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
Ancestry.com Library Edition Ancestry Library Edition contains hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records. Ancestry.com does not permit home access. Please visit the library to access this database.
NewsBank Newspapers (Remote Access Available) The Newsbank newspaper database includes the Pawtucket Times, The Times, the Valley Breeze Pawtucket Edition, the Providence Journal, and a collection of Rhode Island Historical Newspapers:
Pawtucket Times 1898-1921 Searchable by: Birth, death and marriage notices; news/opinion, election returns, letters, legislative acts, legal proceedings (including laws, proceedings of legislatures or courts, official speeches and proclamations by the king, governor, etc.), lists of current prices of important commodities, shipping news (arrivals and departures of ships in domestic and foreign ports), advertisements (including both display ads and classified ads) and maps.
The (Pawtucket) 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.
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.
Pawtucket Times 1886-1889 and 1921-1922 This Pawtucket Library digital collection includes the Pawtucket Times from 1886-1889 and 1921-1922. The goal of this project is to digitize the Library’s microfilm collection of Pawtucket newspapers. Additional years will be added as funding, grants and donations allow. Please note that search results may appear to contain misspellings and jumbled words due to the age of some of the editions. This does not affect the quality of the search results or the image of the actual newspaper article.