Autumn brings spectacular color across the Truckee Meadows
Autumn brings spectacular color across the Truckee Meadows

How can I search for obituaries from the Reno newspaper?
There are several options for locating obituaries, depending on when they would have appeared.

Newspaper Archive contains full pages of both Reno Evening Gazette and Nevada State Journal for most years from the 1870s through 1977. This database is available only within the Downtown Reno and Sparks branch libraries. This database also includes many other historical newspapers from around the U.S. and the world.

There is also an index to Reno newspaper obituaries integrated into our online catalog. This index covers the period from mid-1962 through September 2007. To search for obituary citations in that index, go to Advanced search and enter the name of the deceased into the keyword field. Next, select Subject from the next field's dropdown menu and enter obituaries in the text field. Please note, you are only viewing an index to help locate the obituary and will not be able to view the obituary itself. Once you have the information, you can contact us for assistance retrieving the actual obituary. Also please note, the index does not include obituaries from the Sparks Tribune.

For obituaries appearing from 1999 to present, full-text is available online, with your Washoe County Library card, in the Proquest database for the Reno Gazette Journal.You can usually find it by simply typing the name of the deceased into the search box. If the name is very common, you may want to limit by date if you know approximately when the obituary would have appeared in the newspaper, to avoid getting a lot of incorrect results.
Outside of the library's resources, you can find very recent obituaries through the Reno Gazette-Journal website at by clicking on "Obits" (this is provided through, a national obituary listing website).

Finally, if none of the options above are successful for you, the Downtown Reno library holds a complete collection of Reno newspapers on microfilm. The Sparks branch also holds a significant span of Reno newspapers and 1977-2007 of the Sparks Tribune on microfilm. These can be used in person any time during normal hours of operation. If you require assistance using any of these resources or need us to retrieve an obituary, please contact us.