Searching Philadelphia Newspapers

GenealogyBank has created a special site for searching Philadelphia’s historical newspapers.


This site includes 65 newspapers from 1719 to 1922.
For the entire list click here

Two of the most popular Philadelphia newspapers in this collection are:
The Philadelphia Inquirer (1834-1922) (Gaps: 1847-1851, 1853-1859)
The Public Ledger (1836-1873) (Gaps: 1841-1842; 1861, 1871)

GenealogyBank is continuing to locate, digitize and fill in any missing issues. Each month we add more issues. In the past week we added 1,283 more issues of the Public Ledger filling in the gaps in that title.

This Philadelphia collection includes early American newspapers in English and German.

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Written by Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp is the Director of Genealogy Products at GenealogyBank. Tom Kemp is an internationally known librarian and archivist – he is the author of over 35 genealogy books and hundreds of articles about genealogy and family history.

He previously served as the Chair of the National Council of Library & Information Associations (Washington, DC) and as Library Director of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

An active genealogist, he has been working on his own family history for 47 years. With the rapidly growing online archives at GenealogyBank – it is a great day for genealogy!

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