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Guide to locating newspapers for ancestry, family history, and genealogy research.
Why use newspapers?[edit | edit source]
- Newspapers report family information within notices of births, marriages, and deaths (obituaries), and local news.
- Newspapers usually began before government birth, marriage, and death records. They often began publishing soon a town was first settled.
- Newspapers may serve as a substitute for civil records that were destroyed.
- Unlike most government records, newspaper articles are not limited to a form. Thus, newspapers may contain details not found in more structured records.
- Newspapers can report marriages, deaths or accomplishments of people who no longer live in the area but who still have friends or family there.
- Newspapers may report events in the life of local inhabitants even when these events occurred elsewhere.
|Check newspapers from a week or two before or after a wedding, funeral, or wedding anniversary to find mention of out-of-town visitors and relatives.|
What can you find in newspapers?[edit | edit source]
- Birth announcements may contain the infant's name, birth date, and parents' names, as well as the religion of the family.
- Wedding announcements may contain the wedding date and place; the names of the bride, groom, bride's parents, and groom's parents; and the religion of the family.
- Death notices and obituaries may contain the name and place of residence of close family and friends of the decedent, as well as the decedent's death date and place, birth date and place, and biographical information, such as occupation, military service, religion, schools attended, parents' names, places of residence over time, and place of origin.
- News stories, legal notices, local personal columns and advertisements may contain nearly any information imaginable, including political or criminal activity, legal and domestic disputes, real estate transactions, business information, social contacts, military service, missing persons (including runaway slaves), or information about local disasters, epidemics, or other community milestones which affected the local population. Early local columns are more like local gossip but contain rich family information.
How do you find newspapers?[edit | edit source]
Online Newspaper Collections[edit | edit source]
- Chronicling America - Historic American Newspapers, Library of Congress
- The National Digital Newspaper Program
- The Ancestor Hunt
- Genealogy's Star Online Digital Newspaper Collections by State
- Online Historical Newspapers Website
- Wikipedia:List of online newspaper archives
- US Historical Newspapers and Obituaries at Latter-day Saint Compiled Genealogies
- Genealogy Bank ($)
- NewspaperArchive.com ($)
- Newspapers.com ($)
- Ancestry.com ($)
- Europeana - various European countries including Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Serbia, and Poland
- Internet Archive
- Google Books
- European Newspaper Archives, by country
- Other International Newspaper Archives (Canada, Australia, Asia, Carribean and others)
- Austrian Newspapers Online
- Digitale Krantenarchief - D.A.D.D. vzw / Stadsarchief Aalst Belgian Newspapers 1836-1992
- Trove Digitized Newspapers Australia
Sidebar Links to Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]
Online Genealogical Records Pages[edit | edit source]
On the main page for each U.S. State page and country page, a blue button leads to a listing of online record collections.
main page to link to the Online Genealogy Records page.
- Also, all the available Online Genealogy Records pages are linked at Online Genealogy Records by Location.
FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]
- Newspapers collected by FamilySearch, usually digitized and online, are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. Enter the name of the country in the "Place Field" and click "Search". A list of record categories will be provided. Select the Newspapers topic that helps.