Library staff can provide copies of up to three (3) obituaries per month for researchers. Obituary requests must include the exact date of death.
By Mail: For printed copies of obituaries from the Pawtucket Times, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with a small donation to cover printing costs to:
Pawtucket Public Library Reference Department 13 Summer Street Pawtucket, RI 02860
By Email: For scanned copies of obituaries email your request. Please include detailed information such as exact names and dates, along with your return email address.
Library Research Databases
African American Heritage (remote access available) Primary sources devoted specifically to African American family history, including census records, vital records, free/d and slave records, church records, legal records, exclusive access to Black Genesis and AfriGeneas. Provided by Askri.org
HeritageQuest Online (Remote Access Available) Full-text genealogy and local history collections combined with digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records from 1790-1930. Includes Freedman’s Bank (1865-1874).
Providence Journal Obituaries & Death Notices Obituaries and death notices from the Providence Journal (1980 to today). An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.
Rhode Island Historical Newspapers: Includes: The Pawtucket Times January 1, 1898 – February 28, 1921 and 27 other historical Rhode Island newspapers.
The Times: June 10, 2008 - Current Full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of The Times. Includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. Updated daily.
The Valley Breeze Pawtucket Edition: August 19, 2009 – Current Full-text weekly newspaper serving the cities and towns of Northern Rhode Island and the Blackstone Valley.
INSTRUCTIONS Remote Users: At login enter your 14-digit Pawtucket Public Library card number.