50 Alabama Newspapers Now Online for Your Genealogy Research

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

photo of the official state seal of Alabama

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

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

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

Search Alabama Newspaper Archives (1816-1992)

Search Alabama Recent Obituaries (1992-Today)

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

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

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

Alabama Newspaper Archives at GenealogyBank

Alabama Newspaper Archives at GenealogyBank

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Birmingham News: Web Edition Articles (Birmingham, AL)

  • Obituaries:  08/25/2012 – Current

Huntsville Times: Web Edition Articles (Huntsville, AL)

  • Obituaries:  09/30/2012 – Current

Press-Register: Web Edition Articles (Mobile, AL)

  • Obituaries:  10/01/2012 – Current

Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Moscow, ID)

  • Obituaries:  01/09/1998 – Current

New Hampton Tribune (New Hampton, IA)

  • Obituaries: 3/31/2008 – 10/5/2009

Times-Picayune: Web Edition Articles (New Orleans, LA)

  • Obituaries:  08/11/2012 – Current

Sun Chronicle (Attleboro, MA)

  • Obituaries: 12/7/2006 – 10/11/2009

mlive.com: Blogs (MI)

  • Obituaries:  08/05/2007 – Current

Wyoming County Press Examiner (Wyoming County, PA)

  • Obituaries: 4/3/2002 – 1/19/2011

Search More than 45 Alabama Newspapers Online in Our Archive

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

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

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

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

Alabama Newspaper Archives Articles Collage

Alabama Newspaper Articles

Alabama Newspaper Titles In GenealogyBank

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

 

In today’s mail bag.

Q:The person I’m searching for is James Francis Fewster b.1867.
I know that there was an article published about him in the Baltimore Sun – 12 August 1889 – but I can’t find it.
What am I doing wrong?

When I browse GenealogyBank I find NOTHING – but I know this article exists.
Please help – thank you.


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Here’s what you want to do.

A: At the search box simply type in: Fewster in the surname box and 1889 in the date box. You’ll see that the article about him comes right up.

Notice that GenealogyBank highlights the search term: Fewster – making it easy to spot it on the page.

Why search that way?

The newspapers in GenealogyBank have been published for over 300 years. Editors have used various editorial styles for writing about individuals. So – keep the searching simple.

In this case – the newspaper wrote James Francis Fewster’s name: as: Jas. F. Fewster.

So – if you type in his full name – you will miss this article.

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Montevideo American-News (Montevido, MN)
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Redwood Falls Gazette (Redwood Falls, MN)
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St. James Plaindealer (St. James, MN)
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Hackensack Chronicle (Hackensack, NJ)
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Mahwah Suburban News (Mahwah, NJ)
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News Transcript (Manalapan, NJ)
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Teaneck Suburbanite (Teaneck, NJ)
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Twin-Boro News (Bergenfield, Dumont, New Milford, NJ)
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Verona-Cedar Grove Times (Verona, Cedar Grove, NJ)
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Batavian, The (Batavia, NY)
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Daily Star, The (Oneonta, NY)
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Forward, The (New York, NY)
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Livingston County News (Geneseo, NY)
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Niagara Gazette (Niagara Falls, NY)
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Press-Republican (Plattsburgh, NY)
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Tonawanda News (North Tonawanda, Tonawanda, NY)
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Union-Sun & Journal (Lockport, NY)
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Tahlequah Daily Press (Tahlequah, OK)
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Waurika News Democrat (Waurika, OK)
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Woodward News (Woodward, OK)
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Keizertimes (Keizer, OR)
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Daily Item, The (Sunbury, PA)
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Tribune-Democrat, The (Johnstown, PA)
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Georgetown Times, The (Georgetown, SC)
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Crossville Chronicle (Crossville, TN)
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Athens Daily Review (Athens, TX)
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Cedar Creek Pilot (Gun Barrel City, TX)
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Commerce Journal (Commerce, TX)
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Huntsville Item, The (Huntsville, TX)
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Jacksonville Daily Progress (Jacksonville, TX)
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Mineral Wells Index (Mineral Wells, TX)
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Port Arthur News (Port Arthur, TX)
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Rockwall County Herald Banner (Greenville, TX)
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Royse City Herald Banner (Royse City, TX)
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Weatherford Democrat, The (Weatherford, TX)
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Wichita Falls Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX)
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AL. Huntsville. Huntsville Gazette*. 1881-06-18 to 1894-12-29
CA. San Francisco. Elevator*. 1872-11-16 to 1898-06-11
CT. Mystic. Mystic Journal. 1859-03-12 to 1862-12-27
CT. New Canaan. New Canaan News-Review. 2009-11-05 to Current
CT. New London. New London Gazette and General Advertiser. 1825-01-05 to 1826-12-27
CT. Middletown. American Sentinel. 1826-04-05 to 1833-03-06
CT. Middletown. Middlesex Gazette. 1829-01-07 to 1834-01-23
DC. Washington. Colored American*. 1898-03-12 to 1904-02-27
DC. Washington. Daily National Intelligencer. 1850-10-16 to 1852-12-31
DC. Washington. Grit*. 1883-12-21 to 1884-10-18
DC. Washington. Washington Bee. 1893-01-07 to 1910-06-25
IA. Fort Madison. Daily Democrat, The. 2009-12-19 to Current
IL. Quincy. Quincy Whig. 1868-05-03 to 1876-12-30
IN. Indianapolis. Freeman. 1895-09-21 to 1911-02-11
KS. Fort Scott. Fair Play*. 1898-04-22 to 1899-06-16
KS. Hutchinson. Blade*. 1919-12-20 to 1922-04-01
KS. Kansas City. Advocate. 1916-01-07 to 1921-12-30
KS. Lawrence. Western Recorder*. 1883-03-17 to 1884-11-06
KS. Topeka. Capital Plaindealer*. 1936-09-20 to 1938-08-06
KS. Topeka. Kansas Whip*. 1934-12-21 to 1955-09-30
KS. Wichita. Wichita Post-Observer*. 1953-01-23 to 1953-12-25
KY. Frankfort. Palladium. 1802-07-01 to 1803-12-24
LA. New Orleans. Times-Picayune. 1950-04-05 to 1961-05-15
MA. Boston. Boston Daily Advertiser. 1860-01-03 to 1889-12-31
MA. Boston. Boston Journal. 1884-07-01 to 1884-12-31
MA. Cape Cod. Cape Cod Chronicle, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
MA. Gloucester. Gloucester Telegraph. 1842-01-01 to 1842-12-31
MA. Springfield. Hampden Federalist. 1821-01-03 to 1823-03-05
MD. Baltimore. American and Commercial Daily Advertiser. 1801-01-31 to 1809-4-24
MD. Baltimore. Maryland Journal. 1785-06-28 to 1794-11-28
MI. Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Gazette. 1915-08-03 to 1921-02-23
MI. Shelby, Utica. Shelby-Utica News. 2009-10-07 to Current
MN. St. Paul. Appeal*. 1908-09-05 to 1923-11-24
NC. Albemarle. Stanly News and Press, The. 2009-10-10 to Current
NC. Newbern. Newbern Sentinel. 1826-01-07 to 1828-06-12
NC. Yadkinville. Yadkin Ripple, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Trenton. New Jersey State Gazette. 1796-10-18 to 1799-02-19
NY. Brighton, Pittsford. Brighton-Pittsford Post. 2009-10-04 to Current
NY. Goshen. Orange County Gazette. 1806-05-20 to 1814-09-20
NY. New York. Irish World. 1893-09-02 to 1905-04-08
NY. New York. New York Herald. 1869-05-21 to 1869-07-21
NY. New York. New York Herald. 1895-07-14 to 1895-08-08
NY. New York. New York Herald-Tribune. 1856-07-01 to 1877-06-15
NY. New York. Spectator. 1823-11-18 to 1824-10-26
NY. Poughkeepsie. Dutchess Observer. 1820-11-01 to 1821-12-26
NY. Dover. New-Hampshire Republican. 1825-01-03 to 1825-09-27
OH. Chillicothe. Scioto Gazette. 1801-08-02 to 1814-04-28
OH. Cleveland. Plain Dealer. 1967-12-01 to 1970-09-10
OH. Logan. Logan Daily News, The. 2010-01-10 to Current
OH. Marrietta. Ohio Gazette. 1806-04-24 to 1811-12-09
OH. Sandusky. Sandusky Register. 1849-10-02 to 1850-02-15
OH. St. Clairsville. Ohio Federalist. 1816-08-15 to 1816-12-05
OR. Ontario. Argus Observer. 2009-10-02 to Current
OR. Portland. Oregonian. 1948-12-20 to 1962-12-15
PA. Philadelphia. Democratic Press. 1808-03-28 to 1818-06-30
PA. Williamsburg. Virginia Gazette. 1766-03-16 to 1774-12-29
PA. Williamsburg. Virginia Gazette. 1775-02-03 to 1776-07-26
RI. Warren. Herald of the United States. 1796-01-02 to 1812-12-12
SC. Charleston. City Gazette. 1825-05-02 to 1825-08-31
TN. Nashville. Nashville Gazette. 1819-05-26 to 1827-02-14
TN. Sevierville. Mountain Press, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
TX. Big Spring. Big Spring Herald. 2009-10-02 to Current
TX. Brownwood. Brownwood Bulletin. 2009-12-03 to Current
TX. Dallas. Dallas Morning News. 1979-02-01 to 1979-05-31
UT. Salt Lake City. Broad Ax*. 1895-08-31 to 1897-01-30
VA. Amherst. Amherst New Era Progress. 2009-10-02 to Current
VA. Amherst. Nelson County Times. 2009-10-02 to Current
WA. Seattle. Seattle Daily Times. 1953-01-01 to 1969-09-30