Massachusetts Newspaper Archives: 385 Titles for Genealogy Research

Although the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the 7th smallest state in the Union, it is the 14th most populous—the highest population of the six New England states. Ever since the Pilgrims founded Plymouth Colony in 1620, Massachusetts has played a large role in American political, economic and cultural life—with an especially important and leading role during the American Revolution.

photo of a Cape Cod sunset, Massachusetts

Photo: Cape Cod sunset, Massachusetts. Credit: PapaDunes; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Massachusetts, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online Massachusetts newspaper archives: 385 titles to help you search your family history in “The Bay State,” providing coverage from 1690 to Today. There are more than 205 million newspaper articles and records in our online MA archives!

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

Search Massachusetts Newspaper Archives (1690 – 1992)

Search Massachusetts Recent Obituaries (1988 – Current)

Here is our complete list of online Massachusetts newspapers in the 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 MA newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range Collection
Acton Beacon 10/13/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Amesbury Amesbury News 11/11/2005 – 4/11/2013 Recent Obituaries
Andover Andover Townsman 4/4/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Arlington Arlington Advocate 8/25/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ashburnham Community Journal 5/11/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ashland Ashland TAB 12/17/2008 – 5/24/2013 Recent Obituaries
Attleboro Sun Chronicle 11/14/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Auburn Auburn Daily Voice 4/28/2010 – 2/7/2013 Recent Obituaries
Ayer Public Spirit 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Barnstable Barnstable Patriot 10/7/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Barre Barre Gazette 6/5/1835 – 8/29/1862 Newspaper Archives
Barre Barre Patriot 7/26/1844 – 11/30/1855 Newspaper Archives
Barre Farmers Gazette 6/13/1834 – 5/15/1835 Newspaper Archives
Barre Wachusett Star 11/23/1847 – 6/20/1848 Newspaper Archives
Bedford Bedford Minuteman 9/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bellingham Country Gazette 9/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belmont Belmont Citizen-Herald 8/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beverly Saturday Morning Citizen 10/13/1858 – 2/24/1893 Newspaper Archives
Beverly Beverly Citizen 4/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beverly Salem News 5/31/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Billerica Billerica Minuteman 9/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bolton Bolton Common 12/23/2005 – 4/11/2013 Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Herald 5/1/1848 – 4/30/1992 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Record American 12/2/1951 – 12/31/1972 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Traveler 7/5/1825 – 7/8/1967 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Daily Record 12/1/1951 – 9/30/1961 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston American 12/1/1951 – 9/30/1961 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Journal 1/1/1866 – 10/6/1917 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Daily Advertiser 3/3/1813 – 12/31/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening Transcript 1/1/1842 – 12/31/1866 Newspaper Archives
Boston Columbian Centinel 6/16/1790 – 12/31/1825 Newspaper Archives
Boston Repertory 1/25/1804 – 7/29/1826 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Commercial Gazette 10/9/1800 – 1/23/1840 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Palladium 3/11/1803 – 12/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Chronicle 9/19/1776 – 5/29/1817 Newspaper Archives
Boston Daily Atlas 11/8/1832 – 4/11/1857 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Patriot and Daily Chronicle 6/2/1817 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Recorder 1/3/1816 – 5/3/1872 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Gazette 12/21/1719 – 9/17/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Chronicle and Boston Patriot 6/4/1817 – 12/31/1825 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Courier 6/13/1805 – 10/27/1864 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston News-Letter 4/24/1704 – 2/29/1776 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Mercury 1/1/1793 – 3/8/1803 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Patriot 3/3/1809 – 5/31/1817 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Traveller 11/14/1846 – 8/19/1876 Newspaper Archives
Boston Liberator 1/1/1831 – 4/16/1898 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening-Post 8/18/1735 – 4/24/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Messenger 10/25/1811 – 5/26/1831 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Post-Boy 4/21/1735 – 4/10/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Post 1/10/1840 – 10/16/1876 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Intelligencer 8/17/1816 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Democrat 1/4/1804 – 6/2/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Emancipator and Republican 2/17/1842 – 12/26/1850 Newspaper Archives
Boston Yankee 1/3/1812 – 1/20/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Centinel 3/24/1784 – 6/12/1790 Newspaper Archives
Boston Russell’s Gazette 6/7/1798 – 10/6/1800 Newspaper Archives
Boston Saturday Morning Transcript 11/19/1831 – 12/28/1839 Newspaper Archives
Boston Continental Journal 5/30/1776 – 6/21/1787 Newspaper Archives
Boston Saturday Evening Gazette 9/20/1856 – 12/30/1865 Newspaper Archives
Boston Constitutional Telegraph 10/2/1799 – 5/22/1802 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Weekly Journal 3/20/1727 – 10/13/1741 Newspaper Archives
Boston Federal Orrery 10/20/1794 – 10/31/1796 Newspaper Archives
Boston Trumpet and Universalist Magazine 7/5/1828 – 6/28/1834 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Ledger 6/15/1778 – 10/16/1786 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Spy 7/17/1770 – 4/6/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston Herald of Freedom 9/15/1788 – 7/19/1791 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Price-Current 9/7/1795 – 5/31/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Herald 1/19/1784 – 6/30/1788 Newspaper Archives
Boston Polar-Star 10/6/1796 – 2/2/1797 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Gazette 11/28/1785 – 11/11/1788 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Galaxy 10/10/1817 – 12/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Argus 7/22/1791 – 6/28/1793 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Apollo 10/5/1792 – 12/25/1794 Newspaper Archives
Boston Republican Gazetteer 5/26/1802 – 3/30/1803 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Chronicle 10/22/1767 – 6/21/1770 Newspaper Archives
Boston Gazetteer 4/2/1803 – 12/31/1803 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Report 5/1/1819 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Rehearsal 9/27/1731 – 8/11/1735 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening Post 10/20/1781 – 1/10/1784 Newspaper Archives
Boston Christian Watchman 5/29/1819 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Mirror 10/22/1808 – 7/21/1810 Newspaper Archives
Boston Federal Gazette 1/1/1798 – 3/26/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Courant 8/7/1721 – 6/25/1726 Newspaper Archives
Boston Courier 7/1/1795 – 12/30/1795 Newspaper Archives
Boston Pilot 9/25/1812 – 1/15/1813 Newspaper Archives
Boston Daily Advertiser 6/5/1809 – 7/31/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Columbian Detector 11/7/1808 – 5/19/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Universalist Magazine 7/3/1819 – 1/12/1828 Newspaper Archives
Boston Times 7/28/1794 – 10/15/1808 Newspaper Archives
Boston Idiot 12/20/1817 – 1/2/1819 Newspaper Archives
Boston Kaleidoscope 12/5/1818 – 11/13/1819 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Chronicle 4/25/1776 – 9/12/1776 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Spectator 1/1/1814 – 2/25/1815 Newspaper Archives
Boston Agricultural 1/14/1820 – 7/7/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Ladies’ Port Folio 1/1/1820 – 7/8/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Fredonian 2/20/1810 – 5/15/1810 Newspaper Archives
Boston Scourge 8/10/1811 – 12/28/1811 Newspaper Archives
Boston Courier de Boston 4/23/1789 – 10/15/1789 Newspaper Archives
Boston Satirist 1/16/1812 – 5/9/1812 Newspaper Archives
Boston Saturday Evening Herald 7/24/1790 – 12/13/1790 Newspaper Archives
Boston Censor 11/23/1771 – 5/2/1772 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Courant 1/6/1900 – 1/6/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Advance 2/17/1900 – 2/17/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Cultivator 4/7/1866 – 4/7/1866 Newspaper Archives
Boston Publick Occurrences 9/25/1690 – 9/25/1690 Newspaper Archives
Boston Huntington News 9/24/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Metro – Boston 12/7/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Bay Windows 12/10/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Herald: Blogs 10/28/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston South End News 6/7/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Herald 1/1/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bourne Bourne Courier 3/30/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bourne Upper Cape Codder 1/5/2006 – 6/14/2007 Recent Obituaries
Braintree Braintree Forum 8/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bridgewater Bridgewater Independent 6/6/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brockton Enterprise 7/14/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brookfield Political Repository 8/14/1798 – 5/4/1802 Newspaper Archives
Brookfield Moral and Political Telegraphe 5/6/1795 – 8/17/1796 Newspaper Archives
Brookfield Worcester Intelligencer 10/7/1794 – 4/28/1795 Newspaper Archives
Brookline Brookline TAB 9/8/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Burlington Burlington Union 10/6/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cambridge New England Chronicle, or Essex Gazette 5/2/1775 – 3/28/1776 Newspaper Archives
Canton Canton Journal 9/9/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cape Ann Cape Ann Beacon 9/28/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carver Carver Reporter 11/14/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Charlestown Franklin Monitor 1/2/1819 – 6/3/1820 Newspaper Archives
Charlestown American Recorder 12/9/1785 – 5/25/1787 Newspaper Archives
Charlestown Bunker-Hill Sentinel 6/24/1820 – 7/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Chatham Cape Cod Chronicle 1/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chelmsford Chelmsford Independent 8/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicopee Herald 3/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clinton Times & Courier 9/1/2005 – 3/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Cohasset Cohasset Mariner 1/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Concord Concord Journal 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Concord, Hanscom AFB Hansconian 2/17/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Danvers Danvers Herald 11/17/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dedham Norfolk Democrat 2/9/1839 – 9/15/1854 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Village Register 6/9/1820 – 10/29/1829 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Norfolk Advertiser 7/13/1832 – 2/2/1839 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Dedham Gazette 8/20/1813 – 6/25/1819 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Columbian Minerva 1/3/1799 – 9/4/1804 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Norfolk Repository 5/14/1805 – 12/28/1809 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Minerva 10/11/1796 – 12/27/1798 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Dedham Transcript 8/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dorchester Dorchester Reporter 1/9/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dover Dover-Sherborn Press 4/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dracut Valley Dispatch 10/22/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Duxbury Duxbury Reporter 11/17/2008 – 12/20/2013 Recent Obituaries
Duxbury Duxbury Clipper 1/19/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Bridgewater East Bridgewater Star 9/5/2007 – 4/28/2009 Recent Obituaries
East Bridgewater Wicked Local: East Bridgewater 8/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Longmeadow Reminder 3/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Longmeadow Metro West Reminder 3/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Easton Easton Journal 1/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fall River Herald News 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fall River O Jornal 2/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Falmouth Falmouth Bulletin 5/3/2010 – 11/11/2011 Recent Obituaries
Falmouth Cape Cod Times 12/8/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise 9/14/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Framingham MetroWest Daily News 9/6/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Framingham Westwood Press 8/25/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Framingham Framingham TAB 6/16/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Georgetown Georgetown Record 5/11/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Gloucester Gloucester Telegraph 1/1/1827 – 12/31/1851 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Cape Ann Light and Gloucester Telegraph 1/7/1843 – 8/2/1873 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Cape Ann Advertiser 12/5/1857 – 12/28/1877 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Gloucester Democrat 8/19/1834 – 2/16/1838 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Gloucester Daily Times 8/13/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Grafton Grafton Daily Voice 6/25/2009 – 3/4/2013 Recent Obituaries
Greenfield Greenfield Gazette 8/2/1792 – 2/5/1811 Newspaper Archives
Greenfield Franklin Herald 1/7/1812 – 12/30/1817 Newspaper Archives
Greenfield Traveller 2/12/1811 – 12/31/1811 Newspaper Archives
Groton Groton Landmark 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Halifax Halifax-Plympton Reporter 12/10/2008 – 12/20/2013 Recent Obituaries
Hamilton Hamilton Wenham Chronicle 10/20/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hanover Hanover Mariner 1/4/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hanson Hanson Town Crier 10/4/2006 – 4/28/2009 Recent Obituaries
Hanson Whitman-Hanson Express 10/1/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hanson Wicked Local: Hanson 8/26/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harvard Harvard Hillside 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harvard Harvard Post 1/5/2006 – 2/15/2013 Recent Obituaries
Harwich Harwich Oracle 1/4/2006 – 12/18/2013 Recent Obituaries
Haverhill Haverhill Gazette 2/1/1823 – 12/25/1841 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Bulletin 7/11/1871 – 11/14/1894 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Merrimack Intelligencer 7/2/1808 – 2/8/1817 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Essex Patriot 5/10/1817 – 1/25/1823 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Museum 12/11/1804 – 11/22/1806 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Observer 12/5/1800 – 11/27/1804 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Gazette 4/12/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hingham Hingham Journal 3/9/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holbrook Holbrook Sun 1/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holden Landmark 4/26/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holden Holden Daily Voice 4/28/2010 – 1/8/2013 Recent Obituaries
Holliston Holliston TAB 10/6/2005 – 2/15/2013 Recent Obituaries
Hopkinton Hopkinton Crier 7/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hopkinton Hopkinton Independent 5/16/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hudson Hudson Sun 7/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ipswich Ipswich Chronicle 9/1/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jamaica Plain Jamaica Plain Gazette 10/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jamaica Plain Mission Hill Gazette 1/16/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kingston Kingston Reporter 5/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lakeville Lakeville Call 11/19/2008 – 1/12/2011 Recent Obituaries
Lawrence Eagle-Tribune 5/27/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Leicester Leicester Daily Voice 4/28/2010 – 1/18/2013 Recent Obituaries
Lenox Berkshire Journal 9/3/1829 – 8/25/1831 Newspaper Archives
Lenox Berkshire Star and County Republican 1/10/1828 – 12/25/1828 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Telescope 1/2/1800 – 10/14/1802 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Rural Repository 10/22/1795 – 4/13/1797 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Weekly Messenger 2/6/1806 – 12/18/1806 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Leominster Champion 2/17/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Lexington Minuteman 9/8/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Winchester Star 8/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lincoln Lincoln Journal 6/1/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Littleton Littleton Independent 10/13/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lowell Lowell Daily Citizen and News 4/28/1856 – 12/23/1896 Newspaper Archives
Lowell Lowell Mercury 11/14/1829 – 12/27/1833 Newspaper Archives
Lowell Lowell Patriot 1/2/1835 – 6/29/1837 Newspaper Archives
Lowell Sun 10/2/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lynn Daily Item 9/23/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lynnfield North Shore Sunday 1/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Malden Malden Observer 6/9/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mansfield Mansfield News 1/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marblehead Marblehead Reporter 8/4/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marion Sentinel 7/26/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marlborough Marlborough Enterprise 12/8/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marshfield Abington Mariner-Rockland Standard 9/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marshfield Marshfield Mariner 8/31/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Maynard Beacon Villager 10/13/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Medfield Medfield Press 11/10/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Medford Medford Transcript 8/10/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Melrose Melrose Free Press 8/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Milford Milford Daily News 9/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Millbury Millbury Daily Voice 12/15/2009 – 3/4/2013 Recent Obituaries
Millbury Millbury-Sutton Chronicle 5/3/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Nantucket Nantucket Inquirer 9/20/1821 – 12/31/1849 Newspaper Archives
Nantucket Nantucket Gazette 5/6/1816 – 3/8/1817 Newspaper Archives
Nantucket Nantucket Independent 3/30/2005 – 7/21/2010 Recent Obituaries
Natick Natick Bulletin & TAB 6/2/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Wellesley Townsman 4/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Watertown TAB & Press 9/16/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham West Roxbury Transcript 7/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Needham Times 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Allston-Brighton TAB 11/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Bedford New-Bedford Mercury 8/7/1807 – 3/16/1877 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Whaleman’s Shipping List and Merchants’ Transcript 3/17/1843 – 9/13/1864 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New Bedford Register 1/22/1840 – 1/6/1846 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Columbian Courier 12/8/1798 – 3/1/1805 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Medley 11/27/1792 – 10/18/1799 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New Bedford Gazette 9/5/1831 – 1/25/1838 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New-Bedford Courier 6/12/1827 – 5/28/1833 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Old Colony Gazette 10/21/1808 – 10/11/1811 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New-Bedford Gazette 10/18/1811 – 7/17/1812 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Morning Mercury 12/4/1895 – 1/2/1919 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Christian Philanthropist 5/14/1822 – 5/13/1823 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Newburyport Herald 10/31/1797 – 3/19/1847 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Impartial Herald 5/18/1793 – 10/27/1797 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Essex Journal 12/4/1773 – 4/2/1794 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Political Gazette 4/30/1795 – 10/27/1797 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport New-England Repertory 7/6/1803 – 1/21/1804 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Political Calendar 3/26/1804 – 6/17/1805 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Statesman 8/15/1808 – 3/9/1809 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Merrimack Gazette 3/21/1803 – 2/18/1804 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Newburyport Gazette 4/7/1807 – 9/18/1807 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Morning Star 4/8/1794 – 12/3/1794 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Merrimack Magazine 8/17/1805 – 8/9/1806 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Independent Whig 4/5/1810 – 5/2/1811 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport American Intelligencer 6/4/1801 – 7/30/1801 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Daily News of Newburyport 5/24/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newburyport Newburyport Current 1/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newton Newton TAB 9/28/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Adams Advocate 6/9/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Adams North Adams Transcript 8/8/2000 – 1/18/2014 Recent Obituaries
North Andover North Andover Citizen 4/14/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Andover Valley Patriot 4/1/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Attleborough North Attleborough Free Press 1/16/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Northampton Hampshire Gazette 9/20/1786 – 12/26/1843 Newspaper Archives
Northampton Republican Spy 6/14/1803 – 11/16/1808 Newspaper Archives
Northampton Hive 8/23/1803 – 1/22/1805 Newspaper Archives
Northampton Anti-Monarchist 12/14/1808 – 11/28/1810 Newspaper Archives
Northborough Northborough Daily Voice 10/28/2010 – 1/7/2013 Recent Obituaries
Northborough, Southborough Villager 12/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Northbridge Northbridge Daily Voice 8/11/2009 – 3/2/2013 Recent Obituaries
Norton Norton Mirror 8/11/2006 – 12/20/2013 Recent Obituaries
Norwell Norwell Mariner 4/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Norwood Norwood Transcript & Bulletin 5/3/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Orleans Cape Codder 9/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pembroke Pembroke Express 3/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pembroke Pembroke Mariner and Express 1/4/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pepperell Pepperell Free Press 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pittsfield Sun 9/16/1800 – 12/31/1873 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire County Whig 3/11/1841 – 2/22/1849 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Reporter 1/3/1807 – 11/16/1815 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Chronicle 5/8/1788 – 9/30/1790 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Gazette 1/18/1798 – 2/11/1800 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Eagle 1/10/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Plymouth Journal 3/19/1785 – 6/13/1786 Newspaper Archives
Plymouth Old Colony Sentinel 12/8/1866 – 12/8/1866 Newspaper Archives
Plymouth Old Colony Memorial 11/11/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Wareham Courier 11/4/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Plymouth Bulletin 12/7/2005 – 4/28/2009 Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Wicked Local: Plymouth 5/12/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Provincetown Provincetown Banner 6/15/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Quincy Patriot Ledger 1/1/1916 – 12/29/1922 Newspaper Archives
Quincy Patriot Ledger 1/7/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Randolph Randolph Herald 5/9/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Raynham Raynham Call 4/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Reading Reading Advocate 12/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Roslindale Roslindale Transcript 8/17/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Salem Salem Gazette 10/18/1781 – 12/29/1849 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Register 1/4/1802 – 1/22/1891 Newspaper Archives
Salem Essex Register 7/23/1807 – 12/31/1827 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Observer 12/20/1823 – 1/10/1874 Newspaper Archives
Salem Essex Gazette 8/2/1768 – 5/2/1775 Newspaper Archives
Salem Impartial Register 5/12/1800 – 12/31/1801 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Mercury 10/14/1786 – 12/29/1789 Newspaper Archives
Salem Friend 1/3/1807 – 7/18/1807 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Chronicle 3/30/1786 – 8/3/1786 Newspaper Archives
Salem American Gazette 6/18/1776 – 7/30/1776 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Gazette 9/23/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sandwich Sandwich Broadsider 10/13/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Saugus Saugus Advertiser 9/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Scituate Scituate Mariner 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sharon Sharon Advocate 10/7/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Shirley Shirley Oracle 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Daily Voice 2/8/2010 – 2/15/2013 Recent Obituaries
Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Chronicle 9/15/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Somerville Somerville Journal 8/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Somerville Somerville Times 7/7/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Somerville Cambridge Chronicle 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Springfield Springfield Union 1/4/1864 – 1/29/1989 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Springfield Republican 3/27/1844 – 9/26/1946 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Springfield Union-News 9/24/1976 – 1/31/1989 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Springfield Daily News 1/2/1911 – 7/5/1969 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampden Federalist 1/4/1816 – 3/5/1823 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampshire Federalist 1/7/1806 – 7/23/1812 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Federal Spy 12/19/1792 – 12/31/1805 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampden Patriot 12/31/1818 – 12/25/1822 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampden Whig 2/24/1830 – 12/20/1837 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampshire Chronicle 3/12/1787 – 9/6/1796 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampden Journal and Advertiser 3/12/1823 – 11/26/1828 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Massachusetts Gazette 5/14/1782 – 7/20/1784 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampshire Herald 7/27/1784 – 9/26/1786 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Springfield Reminder 3/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Springfield Republican 6/16/1988 – Current Recent Obituaries
Springfield Republican, The: Web Edition Articles 11/16/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stockbridge Western Star 12/1/1789 – 11/8/1806 Newspaper Archives
Stockbridge Berkshire Star 11/30/1815 – 1/3/1828 Newspaper Archives
Stockbridge Political Atlas 2/14/1807 – 7/22/1808 Newspaper Archives
Stoneham Stoneham Sun 11/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stoughton Stoughton Sentinel 12/5/1863 – 12/23/1876 Newspaper Archives
Stoughton Avon Messenger 5/23/2007 – 1/9/2009 Recent Obituaries
Stoughton Stoughton Journal 9/30/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stoughton Wicked Local: Avon 12/1/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sudbury Sudbury Town Crier 9/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Swampscott Swampscott Reporter 2/16/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Taunton Taunton Daily Gazette 10/8/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Taunton Taunton Call 4/18/2007 – 7/3/2009 Recent Obituaries
Tewksbury Tewksbury Advocate 7/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Topsfield Tri-Town Transcript 6/2/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Townsend Townsend Times 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Vineyard Grove Seaside Gazette 7/20/1872 – 8/30/1875 Newspaper Archives
Wakefield Wakefield Observer 9/1/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Walpole Walpole Times 7/17/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Waltham Waltham News Tribune 8/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wayland Wayland Town Crier 5/11/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Bridgewater West Bridgewater Times 2/27/2008 – 4/21/2009 Recent Obituaries
West Bridgewater Wicked Local: West Bridgewater 8/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Springfield American Intelligencer 9/29/1795 – 11/28/1797 Newspaper Archives
Westborough Westborough News 10/28/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westborough Westborough Daily Voice 4/28/2010 – 2/25/2013 Recent Obituaries
Westfield Westfield News 12/13/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westford Westford Eagle 9/15/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Weston Weston Town Crier 12/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Weymouth Weymouth News 11/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Whitman Whitman Times 5/2/2007 – 4/28/2009 Recent Obituaries
Whitman Wicked Local: Whitman 8/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wilmington Wilmington Advocate 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woburn Woburn Advocate 8/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Worcester Worcester Daily Spy 1/1/1878 – 4/30/1904 Newspaper Archives
Worcester Massachusetts Spy 5/3/1775 – 12/29/1876 Newspaper Archives
Worcester National Aegis 12/2/1801 – 12/30/1876 Newspaper Archives
Worcester Independent Gazetteer 11/27/1799 – 12/29/1801 Newspaper Archives
Worcester American Herald 8/21/1788 – 10/8/1789 Newspaper Archives
Worcester Worcester Telegram & Gazette 1/16/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
Yarmouthport Register 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries

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Top 7 Websites for Revolutionary War Genealogy

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog post, Gena discusses—and provides links to—seven top online resources for researching your American Revolutionary War ancestors.

Do you have a Revolutionary War ancestor? Maybe you have always heard that your ancestor was a soldier or a patriot during the American Revolution. Perhaps you have a female ancestor who was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Do you have copies of your ancestor’s military records but are not sure where to go next with your family history research? It’s time to make a genealogy research plan.

Painting: surrender of British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga on 17 October 1777 to American General Horatio Gates, by John Trumbull

Painting: surrender of British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga on 17 October 1777 to American General Horatio Gates, by John Trumbull. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

When thinking about researching your Revolutionary ancestor, consider what records may be left behind that result from his military service, death, and even his legacy.* Also keep in mind where such records may be held. While it’s easy to assume that the majority of records will be found at the National Archives or a subscription-based website, there are various online repositories with historical Revolutionary-period records useful to your ancestry research.

Ask questions of each record you find and then look for documents that answer those questions. While some of the research you do will involve looking for documents that include his name, there will be general histories about events your ancestor was involved in—which don’t specifically mention him by name—that you will also want to consult to learn more about his day-to-day life in the battlefields and political developments of the time.

Not sure where to start? Begin first with an overall search of newspapers and digitized books.

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1) Newspaper Articles and Historical Books

In my previous article Tracing Your Colonial & Revolutionary Ancestry in Newspapers, I wrote about articles that can be found in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives for finding your Revolutionary War ancestor. Whether you are just starting your research or have been at it for years, you should begin with newspapers to see what more you can learn. Because GenealogyBank is constantly adding newspapers, searching just once is not enough—keep coming back, to search the new material. A helpful feature of GenealogyBank’s Newspaper Archives search page is that you can narrow your search to an “Added Since” date so that you are not going through the same results you viewed previously.

screenshot of GenealogyBank's Historical Newspaper Archives search page

Obviously, one of the newspaper article-types that you will hope to find is an obituary. An obituary may provide key information including family members’ names, military service, occupation, and the cemetery where he is buried.

One resource researchers might not be as familiar with is GenealogyBank’s Historical Documents & Records collection, which includes the American State Papers. These federal government documents can include mentions of Revolutionary War soldiers—and their widows—as they applied for things like pensions.

Search Tip: As you search the GenealogyBank collections, make sure to keep in mind name variations. Don’t just stop after searching one version of your ancestor’s name. Write out a list of various name combinations that take into account their initials, name abbreviations (Jno, Benj., Wm.), and nicknames—as well as possible misspellings of the first and last name.

2) Online Grave Listings

In addition to newspaper articles and historical books, there are several online resources available for lists of Revolutionary War soldiers’ graves. To read more about these resources, see the article Revolutionary War Cemetery Records on the FamilySearch Wiki.

screenshot of FamilySearch's page for American Revolutionary War records

Source: FamilySearch

3) Daughters of the American Revolution

Want to verify that your ancestor was a Revolutionary War patriot? Maybe you have a copy of a female family member’s DAR application. Looking to become a member of the DAR or the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution)? Even if you aren’t interested in joining these groups, they have a vast collection of resources that can help you with your research. According to DAR member and chapter registrar Sheri Beffort Fenley, there are two resources all non-DAR members should use.

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The first is the Genealogical Research System. According to their website, the Genealogical Research System (GRS) “is a collection of databases that provide access to the many materials amassed by the DAR since its founding in 1890.”

screenshot of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Genealogical Research System website

Source: Daughters of the American Revolution

The second resource Fenley recommends is the DAR Library.

screenshot of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Library website

Source: Daughters of the American Revolution

While you are looking at the DAR homepage, make sure to click on the Resources tab. Here you’ll find the Revolutionary Pension Card Index as well as a great eBook entitled Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots of the Revolutionary War: A Guide to Service, Sources, and Studies.

4) Google Books

I would also recommend using Google Books to look through books and periodicals involving the DAR and their various chapters, as well as other genealogical information from the Revolutionary War. It’s a great place to find lineages and transcriptions.

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Source: Google

5) Sons of the American Revolution

The Sons of the American Revolution Genealogical Research Library in Kentucky also may be of use to your research. To learn more about their collection and their SAR Patriot Index, see their website.

screenshot of the Sons of the American Revolution's Research Library website

Source: Sons of the American Revolution

6) National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)

The National Archives holds the records of our federal government, including military records. For the Revolutionary War you can find everything from Compiled Military Service Records to pensions and bounty land records. (Please note that NARA is the caretaker for federal records; they do not have state records such as state militia records. For those records, you need to contact the appropriate state archives.) Click here to see a list of NARA Revolutionary War records. A good tutorial for learning more about obtaining military records from NARA is on their web page: Genealogy Research in Military Records.

screenshot of the National Archives and Records Administration's American Revolutionary War records website

Source: National Archives and Records Administration

7) FamilySearch Resources

There are also several Revolutionary War databases available from the free website FamilySearch, including the searchable United States Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications, 1800-1900. Most people automatically think of service records and pensions when they think of military service—but what is often missed are bounty land grants. Military Bounty Land was offered to men in return for their military service. This served as both an enticement and a reward for longer service. Your ancestor may have received much more from his service than just monetary compensation. To learn more about bounty land and how to research it, see Christine Rose’s book Military Bounty Land 1776-1855.

The United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783 from FamilySearch “contains images of muster rolls, payrolls, strength returns, and other personnel, pay, and supply records of the American Army during the Revolutionary War.” This collection is not searchable; you have to browse it, and you need to know the state your soldier fought for. Make sure to utilize the FamilySearch Family History Research Wiki to learn more about other Revolutionary War documents available from FamilySearch.

screenshot of FamilySearch's Family History Research Wiki website

Source: FamilySearch

Wherever you are in your search for your Revolutionary War ancestor, make sure to have a plan and a list of genealogy resources—and then go through each one. Using a combination of sources including newspapers, digitized books, and military records, you can start to put together the story of your Revolutionary War ancestor soldier’s life.

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* Because the majority of soldiers in the Revolutionary War were men, I’m going to refer to them as “he.” However, women did fight alongside their male relatives on the battlegrounds. To learn more about the women of the Revolutionary War, see the book Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence by Carol Berkin.

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GenealogyBank Just Added 7 Million More Genealogy 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 anywhere online. We just completed adding 7 million more U.S. genealogy records, vastly increasing our content coverage from U.S. coast to coast!

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

  • A total of 52 newspaper titles from 21 U.S. states
  • 19 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

The list of our new newspaper additions is directly below. Also, see our entire list of newspaper archives by state to see all of our archived collections.

State City Title Date Range Collection
Arizona Tucson TucsonSentinel.com* 01/28/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
California Barstow Desert Dispatch* 03/16/2007–Current Recent Obituaries
California San Francisco Corriere del Popolo 09/05/1922–12/20/1945 Newspaper Archives
California San Francisco San Francisco Chronicle 9/19/1881–4/30/1915 Newspaper Archives
California San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo Daily Telegram 4/2/1934–3/30/1937 Newspaper Archives
California Santa Monica Santa Monica Mirror* 01/07/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
Colorado Bayfield Pine River Times* 02/21/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Colorado Denver Denver Rocky Mountain News 5/1/1908–5/31/1908 Newspaper Archives
Florida Lake City Lake City Reporter* 11/01/2013–Current Recent Obituaries
Georgia Elberton Elberton Star & Examiner, The* 08/02/2004–Current Recent Obituaries
Georgia Hartwell Hartwell Sun, The* 01/05/2012–Current Recent Obituaries
Georgia Lavonia Franklin County Citizen* 01/02/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Georgia Marietta Marietta Journal 1/29/1964–12/13/1991 Newspaper Archives
Idaho Boise Idaho Statesman 8/16/1929–12/30/1933 Newspaper Archives
Illinois Highland Highland News Leader* 04/03/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Kentucky Lexington Lexington Herald 10/1/1929–1/31/1930 Newspaper Archives
Louisiana Lafayette Acadiana Advocate, The* 12/13/2013–Current Recent Obituaries
Louisiana New Orleans New Orleans Item 9/19/1911–9/19/1911 Newspaper Archives
Louisiana New Orleans New Orleans States 10/25/1922–10/25/1922 Newspaper Archives
Maryland Baltimore Katholische Volkszeitung 04/08/1871–09/02/1871 Newspaper Archives
Massachusetts Hopkinton Hopkinton Independent, The* 05/16/2013–Current Recent Obituaries
Massachusetts Millbury Millbury-Sutton Chronicle* 05/03/2007–Current Recent Obituaries
Michigan Ann Arbor Ann Arbor News 4/16/1909–5/31/1917 Newspaper Archives
Michigan Detroit Herold 01/27/1911–01/27/1911 Newspaper Archives
Michigan Flint Flint Journal 1/26/1900–5/17/1920 Newspaper Archives
Michigan Muskegon Muskegon Chronicle 4/30/1880–5/26/1917 Newspaper Archives
Michigan Saginaw Saginaw News 12/23/1893–5/24/1895 Newspaper Archives
Mississippi Biloxi Daily Herald 1/1/1937–6/30/1942 Newspaper Archives
New Jersey Bridgeton Bridgeton Evening News 9/1/1896–5/7/1921 Newspaper Archives
New Jersey Egg Harbor City Egg Harbor Pilot 04/12/1862–07/27/1872 Newspaper Archives
New Jersey Jersey City Jersey Journal 7/14/1891–10/6/1922 Newspaper Archives
New Jersey Trenton Trenton Evening Times 12/30/1922–2/1/1946 Newspaper Archives
New Mexico Carlsbad Carlsbad Current-Argus* 01/28/2005–Current Recent Obituaries
New Mexico Deming Deming Headlight* 06/03/2006–Current Recent Obituaries
New York New York Cristoforo Colombo 08/28/1892–08/22/1893 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Jewish Messenger 04/29/1870–06/05/1891 Newspaper Archives
New York New York New Yorker Volkszeitung 05/25/1920–11/25/1922 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Progresso Italo-Americano* 09/21/1884–12/11/1889 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Sozialist 02/16/1889–02/16/1889 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Vorwarts 09/02/1893–12/30/1922 Newspaper Archives
North Carolina Charlotte Charlotte Observer 7/1/1927–7/31/1927 Newspaper Archives
North Carolina Spruce Pine Mitchell News-Journal* 06/12/2013–Current Recent Obituaries
Ohio Bellevue RFD News* 10/01/2013–Current Recent Obituaries
Ohio Cincinnati Catholic Telegraph, The* 03/06/2009–Current Recent Obituaries
Ohio Cleveland Cleveland Leader 9/5/1862–4/3/1885 Newspaper Archives
Ohio Cleveland Plain Dealer 1/1/1923–6/5/1923 Newspaper Archives
Ohio Fredericktown Knox County Citizen* 12/11/2013–Current Recent Obituaries
South Dakota Aberdeen Aberdeen Daily News 10/29/1925–5/19/1996 Newspaper Archives
Washington Bellingham Bellingham Herald 1/1/1935–6/30/1937 Newspaper Archives
Washington Olympia Morning Olympian 6/24/1940–12/30/1941 Newspaper Archives
Wisconsin Appleton Appleton Volksfreund 10/02/1919–02/17/1921 Newspaper Archives
Wisconsin La Crosse La Crosse Volksfreund 07/11/1906–07/11/1906 Newspaper Archives

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Florida Newspaper Archives: 116 Titles for Genealogy Research

When the first European—Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon—arrived in Florida in 1513, he named it “La Florida” (Flowery Land) because of the floral beauty he found everywhere. With its tropical climate, long coastline adorned with many beaches—on both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean—and varied vegetation, Florida is a beautiful place to live and one of America’s most popular vacation destinations.

photo of Bahia Honda Beach, Florida Keys, Florida

Photo: Bahia Honda Beach, Florida Keys, Florida. Credit: Mwanner; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Florida, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online Florida newspaper archives: 116 titles to help you search your family history in “The Sunshine State,” providing coverage from 1823 to Today. There are more than 15.2 million newspaper articles and records in our online FL archives.

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

Search Florida Newspaper Archives (1823 – 1984)

Search Florida Recent Obituaries (1983 – Current)

Here is our complete list of online Florida newspapers in the 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 FL newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range Collection
Arcadia Arcadian 12/9/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Arcadia DeSoto Sun 4/14/1996 – 9/2/2010 Recent Obituaries
Bartow Polk County Democrat 7/17/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belle Glade Sun 5/1/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boca Grande Boca Beacon 5/31/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boca Raton Boca Raton News 3/2/2006 – 8/26/2009 Recent Obituaries
Bonita Springs Banner 1/27/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bonita Springs Bonita Daily News 5/23/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bradenton Manatee River Journal 9/5/1889 – 9/20/1923 Newspaper Archives
Bradenton North Manatee Observer 11/24/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bradenton Bradenton Herald 1/19/1991 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bradenton East County Observer 8/17/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Branford Branford News 7/25/2007 – 5/4/2009 Recent Obituaries
Brooksville Hernando Today 10/3/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bushnell Sumter County Times 12/27/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Callahan Nassau County Record 10/4/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chiefland Cedar Key Beacon 11/20/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chiefland Chiefland Citizen 11/19/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clermont South Lake Press 7/13/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clewiston Clewiston News 1/4/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Crawfordville Wakulla News 6/24/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Crystal River Citrus County Chronicle 10/14/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Daytona Beach Daytona Beach News-Journal 3/27/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
DeLand West Volusia Beacon 11/17/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dunnellon Riverland News 5/1/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Englewood Englewood Sun 3/5/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fernandina Beach News Leader 3/15/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel 1/1/1986 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fort Meade Fort Meade Leader 12/31/2002 – 8/14/2013 Recent Obituaries
Fort Myers Fort Myers Florida Weekly 5/31/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fort Myers Beach Island Sand Paper 5/14/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fort Pierce St. Lucie News Tribune 8/13/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fort Pierce Hometown News 2/9/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fort Pierce Fort Pierce News 5/2/1997 – 6/16/2000 Recent Obituaries
Frostproof Frostproof News 3/23/2011 – 8/14/2013 Recent Obituaries
Ft. Lauderdale South Florida Times 12/31/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Gainesville Gainesville Sun 2/18/1995 – Current Recent Obituaries
Immokalee Immokalee Bulletin 1/4/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jacksonville Florida Tattler 12/1/1934 – 9/29/1945 Newspaper Archives
Jacksonville Florida Sentinel 1/26/1900 – 1/26/1900 Newspaper Archives
Jacksonville Florida Times-Union 1/12/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jacksonville Florida Times-Union, The: Web Edition Articles 11/28/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jacksonville Beach Beaches Leader 1/2/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jasper Jasper News 1/2/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jupiter Jupiter Courier 9/3/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Key West Key West Citizen 10/31/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
LaBelle Caloosa Belle 1/4/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lake City Lake City Reporter 11/1/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lake Placid Lake Placid Journal 6/15/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lake Wales Lake Wales News 7/31/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lakeland Ledger 12/19/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lakeland Ledger, The: Blogs 7/17/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Leesburg Daily Commercial 12/1/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Live Oak Suwannee Democrat 11/21/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Longboat Key Longboat Observer 11/2/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marathon Florida Keys Keynoter 11/6/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marco Island Marco Island Eagle 6/7/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marianna Jackson County Floridan 4/22/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mayo Mayo Free Press 1/19/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Miami Miami Herald 1/1/1911 – 3/31/1926 Newspaper Archives
Miami Nuevo Herald 3/29/1976 – 4/30/1984 Newspaper Archives
Miami Miami Herald 1/1/1983 – Current Recent Obituaries
Miami Miami Herald, The: Blogs 3/10/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Miami El Nuevo Herald 1/1/1983 – Current Recent Obituaries
Miami Shores Biscayne Boulevard Times 8/1/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Moore Haven Glades County Democrat 4/26/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Naples Naples Florida Weekly 10/16/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Naples Naples Daily News 1/3/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Naples Collier Citizen 7/6/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Port North Port Sun 5/3/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ocala Ocala Star-Banner 1/1/1991 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ocala West Marion Messenger 8/2/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ocala South Marion Citizen 11/21/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Okeechobee Okeechobee News 3/1/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Orlando Orlando Weekly 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Orlando Orlando Sentinel 4/1/1985 – Current Recent Obituaries
Orlando Valencia Voice: Valencia Community College 11/9/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Palatka Palatka Daily News 1/1/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Palm Beach Palm Beach Daily News 1/2/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Palm Coast Palm Coast Observer 7/15/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pensacola Pensacola Gazette 5/15/1824 – 3/29/1856 Newspaper Archives
Pinecrest Pinecrest Tribune 10/22/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plant City Plant City Times & Observer 7/12/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pompano Beach Pelican 3/23/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Port Charlotte Charlotte Sun 8/3/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Quincy Gadsden County Times 1/15/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sarasota Pelican Press 8/12/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sarasota Sarasota Herald-Tribune 1/1/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sebastian Sebastian Sun 3/19/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sebring News-Sun 4/14/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sebring Highlands Today 3/21/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
St. Augustine Florida Herald and Southern Democrat 1/4/1823 – 12/20/1842 Newspaper Archives
St. Augustine St. Augustine Record 2/16/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Times 1/1/1987 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stuart Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News 9/2/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stuart YourNews.com 7/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Tallahassee Floridian and Journal 1/6/1849 – 12/22/1860 Newspaper Archives
Tallahassee Floridian and Advocate 10/24/1831 – 4/2/1842 Newspaper Archives
Tampa Tampa Tribune 1/2/1895 – 7/20/1936 Newspaper Archives
Tampa Traduccion Prensa 4/9/1941 – 9/4/1956 Newspaper Archives
Tampa Internacional 6/30/1939 – 8/7/1942 Newspaper Archives
Tampa Revista de Cuba Libre 12/25/1897 – 8/27/1898 Newspaper Archives
Tampa Nueva Republica 5/29/1897 – 5/28/1898 Newspaper Archives
Tampa Ecos 7/21/1959 – 7/21/1959 Newspaper Archives
Tampa Ybor City Sunday News 11/18/1951 – 11/18/1951 Newspaper Archives
Tampa Informacion 10/31/1958 – 10/31/1958 Newspaper Archives
Tampa Comite Consulto Conjuto 4/30/1941 – 4/30/1941 Newspaper Archives
Tampa Boletin 3/12/1941 – 3/12/1941 Newspaper Archives
Tampa Tampa Tribune 8/13/1990 – Current Recent Obituaries
Tavernier Reporter 2/27/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Venice Venice Gondolier Sun 7/1/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Vero Beach Vero Beach Press Journal 12/2/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Palm Beach Palm Beach Post 1/1/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Tampa West Tampa Leader 12/8/1940 – 12/8/1940 Newspaper Archives
Williston Williston Pioneer Sun News 12/11/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ybor City Diario de Tampa 6/6/1908 – 7/14/1911 Newspaper Archives

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260k+ Wyoming Newspaper Records for Your Genealogy Research

Wyoming became the Union’s 44th state on 10 July 1890. The 10th largest state in the United States, Wyoming is the least populated. Wyoming is proud of some of the “firsts” in its history as a territory. In 1872 Yellowstone National Park was established, the world’s first national park. Three years prior to that Wyoming achieved another first that women suffragists were especially proud of: on 10 December 1869 Wyoming women were given the right to vote—the first U.S. state or territory to grant women suffrage. In applying for statehood, Wyoming’s state constitution specifically sanctioned women suffrage. Because of this fact Wyoming’s official state nickname is the “Equality State.”

photo of Castle Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Photo: Castle Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Wyoming, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online Wyoming newspaper archives: 9 titles containing more than 260,000 digitized historical records from the 1800s to today to help you search your family history in this large, mountainous Western state.

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

Search Wyoming Newspaper Archives (1868 – 1921)

Search Wyoming Recent Obituaries (1997 – Current)

Here is our complete list of online Wyoming newspapers in the online 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 WY newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range Collection
Casper Star-Tribune 11/26/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cheyenne Wyoming State Tribune 1/1/1917 – 12/31/1921 Newspaper Archives
Cheyenne Wyoming Commonwealth 7/20/1890 – 11/14/1891 Newspaper Archives
Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle 10/1/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Knight Frontier Index 4/14/1868 – 4/14/1868 Newspaper Archives
Laramie Daily Boomerang 1/2/1890 – 6/30/1890 Newspaper Archives
Laramie Laramie Boomerang 2/9/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Riverton Riverton Ranger 4/3/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Worland Northern Wyoming Daily News 1/3/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries

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Find Genealogy Gems Online in These 26 Idaho Newspapers

Idaho became the nation’s 43rd state on 3 July 1890. The 14th largest state in the U.S., Idaho is a mountainous region known as the “Gem State” because of the incredible variety of gemstones that have been found there.

photo of the Owyhee Mountains in Idaho

Photo: Owyhee Mountains in Idaho. Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Idaho, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online Idaho newspaper archives: 26 titles to help you search your family history in what is sometimes called the “Potato State,” providing coverage from 1864 to Today. There are more than 4.5 million newspaper articles and records in our online archives.

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

Search Idaho Newspaper Archives (1864 – 1931)

Search Idaho Recent Obituaries (1992 – Current)

Here is our complete list of online Idaho newspapers in the 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 ID newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range Collection
Blackfoot Blackfoot Register 7/10/1880 – 3/22/1884 Newspaper Archives
Blackfoot Morning News 8/2/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boise Idaho Statesman 7/26/1864 – 8/15/1931 Newspaper Archives
Boise Evening Bulletin 2/21/1903 – 2/21/1903 Newspaper Archives
Boise Idaho Statesman 1/26/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bonners Ferry Bonners Ferry Herald 10/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Challis Challis Messenger 3/17/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Coeur d’Alene Idaho Spokesman-Review 7/3/1994 – 11/28/2007 Recent Obituaries
Coeur d’Alene Coeur d’Alene Press 10/1/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Idaho Falls Idaho Register 4/4/1885 – 10/31/1916 Newspaper Archives
Idaho Falls Idaho Falls Times 7/9/1891 – 9/16/1920 Newspaper Archives
Idaho Falls Citizen 3/11/1907 – 4/1/1907 Newspaper Archives
Idaho Falls Post Register 1/2/1992 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kellogg Shoshone News-Press 4/6/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lewiston Lewiston Morning Tribune 1/1/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Moscow Moscow-Pullman Daily News 1/1/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Nampa Idaho Press-Tribune 7/1/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Payette Independent Enterprise 5/16/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pocatello Idaho State Journal 6/27/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Priest River Priest River Times 6/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Salmon City Idaho Recorder 12/12/1889 – 5/4/1892 Newspaper Archives
Sandpoint Bonner County Daily Bee 3/2/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Silver City Owyhee Avalanche 8/19/1865 – 12/28/1900 Newspaper Archives
Silver City Owyhee Daily Avalanche 10/19/1874 – 4/26/1876 Newspaper Archives
Twin Falls Twin Falls News 4/8/1918 – 12/31/1922 Newspaper Archives
Twin Falls Times-News 8/19/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries

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Westward Ho! How to Trace the Trails of Your Pioneer Ancestors

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this guest blog post, Mary discusses online resources you can use to explore the history of your pioneer ancestors—and the trails they used to migrate west.

Many of us have pioneer ancestors in our family tree who participated in the westward expansion of the United States. Exploring the trails they crossed and reading their stories in old newspapers is not only a great way to learn more family history—it’s an interesting way to learn about an important period in our nation’s history.

Oregon Trail

While raising our family, we often discussed the Oregon Trail.

photo of the Oregon Trail, original cut and marker post; Scotts Bluff Summit Road, Gering, Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska (unknown date)

Photo: Oregon Trail, original cut and marker post; Scotts Bluff Summit Road, Gering, Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska (unknown date). Source: Library of Congress.

Some of our knowledge of the Oregon Trail came from history books—but to be honest, more lore was derived from playing the famous “The Oregon Trail” video game distributed by Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC). We used this game to supplement computer skills for youth who attended our training center’s summer computer camps.

Even the youngest ones joined in the fusion of history and computer skills. They’d start by outfitting wagons in Independence, Missouri, to make the trek of 2,200 treacherous miles to the Oregon Territory. You never knew which group would make it, or what pitfalls would beset them. Sometimes there were skirmishes with Native Americans; other times, the wagon broke down or they ran out of food and starved. All in all, it was a great method to make early American history come alive!

Pioneer Conestoga Wagon Treks West, Notas de Kingsville newspaper article 16 September 1954

Notas de Kingsville (Kingsville, Texas), 16 September 1954, page 4

Pioneer Trail Stories Found in Old Newspapers

Much like curling up with a good juicy novel, you can make your family history come alive by playing your own “trail” game with historical newspapers.

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Amazing stories of pioneer families traveling on various trails during the westward expansion, along with diaries, maps, advertisements and journals, can be researched to document what was happening when.

As noted in this 1846 newspaper article regarding prairie caravans, many pioneers followed one of four great trails that radiated west:

  • Missouri River Trail
  • Oregon Trail
  • Mexican Trail
  • Texas Trail
Prairie Caravans--Trade in the Far West, Alexandria Gazette newspaper article 9 May 1846

Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, Virginia), 9 May 1846, page 2

Being able to make a living was essential to our ancestors’ survival, so note that commerce centered around the trading of buffalo robes, pelts, horses, mules, buckskins, moccasins, curiosities and trinkets with American Indians. If traveling to Oregon, one would pick a certain season to travel—if going to Texas, one would pick a different season to begin the journey west.

So how many of us really know what it was like to travel on a wagon train? How large were they? What was the experience really like? Historical newspapers hold many answers to these and other questions about our pioneer ancestors and their experiences pioneering the rugged frontier in America.

map of the Oregon Trail

Map: the Oregon Trail. Source: Wikipedia.

This 1848 newspaper article describes a California-bound encampment consisting of 100 wagons, with an average of five persons per wagon. The next paragraph notes that a great number of Mormons were crossing the Missouri River at St. Joseph.

article about pioneers using the Oregon Trail, Newburyport Herald newspaper article 2 June 1848

Newburyport Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 2 June 1848, page 2

These details from newspaper articles put “meat on the bones” of an ancestral story—you just have to find the articles that tell the stories. Don’t forget to put a face to the occurrences. Even if you don’t have a photo of a direct forebear, you can get a fairly good idea of what people at that time looked like or how they dressed from newspaper articles about other pioneers.

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For example, here’s a picture of Ezra Meeker (born c. 1830) from a 1922 newspaper article that reported he went to Oregon around 1850—not via a wagon train, but in an ox-cart.

article about pioneer Ezra Meeker, Trenton Evening Times newspaper article 27 October 1922

Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, New Jersey), 27 October 1922, page 18

These old newspaper articles about America’s pioneer days report various aspects of U.S. history. For example, this Apache scout—because of his knowledge of Native American trails—was recruited in the hunt for Pancho Villa after he raided New Mexico in 1916.

article about an Apache scout, Patriot newspaper article 12 May 1916

Patriot (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), 12 May 1916, page 2

Pioneer Stories in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set

Don’t forget that one of GenealogyBank’s more compelling resources, the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, is full of firsthand accounts of activities related to American development. This excerpt from 1900 describes, in minute details, several explorations into Alaska via foot and river trails. It’s an amazing account that I hope you’ll take time to explore.

Compilation of Narratives of Explorations in Alaska 18 April 1900

Compilation of Narratives of Explorations in Alaska 18 April 1900. Source: U.S. Congressional Serial Set, Vol. 3896.

Source: Serial Set Vol. No.3896; Report: S.Rpt. 1023; Compilation of narratives of explorations in Alaska. April 18, 1900. Reported from the Committee on Military Affairs by Mr. Carter and ordered to be printed.

Origins of “Oregon”

You’ll find lots of stories about your pioneer ancestors in GenealogyBank—as well as interesting tidbits about American history. For example: do you know how Oregon got its name?

This 1826 newspaper article reports that “Oregon” was a Native American word meaning “River that flows to the west.”

article about Oregon, Connecticut Observer newspaper article 26 January 1826

Connecticut Observer (Hartford, Connecticut), 26 January 1826, page 4

More Resources for Trail Genealogy Research

The following is a small sampling of resources to research the thousands of American trails that your pioneer ancestors may have traveled during the westward expansion.

American Trails

article about pioneers and westward expansion in the U.S., Weekly Council Bluffs Bugle newspaper article 13 April 1859

Weekly Council Bluffs Bugle (Council Bluffs, Iowa), 13 April 1859, page 2

Mormon Pioneer Trails

Trail of Tears (Removal of Native Americans from their eastern homelands 1838-1839)

map of the Trail of Tears

Map: Trail of Tears. Source: National Park Service.

With these resources, as well as the material contained in GenealogyBank, you should be able to make many interesting family history discoveries about your pioneer ancestors, weaving together the stories of their westward travels. Good luck with your genealogy research and let us know what you discover about your American ancestry!

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4 GenealogyBank Search Tips from 2014 SCGS Jamboree Conference

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this guest blog post, Gena—who gave two genealogy presentations on behalf of GenealogyBank at the recent Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree—describes some of the search tips she discussed at the Jamboree.

We are back from the recent Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree. It’s always great to meet with GenealogyBank members and hear about their newspaper discoveries. If you weren’t able to attend 2014 SCGS genealogy Jamboree, that’s ok—many of the presentations are available online. For example, I made two presentations on behalf of GenealogyBank, “Using America’s Ethnic Newspapers to Find and Document Your Family” and “GenealogyBank Inside and Out,” and these were recorded and are now available from Conference Resource.

photo of Gena Philibert-Ortega and Duncan Kuehn staffing the GenealogyBank booth at the Jamboree genealogy conference

Photo: Gena Philibert-Ortega and Duncan Kuehn staffing the GenealogyBank booth at the Jamboree conference. Credit: from the author’s collection.

One of the benefits of a genealogy conference is the opportunity to learn new tips to search and make family history discoveries. I thought it would be helpful to share some of the genealogy tips we provided at Jamboree for you to try at home.

Also, remember that you don’t have to attend a conference to have us help you with your GenealogyBank searches. The GenealogyBank Blog constantly provides genealogy tips, and you can always give us a call (1-866-641-3297) and we will work with you to help you trace your family tree.

1) Locations: Location, Location, Location—or Not

Family history researchers are accustomed to searching through a genealogy database by entering an ancestor’s name, date, and location. In a previous blog article, Genealogy Search Engine Types & Tips: OCR vs. Indexed Databases, I discussed how searching indexed content is different than content that is being searched using Optical Character Recognition (OCR), like newspapers. While narrowing down a location is essential in researching other types of information, such as a census return, in newspaper research a specific location may be less important because a newspaper article can appear in multiple newspapers and locations—sometimes on the other side of the country from where your ancestor lived.

As you prepare your search on GenealogyBank, take some time to plan out different types of searches.

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For example, if I’m searching for John C. McNeil who lived from 1823 to 1909 and spent time in Arizona, I would want to conduct searches that would include his name, date range, and place. But then I may want to a search with just his name (with or without the middle initial) and a date range. Because he lived in several different states, I don’t want to always limit the place because I will miss mentions of him in other localities. Even if your ancestor didn’t move around a lot, they can still be mentioned in other newspapers outside of their immediate area. In the case of ethnic newspapers, the newspaper can be aimed at a group from a larger geographic region. Remember that some newspapers may serve a county area, and not just a city. And in the case of a tragedy or even a human interest story, the article can be picked up and printed in newspapers across the United States.

So the bottom line is: don’t include the name of the place or the newspaper location in every search you conduct.

2) Keywords: What Words Do You Include in Your Search?

One of the great features of the GenealogyBank search engine is that you can include or exclude words. So let’s say the surname you are researching is also a noun or a verb, like Miller or Walk. Use the exclude keywords box to exclude certain words. If I’m researching on the surname Baker, I may exclude the word “bread” or “bakery” because I do not want results about bakers, I want results about people with that surname.

screenshot of GenealogyBank's search page

Have multiple words you want to exclude or include? Just place a comma in between each word. But don’t try to include or exclude too many keywords or you may unnecessarily narrow your results.

3) Hacking Genealogy Searches: Type outside the Search Box

The GenealogyBank search engine has a place for a last and first name, but that doesn’t mean you have to enter those names in those boxes. The search engine is looking for whatever characters you have typed—it doesn’t know what words are names and what words are other keywords, so you could enter all of those characters (keywords) in the “Include Keywords” box.

However, it might help you organize your searches if you enter your ancestor’s last and first names in those boxes, then keep changing terms in the “Include Keywords” and “Exclude Keywords” boxes as you continue trying to find as many articles as you can about your target ancestor.

The search engine also allows you to use wildcards (such as the characters ? or * ) to substitute for letters. Say your ancestor’s first name is Alexander. You could try a search on Alex?. This way you would find results that list him as Alexander or Alex.

One additional genealogy search tip: conduct an “exact phrase” search. Try searching on “John C McNeil” (quotation marks around the words indicate it’s an exact phrase) instead of just John C McNeil (and remember this entire phrase can be typed into one search box). By putting the phrase in quotation marks, you are telling the search engine to search for that exact phrase, and not articles that contain a John, a C, and a McNeil somewhere in the text.

But remember; don’t limit your search to only exact phrase searches, or you will miss results where the name is slightly different than what you have entered.

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4) Major Life Events & Gatherings

One of the biggest “aha!” moments I had during the Jamboree was talking to the staff at the GenealogyBank booth and learning this search tip: try searching on an event your ancestor was involved in without adding their name. When an event is reported in the newspaper (think car crash, natural disaster, or other tragedy), names associated with that event (such as survivors, victims, witnesses, and rescue personnel) are not always mentioned in the initial reports. The event will most likely be reported in articles over a period of time, and as those articles unfold, names may be added.

Say for example you know that your ancestor was involved in a ship accident. Don’t search on their name initially; instead search on the name of the ship or the date the disaster happened. Gather all the newspaper articles you can find about that event to learn more about this incident that affected your ancestor’s life—but don’t limit your initial searches to your ancestor’s name because you will miss important information, especially in some of the first reports about the event. You can later do a search using your ancestor’s name to see if there was a report specifically focusing on your ancestor.

Those are some of the genealogy search tips I explained during my Jamboree presentations, as well as some lessons I learned by attending the Jamboree, listening to other presentations, talking to the audience, and discussing genealogy with the staff at the GenealogyBank booth. I hope they help you with your own family history research.

See You at the Jamboree Next Year!

Going to a genealogy conference? Good chance GenealogyBank will be there. Make sure to stop by the GenealogyBank booth and let us help you search for your ancestors. Not able to visit us at a particular conference? No problem—give us a call (1-866-641-3297) and GenealogyBank’s helpful support staff will assist you with your family search questions. You can also find genealogy search tips on our site’s Genealogist Q&A section.

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65 Arizona Newspapers Now Online for Your Genealogy Research

Arizona—the last contiguous state admitted into the Union—became the nation’s 48th state on 14 February 1912. The sixth largest state in the U.S., Arizona features such remarkable natural landmarks as the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and the Petrified Forest.

photo of Cathedral Rock in Arizona

Photo: Cathedral Rock in Arizona. Credit: Ken Thomas; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Arizona, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online Arizona newspaper archives: 65 titles to help you search your family history in the “Grand Canyon State,” providing coverage from 1866 to Today. There are more than 1.5 million newspaper articles and records in our online archives.

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

Search Arizona Newspaper Archives (1866 – 1977)

Search Arizona Recent Obituaries (1991 – Current)

Here is our complete list of online Arizona newspapers in the 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 AZ newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range*

Collection

Apache Junction East Mesa Independent 11/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Apache Junction Apache Junction-Gold Canyon Independent 11/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Apache Junction Chandler Independent 10/20/2010 – 3/30/2011 Recent Obituaries
Apache Junction Queen Creek Independent 1/30/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Arizona City Arizona City Independent 5/31/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Benson San Pedro Valley News-Sun 1/27/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bullhead City Mohave Valley Daily News 10/16/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Casa Grande Tri-Valley Dispatch 11/15/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Casa Grande Casa Grande Dispatch 5/13/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cave Creek Sonoran News 9/1/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Coolidge Coolidge Examiner 1/9/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Coolidge Florence Reminder and Blade-Tribune 6/14/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Douglas Douglas Dispatch 9/24/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Eloy Eloy Enterprise 1/9/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flagstaff Arizona Daily Sun 5/1/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Gilbert Gilbert Independent 10/20/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Glendale Peoria Times 1/17/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Glendale Glendale Star 12/13/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Green Valley Green Valley News & Sun 5/9/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Green Valley Sahuarita Sun 2/8/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kearny Copper Basin News 9/12/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Maricopa Maricopa Monitor 12/23/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Maricopa Communicator 10/17/2009 – 2/9/2013 Recent Obituaries
Nogales Monitor 9/5/1890 – 9/5/1890 Newspaper Archives
Nogales Nogales International 12/18/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Phoenix Weekly Phoenix Herald 1/2/1896 – 6/22/1899 Newspaper Archives
Phoenix Weekly Republican 6/29/1899 – 3/7/1901 Newspaper Archives
Phoenix North Scottsdale Independent 1/16/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Phoenix Town of Paradise Valley Independent 1/16/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Phoenix Arizona Informant 5/4/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Prescott Prescott Evening Courier 1/5/1891 – 6/30/1908 Newspaper Archives
Prescott Weekly Journal Miner 1/10/1866 – 12/27/1899 Newspaper Archives
Safford Eastern Arizona Courier 2/27/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
San Manuel Pinal Nugget 3/5/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
San Manuel San Manuel Miner 3/26/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sierra Vista Sierra Vista Herald 4/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sonoita Bulletin 1/20/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sun City Sun City-Youngtown Independent 1/2/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sun City Sun City West Independent 1/2/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sun City Peoria Independent 1/16/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sun City Surprise Independent 1/2/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Superior Superior Sun 9/12/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Tombstone Tombstone Prospector 1/1/1889 – 6/30/1899 Newspaper Archives
Tombstone Weekly Tombstone Epitaph 5/1/1880 – 6/25/1899 Newspaper Archives
Tombstone Tombstone Epitaph 7/20/1880 – 11/30/1890 Newspaper Archives
Tombstone Tombstone Epitaph Prospector 7/24/1880 – 8/12/1895 Newspaper Archives
Tombstone Daily Tombstone 3/21/1885 – 12/7/1886 Newspaper Archives
Tombstone Arizona Kicker 12/6/1893 – 2/28/1894 Newspaper Archives
Tucson Tucson Daily Citizen 7/5/1882 – 12/31/1922 Newspaper Archives
Tucson Tucsonense 3/17/1915 – 11/1/1931 Newspaper Archives
Tucson Arizona Weekly Star 5/3/1877 – 10/7/1882 Newspaper Archives
Tucson Arizona Citizen and Weekly Tribune 10/15/1870 – 7/29/1876 Newspaper Archives
Tucson Amigos 5/8/1975 – 12/21/1977 Newspaper Archives
Tucson Fronterizo 1/9/1892 – 12/17/1892 Newspaper Archives
Tucson Dos Republicas 8/23/1879 – 10/18/1879 Newspaper Archives
Tucson Alianza 8/23/1900 – 10/18/1900 Newspaper Archives
Tucson Ferrocarril 5/17/1885 – 5/17/1885 Newspaper Archives
Tucson Iris 6/19/1886 – 6/19/1886 Newspaper Archives
Tucson Arizona Daily Star 1/3/1991 – Current Recent Obituaries
Tucson Explorer 1/16/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Vail Vail Sun 3/24/2007 – 12/2/2008 Recent Obituaries
Wickenburg Wickenburg Sun 11/17/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Willcox Arizona Range News 1/10/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Window Rock Navajo Times 10/16/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Yuma Sun 5/30/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries

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GenealogyBank Cheat Sheets: Shortcuts to Key Website Resources

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this guest blog post, Mary provides two handy “cheat sheets” —one for navigating GenealogyBank’s diverse resources, followed by one to help with contact information and membership.

Early in my career as a computer troubleshooter and trainer, I made software cheat sheets. Organized by functionality, rather than titles chosen by software developers, they helped me navigate menus and remember complicated sequences needed to complete tasks.

They became a frequent component of my support work with clients—and not surprisingly, one of my most requested resources.

Everyone loves a shortcut—so in this long-honored tradition from my past, here is a handy GenealogyBank Cheat Sheet for navigating GenealogyBank’s diverse resources, followed by one to help with contact information and membership. You are welcome to share these downloadable cheat sheets with others and store them locally for quick reference.

  • GenealogyBank Categories, Features & Resources cheat sheet, to help navigate the features found on the GenealogyBank website (www.genealogybank.com).
  • GenealogyBank Site & Corporate Links cheat sheet, to assist with contact and membership issues.

GenealogyBank Categories, Features & Resources

Compiled by Guest Blogger
Mary Harrell-Sesniak

(June 2014)

In addition to the following specialty categories,
more results may be found using general searches.

Academic Records (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Ads & Classified Advertising www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=ads_classifieds
African American Newspapers www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ethnic/african_american/
Almanacs (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
American State Papers (See the Historical Documents & Records collection: http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/documents/) The collection comprises 28 physical volumes of legislature and executive documents of Congress from 1789-1838. Categories include:

  • I. Foreign Relations
  • II. Indian Affairs
  • III. Finances
  • IV. Commerce and Navigation
  • V. Military Affairs
  • VI. Naval Affairs
  • VII. Post Office Department
  • VIII. Public Lands
  • IX. Claims
  • X. Miscellaneous
Articles (Featured Articles) (See articles on the GenealogyBank Blog as well: http://blog.genealogybank.com) Featured Articles, such as “Honoring Our Military Dead,” are located in the Learning Center.
Articles (Historical Newspapers) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=newspaper_articles
Atlases (See the Historical Books collection, which includes Old Maps & Atlases) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Autobiographies (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Biographies (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Birth Records www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=birth_records
Blog (In addition to this link, you’ll find links to the blog on GenealogyBank’s various social media sites.) http://blog.genealogybank.com 

(You’ll be able to search by any word in a blog post, or by author, and you can browse by date—see links at the bottom of the blog page.)

Books (Historical). This collection contains a variety of ephemera and specialty items, including:

  • Almanacs
  • Autobiographies & Memoirs
  • Biographies
  • Funeral Sermons, Eulogies & Elegy Poems
  • Genealogies
  • Old Academic Rewards of Merit
  • Old Maps & Atlases
  • Rare Old Books
  • Tax Bills
  • Theater Programs & Playbills
  • Town Meeting Reports
  • Vintage Ads & Prints
  • Vintage Invitations
www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Charts & Tables www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=tables_charts
Commodity & Stock Prices www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=commodity_stocks
Congressional Serial Set (See the Historical Documents & Records collection: http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/documents/ Contains official reports and documents that the U.S. House and Senate have ordered to be printed since the 15th Congress.
Documents (Historical) See also individual categories. www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/documents/ 

  • American State Papers
  • Historical maps including: burial & cemetery maps, old land & property maps, and military & war battle maps
  • Pension records including: Revolutionary War pension records, Civil War pension records, and World War I & World War II pensions and Widows’ Claims
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set
  • U.S. government land grants
Downloads (free) Getting Started Climbing
Your Family Tree”
by Thomas Jay Kemphttp://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/learning-center/how-to-search-genealogybank-ebook/
Elections & Political News www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=political_elections
Ethnic Newspapers (See African American, Hispanic American, and Irish American newspaper collections) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ethnic/african_american/www.genealogybank.com/static/hispaniccontent.html
www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ethnic/irish_american/
Featured Articles www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/learning-center/
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ask_the_genealogist/
Funeral Sermons (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Genealogies (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Google+ (See the Social Media entry below) https://plus.google.com/b/109950473464458943527/+Genealogybank/posts
Hispanic American Newspapers www.genealogybank.com/static/hispaniccontent.html
Historical Books (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Historical Documents (See the Documents entry above) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/documents/
Illustrations & Photos www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=photos_illustrations
Invitations (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Irish American Newspapers www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ethnic/irish_american/
Learning Center www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/learning-center/
Legal News, Probate & Court Records www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=legal_probate_court
Letters Found in Newspapers www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=newspaper_letters
List of Newspapers www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/sourcelist/
Maps (In addition to searching the newspaper archives, see also the Historical Books and the Historical Documents & Records collections) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=historical_mapswww.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/

www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/documents/

Marriage Records www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=marriage_engagement
Memoirs (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Military Records (In addition to searching the newspaper archives, see also the Historical Documents & Records collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/documents/
Newsletter sign-up (free) www.facebook.com/GenealogyBank/app_247174568712874
Newspapers Recently Added: www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newcontent.html

Source List (all newspapers): www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/sourcelist/

Obituaries (Historical: pre-1977) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=historical_obituaries
Obituaries (Recent: 1977 to present) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/obituaries/
Passenger Lists www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=passenger_lists
Pensions www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/documents/
Photos & Illustrations www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=photos_illustrations
Pinterest (See the Social Media entry below) http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=genealogybank
Playbills (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Poems & Songs www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=poems_songs
Political News & Election Results www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=political_elections
Q&A www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ask_the_genealogist/
School & Academic Records of Merit (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Searching The basic search is at www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/. See the links in this table for specialty searches.
Sermons (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Shopping (See the Store entry below) http://store.genealogybank.com/
Social MediaSearch for GenealogyBank on a variety of social media sites. Blog: http://blog.genealogybank.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GenealogyBank
Google+: https://plus.google.com/s/genealogybank
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=genealogybank
Twitter: https://twitter.com / @genealogybank
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/GenealogyBank
Social Security Death Index (SSDI) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ssdi/
Songs & Poems www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=poems_songs
Stock & Commodity Prices www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=commodity_stocks
Store: Shop the GenealogyBank store for a variety of books and special offers. http://store.genealogybank.com/
Tables & Charts www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/?type=tables_charts
Tax Bills & Records (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Testimonials www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/information/testimonials.html
Theater Programs & Playbills (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Tips (See articles on the GenealogyBank Blog as well: http://blog.genealogybank.com) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/learning-center/
Town Meeting Reports (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/books/
Twitter (See the Social Media entry above) https://twitter.com / @genealogybank
U.S. Congressional Serial Set (See the Historical Documents & Records collection: http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/documents/) Contains official reports and documents that the U.S. House and Senate have ordered to be printed since the 15thCongress. 
Videos (See the Learning Center and GenealogyBank’s YouTube channel) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/learning-center/www.youtube.com/user/GenealogyBank
Webinars (free) www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/learning-center/ 

Sampling:

  • How To Search GenealogyBank
  • Newspapers: Critical Resource to Complete Your Family Tree
  • Newspaper for Genealogists
  • Obituaries: Clues to Look For
YouTube Channel (See Social Media entry above) https://www.youtube.com/user/GenealogyBank

GenealogyBank Site & Corporate Links

Compiled by Guest Blogger
Mary Harrell-Sesniak

(June 2014)

About Genealogy Bank: Here you’ll read that GenealogyBank is a leading online genealogical resource from parent company NewsBank, inc. www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/information/about_us/index.html 
Account Information www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/account/
Contacting GenealogyBank: You can do this in a multitude of ways, from calling to e-mailing to networking on social media sites.
Learning Center: Not only is this free, but it includes a wide variety of resources. http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/learning-center/
Membership See Account Information for info on your own membership. Special offers are often found in the GenealogyBank store—and don’t forget memberships can be given as gifts.
Parent Company (NewsBank) GenealogyBank is a division of NewsBank, one of the world’s premier information providers. (See www.newsbank.com.)
Privacy Policy www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/information/privacy_policy.html
Sitemap: Use this link to navigate the entire site. www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/information/sitemap.html 
Terms of Use: Use this link to learn how you may use the GenealogyBank website for personal use. www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/information/terms_of_use.html

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