Connecticut Archives: 179 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

One of the original 13 British Colonies that formed the United States, Connecticut technically became the new nation’s 5th state on 9 January 1788. The southernmost state in the New England region, Connecticut is the 3rd smallest state in the country and the 29th most populous.

Photo: Connecticut state capitol, Hartford, Connecticut

Photo: Connecticut state capitol, Hartford, Connecticut. Credit: Ragesoss; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Connecticut, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online CT newspaper archives: 179 titles to help you search your family history in the “Constitution State,” providing coverage from 1755 to Today. There are more than 25.6 million articles and records in our online Connecticut newspaper archives!

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

Search Connecticut Newspaper Archives (1755 – 2004)

Search Connecticut Recent Obituaries (1988 – Current)

Illustration: Connecticut state flag

Illustration: Connecticut state flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online Connecticut 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 CT newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range * Collection
Ansonia, Derby, Seymour Valley Gazette 12/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ansonia, Derby, Seymour Valley Gazette, The: Web Edition Articles 11/05/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge Amity Observer 12/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge Amity Observer: Web Edition Articles 11/05/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bridgeport American Telegraphe 04/08/1795 – 06/06/1804 Newspaper Archives
Bridgeport Bridgeport News 03/15/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bridgeport Bridgeport News, The: Web Edition Articles 03/14/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bridgeport Bridgeport Advertiser 06/05/1806 – 01/05/1809 Newspaper Archives
Bridgeport Bridgeport Gazette 06/27/1810 – 01/09/1811 Newspaper Archives
Bridgeport Bridgeport Herald 03/07/1805 – 01/09/1806 Newspaper Archives
Bridgeport Connecticut Courier 08/03/1814 – 06/14/1826 Newspaper Archives
Bridgeport Connecticut Post 09/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bridgeport Fairfield County Weekly 02/17/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bridgeport Republican Farmer 04/25/1810 – 08/11/1876 Newspaper Archives
Bridgeport Spirit of the Times 10/06/1830 – 09/26/1832 Newspaper Archives
Bridgeport Connecticut Post 05/21/2001 – 06/30/2002 Newspaper Archives
Bridgeport Humming Bird, or Herald of Taste 04/14/1798 – 07/14/1798 Newspaper Archives
Bridgeport Connecticut Post: Web Edition Articles 11/28/2015 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bristol Bristol Press 12/28/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brooklyn Independent Observer 12/18/1820 – 05/13/1822 Newspaper Archives
Cheshire Cheshire Herald 10/22/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cheshire Cheshire Citizen 11/20/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Danbury Connecticut Intelligencer 01/31/1810 – 11/07/1810 Newspaper Archives
Danbury Danbury Gazette 08/03/1813 – 04/19/1814 Newspaper Archives
Danbury Day 05/19/1812 – 12/15/1812 Newspaper Archives
Danbury Republican Journal 10/03/1796 – 01/06/1800 Newspaper Archives
Danbury Republican Journal 07/01/1793 – 11/18/1793 Newspaper Archives
Danbury News-Times 02/02/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Danbury Republican Farmer 11/16/1803 – 12/25/1805 Newspaper Archives
Danbury Farmer’s Journal 03/18/1790 – 12/26/1791 Newspaper Archives
Danielson Windham County Transcript 07/02/1863 – 02/12/1890 Newspaper Archives
Darien Darien Daily Voice 05/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Darien Darien News-Review 10/15/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Darien Darien Times 06/19/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Easton Easton Courier 12/01/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Easton Easton Daily Voice 06/30/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fairfield Fairfield Gazette 10/26/1786 – 09/23/1789 Newspaper Archives
Fairfield Fairfield Citizen News 01/17/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fairfield Fairfield Daily Voice 05/03/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fairfield Fairfield Sun 09/18/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Falls Village Housatonic Republican 01/10/1857 – 08/16/1862 Newspaper Archives
Glastonbury Rivereast News Bulletin 09/04/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greenwich Greenwich Citizen 11/08/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greenwich Greenwich Daily Voice 06/30/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greenwich Greenwich Post 10/02/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greenwich Greenwich Time 08/08/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hamden Hamden Journal 12/07/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hartford American Mercury 07/12/1784 – 06/25/1833 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Connecticut Courant 10/29/1764 – 12/28/1876 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Connecticut Mirror 07/10/1809 – 12/15/1832 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Connecticut Observer 01/11/1825 – 10/03/1831 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Commercial Record 01/25/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hartford Hartford Daily Courant 02/03/1840 – 10/25/1914 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Hartford Gazette 01/13/1794 – 03/19/1795 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Hartford Times 02/06/1832 – 12/09/1833 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Hartford Times 08/10/1858 – 08/16/1864 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Hartford Advocate 11/07/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hartford Hartford Courant 07/09/1991 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hartford Hartford News 04/04/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hartford Patriot and Democrat 03/07/1835 – 12/30/1837 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Religious Inquirer 11/10/1821 – 11/07/1835 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Times 01/01/1817 – 09/02/1876 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Times and Weekly Advertiser 01/12/1829 – 12/28/1829 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Anti-Masonic Intelligencer 03/10/1829 – 12/18/1832 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Freeman’s Chronicle 09/01/1783 – 07/08/1784 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Independent Press 07/01/1833 – 09/22/1834 Newspaper Archives
Kensington Berlin Citizen 06/02/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Killingly Windham County Telegraph 03/08/1848 – 05/06/1858 Newspaper Archives
Litchfield Litchfield Gazette 03/16/1808 – 05/17/1809 Newspaper Archives
Litchfield Litchfield Journal 04/08/1818 – 10/20/1818 Newspaper Archives
Litchfield Litchfield Monitor 12/21/1784 – 07/01/1807 Newspaper Archives
Litchfield Litchfield Republican 05/19/1819 – 07/31/1822 Newspaper Archives
Litchfield Litchfield Republican 06/26/1847 – 06/13/1856 Newspaper Archives
Litchfield Sun 04/25/1835 – 04/13/1839 Newspaper Archives
Litchfield Witness 08/14/1805 – 06/24/1807 Newspaper Archives
Litchfield Litchfield Republican 09/24/1846 – 12/17/1846 Newspaper Archives
Manchester Journal Inquirer 03/08/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Meriden North Haven Citizen 03/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Meriden Record-Journal 12/08/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Middlefield Town Times 06/30/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Middletown Connecticut Spectator 04/20/1814 – 04/10/1816 Newspaper Archives
Middletown Constitution 12/29/1841 – 12/30/1879 Newspaper Archives
Middletown Daily Constitution 07/10/1872 – 08/05/1876 Newspaper Archives
Middletown Middlesex Gazette 11/08/1785 – 01/23/1834 Newspaper Archives
Middletown Sentinel & Witness 01/01/1823 – 08/07/1833 Newspaper Archives
Milford Milford Mirror 07/12/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Monroe Monroe Courier 03/08/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mystic Mystic Pioneer 03/12/1859 – 03/02/1867 Newspaper Archives
Mystic Mystic River Press 01/11/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Britain Herald 12/01/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Canaan New Canaan Advertiser 08/08/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Canaan New Canaan Daily Voice 05/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Canaan New Canaan News-Review 11/05/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Canaan New Canaan Messenger 01/02/1904 – 09/17/1915 Newspaper Archives
New Haven Black Coalition Weekly 03/06/1972 – 09/14/1972 Newspaper Archives
New Haven Columbian Register 01/05/1813 – 12/30/1876 Newspaper Archives
New Haven Connecticut Gazette 09/20/1755 – 01/12/1767 Newspaper Archives
New Haven Connecticut Herald 11/01/1803 – 03/30/1889 Newspaper Archives
New Haven Connecticut Journal 10/23/1767 – 02/24/1835 Newspaper Archives
New Haven Daily Herald 03/12/1836 – 06/29/1846 Newspaper Archives
New Haven New Haven Palladium 07/19/1861 – 12/31/1863 Newspaper Archives
New Haven New Haven Register 10/23/1878 – 12/31/1900 Newspaper Archives
New Haven New-Haven Chronicle 04/25/1786 – 09/11/1787 Newspaper Archives
New Haven New-Haven Gazette 05/13/1784 – 02/09/1786 Newspaper Archives
New Haven New-Haven Gazette, and Connecticut Magazine 02/15/1786 – 06/18/1789 Newspaper Archives
New Haven New Haven Advocate 11/05/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Haven New Haven Register 01/03/1988 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Haven Visitor 10/30/1802 – 11/08/1804 Newspaper Archives
New Haven Federal Gazetteer 02/22/1791 – 04/05/1797 Newspaper Archives
New Haven Messenger 01/16/1800 – 08/09/1802 Newspaper Archives
New Haven New-Haven Gazette 01/05/1791 – 06/29/1791 Newspaper Archives
New Haven Sun of Liberty 08/26/1801 – 12/03/1801 Newspaper Archives
New London Bee 06/14/1797 – 06/23/1802 Newspaper Archives
New London Connecticut Gazette 11/18/1763 – 05/29/1844 Newspaper Archives
New London Day, The: Archive 07/24/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
New London Morning News 11/08/1844 – 04/25/1848 Newspaper Archives
New London New London Daily Chronicle 04/26/1848 – 12/31/1864 Newspaper Archives
New London New London Daily Star 01/05/1857 – 09/24/1866 Newspaper Archives
New London New London Democrat 03/21/1845 – 04/12/1873 Newspaper Archives
New London New-London Summary 09/29/1758 – 09/23/1763 Newspaper Archives
New London People’s Advocate 08/26/1840 – 04/26/1848 Newspaper Archives
New London Republican Advocate 01/02/1822 – 12/10/1828 Newspaper Archives
New London True Republican 07/01/1807 – 02/24/1808 Newspaper Archives
New London Weekly Oracle 10/22/1796 – 12/30/1799 Newspaper Archives
New London New London Weekly Chronicle 05/03/1848 – 02/25/1869 Newspaper Archives
New Milford New Milford Spectrum 10/10/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newtown Newtown Bee 01/01/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Norwalk Independent Republican 06/17/1802 – 04/06/1803 Newspaper Archives
Norwalk Norwalk Citizen News 12/13/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Norwalk Norwalk Daily Voice 04/01/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Norwich Bulletin 01/28/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Norwich Canal of Intelligence 02/21/1827 – 10/28/1829 Newspaper Archives
Norwich Connecticut Centinel 02/16/1802 – 10/13/1807 Newspaper Archives
Norwich Native American 03/04/1812 – 06/23/1813 Newspaper Archives
Norwich Norwich Aurora 05/15/1839 – 09/29/1876 Newspaper Archives
Norwich Norwich Courier 11/30/1796 – 08/16/1876 Newspaper Archives
Norwich Norwich Morning Bulletin 10/16/1860 – 08/13/1887 Newspaper Archives
Norwich Norwich Packet 11/11/1773 – 02/09/1802 Newspaper Archives
Norwich Norwich Republican 10/01/1828 – 04/15/1835 Newspaper Archives
Norwich Religious Messenger 06/11/1831 – 09/08/1832 Newspaper Archives
Norwich True Republican 06/20/1804 – 11/05/1806 Newspaper Archives
Norwich Weekly Register 11/29/1791 – 08/19/1795 Newspaper Archives
Norwich Norwich Evening Courier 07/11/1846 – 01/18/1853 Newspaper Archives
Oxford Oxford Gazette 03/06/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Redding Redding Pilot 01/01/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ridgefield Ridgefield Press 06/12/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sharon Rural Gazette 06/09/1800 – 07/13/1801 Newspaper Archives
Shelton Shelton Extra 03/06/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Shelton Shelton Herald 12/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Southbury Voices 08/02/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Southington Plainville Citizen 08/27/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Southington Southington Citizen 05/14/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stamford Advocate 01/17/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stamford Stamford Advocate 04/05/1829 – 08/18/1904 Newspaper Archives
Stamford Stamford Daily Voice 06/30/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stamford Daily Advocate 05/01/1979 – 12/31/2004 Newspaper Archives
Stamford Advocate, The: Web Edition Articles 12/01/2015 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stonington Impartial Journal 10/08/1799 – 03/06/1804 Newspaper Archives
Stonington Journal of the Times 10/10/1798 – 09/17/1799 Newspaper Archives
Stonington America’s Friend 07/29/1807 – 09/28/1808 Newspaper Archives
Stonington Yankee 02/16/1825 – 06/22/1825 Newspaper Archives
Stonington-Port Patriot 07/24/1801 – 02/11/1803 Newspaper Archives
Stratford Stratford Star 12/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Suffield Impartial Herald 06/14/1797 – 06/11/1799 Newspaper Archives
Torrington Register Citizen 10/25/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Trumbull Trumbull Times 12/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Waterbury Republican-American 06/25/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Watertown Town Times 08/31/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Weston Weston Forum 12/17/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Weston-Easton Weston-Easton Daily Voice 05/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westport Westport Daily Voice 05/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westport Westport News 09/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Willimantic Willimantic Journal 10/05/1865 – 12/13/1866 Newspaper Archives
Wilton Wilton Bulletin 05/22/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wilton Wilton Daily Voice 05/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Windham Advertiser 05/07/1818 – 03/11/1819 Newspaper Archives
Windham Political Visitant 05/15/1820 – 05/15/1820 Newspaper Archives
Windham Register 03/13/1817 – 01/01/1818 Newspaper Archives
Windham Windham Herald 03/12/1791 – 12/31/1812 Newspaper Archives

*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.

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November Update: GenealogyBank Just Added 5 Million More Records!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our collection to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available online. We just completed adding 5 million more U.S. genealogy records, vastly increasing our content coverage from coast to coast!

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Here are some of the details about our most recent U.S. newspaper additions:

  • A total of 27 newspaper titles from 16 U.S. states
  • 12 of these titles are newspapers added to GenealogyBank for the first time
  • We’ve shown the newspaper issue date ranges so that you can determine if the newly added content is relevant to your personal genealogy research

To see our newspaper archives’ complete title lists, click here.

State City Title Coverage Added Collection
Arizona Tombstone Daily Tombstone 06/03/1886 – 06/09/1886 Newspaper Archives
Arizona Tombstone Tombstone Daily Epitaph 06/02/1886 – 12/07/1889 Newspaper Archives
Arizona Tombstone Tombstone Daily Prospector 04/12/1889 – 11/22/1889 Newspaper Archives
Arizona Tombstone Tombstone Epitaph Prospector 04/25/1889 – 04/25/1889 Newspaper Archives
California Chowchilla Chowchilla NewsNew! 05/17/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Connecticut Ansonia, Derby, Seymour Valley Gazette, The: Web Edition Articles New! 11/05/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Idaho Lewiston Lewiston Tribune 11/28/1971 – 12/31/1973 Newspaper Archives
Indiana Crown Point Crown Point StarNew! 02/05/2015 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kansas Prairie Village Prairie Village PostNew! 10/13/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Louisiana New Orleans New Orleans Item 08/28/1911 – 08/18/1915 Newspaper Archives
Louisiana New Orleans New Orleans States 09/25/1922 – 09/25/1922 Newspaper Archives
Louisiana New Orleans Times-Picayune 04/07/1858 – 06/14/1976 Newspaper Archives
Maryland Baltimore Sun 07/20/1914 – 09/05/1914 Newspaper Archives
Massachusetts Fairhaven AdvocateNew! 02/26/2015 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mississippi Biloxi Daily Herald 10/01/1954 – 10/30/1954 Newspaper Archives
New Jersey Bergen County Cliffview PilotNew! 06/28/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Jersey City Jersey Journal 01/17/1966 – 12/31/1969 Newspaper Archives
North Carolina Winston-Salem Winston-Salem Journal 06/23/1915 – 06/23/1915 Newspaper Archives
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Philly WeeklyNew! 12/05/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pennsylvania Sanatoga Sanatoga PostNew! 11/13/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
South Carolina Charleston Charleston News and Courier 12/14/1924 – 02/28/1946 Newspaper Archives
South Carolina Charleston Evening Post 02/02/1976 – 02/28/1977 Newspaper Archives
Texas Houston Houston Chronicle 10/15/1901 – 12/31/1904 Newspaper Archives
Wisconsin Bay View South Shore NOWNew! 01/21/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wisconsin Greenfield Greenfield-West Allis NOWNew! 08/20/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wisconsin Milwaukee Packer PlusNew! 05/06/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wisconsin Muskego, New Berlin Muskego-New Berlin NOWNew! 02/04/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries

Is That My Dad? Newspapers Solve an Old Photo Mystery

Like many of you, I am actively on Facebook. I particularly like a group that posts items from the history of Springdale, Connecticut. Springdale is a section of Stamford, Connecticut; I lived and worked there for many years.

Last month a reader posted this old school photo from a play.

photo of a Springdale School play from 1936

Source: Facebook

Hmm…according to the posting, this old photo of a Springdale School play was from 1936.
I needed to look closely at this – my Dad could possibly be in this photo.

That looked like it might be him in the third row.

photo of William Kemp

Source: Facebook

So – I reached out to the extended Facebook network for their collective opinions. I posted other photos of my Dad from that time period and asked: Was it him?

Some thought yes – some thought it could be, but said the hair was too dark.

I continued to work back through the many postings on this Springdale page in Facebook – and then I found this old newspaper clipping listing the names of the pupils in the play.

an article about a Springdale School play, Stamford Advocate newspaper article May 1936

Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), May 1936

This old newspaper article described a Springdale School play in May 1936. The time was right. There was my Dad’s name – misspelled – but there it was.

Hmm…and the newspaper article described a “Sunbonnet Chorus” and the “Overall Boys’ Chorus.” That accurately described the way these students were dressed.

So – could this old newspaper article be confirmation that that was my Dad in the old Facebook photo? Did the Springdale School present the Otis Carrington play Polished Pebbles every year, – or was 1936 the first and only time it was performed?

Then yesterday another old newspaper clipping was posted to Facebook.

Here was the proof.
It was my Dad in the newspaper photo – cowboy hat, dungarees and all.

photo of the pupils in a Springdale School play, Stamford Advocate newspaper article May 1936

Source: Facebook, Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), May 1936

Thanks to these old newspaper clippings I could confirm that was him, as well as the names of dozens of other students that were in the school play.

My tough old Dad – World War II hero and all – at age 13 was a star in a school play!

Great story.
Great photo of my father.

And now our family has another photo and story for our family history – and we only have it because it was preserved in the pages of old newspapers.

Dig in and find your old family stories preserved in old newspaper collections, such as GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives.

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screenshot of GenealogyBank's home page showing the announcement that three million more genealogy records were added in October

Here are some of the details about our most recent U.S. newspaper additions:

  • A total of 18 newspaper titles from 14 U.S. states and the District of Columbia
  • 6 of these titles are newspapers added to GenealogyBank for the first time
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  • We’ve shown the newspaper issue date ranges so that you can determine if the newly added content is relevant to your personal genealogy research

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State City Title Date Range Collection
Connecticut New Canaan New Canaan Messenger 1/1/1910–9/17/1915 Newspaper Archives
District of Columbia Washington (DC) Washington Times 12/11/1985–12/18/1985 Newspaper Archives
Illinois Rockford Register Star 12/1/2008–12/31/2008 Newspaper Archives
Iowa Council Bluffs Council Bluffs Nonpareil 7/1/1944–8/12/1944 Newspaper Archives
Kentucky Lexington Lexington Leader 10/30/1901–09/15/1981 Newspaper Archives
Louisiana New Orleans Times-Picayune 5/3/1981–4/17/1988 Newspaper Archives
Maryland Baltimore Sun 9/7/1914–2/12/1921 Newspaper Archives
Maryland Dundalk Dundalk Eagle* 04/02/2015–Current Recent Obituaries
Massachusetts Dartmouth Chronicle, The* 02/18/2015–Current Recent Obituaries
Michigan Clare Clare County Review, The* 09/03/2011–Current Recent Obituaries
Michigan Marion Marion Press, The* 03/19/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Mississippi Biloxi Daily Herald 3/5/1949–9/26/1955 Newspaper Archives
Nevada Carson City Carson Now* 09/06/2015–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Jersey City Jersey Journal 7/16/1964–4/14/1966 Newspaper Archives
North Carolina Greensboro Greensboro News and Record 10/26/1986–10/26/1986 Newspaper Archives
North Carolina Winston-Salem Winston-Salem Journal 1/1/1915–8/31/1925 Newspaper Archives
Pennsylvania State College Centre Daily Times 11/26/1994–3/31/1996 Newspaper Archives
South Carolina Ridgeland Jasper County Sun Times* 02/04/2015–Current Recent Obituaries

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August Update: 4 Million Genealogy Records Just Added!

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screenshot of GenealogyBank's homepage showing the Monthly Update for the month of August

Here are some of the details about our most recent U.S. newspaper additions:

  • A total of 30 newspaper titles from 19 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia
  • 10 of these titles are newspapers added to GenealogyBank for the first time
  • Newspaper titles marked with an asterisk (*) are new to our online archives
  • We’ve shown the newspaper issue date ranges so that you can determine if the newly added content is relevant to your personal genealogy research

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State City Title Date Range Collection
California Idyllwild Idyllwild Town Crier 11/1/1946–12/20/1947 Newspaper Archives
California Redding Free Press 1/2/1892–12/31/1892 Newspaper Archives
California Riverside Riverside Daily Press 4/1/1941–6/30/1941 Newspaper Archives
California San Francisco San Francisco Chronicle 1/1/1871–8/31/1984 Newspaper Archives
Connecticut Cheshire Cheshire Citizen, The* 11/20/2012–Current Recent Obituaries
Connecticut New Canaan New Canaan Messenger 1/2/1904–12/25/1909 Newspaper Archives
District of Columbia Washington (DC) Washington Times 3/1/1982–10/31/1989 Newspaper Archives
Idaho Boise Idaho Statesman 10/21/1886–12/6/1970 Newspaper Archives
Idaho Idaho Falls Idaho Falls Times* 5/16/1966–5/31/1966 Newspaper Archives
Indiana Evansville Evansville Courier and Press 1/1/1932–12/31/1937 Newspaper Archives
Kentucky Lexington Lexington Herald-Leader* 3/1/1951–1/8/1984 Newspaper Archives
Kentucky Lexington Lexington Leader 1/1/1965–9/15/1981 Newspaper Archives
Louisiana New Orleans New Orleans States 11/1/1923–11/30/1928 Newspaper Archives
Louisiana New Orleans Times-Picayune 1/1/1860–9/3/1860 Newspaper Archives
Maryland Baltimore Sun 1/28/1921–2/20/1921 Newspaper Archives
Massachusetts Manomet Manomet Current, The* 04/27/2011–Current Recent Obituaries
Mississippi Biloxi Daily Herald* 4/1/1953–12/31/1955 Newspaper Archives
Missouri Kansas City Kansas City Star 5/27/1945–7/12/1945 Newspaper Archives
New Mexico Albuquerque Albuquerque Morning Democrat 9/20/1882–12/30/1885 Newspaper Archives
North Carolina Winston-Salem Winston-Salem Journal 4/1/1921–12/31/1922 Newspaper Archives
Ohio Cleveland Cleveland Leader 7/6/1902–7/6/1902 Newspaper Archives
Oklahoma Coweta Coweta American* 03/13/2006–Current Recent Obituaries
Pennsylvania Bristol LevittownNow.com* 03/13/2013–Current Recent Obituaries
Pennsylvania State College Centre Daily Times 7/1/1988–12/31/1996 Newspaper Archives
South Carolina Charleston Charleston News and Courier 5/1/1970–5/1/1970 Newspaper Archives
South Carolina Charleston Evening Post 11/1/1977–11/30/1977 Newspaper Archives
Texas Austin Texas State Gazette 8/25/1849–6/7/1851 Newspaper Archives
Texas San Angelo San Angelo LIVE!* 06/09/2015–Current Recent Obituaries
Virginia Dumfries, Stafford, Woodbridge Potomac Local* 06/28/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
West Virginia Charleston Charleston Gazette-Mail* 07/20/2015–Current Recent Obituaries

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The Evertons’ Genealogy Workshop 50 Years Ago Hooked Me

It was 50 years ago this week – 25 July 1965 to be specific – that George and Ellen (Nielsen) Everton conducted their genealogy workshop in the lower-level auditorium of the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut.

photo of George and Ellen (Nielsen) Everton

Photo: George and Ellen (Nielsen) Everton. Credit: FamilySearch.org – KWZM-YNM George Baugh Everton, Sr. Memories Page

They were road warriors who routinely conducted classes and day-long genealogical workshops, teaching the basics of genealogy across the country. Their firm – Everton Publishers was founded in 1947 –was active in publishing the long-running Genealogical Helper magazine, how-to books, charts, forms and other support materials for family historians.

The Evertons were terrific – funny, upbeat and personable – as they taught the basics of genealogy research. I had been working on my family history for several years, and this genealogy workshop was a game-changer for me.

I was working at the Ferguson Library then, where I was “apprenticed” to Grace Hope Walmsley (1885-1971), the long-serving genealogy reference librarian there.

article about librarian Grace Hope Walmsley retiring, Stamford Advocate newspaper article 28 February 1968

Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), 28 February 1968, page 14

Up to that point I had kept my family tree and genealogy notes on the familiar yellow pads of paper, which I kept in a folder in my desk.

Miss Walmsley was a skilled genealogist and teacher. Working with her got me started in genealogy. The Ferguson Library’s Genealogy & Local History Room was always busy – and I learned from her about the books, documents and resources that were needed to document a family history.

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During a break in the Everton’s genealogy workshop in 1965, they announced that they were giving away door prizes to the youngest and the oldest person attending the seminar.

As one of the hosts of the family history event, I was standing along the side of the auditorium. George Everton said: “The winner of the door prize for the youngest person in the room is easy – it’s him” – pointing in my direction.

I turned around to see whom he was pointing at – and realized he meant me! Ha.

I went up to the front and he gave me a 12-generation family tree chart – which I started filling out and have never looked back.
I was hooked.

I had been getting my genealogy skills from on-the-job training – but now the Evertons opened up more techniques, tools and a sense of what was possible. Their wonderful genealogy workshop was invaluable to me.

Take the time to be trained in genealogy.
There are online classes and webinars available 24/7 on the Internet.

Watch and learn at sites like:

Both of these sites have hundreds of live and taped classes on a wide range of topics – from Hungarian research to the core basics in Genealogy Boot Camp. Also, watch GenealogyBank’s genealogy tutorial webinars on Youtube and the Learning Center.

Check with your local genealogical society and see when their next meeting or event will be. Getting together with other genealogists is an easy way to learn new approaches and improve your research skills.

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Family Reunites after 90-Year Mystery in Springfield Solved

In this video, librarian Irene Nolan (Hamden Public Library, Connecticut) shares the story of how a family – separated for more than 90 years – was brought together once again with information from GenealogyBank.

This librarian was helping a family research their family tree. They had their grandfather’s first and last names. That was enough for Nolan to begin her search in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives. Within 10 minutes she had located valuable genealogical information about the grandfather and his surviving relatives that facilitated the family’s reunion after nine decades of separation.

We can do this.
Start now and find your family – all of them – by finding their stories in old newspapers.

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An Irish Immigrant’s Obituary Tells Her Coming to America Story

Ellen Canning O’Rourke (1910-2011) was born in Anskert, near Mohill in County Leitrim, Ireland. She died in Hamden, Connecticut, on 16 December 2011 at age 101. As a little girl she lived through the “Irish Troubles” in County Leitrim, and had keen memories of those events – and her coming to America and finding work here. Her recollections were recorded in her obituary.

obituary for Ellen O'Rourke, New Haven Register newspaper article 17 December 2011

New Haven Register (New Haven, Connecticut), 17 December 2011

She and her family emigrated in 1930 and she went to work as a “domestic live-in.”

“Ellen stated that before her job she had only seen money” – not actually had any of her own.
Think of that.

She “viewed coming to America to work as a gift.”

As a ten-year-old, “she remembered the names of the dead neighbors and the ballads to their memory” from the Battle of Selton Hill, 11 March 1921. According to Wikipedia, British troops had “surrounded and then attacked the IRA camp on 11 March. Six IRA volunteers were killed. The RIC suffered no losses. The IRA dead were Connolly, Seamus Wrynne, Joseph O’Beirne (or Beirne), John Reilly, Joseph Reilly, and Capt. ME Baxter.”

You owe it to yourself and your family to dig through GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives to find the obituaries and news stories about your family. If you have Irish ancestry, try searching our special Irish American newspaper archives first.

Document them.
Don’t let your family’s stories be lost.

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Newspapers Can Find Relatives You Didn’t Know You Had

I think I’ve discovered two relatives I never knew existed – in the city where I grew up!

I’ve been doing Genealogy for a long time and thought I had “met” them all at one point or another, and then I came across this old newspaper article.

Yale & Towne Dramatic Society to Give Play, Stamford Advocate newspaper article 1 May 1929

Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), 1 May 1929, page 15

In May of 1929, employees from the Yale & Towne Manufacturing company came together to put on a production of the play “Arnold Goes into Business.”

Look closer at this enlargement of the main cast.

Yale & Towne Dramatic Society to Give Play, Stamford Advocate newspaper article 1 May 1929

Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), 1 May 1929, page 15

Who are these guys: John and Mrs. Marie Anna Kemp?
Mrs. Marie Anna Kemp plays the part of Irma’s mother, Catherine Gleason,
and
John Kemp plays the part of Irma’s father H. A. Cooper.

Now if this surname was Smith or Brown, I wouldn’t have noticed it – but Kemp is a fairly unusual name. I like to research all Kemp ancestral lines to run them back a few generations to see if we are related or not.

If these are my relatives, I have never heard of them. I asked my 91-year-old father if he had any idea who they were, and he had never heard of them either.

According to the old news article: “Every member of the cast…is a Yale & Towne employee.” That tells me they must live in or near Stamford.

My grandfather, Willard H. Kemp, did work for Y&T and his father was John Henry Kemp – but in 1929 he was 63 years old and was employed full-time in the Post Office. He didn’t retire until 1931 when he was 65 years old, and he never worked for Y&T. So this John Kemp could be him – but he doesn’t match the other clues given in the article or the other facts in his personal history.

So – who were John Kemp and “Mrs. Marie Anna Kemp”?

I looked in the 1920 and the 1930 census – no mention of any other John or Marie Anna Kemp living anywhere in the state of Connecticut.

So – just when I thought I’d tracked them all down, here is a newspaper article alerting me to two more possible relatives in our Kemp family tree.

I’ll have to dig deeper into GenealogyBank’s archive of 1.7 billion records to find out more about them. And it’s the same for you: you have ancestors that are waiting to be discovered. Sign up today and begin your search!

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Salvatore Buchetto’s Obituary Celebrates His Well-Lived Life

Obituaries often celebrate lives well lived—but rarely with the enthusiasm this recent obituary does.

obituary for Salvatore Buchetto, Advocate newspaper article 17 October 2014

Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), 17 October 2014

You’ll want to read the full copy of this one. Click here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stamfordadvocate/obituary.aspx?n=salvatore-buchetto&pid=172835303&fhid=11211#sthash.f8Roq5Qv.dpuf

His obituary states: “Sal measured out at 73 1/2 inches, and a bouncing 232 pounds, 9 ounces.”

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After reading a few lines from Salvatore’s obituary, you quickly realize that he was someone very special to many people.

His newspaper obituary reports:

For 39 years, an eccentric, electric force of nature in the Stamford Public Schools, beloved by classes and respected by peers, teaching science at Burdick and Cloonan Middle Schools. His performance in front of the blackboard was the stuff of legend, often extending out of the classroom to capture the imagination of students and fellow teachers. A Mad Scientist and Arm Wrestling Champion on the school stage, he was famous for memorable experiments that combined sports cars and mannequins; leaf-blowers and popsicle stick houses; a bed of nails and school principals; and rooftops and egg drops.

Sal Buchetto was a father, a grandfather, a very popular teacher—and a childhood friend of mine. His family lived just behind our house. We called him “Chuck.” There was a gang of 3-5 of us. We’d cut through his yard, go across the street, cut through another yard, then through the woods, get through a hole in the fence, then through another yard and down through that street—and on to school.

We were everywhere—building forts, afterschool sports and tracking the moons of Jupiter on our telescopes. I still have that telescope; I don’t think I’ve used it for over 50 years.

One day his Mom had us over for dinner.
She served pasta, on huge plates.
She filled the plate.

I thought: this is great—a huge amount of food.
She asked if we wanted more, so I said: yes.
She filled the plate again.
Wow. Two helpings, each about the size of the serving bowl we’d get at home.
Great—what a meal.

But wait—there’s more.
She then brought out the main course.
More? I was already stuffed.
Wasn’t the pasta the main course?

Well, no.
Out came the chicken, then there was another main course—a third course? Sausage, more meat, salad…an endless stream of food.
Then dessert.

Wow.

The Buchettos had a living room that no one was allowed to enter—except THAT day.
All of the furniture was white.
The couches were covered in plastic.
It was like a museum, but that day his Mom let us go in—and there it was: their brand new color TV!

Wow—television in color. How good was that!
We watched Bonanza—yeah, a little grainy—but it was in color.
What would they think of next?

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Here’s a transcription of Salvatore Buchetto’s obituary:

Buchetto, Salvatore R.

“Salvatore Robert Buchetto lived, larger than life, from October 12, 1948 through October 15, 2014. For 39 years, he was an eccentric, electric force of nature in the Stamford Public Schools, beloved by classes and respected by peers, teaching science at Burdick and Cloonan Middle Schools. His performance in front of the blackboard was the stuff of legend, often extending out of the classroom to capture the imagination of students and fellow teachers. A Mad Scientist and Arm Wrestling Champion on the school stage, he was famous for memorable experiments that combined sports cars and mannequins; leaf-blowers and popsicle stick houses; a bed of nails and school principals; and rooftops and egg drops.

“The son of Peter and Ann Buchetto, Sal was born in and grew up in Stamford. He graduated from Southern Connecticut University with a BS in Science, and followed that up by earning two Masters in education, one each from Southern Connecticut University and the University of Bridgeport. After retiring from Stamford schools, Sal would return to both his universities, schooling the next generation of teachers in his Graduate Education Classes. His marathon, free-form sessions left his audience on the edge of their seat — hesitant to take a bathroom break for fear of missing a single educational, entertaining word of his considerable experience and unique techniques.

“He is survived by family who were ever amazed and energized by his vitality: his wife Toni, daughter Kamera Dukes and granddaughter Michaela Dukes; and good family friend Abraham Davis; Sal’s sister Vita Chichester and her sons and their families: Dan, Jenn and Lucas; Keith, Tracy, Sammi and Lia; Peter, Jessica, Max, Nicole and Zack; nephew Mark Servidio and his family; sister in law Rita Orgera and her children: Ryan, Alexis and Kendall; sister-and-brother-in-law Aly and Dan McNamara, and their children and families: Tyler, Casey, Brian and Zoe; and Sara, Kyle and Cole; brother-in-law Bill Ruedaman; and sister-in-law Kim Orgera, her daughter Tessa and her children: Chance, Yancy and Dylan. Sal now joins his son Kris in heaven. Sal was also predeceased by his brother in law Daniel Chichester, Sr.; his sister Rachel and brother-in-law Babe Servidio; his brother Peter Buchetto; and brother in law Bo Orgera.

“Devoted to a malfunctioning series of TR-6 autos, Sal single-handedly supported the used parts industry for that model over the years. An accomplished photographer, his “Photography by Salvatore” business captured the romance of hundreds of newly wedded couples. He supported Native American causes through his visits to state casinos, and was widely-read through his frequent contributions to the Stamford Advocate editorial page on a wide variety of serious and satirical topics. In tribute to Sal, it’s rumored that big screen TVs across the state will be dimmed to half-brightness, and take-out cups of coffee will be served only half full. (It is expected that profits at County TV, Best Buy, Dunkin Donuts and Donut Delight will drop significantly.) Sal was a long time member of Grace Evangelical Church on Courtland Avenue, and loved Jesus.

“There will be a visitation at Cloonan Middle School auditorium this Sunday, October 19th, from 2 to 4 PM. A memorial service will immediately follow from 4 to 5:15 PM, conducted by Pastor Scott Taylor. The family requests those attending to dress in festive red, white and blue.

“Mr. Buchetto’s dynamic, unmatchable influence lives on through the countless students whose lives he inspired over 4 decades. Sal measured out at 73 1/2 inches, and a bouncing 232 pounds, 9 ounces. To leave an online condolence please visit www.leopgallagherstamford.com

Obituaries in newspapers provide us with rich genealogical information, personal stories and life details like no other source.