Michigan Archives: 159 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Michigan became the nation’s 26th state when it joined the Union on 26 January 1837. Known as the “Great Lakes State” because of its unique position of being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan is the 11th largest state in the country and the 10th most populous.

Photo: Michigan state capitol, Lansing, Michigan

Photo: Michigan state capitol, Lansing, Michigan. Credit: Criticalthinker; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Michigan, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online MI newspaper archives: 159 titles to help you search your family history in the “Wolverine State,” providing coverage from 1817 to Today. There are more than 32 million articles and records in our online Michigan newspaper archives!

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

Search Michigan Newspaper Archives (1817 – 1995)

Search Michigan Recent Obituaries (1995 – Current)

Illustration: Michigan state flag

Illustration: Michigan state flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online Michigan 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 MI newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
Adrian Daily Telegram 01/03/1893 – 12/28/1922 Newspaper Archives
Adrian Daily Telegram 12/09/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Adrian Tri=weekly Telegram 09/25/1900 – 01/01/1903 Newspaper Archives
Ann Arbor Ann Arbor News 04/03/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ann Arbor Ann Arbor News: Web Edition Articles 07/24/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Daily Argus 11/16/1898 – 06/24/1907 Newspaper Archives
Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Daily Times 09/01/1903 – 05/02/1908 Newspaper Archives
Ann Arbor Ann Arbor News 01/02/1909 – 12/30/1922 Newspaper Archives
Ann Arbor Ann Arbor News Argus 06/25/1907 – 05/02/1908 Newspaper Archives
Ann Arbor Michigan Argus 10/17/1879 – 12/27/1907 Newspaper Archives
Ann Arbor True Democrat 12/19/1845 – 03/08/1849 Newspaper Archives
Bad Axe Huron Daily Tribune 12/17/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Baldwin Lake County Star 01/01/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bay City Bay City Times 01/01/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bay City Bay City Times, The: Web Edition Articles 10/22/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bay City Bay City Times 01/02/1889 – 12/30/1922 Newspaper Archives
Big Rapids Pioneer 04/02/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bronson Bronson Journal 03/03/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Caro Tuscola County Advertiser 09/26/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cassopolis Cassopolis Vigilant 07/23/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Charlevoix Charlevoix Courier 01/02/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cheboygan Cheboygan Daily Tribune 10/30/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clare Clare County Review 09/03/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Coldwater Coldwater Daily Reporter 11/09/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Coldwater Coldwater Sentinel 04/16/1841 – 05/26/1854 Newspaper Archives
Coldwater Coldwater Sentinel 04/20/1866 – 11/11/1870 Newspaper Archives
Dearborn Arab American News 10/27/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Detroit Associated Newspapers of Michigan 07/20/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Detroit Detroit Independent 01/13/1923 – 01/13/1923 Newspaper Archives
Detroit Detroit Informer 01/13/1900 – 01/13/1900 Newspaper Archives
Detroit Detroiter Abend-Post 08/18/1929 – 08/18/1929 Newspaper Archives
Detroit Detroit News 01/01/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Detroit Detroit News, The: Web Edition Articles 10/28/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Detroit Herold 01/06/1911 – 12/29/1911 Newspaper Archives
Detroit Plaindealer 09/20/1889 – 05/19/1893 Newspaper Archives
Detroit Metro Times 08/04/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Detroit Michigan Chronicle 08/02/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Detroit Weekly Detroit Free Press 01/02/1886 – 06/04/1887 Newspaper Archives
Detroit South End, The: Wayne State University 05/05/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Detroit Detroit Gazette 07/25/1817 – 04/22/1830 Newspaper Archives
Detroit Michigan Herald 09/13/1826 – 04/30/1829 Newspaper Archives
Dowagiac Dowagiac Daily News 07/23/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Edwardsburg Edwardsburg Argus 07/20/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fenton Tri-County Times 03/23/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ferndale, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge Woodward Talk 05/19/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flint Burton News 08/14/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flint Clio Messenger 04/20/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flint Davison Flagstaff 06/13/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flint Flint Journal 01/03/1898 – 12/31/1922 Newspaper Archives
Flint Fenton Press 07/24/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flint Flint Journal 04/03/1995 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flint Flint Journal, The: Web Edition Articles 10/15/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flint Flint Township News 03/21/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flint Flushing Observer 10/12/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flint Grand Blanc News 06/12/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flint Swartz Creek News 04/20/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Frankfort Benzie County Record Patriot 06/24/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fraser Fraser-Clinton Township Chronicle 02/23/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Gaylord Gaylord Herald Times 01/01/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Gladwin Record & Clarion 10/06/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Grand Haven Grand Haven Tribune 01/02/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Grand Rapids Afro-American Gazette 01/01/1991 – 08/07/1995 Newspaper Archives
Grand Rapids Cadence Advance 10/10/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Herald 01/01/1898 – 12/31/1900 Newspaper Archives
Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Press 01/11/1893 – 12/30/1922 Newspaper Archives
Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Press 07/25/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Press, The: Web Edition Articles 10/18/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Grosse Pointe Grosse Pointe Times 01/30/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hart Oceana’s Herald-Journal 01/14/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hastings Hastings Banner 07/07/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hillsdale Hillsdale Daily News 05/25/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holland Holland Sentinel 07/25/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holland myZeeland 11/03/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Homer Homer Index 05/02/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hudsonville Grand Valley Advance 11/19/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ionia Sentinel-Standard 12/17/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jackson Jackson Citizen 08/15/1849 – 10/16/1903 Newspaper Archives
Jackson Jackson Citizen Patriot 03/27/1865 – 12/31/1922 Newspaper Archives
Jackson Jackson Citizen Patriot 01/01/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jackson Jackson Citizen Patriot: Web Edition Articles 10/22/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jenison On-the-Town 12/01/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jonesville Jonesville Independent 04/08/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Evening Telegraph 11/02/1900 – 11/02/1900 Newspaper Archives
Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Gazette 03/26/1872 – 12/31/1922 Newspaper Archives
Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Gazette 01/23/1837 – 12/31/1897 Newspaper Archives
Kalamazoo Hometown Gazette 03/26/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Gazette 01/01/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Gazette: Web Edition Articles 10/19/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kalamazoo Western Herald 09/14/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kentwood Southeast Advance 09/30/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lake Odessa Lakewood News 07/09/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lansing Lansing City Pulse 03/03/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lansing New Citizens Press 07/09/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lowell Lowell Ledger 07/06/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ludington Ludington Daily News 02/05/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Macomb Macomb Township Chronicle 03/24/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Madison Madison-Park News 03/09/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Manistee Manistee News Advocate 03/01/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marion Marion Press 03/19/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marlette Marlette Leader 03/02/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Middleville, Caledonia Sun & News 07/16/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Midland Midland Daily News 06/20/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Monroe Monroe News 10/31/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mount Pleasant Morning Sun 07/01/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Muskegon Muskegon Chronicle 07/03/1879 – 12/30/1922 Newspaper Archives
Muskegon Muskegon Chronicle 01/03/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Muskegon Muskegon Chronicle, The: Web Edition Articles 10/17/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Muskegon Muskegon Chronicle 01/30/1869 – 05/04/1905 Newspaper Archives
New Buffalo Harbor Country News 04/08/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Niles Niles Daily Star 07/23/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ontonagon Lake Superior Miner 10/06/1855 – 09/10/1870 Newspaper Archives
Owosso Argus-Press 02/09/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Petoskey Petoskey News-Review 04/16/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pontiac Oakland Press 08/08/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Portage Portage Gazette 02/12/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Reed City Herald Review 04/04/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Reed City Pioneer – Osceola Edition 06/06/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rochester Rochester Post 06/21/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rockford Northeast Advance 10/15/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Royal Oak Royal Oak Review 10/08/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Saginaw Saginaw News 05/02/1881 – 12/31/1922 Newspaper Archives
Saginaw Saginaw News 11/16/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Saginaw Saginaw News: Web Edition Articles 10/22/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News 01/26/1901 – 02/02/1924 Newspaper Archives
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News 10/05/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sault Ste. Marie Lake Superior News and Mining Journal 06/12/1847 – 11/11/1848 Newspaper Archives
Sault Ste. Marie Sault St. Marie News 01/07/1888 – 12/29/1900 Newspaper Archives
Sault Ste. Marie Sault Ste. Marie Democrat 05/12/1887 – 12/29/1887 Newspaper Archives
Shelby, Utica Shelby-Utica News 02/17/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Southfield Detroit Jewish News 02/23/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Southfield Southfield Sun 08/04/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sparta, Kent City Northwest Advance 08/18/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
St. Clair Shores St. Clair Shores Sentinel 01/23/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
St. James Daily Northern Islander 05/01/1856 – 06/20/1856 Newspaper Archives
St. James Northern Islander 12/12/1850 – 06/19/1856 Newspaper Archives
St. Joseph Herald-Palladium 04/01/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
State-Wide County mlive.com: Blogs 08/05/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sterling Heights Sterling Heights Sentry 02/05/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sturgis Sturgis Journal 10/05/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Temperance Bedford Now 08/03/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Traverse City Grand Traverse Herald 02/19/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Traverse City Traverse City Record-Eagle 10/18/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Troy Troy Times 06/04/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Vassar Vassar Pioneer Times 03/09/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Vermontville, Nashville Maple Valley News 07/09/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Vicksburg Commercial-Express 01/22/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warren Advertiser Times 08/04/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warren Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle 02/09/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warren C&G Newspapers Web Exclusive Articles 01/13/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warren Farmington Press 06/25/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warren Mount Clemens-Clinton-Harrison Journal 03/02/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warren Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider 09/04/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warren Warren Weekly 05/15/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wayland Penasee Globe 12/17/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Bloomfield West Bloomfield Beacon 02/22/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Whitehall White Lake Beacon 02/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wyoming Southwest Advance 12/16/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ypsilanti Eastern Echo: Eastern Michigan University 11/07/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ypsilanti Ypsilanti Commerical 03/11/1864 – 08/25/1898 Newspaper Archives

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Amelia Earhart: First Solo Flight from Hawaii to California

Amelia Earhart electrified the world during the 1920s and ’30s with her daring feats of flying and the many aviation records she set. In 1932 she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic – for this 15-hour feat of endurance and pluck she became the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross. That same year, she became the first woman to fly nonstop across the U.S.

Photo: Amelia Earhart, c. 1928

Photo: Amelia Earhart, c. 1928. Source: U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Then, on this day in 1935, Earhart took off from Hawaii and became the first pilot, male or female, to fly solo from Hawaii to California, accomplishing this unprecedented feat in a grueling 18 hours.

Earhart was an established celebrity by the time of her 1935 Hawaii-California flight, with huge crowds greeting her public appearances and record-setting flights. During the last three hours of her Hawaii-California flight there had been no radio contact with her, yet when she landed in Oakland, California, on January 12 a rapturous crowd of 5,000 people awaited her, showering her and her plane with flowers and eagerly reaching to shake her hand.

Earhart’s record-setting flight was big news at the time, and was featured prominently on the front pages of the nation’s newspapers – such as this one from South Dakota.

article about Amelia Earhart’s solo flight from Hawaii to California in 1935, Aberdeen Daily News newspaper article 13 January 1935

Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, South Dakota), 13 January 1935, page 1

This article gave details of her challenging flight, and the wild, cheering reception she received when she finally landed.

article about Amelia Earhart’s solo flight from Hawaii to California in 1935, Aberdeen Daily News newspaper article 13 January 1935

Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, South Dakota), 13 January 1935, page 1

Here is a transcription of this newspaper article:

Amelia Earhart Completes Flight to U.S.

Finishes First Solo Flight in 18 Hours Time

‘Lady Lindy’ Expresses Weariness as Wheels Touch Earth of Airport
Had No Major Trouble
Declares Pacific Crossing Worst than Atlantic; Prophesies Airways

By Louis Ashlock
(Copyright, 1935, by the AP)

Oakland, Calif., Jan. 12—(AP)—Amelia Earhart Putnam, ocean-conquering aviatrix, flashed into Oakland today to complete the first solo flight ever made between Hawaii and California—and hastily combed her tousled blonde hair before turning to face a madly cheering, milling crowd.

“I’m tired,” said the famous holder of many aviation records as she popped her head out of the cockpit, saw the crowd and reached for her comb.

The wheels of her swift red monoplane touched dry land at 1:31 p.m. PST (3:31 p.m. CST), just 18 hours and 16 minutes after her exciting takeoff from Wheeler Field, 25 miles out of Honolulu and 2,408 miles from Oakland. Two hours after landing she went to bed without benefit of negligee, in an Oakland hotel.

Host of Honors

Not satisfied with two aerial trips across the Atlantic and a host of other aviation honors, the 36-year-old aviatrix challenged the Pacific as has no other man or woman. She came through neatly but only after fighting a variety of weather and giving California watchers an uneasy three hours during which her position was not known.

“It was worse than the Atlantic flight,” she said. “There was no purpose or reason for it.”

Asked about reports that she was considering continuing on to Chicago or Washington immediately, she smiled mysteriously and said: “Well, I’ll have to check the weather before hopping, but I won’t be going for three or four hours.”

But Miss Earhart appeared pretty tired and the circumstances discounted the idea. Airport attendants said she had left instructions not to refuel her plane. Weather conditions to the east were reported unfavorable.

For three hours California coastal cities had been awaiting her, and when she swooped down on the airport she took the crowd by surprise.

Greeted by Crowd

A mighty cheer arose from the 5,000 persons assembled at the field. The crowd surged toward the plane and stopped little short of its whirring propeller blades.

It was at that point feminine instinct got the better of the globetrotting flier and she reached for the comb.

They pushed her plane into a hangar and closed the doors against the admiring crowd but only after many had succeeded in grasping her hand and shouting words of praise at her.

“I don’t want to sit down,” she said firmly when an attendant saw her fatigue and offered her a chair. “I’ve been sitting down a long time.”

Someone mentioned that she had not been heard from for a considerable time before landing; that there were reports she was battling fog; had strayed from her course; that her gasoline was running low before she reached the coast. They asked if she had been worried.

“Worried?” she echoed. “Oh, I thought I would like to have the sight of land a couple of times.”

First Saw Land

Miss Earhart asserted she never was lost but said she veered south of her course and first sighted land about 60 miles south of San Francisco.

“I wasn’t sure that it was land I sighted,” she said. “I throttled back my motor purposely to save fuel and I don’t understand why anyone should have been worried about me. The reason I didn’t give my position was because I didn’t “shoot” the stars (with a sextant) and therefore couldn’t give it.”

An interviewer mentioned seeing a rainbow over the Golden Gate as Miss Earhart was nearing the coast.

“Oh, rainbows!” she exclaimed. “I flew through many of them.

“I wasted a lot of time because some of the equipment was new, and a new type of compass threw me off. The ventilators blew off and this bothered me considerably also.”

Motor Never Faltered

“But the motor functioned perfectly and it was only little things, like the ventilator, that bothered me.

“I had a lot of sandwiches with me but I didn’t eat any of them. I did eat a hard-boiled egg, which was quite a luxury, and drank some tomato juice. I feel just filthy and I want a bath.”

Miss Earhart said commercial flights between the islands and California were “entirely feasible.”

“They are inevitable,” she said, “and we’ll be flying everywhere in a short time.”

Asked about the three hours during which the outside world heard little or nothing from her plane she said: “I listened to a message broadcast from my husband (George Palmer Putnam, New York publisher) and was greatly cheered by his voice. I also listened to musical programs broadcast throughout the night.”

Miss Earhart said she believed the use of two-way voice radio communication was advisable for planes making distance flights. This type of radio was a portion of her elaborate equipment.

As she snuggled down into a soft bed in her hotel room she sighed and said:

Needs Sleep

“I want sleep more than anything else.”

In a moment she was sleeping deeply and hotel attaches said she planned to slumber two to six hours—“or maybe more.”

The finale of the epochal flight was short as it was swift. On reaching the coast she made a bee-line northward for the airport.

She didn’t waste a foot of distance or a second of time. She did not circle the field as a gesture of delight over her extraordinary and exciting feat. She slid straight down to the runway and drove the plane to the doors of a hangar.

For a moment it looked like the crowd might jam madly into the propeller but it stopped just short of the danger line.

The field was a bedlam of noise, cheers and action, colored with uncounted bouquets of American beauty roses and other flowers for the woman who became “one up” on the male flying fraternity.

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Finding Bion Whitehouse: How Initials Can Help Your Ancestry Search

I have been looking at my Whitehouse cousins of Keene, New Hampshire, this week and was wrapping up the details of Bion Huntley Whitehouse (1858-1929) and his wife Mabel Medora (Wilder) Whitehouse (1871-1938).

In looking at GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives, I searched using his first and last name: Bion Whitehouse. I found a handful of newspaper articles, including this one that stated he was elected secretary of the Masonic lodge: Eureka Lodge No. 9, Order of the Golden Lion in 1891.

article about the Masonic lodge, Eureka Lodge No. 9, Order of the Golden Lion, New Hampshire Sentinel newspaper article 4 February 1891

New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, New Hampshire), 4 February 1891, page 4

Another article reported that he “is taking a ten days’ trip about Sunapee Lake.”

article about Bion Whitehouse, New Hampshire Sentinel newspaper article 5 August 1891

New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, New Hampshire), 5 August 1891, page 4

And this one stated that he “has bought the Amos Ross place near Wilson pond, West Keene.”

article about Bion Whitehouse, New Hampshire Sentinel newspaper article 18 December 1889

New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, New Hampshire), 18 December 1889, page 4

On a hunch, I searched for Bion again in GenealogyBank – but this time I searched using his initials with his last name instead of using his first name.

screenshot of GenealogyBank's search box showing a search for B. H. Whitehouse

Source: GenealogyBank.com

I am glad that I did.

By searching on this variation of his name I found the obituary of his first wife – information that I didn’t have.

obituary for Lena Whitehouse, New Hampshire Sentinel newspaper article 9 April 1890

New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, New Hampshire), 9 April 1890, page 8

Genealogy Tip: Be sure you discover all of the articles about your relatives. An extra search, such as using only their initials, can sometimes yield critical information for documenting your family tree.

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Genealogy Tips: Searching for Your Ancestors Using Nicknames

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article, Gena shows how expanding your name searches to include nicknames can discover records about your ancestors you never found before.

Finding your ancestor in old newspapers, such as GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives, isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Sure, you can search by a given name and sometimes find your ancestor right away. Other times you need to try variations and common misspellings of their name before getting good search results. But if even then you come up empty, what do you search on next?

Try Nicknames

Do you have a nickname? Maybe your nickname is based on your actual given name. Perhaps it has to do with a characteristic or physical trait you possess. You may have earned your nickname playing sports or in the workplace. Sometimes a nickname may make absolutely no sense. In my case, my paternal grandfather gave me a nickname shortly after I was born based on his miss-hearing of my actual middle name. That nickname would make no sense to anyone (and no, I won’t tell you what it is) but it was always the name he used to refer to me.

A person can gain a nickname for all kinds of reasons, including: ease of pronunciation; to distinguish between two family members with the same name; and in some cases to call out a negative trait.

The most important thing to remember about nicknames is that they could have also been used in print when a newspaper referred to your ancestor. Have you given some thought to searching for your ancestor using a nickname?

You Say Mary, I Say Polly

Probably the most familiar use of a nickname is one that simply substitutes one name for a person’s given name. Throughout history, there have been some standard names substituted for “proper” given names. Case in point: Mary. Mary could be May, Mimi, Molly or Polly. And of course she could have been just Mary, Mary Ann or Mary Jane.

While these nicknames may have seemed childish to some – and they certainly were to the writer of this 1875 newspaper article – in reality it’s possible the nickname was used all of the person’s life. This writer seems annoyed at the use of such familiar names as “Bettie,” commenting:

While this vulgar and silly practice of calling ladies by their nicknames is in vogue among the ignorant and the shoddy class in all parts of the country…

article about nicknames, Cincinnati Daily Enquirer newspaper article 5 March 1875

Cincinnati Daily Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio), 5 March 1875, page 2

Are you searching on all variations of your ancestor’s written name, including nicknames? Their name may have been abbreviated to a form considered archaic to our modern written language, such as “Jno” for John, “Wm” for William or “Geo.” for George. Previous generations’ nicknames may make little sense to us today. Sarah being referred to as Sally is one such example. Many modern people are confused about why Dick is a nickname for Richard, but according to an online article by David K. Israel, 12th and 13th century nicknames for Richard included Rich and Rick as well as rhyming versions of those names – including Dick.*

In order to improve your chances of finding your ancestor in the newspaper (and other records), it’s important to become familiar with nicknames for a given name. One way to do this is to consult a resource list on nicknames like the FamilySearch Wiki page, “Traditional Nicknames in Old Documents – A Wiki List,” or “A Listing of Some Nicknames Used in the 18th & 19th Centuries” from the Connecticut State Library. You can also read more about nicknames in Christine Rose’s book, Nicknames: Past and Present.

Boy, They Weren’t Very Original!

Do you ever get tired of ancestors who seem to use the same few given names generation after generation? Recycling the names William and John, or Elizabeth and Mary, makes it very difficult to trace a family tree. In some cases re-using a name or favoring certain names might be due to a tradition like naming a child after a saint. You may stumble upon a whole family that has used one singular given name, as in the case of one branch of my family where all the daughters share the name Maria but used their middle names in day-to-day life. This is another example of why searching newspapers for variations of your ancestor’s name, such as middle names or nicknames, is so important. Don’t forget to look for home sources or conduct family interviews to uncover a person’s possible nicknames.

Nicknames can be an important distinguisher for those who are given the same name as a parent, grandparent or older relative. A newspaper article may refer to someone as “Junior” or “Senior.” While referring to someone as Junior or the Second (II) may seem straightforward, a more uncommon nickname could be utilized to refer to someone named after a previous generation or who carries the same name held by successive generations. For example, Skip may be the nickname of someone named after their grandfather but not their father.

“Billy the Kid” & “Gorgeous” George

We are all familiar with nicknames that are substitutes for both a given name and surname. A good example is Billy the Kid. Looking for articles using his given name, Henry McCarty, or his alias, William H. Bonney, might not yield as many returns as searching for his moniker, Billy the Kid.

obituary for Billy the Kid, Kalamazoo Gazette newspaper article 22 July 1881

Kalamazoo Gazette (Kalamazoo, Michigan), 22 July 1881, page 1

Billy the Kid wasn’t the only desperado who ditched his given name. Nicknames were seemingly so popular among those committing crimes that the U.S. District Clerk’s Office kept track of defendant’s actual names and nicknames. Researching a black sheep ancestor? Make sure to use both his or her “real” name and their nickname to find relevant articles.

article about criminals' nicknames, Dallas Morning News newspaper article 23 December 1938

Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), 23 December 1938, page 5

One way to incorporate nicknames in your search is to consider your ancestor’s descriptive nickname substituting for a first or middle name, offset with quotes, as is often done for people like athletes or criminals.

This 1962 sports example of a wrestler named George “Gorgeous” Grant shows the difficulty that can arise when searching on a name. I’ve also seen a nickname listed with parenthesis in the middle like George (Gorgeous) Grant in genealogically-rich articles like obituaries. So make sure that you search on multiple versions of a name including just the nickname and the surname. And while exact phrase searches are important, incorporate other searches as well.

article about professional wrestlers, Times-Picayune newspaper article 14 February 1962

Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana), 14 February 1962, page 37

When you aren’t sure of a family member’s nickname, it can be beneficial to try a surname search and include other keywords that can assist you in discovering that nickname. Remember that on GenealogyBank, in addition to keywords, you can narrow your search by place, date, newspaper title and even type of article.

article about professional baseball players, Trenton Evening Times newspaper article 26 August 1911

Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, New Jersey), 26 August 1911, page 13

Before you start your next family history research project, keep in mind the importance of having a list of name variations that includes all the various nicknames and versions of your ancestor’s name, as well as possible misspellings.

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* “The Origins of 10 Nicknames,” by David K. Israel. Mental Floss: http://mentalfloss.com/article/24761/origins-10-nicknames

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Typical Genealogy Research Problem: Here’s What You Want to Do

Here is my task: find documentation for the marriage of Benjamin Walter Tribble and Lilian Blanche Mathias, who were married on 30 December 1906 in Irmo, South Carolina.

OK. That should be easy.

Step One

I’ll go to FamilySearch.org and look for their marriage certificate.
With billions of records online, this should be quick.

FamilySearch has an online database: South Carolina Marriages 1709-1913.
See: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1675541

A close look at this collection shows that so far it has only 4,154 South Carolina marriage records online. Clearly this is a work in process – there must have been hundreds of thousands if not more than a million marriages in South Carolina during those 200+ years.

Let’s search this database and see if their marriage certificate is online.
No. Not there.
I can keep checking back and see when it is uploaded to their site.

Step Two

Digging deeper into FamilySearch’s certificates, I next looked to see if they had records for Irmo, South Carolina.

Irmo is located in both Lexington and Richland Counties in South Carolina.

Let’s look in the FamilySearch online catalog and see if they have microfilm or published marriage records for these counties.

Search the FamilySearch Catalog here: https://familysearch.org/catalog/search

Looking at the records for Lexington County – great – they have marriage licenses and indexes for that county – but only for 1911-1950 and 1911-1958 respectively.

Benjamin and Lilian’s marriage was in 1906 – so I won’t find it there.

Turning to Richland County, South Carolina, I find that FamilySearch has their marriage licenses from 1911-1922 online – but again, no coverage for 1906.

Step Three

Let’s see if there is a record of their marriage in GenealogyBank.com, searching through the South Carolina Newspaper Archives.

screenshot of GenealogyBank showing the South Carolina Newspaper Archives search page

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OK good.
GenealogyBank has newspaper coverage for South Carolina from 1735 to 1996.

But – I see only seven South Carolina cities are listed and Irmois not one of them.

So – is my search over?
No – wait – there’s more.

Important Genealogy Tip: Marriages, obituaries, etc., were routinely reported by newspapers from around the state. You want to search all the newspapers in your target state and not limit your search to only your ancestors’ local newspapers.

A quick search across all South Carolina newspapers for their wedding announcement quickly pulls up a record about them.

screenshot of GenealogyBank showing a search for the Tribble family

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I found their marriage notice.

marriage announcement for Benjamin Walter Tribble and Lilian Blanche Mathias, State newspaper article 31 December 1906

State (Columbia, South Carolina), 31 December 1906, page 2

This newspaper article from a Columbia, South Carolina, newspaper provides a long description of their wedding.

Where else would we learn details such as this:

The church was darkened and decorated in white and green. Just in front of the pulpit a double arch of evergreens had been erected and from the intersection hung a large white wedding bell. The arch was studded with lighted tapers.

Wow – a candlelight wedding. That is an image I won’t soon forget.

Bottom Line: Take a balanced approach in your family history research. In searching for marriage records I always look in FamilySearch and GenealogyBank. I want a copy of the original marriage certificate that FamilySearch provides – AND – a firsthand account of the wedding itself that can only be found in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives.

Find and document your family history – gathering the old marriage certificates and also the newspaper articles about their candlelight weddings beneath a canopy of evergreens.

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Arkansas Archives: 86 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Arkansas became the nation’s 25th state when it joined the Union on 15 June 1836. Arkansas (whose pronunciation with the final “s” being silent was made official by the state legislature in 1881) is the 29th largest state in the country and the 33rd most populous.

Photo: Cedar Falls at the end of the Cedar Falls Trail, located in Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton, Arkansas

Photo: Cedar Falls at the end of the Cedar Falls Trail, located in Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton, Arkansas. Credit: Brandonrush; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Arkansas, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online AR newspaper archives: 86 titles to help you search your family history in the “Natural State,” providing coverage from 1819 to Today. There are more than 3.7 million articles and records in our online Arkansas newspaper archives!

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

Search Arkansas Newspaper Archives (1819 – 1999)

Search Arkansas Recent Obituaries (1999 – Current)

Illustration: Arkansas state flag

Illustration: Arkansas state flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online Arkansas 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 AR newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range * Collection
Arkadelphia Daily Siftings Herald 03/15/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bella Vista Weekly Vista 11/23/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Benton Saline Courier 05/08/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bentonville Benton County Daily Record 01/01/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Booneville Booneville Democrat 10/23/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cabot Cabot Star-Herald 08/22/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Camden Camden News 12/02/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Camden Ouachita Herald 05/22/1856 – 03/30/1861 Newspaper Archives
Carlisle Carlisle Independent 06/06/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Charleston Charleston Express 06/03/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clinton Van Buren County Democrat 01/26/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Denson Denson Tribune 03/02/1943 – 06/06/1944 Newspaper Archives
El Dorado El Dorado News-Times 01/04/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Farmington Washington County Enterprise-Leader 11/04/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 01/01/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times 01/02/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fayetteville NWAOnline: Web Edition Articles 07/28/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fayetteville Whole Hog Sports 04/14/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Forrest City Homeland 10/01/1991 – 07/01/1999 Newspaper Archives
Fort Chaffee Helping Hand 05/02/1975 – 12/19/1975 Newspaper Archives
Fort Smith Times Record 10/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fort Smith Fort Smith New Era 01/20/1869 – 05/12/1880 Newspaper Archives
Gravette Westside Eagle Observer 08/04/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greenwood Greenwood Democrat 06/03/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Heber Springs Jacksonian 11/27/1890 – 05/31/1894 Newspaper Archives
Heber Springs Sun Times 11/13/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Helena Western Clarion 04/01/1865 – 12/16/1865 Newspaper Archives
Helena, West Helena Daily World 02/09/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hope Hope Star 10/20/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hot Springs Hot Springs Village Voice 09/03/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hot Springs Sentinel-Record 03/01/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hot Springs Sentinel=Record 01/01/1962 – 12/31/1964 Newspaper Archives
Jacksonville Jacksonville Patriot 04/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jonesboro Jonesboro Daily News 10/19/1908 – 05/31/1910 Newspaper Archives
Jonesboro Jonesboro Daily Times-Enterprise 09/03/1904 – 10/16/1908 Newspaper Archives
Jonesboro Jonesboro Daily Tribune 01/01/1910 – 12/30/1922 Newspaper Archives
Jonesboro Jonesboro Evening Sun 12/08/1904 – 12/27/1922 Newspaper Archives
Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Sun 03/03/1904 – 02/21/1923 Newspaper Archives
Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Times-Enterprise 05/18/1905 – 01/16/1908 Newspaper Archives
Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Tribune 06/01/1905 – 02/17/1921 Newspaper Archives
Jonesboro Jonesboro Sun 08/25/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Little Rock Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 10/30/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Little Rock Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Web Edition Articles 03/30/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Little Rock Arkansas Times 07/07/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Little Rock Arkansas Times: Blogs 04/12/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Little Rock ARPreps 05/28/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Little Rock American Guide 01/27/1900 – 01/27/1900 Newspaper Archives
Little Rock Arkansas Freeman 10/05/1869 – 10/05/1869 Newspaper Archives
Little Rock Arkansas Gazette 12/23/1820 – 11/01/1908 Newspaper Archives
Little Rock Arkansas Weekly Mansion 06/23/1883 – 04/19/1884 Newspaper Archives
Little Rock Arkansas Star 09/07/1839 – 02/01/1841 Newspaper Archives
Little Rock Arkansas State Press 05/09/1941 – 10/30/1959 Newspaper Archives
Little Rock Weekly Arkansas Gazette 11/20/1819 – 05/25/1876 Newspaper Archives
Little Rock Arkansas Whig 05/22/1851 – 05/24/1855 Newspaper Archives
Little Rock Morning Republican 11/25/1867 – 06/03/1874 Newspaper Archives
Little Rock Southern Mediator Journal 06/22/1962 – 02/25/1966 Newspaper Archives
Little Rock Arkansas Advocate 07/28/1830 – 03/27/1833 Newspaper Archives
Little Rock Arkansas Times and Advocate 05/01/1837 – 03/11/1844 Newspaper Archives
Lonoke Lonoke Democrat 03/21/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Magnolia Banner-News 11/19/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Malvern Malvern Daily Record 08/01/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Maumelle Maumelle Monitor 10/17/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
McGehee Rohwer Outpost 10/24/1942 – 07/21/1945 Newspaper Archives
McGehee Rohwer Relocator 08/01/1945 – 11/09/1945 Newspaper Archives
Newport Newport Independent 01/25/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Little Rock Times 10/12/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Paragould Paragould Daily Press 07/11/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Paris Paris Express 06/03/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pea Ridge Times of Northeast Benton County 10/05/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pine Bluff Pine Bluff Weekly Herald 01/27/1900 – 01/27/1900 Newspaper Archives
Pine Bluff Pine Bluff Commercial 10/11/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Prescott Gurdon Times 12/17/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Prescott Nevada County Picayune 10/05/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rogers Rogers Morning News 10/26/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Russellville Courier 08/20/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Searcy Daily Citizen 08/26/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sherwood Sherwood Voice 06/05/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Siloam Springs Siloam Springs Herald-Leader 12/28/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Springdale Springdale Morning News 10/26/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Springdale, Rogers Morning News of Northwest Arkansas 10/23/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stuttgart Stuttgart Daily Leader 03/15/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Van Buren Alma Journal 06/25/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Van Buren Arkansas Intelligencer 02/15/1845 – 10/01/1858 Newspaper Archives
Van Buren Press Argus Courier 10/22/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
White Hall White Hall Journal 09/30/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
White Hall White Hall Progress 11/08/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries

*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.

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Newspaper Archives of Grandma & Grandpa’s Tips from 100 Years Ago

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog article, Mary searches old newspapers for glimpses into the lives our ancestors lived 100 years ago.

Sometimes advice columnists and Grandma & Grandpa knew best, but not always. So as we say goodbye to 2015, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at life 100 years ago through newspaper archives. You can be the judge as to whether this advice from 1915 still holds true today.

On Children

Turn children loose, as the following newspaper article suggests, because “we are all born wild and in the civilizing process have to be tamed more or less.” The article explains:

Turn them loose and let them live wild – climb trees, jump fences, chase squirrels, play with the dogs, dig in the garden, pick flowers, hop, skip and jump, and do all sorts of things that a natural human animal wants to do.

Sounds like reasonable advice, even by today’s standards.

article offering parental advice, Springfield Daily News newspaper article 29 December 1915

Springfield Daily News (Springfield, Massachusetts), 29 December 1915, page 4

Mrs. T. S. Thomas of Boston, Massachusetts, wanted advice on a tooth paste suitable for children and she was told to make a paste of chalk and orri root with a little teaberry flavoring.

recipe for tooth paste, Boston Journal newspaper article 25 September 1915

Boston Journal (Boston, Massachusetts), 25 September 1915, page 9

Some lucky parents, such as those in Colorado Springs, Colorado, lived where there were dental clinics for children.

article about a children's dental clinic, Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper article 21 February 1915

Colorado Springs Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado), 21 February 1915, page 29

On Corsets

Do girls of today know what a corset is, much less how constricting and uncomfortable they are? Often advertised in 1915 as free-breathing and welcoming to women, in truth they were quite uncomfortable.

ad for corsets, Trenton Evening Times newspaper advertisement 11 January 1915

Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, New Jersey), 11 January 1915, page 10

Edna Kent Forbes wrote in her “Beauty Chats” column that “if we had perfectly developed bodies…the best advice would be never to put ourselves into these harnesses” – but, if lacking bodily perfection, she recommends exercise.

article providing beauty tips, Boston Journal newspaper article 25 September 1915

Boston Journal (Boston, Massachusetts), 25 September 1915, page 9

On Driving

Henry Ford really did change the world. Roadsters and racing cars were very much in vogue in 1915.

article about car racing, Jackson Citizen Patriot newspaper article 28 June 1915

Jackson Citizen Patriot (Jackson, Michigan), 28 June 1915, page 10

However, there were issues caused by the introduction of automobiles: lack of consistent driving rules for one, and tires that had to maneuver over rough surfaces. This newspaper article advises that if you ever come across some broken stone while driving, you might want to “take a short run at it – not too fast – and let the car coast over the stone with the clutch out.” This approach “adds just a little more to the life of the tires.”

article providing driving tips, Times-Picayune newspaper article 27 December 1915

Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana), 27 December 1915, page 11

On Hair Care

Ah, the fortunes spent on hair care! In 1915, you could take care of ugly hairy growths on your skin by making a paste of water with powdered delatone. Apparently there were knockoffs sold which should be avoided. This newspaper article suggests: “You will not be disappointed with this treatment, providing you get real delatone.”

article about delatone, Flint Journal newspaper article 21 October 1915

Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan), 21 October 1915, page 6

If your hair was falling out, you were encouraged to avoid dandruff which caused hair roots to shrink and loosen. The cure was to purchase a “25-cent bottle of Danderine at any drug store, pour a little in your hand and rub well into the scalp.”

article about Danderine, Seattle Daily Times newspaper article 5 February 1915

Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, Washington), 5 February 1915, page 18

Danderine was the basis for a lethal chemical formulation also known as Spanish Fly. See: http://comstockhousehistory.blogspot.com/2009/06/danderine-heavy-price-of-lustrous-hair.html

Also visit the National Museum of American History website at: http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_716473

If you didn’t like the color of your hair, you could always try sage tea dandy which was great for grey and lackluster hair, according to this next newspaper article.

Can’t imagine trying it though. One has to wonder if sage was enough to mask the sulphur stench, much less protect one from scalp damage or a lethal fire.

article about sage tea, Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper article 4 February 1915

Colorado Springs Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado), 4 February 1915, page 6

On Tipping

Mary O’Connor Newell wrote an interesting advice article in 1915 on getting good tips. She felt that women guests should be showered with attention because: “if they tip at all, they tip handsomely.” In addition, “never neglect a tightwad because he is a tightwad. Shame him with faultless service.” You might also do well to assist newlyweds because “newly wed men love to make a splurge before their wives.”

article about tipping, Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper article 18 April 1915

Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 18 April 1915, page 2

On Women Who Earn More than Their Husbands

Columnist Peggy Quincy wrote: “My advice to Mrs. S. A. I., who is earning more than her husband, is to stop earning, at once.”

article about women earning pay, Boston Journal newspaper article 31 December 1915

Boston Journal (Boston, Massachusetts), 31 December 1915, page 7

Should men and women of today be thankful they weren’t alive in 1915? Wonder how our descendants in 2115will feel about us when they look back at newspaper articles detailing life in 2015?

Bunker Hill Drummer Boy

Every Christmas we hear the familiar lyrics of “The Little Drummer Boy” Christmas classic popularized in the 1950s and still popular today.

Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum

Drummer boys have resonated with Americans for centuries.

painting: “Yankee Doodle,” aka “The Spirit of ’76,” by Archibald Willard

Painting: “Yankee Doodle,” aka “The Spirit of ’76,” by Archibald Willard. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Rufus Kingsley (1763-1846) was one of three drummer boys at the Battle of Bunker Hill. The town of Kingsley, Pennsylvania, was named for this Connecticut-born Revolutionary War veteran.

obituary for Rufus Kingsley, Centinel of Freedom newspaper article 23 June 1846

Centinel of Freedom (Newark, New Jersey), 23 June 1846, page 4

Kingsley’s obituary recalled his popularity:

Many of our readers will recollect the enthusiasm with which the old veteran, with his ancient drum, was hailed when presented to the audience.

He gave us a touch of the music which awakened the American combatants on the morning of that memorable battle…The stirring note of his old drum will be heard no more.

Tragically his wife of 60 years, Lucinda Cutler, died three days later.

Don’t let their stories be lost.

GenealogyBank’s over 1 billion records are your best source to find their stories.

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Idaho Archives: 35 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Idaho became the nation’s 43rd state when it joined the Union on 3 July 1890. A mountainous state with large areas of wilderness, Idaho is the 14th largest state in the country and the 39th most populous.

Photo of Yellow Bells at City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho

Photo: Yellow Bells at City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho. Credit: Wallace Keck, Park Superintendent, City of Rocks National Reserve; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Idaho, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online ID newspaper archives: 35 titles to help you search your family history in the “Gem State,” providing coverage from 1864 to Today. There are more than 13.7 million articles and records in our online Idaho newspaper archives!

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

Search Idaho Newspaper Archives (1864 – 1976)

Search Idaho Recent Obituaries (1989 – Current)

Illustration of the Idaho state flag

Illustration: Idaho state flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online Idaho 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 ID newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
Blackfoot Blackfoot Register 07/10/1880 – 03/22/1884 Newspaper Archives
Blackfoot Morning News 08/02/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boise Evening Bulletin 02/21/1903 – 02/21/1903 Newspaper Archives
Boise Idaho Statesman 07/26/1864 – 01/01/1953 Newspaper Archives
Boise Idaho Statesman 01/26/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boise Idaho Democrat 01/28/1871 – 06/28/1871 Newspaper Archives
Bonners Ferry Bonners Ferry Herald 10/05/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Challis Challis Messenger 03/17/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Coeur d’Alene Coeur d’Alene Press 10/01/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Coeur d’Alene Idaho Spokesman-Review 07/03/1994 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hunt Minidoka Irrigator 09/10/1942 – 07/28/1945 Newspaper Archives
Idaho Falls Citizen 03/11/1907 – 04/01/1907 Newspaper Archives
Idaho Falls Idaho Falls Times 07/09/1891 – 09/16/1920 Newspaper Archives
Idaho Falls Idaho Register 04/04/1885 – 10/31/1916 Newspaper Archives
Idaho Falls Post Register 01/02/1992 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kellogg Shoshone News-Press 04/06/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lewiston Lewiston Morning Tribune 12/01/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lewiston Lewiston Tribune 08/01/1964 – 05/31/1976 Newspaper Archives
Moscow Moscow-Pullman Daily News 01/01/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Nampa Idaho Press-Tribune 07/01/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Payette Independent Enterprise 05/16/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pocatello Idaho State Journal 06/27/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Priest River Priest River Times 06/05/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rathdrum Kootenai Courier 06/29/1889 – 06/21/1890 Newspaper Archives
Rigby Jefferson Star 07/25/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ruby City Owyhee Avalanche 08/19/1865 – 08/11/1866 Newspaper Archives
Salmon City Idaho Recorder 12/12/1889 – 05/04/1892 Newspaper Archives
Salmon City Semi-weekly Mining News 08/11/1867 – 08/11/1867 Newspaper Archives
Sandpoint Bonner County Daily Bee 03/02/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Shelley Shelley Pioneer 08/29/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Silver City Owyhee Avalanche 08/18/1866 – 12/28/1900 Newspaper Archives
Silver City Owyhee Daily Avalanche 10/17/1874 – 04/26/1876 Newspaper Archives
Silver City Owyhee Semi-Weekly Tidal Wave 12/15/1868 – 02/10/1870 Newspaper Archives
Twin Falls Twin Falls Daily News 04/08/1918 – 12/31/1922 Newspaper Archives
Twin Falls Times-News 08/19/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries

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She Had the Best Laugh!

What a great tribute.

This obituary for Effie Mae Sanders says:

She had the best laugh – loud and hearty and she was always cheerful. No one could walk past the house without a ‘hello’ from Effie.

obituary for Effie Mae Sanders, Gettysburg Times newspaper article 6 March 2014

Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania), 6 March 2014

Yes, her obituary gives the facts: when and where she was born; whom she married; the groups she belonged to; the details of her death and who the survivors were.

But…it is her story that sticks with us.
The way this obituary characterized her life – capturing her persona and making us wish that we had known her too.

She “loved to cook…to try new recipes and share them with her friends. And she had a lot of friends.”

She was always worrying about those who were sick. She would call them and pray for them. Effie said ‘no matter how many health problems I have, there are always those worse off than me.’ She was a friend to everyone she met and loved by many more.

Find the stories of every one of your relatives.

What a terrific person.
Effie Mae Sanders (1930-2015) would have been 85 years old this month.

She was “a joyful woman.”

Use GenealogyBank to find and document your family’s stories so that they are told and remembered, just like Effie Mae’s.

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