Obituaries link under The Tennessean heading. In "Name of Deceased" search box, type in the name of the person you are searching for; last name first (i.e., Jones, George). Each obituary record includes an “Indexing (details)” section that lists the publication date. Use the this information if you wish to find the obituary on microfilm.

The Tennessean Obituaries, current year (full text)

There is often a time-lag for obituaries to get in the 2001-present index. For obituaries within the past year, search this site from The Tennessean.

Obituary Requests and Fees

Print an Obituary in Person

Visit the Nashville Room at Main Library to view obituaries on microfilm. Prints from the microfilm are 25 cents per page.

Request an Obituary by Mail

To request an obituary, provide the names and dates for each of the deceased. Please allow 4-6 weeks for the completion of research requests. Requests of more than 5 obituaries will require additional time. If more in-depth research is required, we will provide a list of independent researchers.

Address your request to:
Attn: Nashville Room
Nashville Public Library
615 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219

Request an Obituary by Email

Please include your name and contact information so we can call with questions.

Request Form