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Newspapers are excellent sources of family history. The researcher can use newspapers to find obituaries, announcements of births, marriages or anniversaries, legal notices, letters to the editor, and social activities.

Newspaper Search Sites[edit | edit source]

  1. Ancestry - subscription required but available free at the FHC through the database portal
  2. Newspaper Archive - subscription required but available free at the FHC through the database portal
  3. Genealogy Bank - subscription newspaper site
  4. Newspapers.com - a subscription newspaper site owned by Ancestry
  5. Fold3 - subscription required but available free at the FHC through the database portal
  6. World Vital Records - subscription required but available free at the FHC through the database portal
  7. MyHeritage - subscription required but available free at the FHC through the database portal
  8. Paper of Record - (a subscription newspaper site)
  9. Elephind - Searches various free newspaper sites
  10. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers - from the Library of Congress
  11. Google News Archive
  12. The Olden Times - Historic Newspapers Online

Help Finding Historical Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  1. Historical Newspapers Online
  2. Online Historical Newspapers
  3. Wikipedia List of Online Newspaper Archives - an international list
  4. International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON)
  5. Elephind - Searches various free newspaper sites
  6. Europeana
  7. FamilySearch Wiki - click on map or enter state or country in search box
  8. Cyndi's List - Newspapers - Also check under state or country topics
  9. Google Search - Use keywords “historical newspapers” and your location of research
  10. U.S. Newspaper Program - a cooperative national effort among the states and the federal government to locate, catalog, and preserve newspapers on microfilm

Finding Obituaries is a list of on-line resources for locating obituaries.

Newspaper "How To" Articles[edit | edit source]


Make sure you're looking for the records in the right place by checking maps of the time period. Also check the "Handybook for Genealogists" or "Redbook" for state or county line boundary changes. You can find some helpful links on our Geographic Resources page."

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