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Welcome to our Obituary Index. The main source of these obituaries is the Daily Press, which has been the City of Newport News’ local paper since 1898. The current obituary index covers 1898 through 1988. This index also covers obituaries from the Times-Herald from 1902 to 1915.

Full-text of obituaries back to 1989 may be available through our ProQuest database. However, you will need to have a Newport News Public Library card to access this database from home.

The Daily Press also has an online index of all of their articles from 1989 to the present, which you can visit at

To order a copy of an obituary, please complete the order form. This form can be mailed to the address on the form. We ask that payment accompany the order the form. Unfortunately, we cannot accept online payments at this time. Please Note: Effective July 1, 2019, the fee for this service will increase to $6.00 per obituary copy.

Missing Issues:
Both the Daily Press and Times-Herald have a large section of issues which were missing before they could be microfilmed.
• The Daily Press is missing issues from December 15, 1899 to January 7, 1905
• Times-Herald is missing issues from July 1902 to January 2, 1908.

There are occasional issues missing in other years as well. If you are unable to find an obituary listing this may be one of the reasons why.