Find an Obituary in The Tennessean
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.
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.