Santa Barbara Obituaries
These obituaries were clipped by volunteers at the Gledhill Library at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and pasted into scrapbooks beginning in 1950. The early obits were randomly clipped or collected. Some years are missing.
If your ancestor's name is in our All Inclusive Database indicating there is an obituary for the person you’re researching, please click the eyeball and send an email request. One of our volunteer researchers will locate the obituary and send you a digital copy of it.
If you do not find your ancestor's name in our LOCAL RECORDS DATABASE on this site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request a lookup. One of our volunteer researchers will check other sources for the requested obituary.
Most early obituaries were clipped from the Santa Barbara News Press and were for Santa Barbara and local area deaths including Carpinteria. Later, many of them also covered Santa Maria and Guadalupe deaths. Also later, obituaries were clipped from the weekly Independent and Montecito Journal as well.
Many thanks go to the following scanners, indexers and proofers who contributed many hours to this Records Preservation Project: Helen Rydell, Michol Colgan, Susan Lundt, Jim Friestad, Merna McClenathan, Susanne Mori, Karen Ramsdell, Holly Snyder, Charmien Carrier, Gwen Patterson, Judy Thompson, Marilyn Compton, Gloria Clements, Carol Diamond, Patti Ottoboni, Barbara Mendoza, Darilyn Kisch, Grace Thomas, Judy Savage, Catherine Quinn, Berri Bottomley, Valerie Vicroy, Vivien La France, Cari Thomas, and Dorothy Oksner (as lead for this project).
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The following schedule may assist you with dates in determining the identity of the correct person for whose obituary you are searching. The dates are only an estimate of the contents of each Book.