Obituary Index

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NOTICE: Our source for obituaries, the Biddeford Journal-Tribune, ceased publication on 12 October 2019. Consequently, there will be no further additions to this index as there is no longer a local paper providing Sanford obituaries. See the Resources page for local funeral homes that publish online obituaries.

What is in the index?

Records of 75,422 obituaries and death notices from newspapers published in Sanford and Springvale (York county) Maine from the 1890's up to October 2019. This site will tell you if an obituary exists for an individual and where to find it in our newspaper archive. Each record in the database contains Name, Age, Newspaper, Publication Date, and Page Number.

Full-text obituaries are not available here: this is merely an index. However, for 1981 and earlier visit the Springvale & Goodall Libraries Online Newspaper Archive.

What newspapers are indexed?

NewspaperLibrary HasIndexed Here?
Journal-Tribune1977-2019: microfilmYes
Sanford Star1977-78: originalsYes (only if not in Journal-Tribune)
Sanford Tribune & Advocate1925-77: microfilmYes
Sanford Tribune1900-24: microfilmYes (incomplete)
Springvale Advocate1883-85, 1887-95,
1908-09, 1911-12: originals
1889-91 only

What newspapers are not indexed?

NewspaperLibrary HasIndexed Here?
Sanford News1980-2017: microfilmNo (†)
Sanford Weekly Ledger1893-94: originalsNo
Sanford Siftings1888-89: originalsNo
Sanford Herald1884-85: originalsNo
York County Advocate1882-83: originalsNo
Sanford Weekly News1880-83: originalsNo
Springvale Reporter1876-79: originalsNo

(†) Sanford News ceased publication Sep 2017, merging with York County Coast Star. Obituaries were typically duplicated in the Journal Tribune. So a comprehensive indexing of Sanford News obits has not been undertaken and is not planned.

How do to I obtain a copy of an obituary?

Online newspaper archive to 1981 with full text search capability.

SELF SERVICE (at the library): The library has a microfilm reader for public use. Print-outs are 25 cents per page. See our homepage for hours and location.

LIBRARIAN ASSISTED: Library staff will look up an obituary for you. We can mail you a printed copy, or send a scan to your email address.

Our fee for this service is $5.00 for up to three obituaries, plus $1.00 for each additional obituary as part of the same request. (The fee is the same for either method: email or regular mail.)

Payment may be sent by check, payable to:

Goodall Memorial Library
952 Main St
Sanford ME 04073

or through our Paypal account:

Submit details of your request to, or call (207) 324-4714 and ask for the Reference Department.