Use the Obituary Databases and Obituary Books [list below] to look up an obituary that appeared in the local paper and the date on which is appeared. Once you have the date, you can find the paper in the McArthur Library Newspaper Archive (currently digitized up to 1949) and save/download/clip the obituary for free.
OBITUARY DATE DATABASES:
McArthur Library Obituaries and News Database
Goodall Library Journal Tribune Obit Search
- Returns of Death (Biddeford, Maine) 1814-1898 coming soon!
- Biddeford Journal Obituaries (Volume I) – 1884-1918
- Biddeford Journal Obituaries (Volume II) – 1919-1946
- Biddeford Journal Obituaries (Volume III) – 1947-1964
- Biddeford Journal Obituaries (Volume IV) – 1965-1975
- Biddeford Journal Obituaries (Volume V) – 1974-1995 coming soon!
- Biddeford Journal Obituaries (Volume VI) – 1996-2007 coming soon!
- Obituaries in the Journal Tribune 2011-2019
Looking for more recent (1950 and later) obituaries? Use the Obituary Request Form to contact us for assistance.
OBITUARY REQUEST FORM
Maine Cemetery Maps
Find-a-Grave (excellent local coverage)
LOOKING FOR VITAL RECORDS IN BIDDEFORD?
UNOFFICIAL VITAL RECORDS/COPIES-
McArthur Public Library has transcribed books of records (no originals!) available for research during our regular operating hours. FMI check out our Biddeford Genealogy Resources List (link to library catalog and digitized versions of many titles!)
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 is made available by the Maine State Archives + Maine State Library via FamilySearch.org (a free/non-subscription genealogy site).
OFFICIAL VITAL RECORDS /COPIES – your contact will be determined by the year of the record you seek:
PRIOR TO 1892: BIDDEFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Biddeford Historical is the de facto repository for our city records. You may contact the Historical Society with your queries either by email (email@example.com), telephone (207-502-0279) or USPS (P.O.Box 200, Biddeford, Maine 04005).
1892-Present: MAINE OFFICE OF VITAL RECORDS. DHHS-Data, Records and Vital Statistics-Vital Records Unit.
CITY CLERK’S OFFICE. City of Biddeford – Birth, Marriage, Death records information
About Maine Vital Records: **IMPORTANT!! MAINE’S PRIVACY LAWS EFFECT YOUR ACCESS TO THESE KINDS OF RECORDS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS, PLEASE VISIT: <https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/public-health-systems/data-research/vital-records/order/access-id-photo-requirements.html>**