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These sources can help you with your obituary searches: Library Edition, available for use at all of our branches

California Death Records Index for California deaths between 1940 and 1997

NewsBank, which includes the Orange County Register, for deaths after January 1, 1987 and NewsBank’s Obits Archive

Social Security Death Index

For deaths prior to January 1, 1987, you can check the Orange County Register on microfilm. It is available at the following branches:

·         Irvine Heritage Park: 
          February 1970 – Current (with the exception of Nov 21-30, 2002; Feb 14-28, 1985; Apr 1-10, 1988; Nov 1-10, 2006; and Jun 6-10, 2007)

·         Garden Grove Main: 
          Orange County Daily Register: May 1919 – June 1943; Orange County Register: Jan 1986 – 2015

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