Tough First Winter for Our Mayflower Ancestors

Our Mayflower ancestors must have been a tough bunch, building the new Plymouth Colony during that first difficult winter of 1620-1621 when so many of them died due to illness and exposure.

Painting: “Pilgrims Going to Church” by George Henry Boughton, 1867

Painting: “Pilgrims Going to Church” by George Henry Boughton, 1867. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

It is recorded that 45 of the 102 original Mayflower passengers died during that first winter. The toll was especially hard on the women: of the 18 adult women who came over on the Mayflower, 13 died during that first winter (and another in May).

Despite the harsh winter conditions, they built seven homes – and four “common houses” – in Plymouth, left the shelter of the Mayflower, and settled into life in their new colony.

The extreme difficulty of that first winter was described in an article columnist John Chamberlain wrote for Thanksgiving in 1966.

article about the first winter the Mayflower Pilgrims spent in Plymouth Colony, Augusta Chronicle newspaper article 24 November 1966

Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia), 24 November 1966, page 6

It wasn’t easy – but they persevered.

Document your hearty ancestors of all generations by finding their records and stories in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives.

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Days of Thanksgiving Celebrated by Our Ancestors

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog article, Mary searches old newspapers to learn more about Days of Thanksgiving that have been proclaimed throughout American history.

While planning Thanksgiving celebrations, most of us dream of the bountiful feast set upon our tables: turkey, corn, mashed potatoes, pie and all of those other goodies made for the day.

We do this to commemorate the first successful harvest of the Mayflower passengers and the Wampanoag Indians at the Plymouth Plantation in 1621.

Painting: “The First Thanksgiving,” by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

Painting: “The First Thanksgiving,” by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, c. 1912-1915. Credit: U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

That first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. The Wampanoags brought five deer as gifts, which were consumed along with other food that has never been documented.

1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Much has been written about Thanksgiving, including President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation on 3 October 1789, given in response to a request by Congress. Since few have ever read it, I searched GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives to find the proclamation as it was printed in the newspapers of that time.

In three paragraphs, President Washington proclaimed “a day of public Thanksgiving and Prayer” to take place on November 26.

article about President George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper article 14 October 1789article about President George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper article 14 October 1789

article about President George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper article 14 October 1789

Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 14 October 1789, page 3

First Mention of Thanksgiving in a Newspaper?

I was curious about the first mention of Thanksgiving in a newspaper prior to Washington’s proclamation.

Would you be surprised to learn it occurred in the earliest newspaper to be published in our country: Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestik?

Richard Pierce of Boston had great hopes for this publication, but it was shut down by the authorities after the initial printing on 25 September 1690. Luckily the full copy of this first American newspaper can be found in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives.

The article reports:

The Christianized Indians in some parts of Plimouth, have newly appointed a day of Thanksgiving to God for his Mercy in supplying their extream and pinching Necessities under their late want of Corn, & for His giving them now a prospect of a very Comfortable Harvest. Their Example may be worth Mentioning.

article about Indians in Plymouth, Massachusetts, celebrating Thanksgiving, Public Occurrences newspaper article 25 September 1690

Public Occurrences (Boston, Massachusetts), 25 September 1690, page 1

Other Thanksgiving Proclamations

Ordinary subjects of Colonial America were not allowed to decide when to set aside a day of Thanksgiving. Magistrates and other leaders – such as Joseph Dudley, Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay – issued proclamations stating the reasons and guidelines for special days of Thanksgiving.

This 1704 Thanksgiving Proclamation was to celebrate “Victory over their Enemies in the Summer past,” referring to England’s victories in the War of the Spanish Succession. In his order declaring 23 November 1704 a “Day of General Thanksgiving throughout this Province,” the governor prohibited “all Servile Labour” on that special day, exhorting everyone:

to Celebrate the Praises of GOD, for all His Benefits and Blessings, And to devote themselves [to] a Thank-Offering to Him in a right Ordered Conversation.

an article about a proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving, Boston News-Letter newspaper article 13 November 1704

Boston News-Letter (Boston, Massachusetts), 13 November 1704, page 2

Day of Fasting and Prayer

One of the more intriguing early proclamations is this one, in part concerning captives taken from Deerfield, Massachusetts, in a 1704 raid by French and Native American forces. The attackers killed 44 Deerfield villagers and 12 of their militia defenders, and 112 settlers were taken as captives to Canada.

Since calling for a day of thanks would be inappropriate on this occasion, Governor Dudley called for “a day of Publick FASTING and PRAYER” to appease God in hopes of gaining “Remission of our great and manifold Sins that have justly displeased God” and caused the settlers’ misfortune.

In his proclamation, Governor Dudley expressed hope that the day of fasting and prayer would grant them their most fervent wishes:

The Designs of the barbarous Savages against us defeated; Our exposed Plantations preserved; And the poor Christian Captives in their hands, returned.

article about a proclamation for a Day of Fasting and Prayer, Boston News-Letter newspaper article 5 February 1705

Boston News-Letter (Boston, Massachusetts), 5 February 1705, page 1

Day of Thanksgiving for the Captives’ Return

By the end of 1706, many of the captives had been “redeemed” (recovered by the English, either through paying ransom or via prisoner exchanges). This newspaper report of January 1707 notes:

The People of this County are fill’d with Joy, for the Arrival of the Captives…Wednesday the 8th Currant [i.e., this month] was a Day of Thanksgiving there [Deerfield], to Praise GOD for His great Goodness.

article about a proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving, Boston News-Letter newspaper article 20 January 1707

Boston News-Letter (Boston, Massachusetts), 20 January 1707, page 4

I am entirely grateful for the captives’ return, as among them were members of my Belden, Burt and Foote families. Click here to see a list of the Deerfield captives of 1704.

Other Days of Thanksgiving

While contemplating the meaning of Thanksgiving, take the time to explore early newspapers to learn more about the many days of Thanksgiving set aside for our ancestors. Here are two more examples I found.

On 20 September 1704, Governor Dudley once again celebrated English victories in the War of the Spanish Succession by announcing that October 18 would be a day of Thanksgiving because it had:

pleased Almighty God in his Great Goodness to preserve Her Majesties Sacred Person, and to prosper Her Arms in the Just War, wherein Her Majesty and Her Allies are Engaged for the preservation of the Liberties of Europe.

The Governor ordered:

That a General THANKSGIVING to Almighty God, for these His Mercies be Observed throughout this Province, within the several Towns and Districts thereof, on Thursday the Eighteenth Day of October next; and do strictly forbid all Servile Labour thereupon; Exhorting both Ministers and People to Solemnize the said Day after a Religious manner, and to offer up sincere and hearty Praises to GOD.

article about a proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving, Boston News-Letter newspaper article 1 October 1705

Boston News-Letter (Boston, Massachusetts), 1 October 1705, page 2

In this next example, Governor Dudley on 27 December 1705 called for yet another day of Thanksgiving to celebrate English victories in the War of the Spanish Succession, this one scheduled for January 24.

article about a proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving, Boston News-Letter newspaper article 31 December 1705

Boston News-Letter (Boston, Massachusetts), 31 December 1705, page 4

Why not take a little time during this Thanksgiving break to search the old newspapers in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives to learn more about early Thanksgiving celebrations and enrich your understanding of this very special day of thanks?

Happy Thanksgiving and blessings to you and your families!

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Light a Candle for Thanksgiving

Plymouth, England, and Plymouth, Massachusetts, are already beginning celebrations (which will culminate in 2020) for the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower, with special events on both sides of the Atlantic.

“As one small candle may light a thousand,
so the light here kindled has shown unto many
–Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford

photo of an "Illuminate and Thanksgiving" poster

Source: Mayflower400UK.com

Thousands are expected to parade through Plymouth, England, this year carrying candles and lanterns as they gather at the Mayflower steps there in the harbor where the original ship left for America in 1620.

photo of candles lit on a wharf

Source: Baylor University

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November Update: GenealogyBank Just Added 5 Million More Records!

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

screenshot of GenealogyBank's home page showing the announcement that 5 million more records were added in November

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

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

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

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

October Update: GenealogyBank Just Added 3 Million More Records!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our collection to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available online. We just completed adding 3 million more U.S. genealogy records, vastly increasing our content coverage from coast to coast!

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

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

  • A total of 18 newspaper titles from 14 U.S. states and the District of Columbia
  • 6 of these titles are newspapers added to GenealogyBank for the first time
  • 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

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

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

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Massachusetts Archives: 427 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Massachusetts has long played a prominent role in American history. It is where the Pilgrims landed from the Mayflower and established Plymouth Colony in 1620. Boston, founded in 1630, was one of the centers of the revolt against Great Britain that led to the American Revolution. Although Massachusetts is the seventh smallest state in the country, it is the 14th most populous.

photo of a sunset on Cape Cod Bay, Brewster, Massachusetts

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

If you are researching your ancestry from Massachusetts, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online MA newspaper archives: 427 titles to help you search your family history in “The Bay State,” providing coverage from 1690 to Today. There are more than 207 million articles and records in our online Massachusetts newspaper archives!

Note that our Massachusetts historical newspaper collection contains The Boston News-Letter which was very first newspaper continuously published in colonial America. This early American newspaper is a fantastic resource to learn about the lives of your colonial ancestors.

masthead for the first issue of the Boston News-Letter newspaper 24 April 1704

Boston News-Letter (Boston, Massachusetts), First Issue: 24 April 1704

Dig deep into our online archives and search for historical and recent obituaries and other news articles about your Massachusetts ancestors in these MA newspapers. 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)

illustration: state flag of Massachusetts

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

Here is a list of online Massachusetts newspapers in the historical archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The 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 – Current Recent Obituaries
Andover Andover Townsman 04/04/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Arlington Arlington Advocate 08/25/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ashburnham Community Journal 05/11/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ashland Ashland TAB 12/17/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Attleboro Sun Chronicle 11/14/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Auburn Auburn Daily Voice 04/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ayer Public Spirit 09/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Barnstable Barnstable Patriot 10/07/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Barre Barre Patriot 07/26/1844 – 11/30/1855 Newspaper Archives
Barre Farmer’s Gazette 06/13/1834 – 05/15/1835 Newspaper Archives
Barre Wachusett Star 11/23/1847 – 06/20/1848 Newspaper Archives
Barre Barre Gazette 06/05/1835 – 08/29/1862 Newspaper Archives
Bedford Bedford Minuteman 09/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belchertown Hampshire Sentinel and Farmers and Manufacturers Journal 11/29/1826 – 05/04/1831 Newspaper Archives
Bellingham Country Gazette 09/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belmont Belmont Citizen-Herald 08/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beverly Beverly Citizen 04/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beverly Salem News 05/31/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beverly Beverly Citizen 10/13/1858 – 02/24/1893 Newspaper Archives
Billerica Billerica Minuteman 09/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bolton Bolton Common 12/23/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Saturday Morning Transcript 11/19/1831 – 12/28/1839 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Courier 01/04/1830 – 10/27/1864 Newspaper Archives
Boston Daily Atlas 11/08/1832 – 04/11/1857 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Patriot and Daily Chronicle 06/02/1817 – 12/31/1831 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Messenger 10/25/1811 – 12/25/1860 Newspaper Archives
Boston Federal Gazette 01/01/1798 – 03/26/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston Bay Windows 12/10/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Herald 01/01/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Spectator 01/01/1814 – 02/25/1815 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening-Post and the General Advertiser 10/20/1781 – 01/10/1784 Newspaper Archives
Boston Flag of Our Union 03/28/1846 – 12/28/1867 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Mirror 10/22/1808 – 07/21/1810 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston American 12/01/1951 – 09/30/1961 Newspaper Archives
Boston Huntington News 09/24/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Repertory 01/25/1804 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Saturday Evening Gazette 09/20/1856 – 12/30/1865 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Courier 06/13/1805 – 05/04/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Yankee 01/03/1812 – 01/20/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Daily Advertiser 06/05/1809 – 07/31/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Universalist Magazine 07/03/1819 – 01/12/1828 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Patriot 03/03/1809 – 05/31/1817 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Weekly Journal 03/20/1727 – 10/13/1741 Newspaper Archives
Boston Pilot 09/25/1812 – 01/15/1813 Newspaper Archives
Boston Agricultural Intelligencer, and Mechanic Register 01/14/1820 – 07/07/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Recorder 01/03/1816 – 05/03/1872 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Chronicle and Boston Patriot 06/04/1817 – 12/31/1825 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening-Post 08/18/1735 – 04/24/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston Exchange Advertiser 12/30/1784 – 12/21/1786 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Apollo 10/05/1792 – 12/25/1794 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Journal 01/01/1866 – 10/06/1917 Newspaper Archives
Boston Emancipator and Republican 02/17/1842 – 12/26/1850 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Traveller 11/14/1846 – 08/19/1876 Newspaper Archives
Boston Repertory 01/02/1821 – 07/29/1826 Newspaper Archives
Boston Fredonian 02/20/1810 – 05/15/1810 Newspaper Archives
Boston Satirist 01/16/1812 – 05/09/1812 Newspaper Archives
Boston Herald of Freedom 09/15/1788 – 07/19/1791 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Courant 01/06/1900 – 01/06/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston Courier de Boston 04/23/1789 – 10/15/1789 Newspaper Archives
Boston Trumpet and Universalist Magazine 07/05/1828 – 06/28/1834 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston News-Letter 04/24/1704 – 02/29/1776 Newspaper Archives
Boston Columbian Detector 11/07/1808 – 05/19/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Record American 12/02/1951 – 12/31/1972 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Chronicle 09/19/1776 – 05/29/1817 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening Transcript 01/01/1842 – 12/31/1866 Newspaper Archives
Boston Evening Post and General Advertiser 10/17/1778 – 02/26/1780 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Spy 07/17/1770 – 04/06/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Republican 03/20/1809 – 04/03/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Censor 11/23/1771 – 05/02/1772 Newspaper Archives
Boston Publick Occurrences 09/25/1690 – 09/25/1690 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Intelligencer 08/20/1814 – 12/27/1828 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Commercial Gazette 10/09/1800 – 01/23/1840 Newspaper Archives
Boston Courier 07/01/1795 – 12/30/1795 Newspaper Archives
Boston Metro – Boston 12/07/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Independent Advertiser 01/04/1748 – 09/25/1749 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Palladium 03/11/1803 – 12/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Bostonian and Mechanics Journal 07/20/1822 – 06/28/1823 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Price-Current 09/07/1795 – 05/31/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Daily Record 12/01/1951 – 09/30/1961 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Mercury 01/01/1793 – 03/08/1803 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Herald 05/01/1848 – 04/30/1992 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Chronicle 10/22/1767 – 06/21/1770 Newspaper Archives
Boston Continental Journal, and Weekly Advertiser 05/30/1776 – 06/21/1787 Newspaper Archives
Boston Times, or, the Evening Entertainer 07/28/1794 – 11/08/1794 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Journal 09/02/1826 – 12/18/1828 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Galaxy 10/10/1817 – 12/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Telegraph 01/01/1824 – 12/23/1824 Newspaper Archives
Boston Columbian Centinel 06/16/1790 – 04/25/1840 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Post-Boy 04/21/1735 – 04/10/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Daily Advertiser 03/03/1813 – 12/31/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston Liberator 01/01/1831 – 12/29/1865 Newspaper Archives
Boston Ladies’ Port Folio 01/01/1820 – 07/08/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Constitutional Telegraph 10/02/1799 – 05/22/1802 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Report 05/01/1819 – 05/10/1828 Newspaper Archives
Boston Polar-Star 10/06/1796 – 02/02/1797 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Traveler 07/05/1825 – 10/21/1862 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Advance 02/17/1900 – 02/17/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Herald and the Washington Gazette 07/24/1790 – 12/13/1790 Newspaper Archives
Boston Times 12/12/1807 – 10/15/1808 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Phoenix 08/09/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Masonic Mirror and Mechanic’s Intelligencer 01/22/1825 – 04/15/1826 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Courant 08/07/1721 – 06/25/1726 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Daily Bee 01/02/1843 – 12/31/1857 Newspaper Archives
Boston Christian Watchman 05/29/1819 – 12/26/1850 Newspaper Archives
Boston Scourge 08/10/1811 – 12/28/1811 Newspaper Archives
Boston Idiot, or, Invisible Rambler 12/20/1817 – 01/02/1819 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Cultivator 04/07/1866 – 04/07/1866 Newspaper Archives
Boston Argus 07/22/1791 – 06/28/1793 Newspaper Archives
Boston Liberator 09/18/1897 – 04/16/1898 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Post 01/10/1840 – 10/16/1876 Newspaper Archives
Boston Kaleidoscope 12/05/1818 – 11/13/1819 Newspaper Archives
Boston Congregationalist 11/03/1870 – 12/29/1870 Newspaper Archives
Boston Russell’s Gazette 06/07/1798 – 10/06/1800 Newspaper Archives
Boston Right Way 11/18/1865 – 03/02/1867 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Rehearsal 09/27/1731 – 08/11/1735 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Gazette 11/28/1785 – 11/11/1788 Newspaper Archives
Boston Federal Orrery 10/20/1794 – 10/31/1796 Newspaper Archives
Boston Compass 06/06/1818 – 08/21/1819 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Herald: Blogs 10/28/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Traveler 12/03/1850 – 07/08/1967 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Ledger 06/15/1778 – 10/16/1786 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Gazette 12/21/1719 – 09/17/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston Democrat 01/04/1804 – 06/02/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Herald 01/19/1784 – 06/30/1788 Newspaper Archives
Boston Republican Gazetteer 05/26/1802 – 03/30/1803 Newspaper Archives
Boston Gazetteer 04/02/1803 – 12/31/1803 Newspaper Archives
Boston South End News 06/07/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston New-England Chronicle 04/25/1776 – 09/12/1776 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Daily American Statesman 09/05/1825 – 12/13/1827 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Centinel 03/24/1784 – 06/12/1790 Newspaper Archives
Bourne Bourne Courier 03/30/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bourne Upper Cape Codder 01/05/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Braintree Braintree Forum 08/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bridgewater Bridgewater Independent 06/06/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brockton Enterprise 07/14/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brookfield Moral and Political Telegraphe 05/06/1795 – 08/17/1796 Newspaper Archives
Brookfield Political Repository 08/14/1798 – 05/04/1802 Newspaper Archives
Brookfield Worcester Intelligencer: Or, Brookfield Advertiser 10/07/1794 – 04/28/1795 Newspaper Archives
Brookline Brookline TAB 09/08/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Burlington Burlington Union 10/06/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cambridge New England Chronicle, or Essex Gazette 05/02/1775 – 03/28/1776 Newspaper Archives
Canton Canton Journal 09/09/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cape Ann Cape Ann Beacon 09/28/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carver Carver Reporter 11/14/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Charlestown American Recorder 12/09/1785 – 05/25/1787 Newspaper Archives
Charlestown Franklin Monitor 01/02/1819 – 06/03/1820 Newspaper Archives
Charlestown Bunker-Hill Sentinel 06/24/1820 – 07/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Chatham Cape Cod Chronicle 01/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chelmsford Chelmsford Independent 08/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicopee Herald 03/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clinton Times & Courier 09/01/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cohasset Cohasset Mariner 01/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Concord Middlesex Gazette 04/20/1816 – 10/14/1820 Newspaper Archives
Concord Concord Journal 01/05/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Concord Concord Gazette and Middlesex Yeoman 11/29/1823 – 02/11/1826 Newspaper Archives
Concord, Hanscom AFB Hansconian 02/17/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Danvers Danvers Herald 11/17/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dartmouth Chronicle 02/18/2015 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dedham Dedham Gazette 08/20/1813 – 06/25/1819 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Columbian Minerva 01/03/1799 – 09/04/1804 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Minerva 10/11/1796 – 12/27/1798 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Dedham Transcript 08/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dedham Village Register 06/09/1820 – 10/29/1829 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Norfolk Repository 05/14/1805 – 12/28/1809 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Norfolk Democrat 02/09/1839 – 09/15/1854 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Norfolk Advertiser 07/13/1832 – 02/02/1839 Newspaper Archives
Dorchester Dorchester Reporter 01/09/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dover Dover-Sherborn Press 04/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dracut Valley Dispatch 10/22/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Duxbury Duxbury Reporter 11/17/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Duxbury Duxbury Clipper 01/19/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Bridgewater Wicked Local: East Bridgewater 08/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Bridgewater East Bridgewater Star 09/05/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Longmeadow Reminder 03/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Longmeadow Metro West Reminder 03/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Easton Easton Journal 01/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fall River Herald News 11/15/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fall River O Jornal 02/02/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Falmouth Cape Cod Times 12/08/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Falmouth Falmouth Bulletin 07/24/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise 09/14/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Framingham Framingham TAB 06/16/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Framingham Westwood Press 08/25/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Framingham MetroWest Daily News 09/06/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Georgetown Georgetown Record 05/11/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Gloucester Cape Ann Light and Gloucester Telegraph 01/07/1843 – 08/02/1873 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Gloucester Telegraph 01/01/1827 – 12/31/1851 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Cape Ann Advertiser 12/05/1857 – 12/28/1877 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Gloucester Democrat 08/19/1834 – 02/16/1838 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Gloucester Daily Times 08/13/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Grafton Grafton Daily Voice 06/25/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greenfield Greenfield Gazette 08/02/1792 – 02/05/1811 Newspaper Archives
Greenfield Traveller 02/12/1811 – 12/31/1811 Newspaper Archives
Greenfield Franklin Herald 01/07/1812 – 12/30/1817 Newspaper Archives
Groton Groton Landmark 09/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Halifax Halifax-Plympton Reporter 12/10/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hamilton Hamilton Wenham Chronicle 10/20/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hanover Hanover Mariner 01/04/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hanson Hanson Town Crier 10/04/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hanson Wicked Local: Hanson 08/26/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hanson Whitman-Hanson Express 10/01/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harvard Harvard Post 01/05/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harvard Harvard Hillside 09/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harwich Harwich Oracle 01/04/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Haverhill Daily Evening Bulletin 07/11/1871 – 11/14/1894 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Observer 12/05/1800 – 11/27/1804 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Gazette 04/12/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Haverhill Haverhill Federal Gazette 10/26/1798 – 11/27/1799 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Museum 12/11/1804 – 11/22/1806 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Essex Patriot 05/10/1817 – 01/25/1823 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Merrimack Intelligencer 07/02/1808 – 02/08/1817 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Gazette 02/01/1823 – 12/25/1841 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Guardian of Freedom 09/16/1793 – 11/05/1795 Newspaper Archives
Hingham Hingham Journal 03/09/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holbrook Holbrook Sun 01/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holden Landmark 04/26/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holden Holden Daily Voice 04/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holliston Holliston TAB 10/06/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hopkinton Hopkinton Independent 05/16/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hopkinton Hopkinton Crier 07/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hudson Hudson Sun 07/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ipswich Ipswich Chronicle 09/01/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jamaica Plain Jamaica Plain Gazette 10/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jamaica Plain Mission Hill Gazette 01/16/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kingston Kingston Reporter 05/05/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lakeville Lakeville Call 11/19/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lawrence Eagle-Tribune 05/27/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Leicester Leicester Daily Voice 04/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lenox Berkshire Star and County Republican 01/10/1828 – 12/25/1828 Newspaper Archives
Lenox Berkshire Journal 09/03/1829 – 08/25/1831 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Rural Repository 10/22/1795 – 04/13/1797 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Telescope 01/02/1800 – 10/14/1802 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Weekly Messenger 02/06/1806 – 12/18/1806 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Leominster Champion 02/17/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Winchester Star 08/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Lexington Minuteman 09/08/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lincoln Lincoln Journal 06/01/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Littleton Littleton Independent 10/13/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lowell Lowell Patriot 01/02/1835 – 06/29/1837 Newspaper Archives
Lowell Sun 10/02/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lowell Lowell Mercury 11/14/1829 – 12/27/1833 Newspaper Archives
Lowell Lowell Daily Citizen and News 04/28/1856 – 12/31/1879 Newspaper Archives
Lynn Daily Item 09/23/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lynnfield North Shore Sunday 01/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Malden Malden Observer 07/07/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Manomet Manomet Current 04/27/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mansfield Mansfield News 01/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marblehead Marblehead Reporter 08/04/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marion Sentinel 07/26/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marlborough Marlborough Enterprise 12/08/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marshfield Marshfield Mariner 08/31/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marshfield Abington Mariner-Rockland Mariner 09/02/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Maynard Beacon Villager 10/13/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Medfield Medfield Press 11/10/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Medford Medford Transcript 08/10/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Melrose Melrose Free Press 08/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Middleboro Middleboro Gazette 02/19/2015 – Current Recent Obituaries
Milford Milford Daily News 09/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Millbury Millbury-Sutton Chronicle 05/03/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Millbury Millbury Daily Voice 12/15/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Nantucket Nantucket Inquirer 09/20/1821 – 12/31/1849 Newspaper Archives
Nantucket Nantucket Commerce Gazette 05/06/1816 – 03/08/1817 Newspaper Archives
Nantucket Nantucket Independent 03/30/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Natick Natick Bulletin & TAB 06/02/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Wellesley Townsman 02/23/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Allston-Brighton TAB 11/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Needham Times 01/05/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Watertown TAB & Press 09/16/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham West Roxbury Transcript 07/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Bedford New Bedford Gazette 09/05/1831 – 01/25/1838 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Medley or Newbedford Marine Journal 11/27/1792 – 10/18/1799 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New-Bedford Mercury 08/07/1807 – 03/16/1877 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New-Bedford Gazette 10/18/1811 – 07/17/1812 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New-England Gazette 05/13/1823 – 01/27/1824 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Whaleman’s Shipping List and Merchants’ Transcript 03/17/1843 – 09/13/1864 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New-Bedford Courier 06/12/1827 – 05/28/1833 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Old Colony Gazette 10/21/1808 – 10/11/1811 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Columbian Courier 12/08/1798 – 03/01/1805 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Standard Times 02/17/2015 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Bedford Morning Mercury 12/04/1895 – 01/02/1919 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New Bedford Register 01/22/1840 – 01/06/1846 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Christian Philanthropist 05/14/1822 – 05/13/1823 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Newburyport Herald 10/31/1797 – 03/19/1847 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Newburyport Gazette 04/07/1807 – 09/18/1807 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Political Gazette 04/30/1795 – 10/27/1797 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport New-England Repertory 07/06/1803 – 01/21/1804 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Political Calendar 03/26/1804 – 06/17/1805 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Statesman 08/15/1808 – 03/09/1809 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport American Intelligencer 06/04/1801 – 07/30/1801 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Daily News of Newburyport 05/24/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newburyport Merrimack Magazine and Ladies’ Literary Cabinet 08/17/1805 – 08/09/1806 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Newburyport Current 01/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newburyport Impartial Herald 05/18/1793 – 10/27/1797 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Morning Star 04/08/1794 – 12/03/1794 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Essex Journal 12/04/1773 – 02/06/1777 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Independent Whig 04/05/1810 – 05/02/1811 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Merrimack Gazette 03/21/1803 – 02/18/1804 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Essex Journal 07/09/1784 – 04/02/1794 Newspaper Archives
Newton Newton TAB 08/10/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Adams North Adams Transcript 08/08/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Adams Advocate 06/09/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Andover North Andover Citizen 04/14/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Andover Valley Patriot 04/01/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Attleborough North Attleborough Free Press 01/16/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Northampton Anti-Monarchist and Republican Watchman 12/14/1808 – 11/28/1810 Newspaper Archives
Northampton Hampshire Gazette 09/20/1786 – 12/26/1843 Newspaper Archives
Northampton Hive 08/23/1803 – 01/22/1805 Newspaper Archives
Northampton Republican Spy 07/03/1804 – 11/16/1808 Newspaper Archives
Northampton Democrat 03/12/1811 – 08/17/1813 Newspaper Archives
Northborough Northborough Daily Voice 10/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Northborough, Southborough Villager 12/02/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Northbridge Northbridge Daily Voice 08/11/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Norton Norton Mirror 08/11/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Norwell Norwell Mariner 04/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Norwood Norwood Transcript & Bulletin 05/03/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Orleans Cape Codder 09/02/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pembroke Pembroke Mariner and Express 01/04/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pembroke Pembroke Express 03/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pepperell Pepperell Free Press 09/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pittsfield Berkshire Chronicle 05/08/1788 – 09/30/1790 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Pittsfield Sun 09/16/1800 – 12/31/1873 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Reporter 01/03/1807 – 11/16/1815 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Eagle 01/10/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pittsfield Berkshire Gazette 01/18/1798 – 02/11/1800 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire County Whig 03/11/1841 – 02/22/1849 Newspaper Archives
Plymouth Wicked Local: Plymouth 05/12/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Plymouth Bulletin 12/07/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Old Colony Memorial 05/04/1822 – 12/29/1827 Newspaper Archives
Plymouth Old Colony Sentinel 12/08/1866 – 12/08/1866 Newspaper Archives
Plymouth Wareham Courier 11/04/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Plymouth Journal, and the Massachusetts Advertiser 03/19/1785 – 06/13/1786 Newspaper Archives
Plymouth Old Colony Memorial 11/11/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Provincetown Provincetown Banner 06/15/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Quincy Patriot Ledger 07/17/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Quincy Patriot Ledger 01/01/1916 – 12/29/1922 Newspaper Archives
Randolph Randolph Herald 05/09/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Raynham Raynham Call 04/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Reading Reading Advocate 12/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Roslindale Roslindale Transcript 08/17/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Salem Salem Gazette 09/23/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Salem American Gazette, or, the Constitutional Journal 06/18/1776 – 07/30/1776 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Observer 12/20/1823 – 01/10/1874 Newspaper Archives
Salem Friend 01/03/1807 – 07/18/1807 Newspaper Archives
Salem Essex Gazette 08/02/1768 – 05/02/1775 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Mercury 10/14/1786 – 12/29/1789 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Gazette 01/05/1790 – 12/29/1849 Newspaper Archives
Salem Essex Register 07/23/1807 – 12/31/1827 Newspaper Archives
Salem Impartial Register 05/12/1800 – 12/31/1801 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Gazette 10/18/1781 – 11/22/1785 Newspaper Archives
Salem Weekly Visitant 08/02/1806 – 12/20/1806 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Chronicle, and Essex Advertiser 03/30/1786 – 08/03/1786 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Register 01/04/1802 – 07/16/1807 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Register 01/04/1841 – 01/22/1891 Newspaper Archives
Sandwich Sandwich Broadsider 10/13/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Saugus Saugus Advertiser 09/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Scituate Scituate Mariner 01/05/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sharon Sharon Advocate 10/07/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Shirley Shirley Oracle 09/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Daily Voice 02/08/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Chronicle 09/15/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Somerset Spectator 02/18/2015 – Current Recent Obituaries
Somerville Somerville Times 07/07/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Somerville Cambridge Chronicle 08/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Somerville Somerville Journal 08/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Springfield Springfield Daily News 01/02/1911 – 07/05/1969 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampden Federalist 08/06/1812 – 03/05/1823 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Republican Spy 06/14/1803 – 06/11/1804 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampshire Federalist 01/07/1806 – 07/23/1812 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampshire Chronicle 03/12/1787 – 09/06/1796 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Springfield Union 01/04/1864 – 01/29/1989 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampden Whig 02/24/1830 – 12/20/1837 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Springfield Republican 03/27/1844 – 09/26/1946 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampden Patriot 12/31/1818 – 12/25/1822 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Springfield Union-News 06/01/1987 – 01/31/1989 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Massachusetts Gazette 05/14/1782 – 07/20/1784 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Federal Spy 12/19/1792 – 12/31/1805 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Republican, The: Web Edition Articles 11/16/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Springfield Springfield Reminder 03/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Springfield Springfield Republican 07/03/1852 – 08/14/1941 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampden Journal and Advertiser 03/12/1823 – 11/26/1828 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Republican 06/16/1988 – Current Recent Obituaries
Springfield Hampshire Herald 07/27/1784 – 09/26/1786 Newspaper Archives
Stockbridge Berkshire Star 07/30/1808 – 01/03/1828 Newspaper Archives
Stockbridge Western Star 12/01/1789 – 11/08/1806 Newspaper Archives
Stockbridge Political Atlas 02/14/1807 – 07/22/1808 Newspaper Archives
Stoneham Stoneham Sun 11/02/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stoughton Stoughton Sentinel 12/05/1863 – 12/23/1876 Newspaper Archives
Stoughton Wicked Local: Avon 12/01/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stoughton Stoughton Journal 09/30/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stoughton Avon Messenger 05/23/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sudbury Sudbury Town Crier 09/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Swampscott Swampscott Reporter 02/16/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Taunton Columbian Reporter and Old Colony Journal 04/03/1822 – 09/22/1830 Newspaper Archives
Taunton Taunton Daily Gazette 10/08/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Taunton Taunton Call 04/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Tewksbury Tewksbury Advocate 07/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Topsfield Tri-Town Transcript 06/02/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Townsend Townsend Times 09/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Vineyard Grove Seaside Gazette 07/20/1872 – 08/30/1875 Newspaper Archives
Wakefield Wakefield Observer 09/01/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Walpole Walpole Times 07/17/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Waltham Waltham News Tribune 08/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Watertown Boston Gazette, or, Country Journal 06/05/1775 – 10/28/1776 Newspaper Archives
Wayland Wayland Town Crier 09/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Bridgewater West Bridgewater Times 02/27/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Bridgewater Wicked Local: West Bridgewater 08/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Springfield American Intelligencer 09/29/1795 – 11/28/1797 Newspaper Archives
Westborough Westborough News 10/28/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westborough Westborough Daily Voice 04/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westborough Community Advocate 06/29/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westfield Westfield News 12/13/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westford Westford Eagle 09/15/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Weston Weston Town Crier 12/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Weymouth Weymouth News 11/02/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Whitman Wicked Local: Whitman 08/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Whitman Whitman Times 05/02/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wilmington Wilmington Advocate 01/05/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woburn Woburn Advocate 08/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Worcester Worcester Telegram & Gazette 01/16/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
Worcester Independent Gazetteer 11/27/1799 – 12/29/1801 Newspaper Archives
Worcester National Aegis 12/02/1801 – 12/30/1876 Newspaper Archives
Worcester Massachusetts Spy 05/03/1775 – 12/29/1876 Newspaper Archives
Worcester Worcester Daily Spy 01/01/1878 – 04/30/1904 Newspaper Archives
Worcester American Herald and the Worcester Recorder 08/21/1788 – 10/08/1789 Newspaper Archives
Yarmouthport Register 01/05/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries

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Elijah Sold Shoes Straight from His Saddlebags

No shoe stores in Boston in the late 1700s? According to Elijah Leathe’s obituary, “he was about the first who carried shoes, in saddle bags, to market to Boston, there being then no shoe stores.”

obituary for Elijah Leathe, Boston Traveler newspaper article 22 December 1835

Boston Traveler (Boston, Massachusetts), 22 December 1835, page 3

This old 1800s newspaper article added that “He peddled them out from a bench, north side Faneuil Hall.”

illustration of Boston's Faneuil Hall as it appeared in 1776

Illustration: Faneuil Hall as it appeared in 1776. Source: Wikipedia.

Can it be true that there were no shoe stores in the late 1700s in Boston? Anyone know for sure if this is a fact?

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August Update: 4 Million Genealogy Records Just Added!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our burgeoning collection to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available online. We just completed adding 4 million more U.S. genealogy records, vastly increasing our content coverage from coast to coast!

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

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

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

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

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

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You Can Find the Names of Your Ancestors’ Ancestors in Obituaries

Joanna (Kellogg) Goodman’s (1742-1831) obituary does just this – it provides the name of her ancestor from 170 years before her. Her old 1800s obituary states:

She was a great-grand daughter of Joseph Kellogg [1626-1708], one of the first settlers of Hadley, and she and her ancestors lived on the narrow lot, south of the road to Northampton, which was granted to Joseph Kellogg, 170 years ago.

obituary for Joanna (Kellogg) Goodman, Boston Recorder newspaper article 7 September 1831

Boston Recorder (Boston, Massachusetts), 7 September 1831, page 143

These are some great details about her family history – telling us about her ancestor Joseph Kellogg, and that she lived on the same property that had been in the family for 170 years.

Joanna’s gravestone still stands in the Old Hadley Cemetery in Hadley, Massachusetts.
Click here to see it.

Note this old obituary calls her the “relict” of her husband Stephen Goodman – a once-common term for “widow.”


Our obituary archives can give you the names of your ancestors’ ancestors, allowing you to trace your family tree centuries back. Find and document the lives of your ancestors in GenealogyBank’s Historical Obituary Archives (1704–1999) and Recent Obituary Archives (1977–Today) now.

Find and document your ancestors’ stories – don’t let them be lost to your family.

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Family Reunites after 90-Year Mystery in Springfield Solved

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

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

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

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