Alabama Archives: 81 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Originally part of the Mississippi Territory, Alabama became the nation’s 22nd state on 14 December 1819. It is the 30th largest state in the country, and the 23rd most populous.

photo of the State Capitol Building, Montgomery, Alabama

Photo: State Capitol Building, Montgomery, Alabama. Credit: the Carol M. Highsmith Archive collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

If you are researching your ancestry from Alabama, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online AL newspaper archives: 81 titles to help you search your family history in “The Yellowhammer State,” providing coverage from 1813 to Today. There are more than 21 million articles and records in our online Alabama newspaper archives!

Dig deep into our online archives and search for historical and recent obituaries and other news articles about your Alabama ancestors in these AL newspapers. Our Alabama newspapers are divided into two collections: Historical Newspapers (complete paper) and Recent Obituaries (obituaries only).

Search Alabama Newspaper Archives (1813 – 2003)

Search Alabama Recent Obituaries (1992 – Current)

illustration: state flag of Alabama

Illustration: state flag of Alabama. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online Alabama newspapers in the historical archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The AL newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
Alabaster Alabaster Reporter 08/10/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Albertville Sand Mountain Reporter 03/22/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Alexander City Alexander City Outlook 01/12/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Andalusia Andalusia Star-News 07/02/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Anniston Anniston Star 10/01/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Anniston Jacksonville News 08/27/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Athens News-Courier 02/01/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Atmore Atmore Advance 11/09/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Birmingham Age-Herald 07/01/1894 – 03/31/1901 Newspaper Archives
Birmingham Birmingham News: Web Edition Articles 08/22/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Birmingham Birmingham News 04/27/1993 – Current Recent Obituaries
Birmingham Labor Advocate 06/29/1895 – 12/20/1902 Newspaper Archives
Birmingham Wide-Awake 01/24/1900 – 01/24/1900 Newspaper Archives
Birmingham Birmingham Courier 08/19/1899 – 09/12/1903 Newspaper Archives
Birmingham Birmingham Times 07/15/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Blakeley Blakeley Sun 12/12/1818 – 06/02/1819 Newspaper Archives
Brewton Brewton Standard 10/08/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cahawba Cahawba Press and Alabama Intelligencer 07/10/1819 – 05/14/1825 Newspaper Archives
Cahawba Alabama Watchman 08/08/1820 – 12/15/1820 Newspaper Archives
Claiborne Alabama Courier 03/19/1819 – 10/15/1819 Newspaper Archives
Clanton Clanton Advertiser 06/24/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Columbiana Shelby County Reporter 03/27/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cullman Cullman Times 12/27/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cullman Nord Alabama Colonist 07/01/1881 – 07/01/1881 Newspaper Archives
Dadeville Dadeville Record 09/08/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Decatur Decatur Daily 08/01/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Demopolis Demopolis Times 04/10/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dothan Dothan Eagle 08/16/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Eclectic Eclectic Observer 04/04/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Enterprise Enterprise Ledger 03/26/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Eufaula Eufaula Tribune 02/08/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fort Deposit Lowndes Signal 03/06/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fort Payne Times-Journal 09/13/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Gardendale North Jefferson News 06/27/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greenville Greenville Advocate 01/05/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Grove Hill Grove Hill Herald 03/06/1850 – 12/06/1854 Newspaper Archives
Grove Hill Southern Recorder 02/24/1847 – 11/07/1849 Newspaper Archives
Hartselle Hartselle Enquirer 10/03/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Heflin Cleburne News 02/14/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Huntsville Democrat 10/03/1833 – 10/03/1833 Newspaper Archives
Huntsville Alabama Republican 04/18/1818 – 08/05/1819 Newspaper Archives
Huntsville Huntsville Star 01/26/1900 – 01/26/1900 Newspaper Archives
Huntsville Huntsville Gazette 06/18/1881 – 12/29/1894 Newspaper Archives
Huntsville Huntsville Times, The: Web Edition Articles 09/30/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Huntsville Madison Gazette 10/19/1813 – 04/18/1815 Newspaper Archives
Huntsville Huntsville Gazette 12/21/1816 – 12/21/1816 Newspaper Archives
Huntsville Huntsville Times 01/02/1992 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jasper Daily Mountain Eagle 01/22/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lanett Valley Times-News 03/18/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Leeds Leeds News 02/04/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Luverne Luverne Journal 06/03/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Madison Madison County Record 04/30/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mobile Press-Register 11/01/1992 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mobile Mobile Register 10/22/1833 – 02/19/2003 Newspaper Archives
Mobile Mobile Evening Telegraph 11/03/1864 – 11/03/1864 Newspaper Archives
Mobile Alabama Staats-Zeitung 01/10/1900 – 02/08/1917 Newspaper Archives
Mobile Mobile Mercantile Advertiser 10/07/1833 – 10/07/1833 Newspaper Archives
Mobile Mobile Gazette and Commercial Advertiser 01/05/1820 – 12/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Mobile Press-Register: Web Edition Articles 10/01/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Montgomery Montgomery Enterprise 01/26/1900 – 01/26/1900 Newspaper Archives
Montgomery Montgomery Advertiser 05/11/1901 – 12/31/1922 Newspaper Archives
Montgomery Daily Confederation 05/01/1858 – 07/17/1860 Newspaper Archives
Montgomery Daily Alabama Journal 04/14/1849 – 12/31/1853 Newspaper Archives
Opelika Opelika-Auburn News 01/30/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pelham Pelham Reporter 07/15/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pell City St. Clair Times 07/26/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pell City St. Clair News Aegis 07/09/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Piedmont Piedmont Journal 02/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rainsville Weekly Post 03/15/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Russellville Franklin County Times 10/06/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Scottsboro Daily Sentinel 09/28/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Selma Daily Chattanooga Rebel 11/21/1864 – 04/27/1865 Newspaper Archives
Selma Selma Times-Journal 10/02/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
St. Stephens Halcyon 06/02/1818 – 11/27/1820 Newspaper Archives
Talladega Daily Home 01/20/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Tallassee Tallassee Tribune 02/27/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Troy Messenger 08/01/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Tuscaloosa Tuscaloosa Chronicle 10/20/1827 – 10/27/1827 Newspaper Archives
Tuscaloosa Alabama Intelligencer and State Rights Expositor 03/02/1833 – 12/05/1835 Newspaper Archives
Tuscumbia North Alabamian 11/17/1865 – 12/07/1866 Newspaper Archives
Wetumpka Wetumpka Herald 10/06/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries

*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.

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Genealogy Case Study: Researching Isaac Fernald

I recently was researching a man from Oregon named Isaac Fernald (1814-1871), and found information related to him in a variety of places online.

Isaac’s Death Reported in the News

I began my search with GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives, and I found Fernald’s obituary in his home town newspaper: the Portland Daily Press.

obituary for Isaac Fernald, Portland Daily Press newspaper article 1 April 1871

Portland Daily Press (Portland, Maine), 1 April 1871, page 3

I noticed this interesting phrase – “as has been before stated” – in his obituary, which is a good clue to look for earlier newspaper references to his death that were likely printed between the date of death (25 February 1871) and the date of the obituary (1 April 1871).

Digging deeper in GenealogyBank, I quickly found this reference to his accidental death in Cardenas, Cuba.

obituary for Isaac Fernald, Boston Journal newspaper article 28 February 1871

Boston Journal (Boston, Massachusetts), 28 February 1871, page 2

I also found this report, which adds the detail that Fernald’s fatal accident happened on a “side track of the railroad at Cardenas.”

obituary for Isaac Fernald, Boston Daily Advertiser newspaper article 1 March 1871

Boston Daily Advertiser (Boston, Massachusetts), 1 March 1871, page 2

In addition, I found this report of his funeral services.

article about the funeral services for Isaac Fernald, Portland Daily Press newspaper article 3 April 1871

Portland Daily Press (Portland, Maine), 3 April 1871, page 3

Each newspaper article reports more of the details.

Why was he in Cuba?
It turns out that he had traveled there on business before.

Ship Passenger Lists

I know that FamilySearch has put the passenger lists for U.S. ports online, so I looked there for reference to Fernald’s travels to Cuba. I found him listed several times. For example, here he is reported returning to the U.S. onboard the steamship Cahawba, returning on 1 April 1860. His occupation is listed as “merchant.”

New York Passenger Lists 1820-1891, showing entry for Isaac Fernald

Source: FamilySearch, New York Passenger Lists 1820-1891

I also know that the Prints & Graphics Division of the Library of Congress has put their massive collection of ship photographs and images online. Checking there, I was able to find this sketch of the Cahawba that was drawn at about the same time that Isaac Fernald had traveled to Cuba.

drawing of the  U.S. steamship "Cahawba"

Illustration: U.S. transport Cahawba. Source: Library of Congress.

Genealogy Tip: After you find your ancestor’s obituary, be sure to keep on digging. There are several types of historical records easily accessible online that contain relevant information about our ancestors. By making the extra research effort you will find additional details of the story of your ancestor’s life.

Note: FamilySearch International ( and GenealogyBank are partnering to make over a billion records from historical obituaries searchable online. The tremendous undertaking will make a billion records from over 100 million U.S. newspaper obituaries readily searchable online. The newspapers are from all 50 states and cover the period 1730 to the present.  Find out more at:

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50 Alabama Newspapers Now Online for Your Genealogy Research

Last Saturday Alabama celebrated the 194th anniversary of its statehood—the “Heart of Dixie” was admitted into the Union on 14 December 1819 as the 22nd state.

photo of the official state seal of Alabama

Illustration: official state seal of Alabama. Credit: Wikipedia.

If you are researching your family roots in Alabama, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online Alabama newspaper archives: 50 titles to help you search your family history in the “Yellowhammer State,” providing coverage from 1816 to Today. There are more than 21 million articles and records in this online collection.

Dig into the archives and search for obituaries and other news articles about your ancestors in these recent and historical AL newspapers online:

Search Alabama Newspaper Archives (1816-1992)

Search Alabama Recent Obituaries (1992-Today)

Here is our complete list of online Alabama newspapers, divided into two collections: Historical Newspapers (complete paper) and Recent Obituaries. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more.

Discover a variety of genealogy records and news stories in these 21 Alabama historical newspapers, listed alphabetically by city:

Search recent obituary records for your relatives in these 29 Alabama newspapers, listed alphabetically by city:

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Search More than 45 Alabama Newspapers Online in Our Archive

GenealogyBank adds new content to its U.S. newspaper archives on a daily basis—a collection of newspapers from all 50 states, currently numbering more than 5,850 titles.

Included in this online newspaper collection are more than 45 old and recent newspaper titles from Alabama, from cities and towns ranging from Albertville, AL, to Tuscumbia, AL.

These Alabama newspaper archives cover the length and breadth of AL, providing an excellent genealogy resource for this state in the heart of the South whose nicknames are “Heart of Dixie” and the “Cotton State.”

GenealogyBank has Alabama newspaper content covered from 1816 to today. We’ve got the online genealogy resources you need to document your Alabama family history.

Alabama Newspaper Archives Articles Collage

Alabama Newspaper Articles

Alabama Newspaper Titles In GenealogyBank

State Town Newspaper Coverage Notes
Alabama Albertville Sand Mountain Reporter 3/22/2001 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Anniston Anniston Star 10/1/1998 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Anniston Jacksonville News 8/27/1998 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Athens News-Courier 2/1/2006 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Birmingham Age-Herald 7/1/1894 – 3/31/1901
Alabama Birmingham Birmingham News 4/27/1993 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Birmingham Birmingham Times 4/1/2010 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Birmingham Labor Advocate 6/29/1895 – 12/20/1902
Alabama Birmingham Wide-Awake 1/24/1900 – 1/24/1900
Alabama Blakeley Blakeley Sun 12/12/1818 – 6/2/1819
Alabama Cahawba Alabama Watchman 8/8/1820 – 12/15/1820
Alabama Cahawba Cahawba Press and Alabama Intelligencer 7/10/1819 – 12/30/1820
Alabama Claiborne Alabama Courier 3/19/1819 – 10/15/1819
Alabama Cullman Cullman Times 12/27/2007 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Decatur Decatur Daily 8/1/2006 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Dothan Dothan Eagle 8/16/2005 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Enterprise Enterprise Ledger 3/26/2008 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Eufaula Eufaula Tribune 2/8/2011 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Fort Payne Times-Journal 9/13/2003 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Gardendale North Jefferson News 6/27/2007 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Grove Hill Grove Hill Herald 3/6/1850 – 12/6/1854
Alabama Grove Hill Southern Recorder 2/24/1847 – 11/7/1849
Alabama Heflin Cleburne News 2/14/1999 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Huntsville Huntsville Gazette 12/21/1816 – 12/29/1894
Alabama Huntsville Huntsville Star 1/26/1900 – 1/26/1900
Alabama Huntsville Huntsville Times 1/2/1992 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Jasper Daily Mountain Eagle 1/22/1998 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Lanett Valley Times-News 3/18/1999 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Leeds Leeds News 2/4/2009 – 8/25/2011 Obituaries Only
Alabama Mobile Mobile Evening Telegraph 11/3/1864 – 11/3/1864
Alabama Mobile Mobile Register 9/9/1858 – 12/31/1992
Alabama Mobile Press-Register 11/1/1992 – Current (10/2001-1/10/2003 unavailable) Obituaries Only
Alabama Montgomery Daily Alabama Journal 4/14/1849 – 12/31/1853
Alabama Montgomery Daily Confederation 5/1/1858 – 7/17/1860
Alabama Montgomery Montgomery Advertiser 5/11/1901 – 12/31/1922
Alabama Montgomery Montgomery Enterprise 1/26/1900 – 1/26/1900
Alabama Opelika Opelika-Auburn News 1/30/2008 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Pell City St. Clair News Aegis 7/9/2008 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Pell City St. Clair Times 7/26/2001 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Piedmont Piedmont Journal 10/2/2009 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Rainsville Weekly Post 3/15/2001 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Scottsboro Daily Sentinel 9/28/2004 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama St. Stephens Halcyon 6/2/1818 – 11/27/1820
Alabama Talladega Daily Home 1/20/1999 – Current Obituaries Only
Alabama Tuscaloosa Alabama Intelligencer and State Rights Expositor 3/2/1833 – 12/5/1835
Alabama Tuscumbia North Alabamian 11/17/1865 – 12/7/1866