Searching historical Illinois newspapers

Handy List of Illinois Historical Newspapers


GenealogyBank has 131 Illinois newspapers with coverage from 1818 to Today.
Click here to see the complete list of Illinois newspapers in GenealogyBank.

Use these handy links to speed up your research:
Just click and start searching!
Search all Illinois Historical Newspapers. 1818-1975

Search specific Illinois newspapers:
Belleville News Democrat (Belleville, IL). 1/2/1901 – 12/30/1922
Chicago Herald (Chicago, IL). 1/1/1890 – 12/31/1891
Chicago Times (Chicago, IL). 11/2/1854 – 7/3/1888
Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL). 2/17/1874 – 9/16/1896
Edwardsville Spectator (Edwardsville, IL). 5/29/1819 – 10/20/1826
Illinois Advocate (Vandalia, IL). 11/2/1833 – 7/29/1835
Illinois Emigrant (Shawneetown, IL). 7/8/1818 – 5/15/1819
Illinois Intelligencer (Vandalia, IL). 1/27/1819 – 3/5/1822
Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL). 2/15/1874 – 12/31/1896
Latin Times (Chicago, IL). 2/1/1958 – 5/2/1975
Nauvoo Expositor (Nauvoo, IL). 6/7/1844 – 6/7/1844
Noticia Mundial (Chicago, IL). 8/7/1927 – 2/12/1928
Pomeroy’s Democrat (Chicago, IL). 1/6/1869 – 2/15/1879
Quincy Whig (Quincy, IL). 4/1/1869 – 12/31/1875
Sol de Chicago (Chicago, IL). 3/21/1960 – 3/21/1960
Sunday Times (Chicago, IL). 10/10/1869 – 6/23/1918
Vida Latina (Chicago, IL). 2/21/1952 – 7/21/1963
Vorbote (Chicago, IL). 2/28/1874 – 12/25/1875

Click here to see the complete list of Illinois newspapers in GenealogyBank.

Genealogy Humor

One of our readers (Kevin Clark) pointed me to today’s Wizard of Id cartoon – that speaks to the “high cost” of family history research.

To see the cartoon – click here
or if that site is busy – click here

Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart is one of my favorites.

Do you have a favorite search? Bookmark it!

As you plan your research – genealogists often find that they are actively searching the newspapers for one state, city or a specific newspaper. You may speed up your research by bookmarking the newspaper or location you want to repeatedly search.

TIP: Say you are researching family lines in Philadelphia and that you expect to repeat a search for Philadelphia newspapers or only the Philadelphia Inquirer. Now you can bookmark that search page and with one click from your favorites list begin searching immediately.

Here’s how you do that
As you narrow your search in the Historical Newspapers move through your options, narrowing your search to the state, city or newspaper you want to search:

The Historical Newspapers – All 50 States
Select just Pennsylvania newspapers
Select just Philadelphia newspapers
Select specific newspaper(s)

At any point “save” the search page you want to repeat in the future to your favorites.
Then the next time you want to search those same newspapers simply click and the targeted search page will come right up for you.

Here are some examples you may use:
Search Philadelphia Newspapers – Click Here

Search only the (Philadelphia) Public Ledger – Click Here

Search only the Philadelphia Inquirer – Click Here

You can make as many quick links as you need.
One click and you can begin searching.

Let us know what you find!

GenealogyBank adds new search tools

GenealogyBank has added new search capabilities to speed up your research.

These new features let you:
1. Limit your search to only the most recently added content
2. Search multiple states at the same time

3. Search multiple cities at the same time
4. Search one newspaper or multiple newspapers at the same time
5. Narrow search by article category


1. Limit your search to only the most recently added content.
This feature let’s you limit your search to the content added in the last 3 months. Simply select from the drop down menu to search only content added in February through today; in January through today or in December 2008 through today. This handy feature let’s you search only the most recently added content.

2. Search multiple states at one time
Previously you could limit your search to one state – now you may limit your search to any number of states. Simply check the states that you want to search.

3. Search multiple cities at one time
This handy features allows you to narrow your search to all of the newspapers published in a specific town or towns. Simply click on the state and a new map and list of cities will appear. Check the city or cities that you want to search. You may search one or multiple cities from the same state.

4. Search one newspaper or multiple newspapers at the same time
This new feature let’s you search only a specific newspaper or select multiple newspapers that you want to search. This feature let’s you focus your search and saves you time.

5. Narrow your search by article category
I have saved the best for last. Once you have done a search in the Historical Newspapers – a new column appears on the left side of the screen. This featue let’s you select out only the article categories that you are looking for. For example you could select: Birth Notice – and then see only your “hits” that were birth announcements. Or you could select to see only the advertisements; shipping notices; marriage announcements etc.

To see how this works – take the tour below or go directly to GenealogyBank and start searching.

Genealogy Bank – New Features Added Feb 2009

How to deal with heirloom, oversize portraits

This weekend’s Wall Street Journal (February 14-15, 2009 pp. R6) has a terrific article by Kathleen A. Hughes – “The Person over the Mantle”.

Hughes tells the experiences of families in preserving and displaying their old family portraits and her own change of heart in displaying the image of her 3rd Great Grandmother, Mary Plumb Fairchild.
Early on she was offered Mary’s portrait but decided that she didn’t want that “stern” looking woman over the mantle of her fireplace. Thirty years later she had a change of heart and looked into her genealogy and remembered that old family heirloom. Turns out that Mary Plumb Fairchild was “one of the first women to attend Oberlin College, and an early abolitionist. She died at 29 after giving birth to her fourth child”. Now not accepting the offer of the family portrait is one of her regrets – but the portrait is preserved and hangs in the home of a cousin across the country. (Portrait of Mary Plumb Fairchild is from the article).

We have a wall of old family portraits in our home along the landing at the top of the stairs – much like the walls at Hogwarts in a Harry Potter movie – they are hard to miss. The really oversize family portraits still hang at my uncle’s home in New Hampshire.

If you have early family portraits – be sure to make a digital copy of each one – identify them and post them online. eMail copies to members of your family. You could post them for free at Facebook.com; on Scribd.com or similar sites …. and you can join online genealogy sites like Ancestry.com and post the digital images there.

But – what do you do if you don’t have a portrait of any of your ancestors?

You could scour the Internet looking to see if a historic image of your relative is already online. You could also search sites like GenealogyToday – a terrific site that regularly posts funeral cards, early printed items and photographs etc.
Another source is old newspapers. I have found thousands of images – photos, etchings of people in 19th & 20th Century newspapers. GenealogyBank is a great source for tracking down old family photos that the family lost track of decades ago.

This image of Daniel Freeman is from the Omaha (NE) Sunday World Herald 26 June 1899.

More newspapers added to GenealogyBank

GenealogyBank adds six more newspapers.

Iowa
Knoxville, IA: Knoxville Journal Express. 13 Nov 2008 to Current Issue

Massachusetts
Bridgewater, MA: Bridgewater Independent. 14 Nov 2008 to Current Issue
Hanover, MA: Hanover Mariner. 24 Aug 2005 to Current Issue
Marlborough, MA: Marlborough Enterprise. 8 Dec 2005 to Current Issue
Stoughton, MA: Avon Messenger. 19 Mar 2008 to 9 Jan 2009

Pennsylvania
Butler, PA: Butler Eagle. 6 Sept 2005 to Current Issue

Obituary key to finding missing heir – Tulsa, OK man receives $200,000

Nicholas Grod of Portland, Oregon used an online obituary to track down the rightful heir to a fortune in US Government bonds that he found hidden in his basement.

KATU-TV (Portland, OR) reports that last year Grod was cleaning out the basement of his Portland, Oregon home and found a homemade box wedged under a shelf. In it he found $200,000 in US Bonds, family photographs, a letter and clues to the person who had left them there.

Nicholas Grod used the Internet to track down the details about the previous owners of the house. He had reached a dead-end in the census – but “but an online obituary led Grod to a grandson named Thomas Fagg who lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma.”

From that online obituary Nicholas Grod made contact with Thomas Fagg, now 2,000 miles away, and sent him the box and valuables that he had found hidden in his basement.

Wow – Thomas Fagg was thrilled to receive those family photos – he didn’t have any pictures of his grandfather – he was also pleased to receive the bonds. “There are no words in the English language that can express the gratitude and admiration I have for this man for being so, so honest,” Fagg said.

You can see the entire KATU-TV interview with Nicholas Grod and Thomas Fagg at: http://www.katu.com/news/39350242.html?video=YHI&t=a

GenealogyBank adds more digital newspapers

GenealogyBank adds 5.9 million more articles and documents.

This includes more articles from 40 newspapers from 22 states
The 18 new newspapers we added this month are indicated with * an asterisk

GenealogyBank now has:
Over 115.6 million obituaries and death records – more than any other source
Over 3,700 newspapers – and growing – more than any other source
Over 1 billion names

Alaska. Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. Historical Newspapers
California. Antioch. East County Times* America’s Obituaries
California. Los Angeles. Prensa. Historical Newspapers
Connecticut. Middletown. American Sentinel* Historical Newspapers
Connecticut. Norwich. Norwich Republican* Historical Newspapers
DC. Washington. Daily National Intelligencer* Historical Newspapers
DC. Washington. Republic. Historical Newspapers
Georgia. Cartersville. Daily Tribune News* America’s Obituaries
Illinois. Geneva. Geneva Elburn Sun* America’s Obituaries
Illinois. Glen Ellyn. Sun* America’s Obituaries
Illinois. Quincy. Quincy Whig* Historical Newspapers
Kentucky. Frankfort. Palladium. Historical Newspapers
Louisiana. New Orleans. Times Picayune. Historical Newspapers
Massachusetts. Boston. Boston Journal. Historical Newspapers
Massachusetts. New Bedford. Morning Democrat* Historical Newspapers
Maryland. Annapolis. Annapolis Gazette* Historical Newspapers
Maryland. Baltimore. Baltimore American. Historical Newspapers
Maryland. Cumberland. Phoenix Civilian* Historical Newspapers
Maryland. Elkton. Cecil Democrat* Historical Newspapers
Michigan. Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Press. Historical Newspapers
Michigan. Jackson. Jackson Citizen Patriot. Historical Newspapers
New Jersey. Trenton. Trenton Evening Times. Historical Newspapers
New Mexico. Las Vegas. Voz del Pueblo. Historical Newspapers
New Mexico. Santa Fe. Voz del Pueblo. Historical Newspapers
New York. Albany. Albany Evening Journal. Historical Newspapers
New York. New York. New York Herald. Historical Newspapers
North Carolina. Red Springs. Red Springs Citizen* America’s Obituaries

Ohio. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. Historical Newspapers
Ohio. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Daily Enquirer* Historical Newspapers
Ohio. Wooster. Wooster Republican. Historical Newspapers
Oregon. Portland. Oregonian* Historical Newspapers
Pennsylvania. Philadelphia. Public Ledger. Historical Newspapers
Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh. Tree of Liberty* Historical Newspapers
Rhode Island. Warren. Telescope* Historical Newspapers
Texas. Brownsville. Heraldo de Brownsville. Historical Newspapers
Texas. El Paso. Continental. Historical Newspapers
Texas. Kingsville. Tex. Mex. Reflector. Historical Newspapers
Texas. San Antonio. Prensa. Historical Newspapers
Utah. Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Telegram. Historical Newspapers
Vermont. St. Albans. American Repertory* Historical Newspapers