Wisconsin Archives: 105 Newspapers Online for Genealogy Research

Wisconsin, part of America’s Midwest, is bordered by two Great Lakes: Lake Superior on the north and Lake Michigan on the east. The nation’s 23rd largest state and 20th most populous, Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland” because of all its dairy farms, milk production, and world-famous cheese.

photo of the Daniel E. Krause Stone Barn in Chase, Wisconsin, built in 1903

Photo: the Daniel E. Krause Stone Barn in Chase, Wisconsin, built in 1903. Credit: KKNiteOwl; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Wisconsin, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online WI newspaper archives: 105 titles to help you search your family history in the “Badger State,” providing coverage from 1833 to Today. There are more than 7 million articles and records in our online Wisconsin archives!

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

Search Wisconsin Newspaper Archives (1833 – 1992)

Search Wisconsin Recent Obituaries (1989 – Current)

illustration of the state flag of Wisconsin

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

Here is a list of online Wisconsin 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 WI newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
Appleton Appleton Volksfreund 9/11/1919 – 11/16/1922 Newspaper Archives
Ashland Daily Press 1/2/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Baraboo Baraboo News-Republic 1/1/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bayside North Shore NOW 1/27/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen 1/27/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beloit Soul City Courier 10/12/1976 – 1/18/1977 Newspaper Archives
Beloit Beloit Daily News 7/26/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brookfield Brookfield-Elm Grove NOW 1/14/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cedarburg News Graphic 6/25/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chippewa Falls Chippewa Herald 1/30/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chippewa Falls Chippewa Herald, The: Blogs 6/21/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Columbus Columbus Journal 1/26/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dousman Kettle Moraine Index 12/2/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac Weekly Commonwealth 3/24/1858 – 12/15/1858 Newspaper Archives
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac Trade Extension 2/13/1918 – 2/13/1918 Newspaper Archives
Fond du Lac Democratic Press 6/5/1858 – 12/15/1858 Newspaper Archives
Fond du Lac Daily Fond du Lac Press 7/23/1866 – 7/25/1866 Newspaper Archives
Fond du Lac Press 6/5/1858 – 7/25/1866 Newspaper Archives
Fort Atkinson Wisconsin Chief 10/15/1856 – 9/29/1866 Newspaper Archives
Fort Atkinson Daily Jefferson County Union 1/12/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fox Lake Fox Lake Representative 12/15/1911 – 12/20/1917 Newspaper Archives
Franklin Oak Creek-Franklin-Greendale NOW 2/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Galesville Galesville Independent 11/5/1874 – 8/30/1889 Newspaper Archives
Germantown Germantown-Menomonee Falls NOW 1/27/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Grafton Grafton Enterprise 7/27/1927 – 8/3/1927 Newspaper Archives
Gratiot Gratiot Reporter 6/13/1912 – 10/9/1913 Newspaper Archives
Green Bay Green-Bay Intelligencer and Wisconsin Democrat 12/11/1833 – 6/1/1836 Newspaper Archives
Green Bay Wisconsin Free Press 10/3/1835 – 3/30/1836 Newspaper Archives
Green Bay Sunday Advance 6/15/1884 – 7/6/1884 Newspaper Archives
Green Bay Green Bay Spectator 2/21/1852 – 9/28/1852 Newspaper Archives
Green Bay Wisconsin Republican 1/21/1845 – 2/8/1847 Newspaper Archives
Green Bay Phoenix 10/8/1841 – 10/8/1841 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Times Press 9/18/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hartland Living Lake Country: Blogs 1/10/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hartland Lake Country Reporter 1/27/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hartland Sussex Sun 11/17/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hayward Sawyer County Record 1/11/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
La Crosse La Crosse Volksfreund 1/3/1906 – 12/28/1907 Newspaper Archives
La Crosse Wisconsin Labor Advocate 8/20/1886 – 8/6/1887 Newspaper Archives
La Crosse Nord Stern 4/10/1908 – 4/10/1908 Newspaper Archives
La Crosse La Crosse Tribune 7/11/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lancaster Grant County Herald 3/18/1843 – 12/5/1850 Newspaper Archives
Madison Wisconsin State Journal 3/10/1857 – 12/27/1889 Newspaper Archives
Madison Wisconsin Daily Patriot 9/10/1859 – 11/14/1864 Newspaper Archives
Madison Weekly Wisconsin Patriot 7/8/1854 – 10/22/1864 Newspaper Archives
Madison Daily Argus and Democrat 1/3/1854 – 7/21/1854 Newspaper Archives
Madison Wisconsin Democrat 10/18/1842 – 5/8/1852 Newspaper Archives
Madison Wisconsin Enquirer 11/8/1838 – 3/27/1841 Newspaper Archives
Madison Wisconsin Free Press 4/3/1984 – 1/12/1990 Newspaper Archives
Madison Wisconsin Populist 9/10/1892 – 11/8/1892 Newspaper Archives
Madison Wisconsin State Journal 3/3/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
Madison Capital Times 3/20/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mauston Juneau County Argus 7/26/1888 – 7/26/1889 Newspaper Archives
Mauston Juneau County Star-Times 1/22/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Menomonie Dunn County News 12/9/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Milwaukee Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 11/11/1966 – 12/31/1968 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Milwaukee Sentinel 12/10/1844 – 12/30/1968 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Milwaukee Star 7/22/1967 – 2/10/1977 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Wahrheit 1/7/1893 – 6/25/1910 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Wisconsin Free Democrat 8/23/1848 – 11/28/1860 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Wisconsin Weekly Advocate 5/7/1898 – 9/19/1907 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Milwaukee Weekly Sentinel 6/27/1837 – 6/13/1866 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Milwaukee Advertiser 7/14/1836 – 3/20/1841 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Milwaukee Journal of Commerce 3/15/1871 – 12/22/1880 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Soul City Times 9/14/1968 – 12/16/1971 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Milwaukee Defender 1/3/1957 – 2/1/1958 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Milwaukee American 4/8/1857 – 10/28/1857 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Milwaukie Democrat 8/11/1843 – 2/23/1844 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Guardia 10/21/1969 – 8/1/1975 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Jugend-Post 1/1/1895 – 12/28/1895 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Wisconsin Afro-American 8/13/1892 – 11/19/1892 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Northwestern Recorder 12/3/1892 – 3/30/1893 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Milwaukiean 10/28/1844 – 11/4/1844 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Milwaukee’r Socialist 9/22/1876 – 9/21/1877 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Milwaukee Herold und Seebote 1/1/1901 – 1/1/1901 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Milwaukee Herold 1/1/1901 – 1/1/1921 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Wiskonsin Banner 9/14/1844 – 9/21/1844 Newspaper Archives
Milwaukee Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 1/22/1990 – Current Recent Obituaries
Milwaukee Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Blogs 7/20/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Monroe Jeffersonian Democrat 8/14/1856 – 3/26/1857 Newspaper Archives
Mukwonago Mukwonago Chief 5/19/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Lisbon Juneau County Argus 11/8/1858 – 12/6/1894 Newspaper Archives
Oconomowoc Oconomowoc Focus 2/3/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Oconomowoc Oconomowoc Enterprise 4/14/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Oneida Kalihwisaks 5/13/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Oshkosh Oshkosh True Democrat 2/9/1849 – 5/12/1857 Newspaper Archives
Park Falls Price County Review 6/6/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Phillips Phillips Bee 3/3/1999 – 6/3/2014 Recent Obituaries
Portage Daily Register 1/7/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Portage Wisconsin Dells Events 2/26/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Racine Weekly Racine Advocate 1/8/1851 – 4/25/1866 Newspaper Archives
Racine Racine Courier 10/16/1976 – 7/25/1992 Newspaper Archives
Reedsburg Reedsburg Times-Press 1/28/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rice Lake Chronotype 1/4/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ripon Ripon Commonwealth Press 1/27/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sauk City Sauk Prairie Eagle 5/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sheboygan Sheboygan Nieuwsbode 10/6/1849 – 11/7/1850 Newspaper Archives
Spooner Spooner Advocate 9/24/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Superior Superior Telegram 5/19/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Washburn County Journal 4/20/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Waukesha American Freeman 9/9/1845 – 12/29/1847 Newspaper Archives
Waukesha Waukesha NOW 2/3/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Waukesha Freeman 6/12/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wauwatosa Wauwatosa NOW 9/9/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Bend Washington County Daily News 7/12/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries

*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.

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27 Colonial Newspapers to Trace Your Early American Ancestry

Long-established American families have family trees that stretch back to the Colonial Era in the 17th and 18th centuries, before the United States became an independent country. Finding vital statistics and other genealogical information about these early Colonial ancestors from that time period can be difficult, as some vital records simply were not officially kept before and during the 1700s, or have been destroyed through war, accident or the passage of time.

1754 political cartoon by Benjamin Franklin about the French and Indian War

Illustration: 1754 political cartoon by Benjamin Franklin urging the British Colonies in North America to join together to help the British win the French and Indian War (the segment labeled “N.E.” stands for the four New England colonies). Credit: U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Fortunately, GenealogyBank offers a rich genealogy resource for family historians tracing their family trees back to American Colonial times: an online collection of 27 Colonial newspapers, providing obituaries, birth notices, marriage announcements, and personal stories to get to know your pioneering ancestors and the times they lived in better.

Discover a variety of historical genealogy records and news stories in these 27 Colonial newspapers, listed alphabetically by state and then city. Each historical newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin researching for your Colonial ancestry by ancestors’ surnames, dates, keywords and more.

State    City                 Title

CT       New London   Connecticut Gazette (11/18/1763 to 5/29/1844)

CT       New London   New-London Summary (9/29/1758 to 9/23/1763)

GA      Savannah         Georgia Gazette (4/7/1763 to 11/25/1802)

MD      Annapolis        Maryland Gazette (12/3/1728 to 2/16/1832)

MA      Boston             Boston Evening-Post (8/18/1735 to 4/24/1775)

MA      Boston             Boston News-Letter (4/24/1704 to 2/29/1776)

MA      Boston             Boston Post-Boy (4/21/1735 to 4/10/1775)

MA      Boston             New-England Courant (8/7/1721 to 6/25/1726)

MA      Boston             New-England Weekly Journal (3/20/1727 to 10/13/1741)

MA      Boston             Publick Occurrences (9/25/1690)

MA      Boston             Weekly Rehearsal (9/27/1731 to 8/11/1735)

NH      Portsmouth      New-Hampshire Gazette (10/7/1756 to 12/30/1851)

NY      New York       Independent Reflector (11/30/1752 to 11/22/1753)

NY      New York       New-York Evening Post (12/17/1744 to 12/18/1752)

NY      New York       New-York Gazette (2/16/1759 to 10/31/1821)

NY      New York       New-York Gazette, or Weekly Post-Boy (1/19/1747 to 12/31/1770)

NY      New York       New-York Weekly Journal (1/7/1733 to 12/3/1750)

PA       Germantown   Germantowner Zeitung (12/15/1763 to 3/19/1777)

PA       Philadelphia    American Weekly Mercury (12/22/1719 to 5/22/1746)

PA       Philadelphia    Pennsylvania Gazette (12/16/1736 to 12/27/1775)

PA       Philadelphia    Pennsylvania Journal (12/9/1742 to 9/18/1793)

PA       Philadelphia    Pennsylvanische Fama (3/10/1750 to 3/17/1750)

PA       Philadelphia    Wochentliche Philadelphische Staatsbote (1/18/1762 to 5/26/1779)

RI        Newport          Newport Mercury (6/19/1758 to 12/30/1876)

RI        Newport          Rhode-Island Gazette (10/4/1732 to 3/1/1733)

RI        Providence      Providence Gazette (10/20/1762 to 10/8/1825)

VA      Williamsburg   Virginia Gazette (3/18/1736 to 12/30/1780)

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102-Year-Old Ex-Slave Once Shook Abraham Lincoln’s Hand

I ran across this interesting obituary in an old newspaper today. It ended with this line: “She once shook hands with Abraham Lincoln.”

In 1912, or even today, it would be impressive to know someone who shook hands with a President—especially one of the stature of Abraham Lincoln.

There were, no doubt, many highlights over the course of Mrs. Catharine Pride’s 102 years. She was born an African American slave in Virginia in 1810, and after the Civil War had lived in Germantown, Pennsylvania, for more than 40 years.

Now—put that in context. She was born an African American slave and she had the opportunity to meet and shake hands with Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed the slaves. It must have been a very powerful moment.

Catherine Pride Obituary - 102 year old slave shook hands with Abraham Lincoln

Reclaim your ancestors’ stories and make sure the family knows the details of your ancestors’ lives, like this obituary of Mrs. Catharine Pride published in the Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 19 January 1912, page 7.

You can discover a wealth of information in our full historical newspaper archives or explore only your African American ancestry in our African American newspapers collection.