Genealogy Research Tip: Dig Deep into Records to Uncover Clues

Genealogy Research Tip: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Carefully read every genealogy record of your ancestor’s life—you never know what you will find. I recently made some surprising discoveries about the Morse family after digging deep into genealogy records online.

I found the obituary of Daniel Morse, published in the Cherry Valley Gazette (Cherry Valley, New York), 15 June 1819, page 3. It’s a simple obituary, just one line: “At Herkimer in an apoplectic fit, Daniel Morse, Esq. formerly of Brookfield, Mass. aged 60.”

Daniel Morse Obituary - Cherry Valley Gazette Newspaper June 15, 1819

Cherry Valley Gazette (New York), June 15, 1819

Then I found another version of Morse’s obituary, published the next day in the Commercial Advertiser (New York City, New York), 16 June 1819, page 2.

Daniel Morse Obituary - Commercial Advertiser Newspaper June 06, 1819

Commercial Advertiser (New York City, NY), June 16, 1819

This obituary is even shorter than the first one, omitting the cause of death and his age, simply stating: “At Herkimer, N.Y. Daniel Morse, Esq. formerly of Brookfield, Mass.”

Another New York City newspaper ran Morse’s obituary two days later. That death notice appeared in the Spectator (New York City, New York), 18 June 1819, page 3.

Daniel Morse Obituary - The Connecticut Mirror Newspaper June 21, 1819

The Connecticut Mirror (Hartford, CT), June 21, 1819

Three days after that, the exact same death notice was published in a newspaper from a neighboring state, The Connecticut Mirror (Hartford, Connecticut), 21 June 1819, page 3.

Again, no mention of the cause of death, but his age is included: “At Herkimer N.Y. Daniel Morse, Esq. aged 60, formerly from Brookfield Ma.”

So here we have four obituaries, and from them we have some basic genealogical facts:

  • His name
  • His age
  • Where he died
  • A hint about his occupation (“Esquire” often meant lawyer)
  • His former place of residence

But we don’t know more about him—or his family—than that.

Digging deeper into my genealogy research with GenealogyBank, I wanted to see if there is more information about him.

There is.

Daniel Morse Funeral Sermon Outline June 04, 1819

A Sermon of the Funeral of Daniel Morse, June 04, 1819

I found a copy of the sermon preached at his funeral.
Wow—the actual funeral sermon?
Yes, word for word.

What a terrific genealogical find this turns out to be—a document packed with family history information.

For starters, we learn that the funeral service was held on 4 June 1819, led by Rev. Hezekiah N. Woodruff, A.M., Pastor of the churches of Herkimer and Little Falls, New York. This gives us a good clue where we might find church records about Daniel Morse and his family.

This 16-page funeral sermon outline pamphlet includes extensive biographical material about Morse, as well as information about his family.

On page 13 of the funeral sermon outline pamphlet I read that:

  • Daniel was born on 2 August 1759
  • His wife was Lois Groat, born 18 March 1758
  • Both were born in Massachusetts
  • They married in August 1782 and had “several children”
  • They moved to Herkimer, New York, in 1800
Clipping from Daniel Morse Funeral Sermon - Married Lois Groat

The narrative goes on to describe the final days before he died 4 June 1819.

Clipping from Daniel Morse's Funeral Sermon - Dies of apoplectick fit

Reading more, I discovered that the pamphlet also contained a lengthy extract of the funeral sermon for his wife Lois (Groat) Morse! Suddenly, the second paragraph just leapt off the page at me: Lois died just a few weeks after her husband because of a fit of her own, a “paralytick” one.

Clipping from Daniel Morse Funeral Sermon - Lois His Wife Dies

Wanting to know more, I turned to a new search in GenealogyBank, looking for her obituary.

I found it in the New York Columbian (New York City, New York), 6 July 1819, page 2.

Lois Morse Obituary - New York Columbian Newspaper July 06, 1819

New York Columbian (New York City, NY), July 6, 1819

Now we know much more about Daniel Morse and his wife.

When I started searching I quickly found Daniel’s death notice. It was a lucky break that GenealogyBank also had scanned in his funeral sermon.

But, don’t judge a book by its cover. The title page states that it is the funeral sermon of Daniel Morse—it does not say that it also includes the funeral sermon of his late wife, Lois (Groat) Morse.

Daniel Morse Funeral Sermon Outline June 04, 1819

A Sermon of the Funeral of Daniel Morse, June 04, 1819

I had no idea that his wife Lois died less than four weeks after her husband. And since the title page of his funeral sermon made no mention of his wife, it was only by carefully reading the entire funeral sermon pamphlet that I learned the rest of the story.

The brief biographies of both of the Morse’s, Daniel’s funeral sermon, along with a lengthy extract from the sermon preached at Lois’s funeral, are welcome additions to the family record.

So now we not only know when and where the Morse’s died, we learned the tragic circumstances of how close in time their deaths were. They’ve become more than just names and dates on a family tree—we’ve come to know something about them as real people.

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Always be prepared to go beneath the surface—dig deeper with your family history searches and find as many genealogy records about your ancestors as you can. And then read them all, thoroughly. You never know what you’ll find!

Monthly Update: GenealogyBank Adds 24 Million Records in April!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our online collection to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available anywhere.

Here are some details about our most recent additions (we actually added new content to thousands of titles, but the following is a representative sample):

  • A total of 99 newspaper titles from 29 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia
  • Titles marked with an asterisk (*) are obituaries only and are new to our archive
  • Those marked with a plus sign (+) are historical newspapers new to our archive
  • We’ve shown the date ranges so that you can determine if the new content is relevant to your personal research

If a recent addition to our archive interests you, simply click on that newspaper’s title: it is an active link leading to that paper’s search form.

Abbr State City Title Date Range Collection
AZ Arizona Tucson Arizona Citizen and Weekly Tribune 07/29/1876–07/29/1876 Historical Newspapers
CA California Calistoga Weekly Calistogan, The* 09/04/2003–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CA California Escondido North County Times* 01/02/2001–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CA California Hemet Hemet News* 1/6/1899–12/30/1927 Historical Newspapers
CA California Napa American Canyon Eagle* 09/07/2004–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CA California Napa Napa Valley Register* 01/01/2001–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CA California San Diego San Diego Union 9/6/1937–12/30/1983 Historical Newspapers
CA California San Francisco San Francisco Abend Post 05/12/1871–05/12/1871 Historical Newspapers
CA California St. Helena St. Helena Star* 03/03/2005–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CA California Temecula Californian, The* 07/14/2003–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CA California Twentynine Palms Observation Post: Marine Corps Combat Center* 01/16/2009–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CT Connecticut Hartford American Mercury 09/24/1832–11/05/1832 Historical Newspapers
CT Connecticut Norwich Norwich Aurora 03/17/1866–10/18/1871 Historical Newspapers
DC District of Columbia Washington (DC) Evening Star* 12/16/1852–12/14/1872 Historical Newspapers
GA Georgia Augusta Augusta Chronicle 06/30/1906–06/30/1906 Historical Newspapers
GA Georgia Augusta Daily Constitutionalist 05/01/1861–12/31/1869 Historical Newspapers
GA Georgia Marietta Marietta Journal 5/12/1988–10/19/1988 Historical Newspapers
GA Georgia Savannah Daily Georgian 07/30/1822–07/30/1822 Historical Newspapers
HI Hawaii Lihue Garden Island, The* 11/10/1999–Current Newspaper Obituaries
IA Iowa Muscatine Muscatine Journal* 10/01/2000–Current Newspaper Obituaries
IA Iowa Riverside Highland Review, The* 12/15/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
IL Illinois Highland Highland Union 01/11/1867–05/27/1910 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Rockford Daily Register Gazette 8/16/1924–1/23/1925 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Rockford Morning Star 11/20/1923–7/21/1937 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Rockford Register Star 7/1/2007–7/31/2007 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Rockford Rockford Journal* 8/14/1875–12/7/1878 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Rockford Rockford Weekly Gazette* 10/2/1873–3/17/1886 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Springfield Daily Illinois State Journal* 6/16/1848–7/12/1903 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Springfield Daily Illinois State Register* 1/2/1849–12/31/1855 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Springfield Illinois State Register 05/03/1844–05/03/1844 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Springfield Illinois Weekly State Journal* 11/10/1831–12/26/1849 Historical Newspapers
IN Indiana South Bend South Bend Tribune* 01/01/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
KY Kentucky Corbin News Journal, The* 01/04/2012–Current Newspaper Obituaries
KY Kentucky Frankfort Frankfort Argus 09/24/1823–12/05/1832 Historical Newspapers
LA Louisiana Baton Rouge Advocate 1/24/1975–1/24/1975 Historical Newspapers
LA Louisiana Baton Rouge Daily Advocate 3/2/1906–10/30/1906 Historical Newspapers
LA Louisiana Baton Rouge State Times Advocate 1/1/1923–2/24/1959 Historical Newspapers
MA Massachusetts New Bedford New-Bedford Mercury 06/05/1857–06/05/1857 Historical Newspapers
MA Massachusetts Springfield Hampden Whig 06/12/1833–06/12/1833 Historical Newspapers
MA Massachusetts Worcester Massachusetts Spy 07/11/1832–11/19/1875 Historical Newspapers
MD Maryland Bel Air National American 03/18/1859–11/09/1866 Historical Newspapers
MD Maryland Fredericktown Political Intelligencer 10/07/1820–10/07/1820 Historical Newspapers
MO Missouri Bethany Bethany Republican-Clipper* 10/26/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
MO Missouri Farmington Farmington Press* 02/12/2003–Current Newspaper Obituaries
MO Missouri Fredericktown Democrat News* 01/31/2003–Current Newspaper Obituaries
MO Missouri Park Hills Daily Journal* 06/20/2000–Current Newspaper Obituaries
MO Missouri St. Louis Missouri Gazette and Public Advertiser 8/17/1808–8/17/1808 Historical Newspapers
MT Montana Helena Montana Radiator 01/27/1866–10/13/1866 Historical Newspapers
NE Nebraska Columbus Columbus Telegram, The* 09/19/1999–Current Newspaper Obituaries
NE Nebraska David City David City Banner-Press, The* 09/13/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
NE Nebraska Fremont Fremont Tribune* 08/16/2000–Current Newspaper Obituaries
NE Nebraska Omaha Omaha World Herald 8/4/1886–8/10/1922 Historical Newspapers
NE Nebraska Schuyler Schuyler Sun, The* 10/20/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
NH New Hampshire Portsmouth Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics 11/11/1865–12/30/1876 Historical Newspapers
NJ New Jersey Newark New Jersey Deutsche Zeitung* 04/12/1880–06/15/1884 Historical Newspapers
NY New York Albany Albany Argus 11/17/1829–12/31/1873 Historical Newspapers
NY New York Auburn Auburn Journal and Advertiser 06/17/1846–06/17/1846 Historical Newspapers
NY New York New York New York Age 08/30/1890–08/30/1890 Historical Newspapers
NY New York New York New-York Morning Post 09/20/1788–09/20/1788 Historical Newspapers
NY New York Schoharie Schoharie Observer 10/28/1818–01/02/1822 Historical Newspapers
OH Ohio Akron Akron Beacon Journal: Blogs* 08/15/2005–Current Newspaper Obituaries
OH Ohio Canton Repository 7/16/1879–12/30/1911 Historical Newspapers
OH Ohio Chillicothe Supporter and Scioto Gazette 01/02/1822–01/02/1822 Historical Newspapers
OK Oklahoma Tulsa Tulsa World 11/05/1917–11/05/1917 Historical Newspapers
PA Pennsylvania Carlisle Sentinel, The* 06/01/1997–Current Newspaper Obituaries
PA Pennsylvania Harrisburg Patriot 06/06/1901–12/30/1922 Historical Newspapers
PA Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania Journal 10/30/1755–06/12/1793 Historical Newspapers
PA Pennsylvania Shippensburg Shippensburg Sentinel, The* 09/23/2010–Current Newspaper Obituaries
PA Pennsylvania Washington Washington Reporter 04/07/1823–12/27/1876 Historical Newspapers
PA Pennsylvania Washington Washington Review and Examiner 05/22/1824–05/13/1826 Historical Newspapers
RI Rhode Island Providence Providence Evening Press 11/29/1864–07/19/1873 Historical Newspapers
RI Rhode Island Westerly Westerly Pawcatuck Press, The* 07/01/2009–Current Newspaper Obituaries
SC South Carolina Charleston Charleston Courier 10/02/1826–06/17/1833 Historical Newspapers
SC South Carolina Charleston Charleston News and Courier 1/1/1969–12/31/1970 Historical Newspapers
TX Texas Austin Daily Texan, The: University of Texas at Austin* 04/20/2010–Current Newspaper Obituaries
TX Texas Dallas Dallas Morning News 3/21/1984–8/14/1984 Historical Newspapers
TX Texas Houston Cypress Creek Mirror: Champions Edition* 09/15/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
TX Texas Houston Cypress Creek Mirror: Klein Edition* 03/15/2012–Current Newspaper Obituaries
UT Utah Provo Daily Herald* 02/27/2001–Current Newspaper Obituaries
UT Utah Salt Lake City Salt Lake Telegram 04/22/1902–04/22/1902 Historical Newspapers
VA Virginia Alexandria Alexandria Gazette 07/08/1870–11/29/1873 Historical Newspapers
VA Virginia Norfolk Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger 12/21/1810–07/14/1813 Historical Newspapers
VA Virginia Richmond Richmond Examiner 4/8/1861–5/10/1866 Historical Newspapers
VA Virginia Richmond Richmond Times Dispatch 5/18/1930–3/18/1938 Historical Newspapers
VA Virginia Richmond Richmond Whig 06/03/1834–02/28/1873 Historical Newspapers
VT Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Messenger 12/29/1910–12/29/1910 Historical Newspapers
VT Vermont St. Johnsbury Caledonian-Record 1/2/1925–3/31/1925 Historical Newspapers
VT Vermont Windsor Vermont Journal 9/24/1821–9/24/1821 Historical Newspapers
VT Vermont Windsor Vermont Republican 05/14/1821–12/10/1821 Historical Newspapers
WA Washington Longview Daily News, The* 11/01/2000–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WA Washington Quincy Crescent Bar Chronicle* 05/21/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Baraboo Baraboo News-Republic* 01/01/2004–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Beaver Dam Daily Citizen* 01/27/2004–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Columbus Columbus Journal* 01/26/2010–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Mauston Juneau County Star-Times* 01/22/2004–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Portage Daily Register* 01/07/2004–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Portage Wisconsin Dells Events* 02/26/2005–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Reedsburg Reedsburg Times-Press* 01/28/2004–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Sauk City Sauk Prairie Eagle* 05/18/2005–Current Newspaper Obituaries

1799 Newspaper Announcing Death of George Washington: Free Download!

The old Colonial newspapers let us look back and see our country’s news as it happened. We get to see the early American history as it unfolded in our ancestors’ day.

Imagine the utter shock in 1799 upon hearing the grim news that General George Washington was dead—America’s military leader during the Revolutionary War and the nation’s first President. George Washington died on Dec. 14, 1799, at the age of 67.

The people would have been galvanized by the news of President Washington’s death.

They would remember exactly when and where they were when they first heard about it.

The Saturday Evening Post Newspaper

They would go and get a newspaper to learn about how George Washington died and get all the details surrounding his death. Then they would read the newspaper, read it again, and save it for their children and grandchildren.

They would never forget this tragic loss in our country’s history.

Here is a copy of the Colonial newspaper that area residents of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, read cover to cover to learn about the death of George Washington. It was published by the Oracle of Dauphin and Harrisburgh Advertiser (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), 30 December 1799.

Most of this historical newspaper issue is about the death of George Washington. It includes his obituary, information about his funeral and much more.

Today is a federal holiday originally enacted by Congress in 1879 to close government offices in the District of Columbia, at the time known as “Washington’s Birthday.” In remembrance of President George Washington on this Presidents Day 2012, we are offering a free download of this important early American newspaper that covers his death.

31 Million Records Added to Our Archives in February!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our online collections to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available anywhere. In fact, we’ve already added 31 million new genealogy records to our historical newspaper archives and obituary archives this February 2012 and we’re just getting started!

Here are some details about our most recent newspaper content additions (we actually added new content to thousands of newspaper titles, but the following is a representative sample):

  • A total of 120 newspaper titles from 30 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia
  • Newspaper titles marked with an asterisk (*) are obituaries only and are new to our obituary archives
  • Newspaper titles marked with a plus sign (+) are historical newspapers new to our historical newspaper archives
  • We’ve shown the newspaper date ranges so that you can determine if the new content is relevant to your genealogy research

If a recent newspaper addition to our online archives interests you, simply click on that newspaper’s title: it is an active link leading to that paper’s search form.

State City Newspaper Title Start Date End Date
AK Bethel Delta Discovery* 2011 Current
AL Mobile Mobile Register 1858 1869
AR Jonesboro Jonesboro Daily News 1909 1909
AR Little Rock Arkansas Democrat-Gazette* 2011 Current
AR Little Rock Arkansas Gazette 1819 1908
AR Sil. Springs Siloam Sp. Herald-Leader* 2011 Current
AR Jonesboro Jonesboro Evening Sun 1906 1922
AR Jonesboro Jo. Weekly Times-Enterprise 1906 1906
AR Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Sun 1922 1922
CA San Diego San Diego Union 1912 1965
CA San Diego Evening Tribune 1900 1932
CA Riverside Riverside Daily Press 1939 1949
CA El Centro Imperial Valley Press* 2001 Current
CO Denver Den. Rocky Mountain News 1880 1922
CO Denver Denver Post 1906 1906
CO Denver Rocky Mountain News 1859 1862
CT Hartford Connecticut Courant 1842 1843
CT Hartford Times 1836 1837
CT Hartford American Mercury 1830 1833
CT Norwich Norwich Aurora 1858 1873
CT New Haven Columbian Register 1831 1851
CT Litchfield Litchfield Republican 1848 1855
DC Washington United States Telegraph 1827 1829
DE Wilmington Delaware Gazette 1787 1787
FL Tampa Tampa Tribune 1929 1931
FL Pensacola Pensacola Gazette+ 1843 1848
GA Marietta Marietta Journal 1979 1985
GA Augusta Daily Constitutionalist+ 1840 1861
GA Milledgeville Georgia Journal 1822 1832
GA Savannah Daily Georgian 1826 1832
GA Augusta Augusta Chronicle 1792 1922
IA Forest City Britt News Tribune* 2003 Current
ID Idaho Falls Idaho Register 1892 1892
ID Twin Falls Twin Falls News 1920 1920
IL Rockford Register-Republic 1957 1957
IL Rockford Register Star 2007 2007
IL Shorewood Shorewood Sentinel* 2011 Current
IL Springfield Illinois State Register+ 1840 1844
IL Niles Bugle* 2011 Current
KY Maysville Ledger Independent* 2002 Current
LA New Orleans Courrier de la Louisiane 1823 1824
LA New Orleans Times-Picayune 1901 1914
LA Baton Rouge Advocate 1945 1985
LA Baton Rouge Daily Advocate 1869 1883
LA Baton Rouge State Times Advocate 1922 1922
MA Boston Weekly Messenger 1831 1831
MA Northampton Hampshire Gazette 1826 1840
MA Worcester National Aegis 1822 1876
MA Boston Repertory 1821 1821
MA Newburyport Newburyport Herald 1834 1837
MA Boston Boston Commercial Gazette 1835 1840
MA Worcester Massachusetts Spy 1821 1869
MA W. Springfield American Intelligencer 1796 1796
MA Springfield Hampden Whig 1830 1837
MA Springfield Springfield Union 1913 1915
MA Boston Sat. Morning Transcript+ 1835 1838
MA Nantucket Nantucket Inquirer 1826 1841
MA Boston Boston Herald 1893 1907
MA New Bedford New-Bedford Mercury 1857 1869
MA Salem Salem Register 1841 1856
MA Boston Boston Courier 1845 1845
MI Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Gazette 1876 1876
MI Petoskey Petoskey News-Review* 2001 Current
MI Charlevoix Charlevoix Courier* 2009 Current
MI Jackson Jackson Citizen 1897 1897
MN Winona Winona Daily News* 2001 Current
NC Cary Cary News* 2011 Current
NC Wins.-Salem Winston-Salem Journal 1917 1928
NC Smithfield Smithfield Herald* 2011 Current
NC Zebulon Eastern Wake News* 2011 Current
NC Fayetteville Carolina Observer+ 1824 1830
NE Omaha Omaha World Herald 1957 1983
NE Beatrice Beatrice Daily Sun* 2002 Current
NH Portsmouth P. Jrnl. of Lit. and Politics 1860 1872
NH Concord New-Hampshire Patriot 1861 1861
NJ Trenton True American 1801 1812
NJ Morristown Genius of Liberty 1798 1805
NJ Trenton Trenton Evening Times 1916 1916
NY Cazenovia Pilot 1818 1822
NY New York Spectator 1842 1851
NY Sara. Springs Saratoga Sentinel 1826 1837
NY New York New York Herald-Tribune 1887 1887
NY New York New-York Gazette 1803 1803
NY New York Commercial Advertiser 1821 1876
NY Auburn Aub. Journal and Advertiser+ 1837 1846
NY New York Weekly Visitor 1822 1823
NY Syracuse Post-Standard: Blogs* 2011 Current
NY New York New York Herald 1876 1876
NY Albany Albany Argus 1823 1869
OH Chillicothe Supporter & Scioto Gazette+ 1821 1827
OH Cleveland Plain Dealer 1847 1922
OH Canton Repository 1939 1939
OR Portland Oregonian 1904 1904
PA Somerset Daily American* 2011 Current
PA Philadelphia Philadelphia Inquirer 1830 1859
PA Washington Washington Reporter 1821 1869
PA Philadelphia National Gazette 1827 1835
PA Harrisburg Patriot 1866 1912
PA Pittsburgh Tree of Liberty 1801 1802
PA Harrisburg Harrisburg Republican 1816 1818
SC Charleston Charleston Courier 1822 1872
SC Charleston South-Carolina State-Gazette 1801 1801
SC Charleston Charleston Mercury 1860 1868
TX Dallas Dallas Morning News 1983 1984
TX Marble Falls River Cities Daily Tribune* 2010 Current
TX Lexington Lexington Leader* 2009 Current
TX Texarkana Texarkana Gazette* 2011 Current
VA Richmond Virginia Patriot 1814 1814
VA Richmond Richmond Times Dispatch 1929 1930
VA Richmond Richmond Enquirer 1867 1870
VA Norfolk N. Gazette & Publick Ledger 1804 1816
VA Alexandria Alexandria Gazette 1823 1870
VA Richmond Richmond Whig 1833 1874
VT St. Albans St. Albans Daily Messenger 1861 1872
VT St. Albans St. Albans Transcript+ 1873 1873
VT St. Albans St. Albans Messenger 1850 1921
VT Windsor Vermont Journal 1862 1862
VT Windsor Vermont Republican 1821 1828
VT Brattleboro Vermont Phoenix 1866 1866
WI Chip. Falls Chippewa Herald* 1999 Current

You can also view our complete title list of U.S. newspapers by state.

Colonial Newspapers & Revolutionary War Records in GenealogyBank

GenealogyBank has the best coverage for U.S. Colonial-era newspapers and documents available for finding your early American ancestry online. Explore our expanding historical newspaper archive for articles from 1690 forward on all 13 Colonies and beyond as the country grew.

If you are researching early American Colonial newspapers—especially if you’re interested in Revolutionary War records and documents, or stories of the lives of the U.S. soldiers that fought in the battles—then GenealogyBank’s historical archives are the best resource anywhere online.

Step back in time exploring your ancestors’ lives and United States history with news coverage about famous wars and historical events in old colonial newspaper titles. Get newspaper accounts of the battles as they happened. Read the newspapers day by day and see the Revolutionary War unfold.

Search these Colonial American newspapers decades later to find names, historic interviews, biographical sketches and old obituaries of the troops that fought in the Revolutionary War and more.

Early American Colonial 18th Century Newspapers

Early American Colonial Newspapers

Discover all of the details of your American family history: preserve and pass it down so that this genealogy information will permanently be there for generations to come!

Millions of New Newspaper Records Added in January

GenealogyBank adds new content daily to its U.S. newspaper archives, an expansive online collection of 5,850 newspapers and more than one billion articles and records—and growing!

January 2012 was one of our best months ever: GenealogyBank added 31 million digitized records with newspapers from 31 states to our archives for you to search online. Here is a listing of all of January’s newspaper content additions.

State City Title Coverage  
Alabama Mobile Mobile Register 07/01/1858–10/31/1869
Alaska Bethel Delta Discovery, The* 07/15/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Arkansas Jonesboro Jonesboro Daily News 01/07/1909–04/08/1909
Arkansas Jonesboro Jonesboro Evening Sun 12/08/1906–12/23/1922
Arkansas Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Sun 05/31/1922–05/31/1922
Arkansas Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Times-Enterprise 05/10/1906–05/10/1906
Arkansas Little Rock Arkansas Democrat-Gazette* 10/30/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Arkansas Little Rock Arkansas Gazette 11/20/1819–11/01/1908
Arkansas Siloam Springs Siloam Springs Herald-Leader, The* 11/16/2011–Current Obituaries Only
California El Centro Imperial Valley Press* 01/02/2001–Current Obituaries Only
California Riverside Riverside Daily Press 7/1/1939–2/8/1949
California San Diego Evening Tribune 1/1/1900–10/24/1932
California San Diego San Diego Union 4/3/1912–6/30/1965
Colorado Denver Denver Post 3/8/1906–3/8/1906
Colorado Denver Denver Rocky Mountain News 10/2/1880–12/25/1922
Colorado Denver Rocky Mountain News 4/23/1859–4/19/1862
Connecticut Hartford American Mercury 01/19/1830–06/25/1833
Connecticut Hartford Connecticut Courant 02/19/1842–12/23/1843
Connecticut Hartford Times 2/27/1836–8/5/1837
Connecticut Litchfield Litchfield Republican 05/04/1848–09/28/1855
Connecticut New Haven Columbian Register 01/08/1831–09/13/1851
Connecticut Norwich Norwich Aurora 01/02/1858–12/24/1873
Delaware Wilmington Delaware Gazette 04/11/1787–10/31/1787
District of Columbia Washington United States Telegraph 05/21/1827–07/07/1829
Florida Pensacola Pensacola Gazette* 01/14/1843–03/25/1848
Florida Tampa Tampa Tribune 3/17/1929–10/7/1931
Georgia Augusta Augusta Chronicle 01/21/1792–12/31/1922
Georgia Augusta Daily Constitutionalist* 05/14/1840–04/09/1861
Georgia Marietta Marietta Journal 10/14/1979–9/9/1985
Georgia Milledgeville Georgia Journal 07/02/1822–03/08/1832
Georgia Savannah Daily Georgian 09/16/1826–07/19/1832
Idaho Idaho Falls Idaho Register 08/05/1892–08/05/1892
Idaho Twin Falls Twin Falls News 09/17/1920–09/17/1920
Illinois Niles Bugle, The* 08/18/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Illinois Rockford Register Star 3/31/2007–5/30/2007
Illinois Rockford Register-Republic 6/21/1957–6/21/1957
Illinois Shorewood Shorewood Sentinel, The* 06/13/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Illinois Springfield Illinois State Register* 11/13/1840–12/27/1844
Iowa Forest City Britt News Tribune* 03/20/2003–Current Obituaries Only
Kentucky Maysville Ledger Independent, The* 07/11/2002–Current Obituaries Only
Louisiana Baton Rouge Advocate 6/29/1945–12/31/1985
Louisiana Baton Rouge Daily Advocate 9/8/1869–3/27/1883
Louisiana Baton Rouge State Times Advocate 1/7/1922–8/25/1922
Louisiana New Orleans Courrier de la Louisiane 01/06/1823–01/14/1824
Louisiana New Orleans Times-Picayune 04/26/1901–05/21/1914
Massachusetts Boston Boston Commercial Gazette 04/16/1835–01/23/1840
Massachusetts Boston Boston Courier 1/2/1845–7/17/1845
Massachusetts Boston Boston Herald 7/4/1893–12/6/1907
Massachusetts Boston Repertory 1/11/1821–3/27/1821
Massachusetts Boston Saturday Morning Transcript* 02/07/1835–12/29/1838
Massachusetts Boston Weekly Messenger 03/03/1831–03/03/1831
Massachusetts Nantucket Nantucket Inquirer 04/22/1826–12/04/1841
Massachusetts New Bedford New-Bedford Mercury 01/02/1857–12/31/1869
Massachusetts Newburyport Newburyport Herald 02/07/1834–01/03/1837
Massachusetts Northampton Hampshire Gazette 01/04/1826–09/02/1840
Massachusetts Salem Salem Register 11/18/1841–8/4/1856
Massachusetts Springfield Hampden Whig 02/24/1830–09/27/1837
Massachusetts Springfield Springfield Union 1/1/1913–3/31/1915
Massachusetts West Springfield American Intelligencer 08/09/1796–08/09/1796
Massachusetts Worcester Massachusetts Spy 03/14/1821–12/31/1869
Massachusetts Worcester National Aegis 10/23/1822–12/23/1876
Michigan Charlevoix Charlevoix Courier* 01/02/2009–Current Obituaries Only
Michigan Jackson Jackson Citizen 01/08/1897–04/23/1897
Michigan Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Gazette 07/21/1876–07/21/1876
Michigan Petoskey Petoskey News-Review* 04/16/2001–Current Obituaries Only
Minnesota Winona Winona Daily News* 05/15/2001–Current Obituaries Only
Nebraska Beatrice Beatrice Daily Sun* 06/10/2002–Current Obituaries Only
Nebraska Omaha Omaha World Herald 12/15/1957–12/25/1983
New Hampshire Concord New-Hampshire Patriot 2/20/1861–2/20/1861
New Hampshire Portsmouth Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics 01/07/1860–09/28/1872
New Jersey Morristown Genius of Liberty 10/25/1798–04/11/1805
New Jersey Trenton Trenton Evening Times 03/14/1916–06/29/1916
New Jersey Trenton True American 12/29/1801–12/14/1812
New York Albany Albany Argus 01/03/1823–04/30/1869
New York Auburn Auburn Journal and Advertiser* 05/31/1837–12/30/1846
New York Cazenovia Pilot 05/13/1818–11/28/1822
New York New York Commercial Advertiser 04/04/1821–11/21/1876
New York New York New York Herald 4/14/1876–4/14/1876
New York New York New York Herald-Tribune 12/24/1887–12/24/1887
New York New York New-York Gazette 03/03/1803–03/04/1803
New York New York Spectator 04/30/1842–08/18/1851
New York New York Weekly Visitor 11/03/1822–04/26/1823
New York Saratoga Springs Saratoga Sentinel 5/9/1826–3/14/1837
New York Syracuse Post-Standard, The: Blogs* 02/18/2011–Current Obituaries Only
North Carolina Cary Cary News, The* 02/13/2011–Current Obituaries Only
North Carolina Fayetteville Carolina Observer* 12/09/1824–11/04/1830
North Carolina Smithfield Smithfield Herald, The* 01/19/2011–Current Obituaries Only
North Carolina Winston-Salem Winston-Salem Journal 5/30/1917–4/28/1928
North Carolina Zebulon Eastern Wake News* 01/19/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Ohio Canton Repository 9/1/1939–9/22/1939
Ohio Chillicothe Supporter and Scioto Gazette* 02/21/1821–02/08/1827
Ohio Cleveland Plain Dealer 07/23/1847–11/05/1922
Oregon Portland Oregonian 08/04/1904–08/04/1904
Pennsylvania Harrisburg Harrisburg Republican 12/17/1816–07/17/1818
Pennsylvania Harrisburg Patriot 01/01/1866–12/19/1912
Pennsylvania Philadelphia National Gazette 9/20/1827–6/9/1835
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Philadelphia Inquirer 02/04/1830–05/28/1859
Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Tree of Liberty 02/22/1801–10/16/1802
Pennsylvania Somerset Daily American, The* 01/12/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Pennsylvania Washington Washington Reporter 01/01/1821–06/16/1869
South Carolina Charleston Charleston Courier 07/08/1822–04/25/1872
South Carolina Charleston Charleston Mercury 04/18/1860–07/11/1868
South Carolina Charleston South-Carolina State-Gazette 9/24/1801–9/24/1801
Texas Dallas Dallas Morning News 11/16/1983–4/20/1984
Texas Lexington Lexington Leader* 04/09/2009–Current Obituaries Only
Texas Marble Falls River Cities Daily Tribune, The* 02/25/2010–Current Obituaries Only
Texas Texarkana Texarkana Gazette* 10/28/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Vermont Brattleboro Vermont Phoenix 2/23/1866–12/14/1866
Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Daily Messenger 04/24/1861–10/23/1872
Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Messenger 10/10/1850–09/29/1921
Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Transcript* 04/05/1873–04/05/1873
Vermont Windsor Vermont Journal 02/15/1862–02/15/1862
Vermont Windsor Vermont Republican 01/01/1821–05/10/1828
Virginia Alexandria Alexandria Gazette 01/02/1823–03/31/1870
Virginia Norfolk Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger 07/17/1804–09/17/1816
Virginia Richmond Richmond Enquirer 07/29/1867–04/28/1870
Virginia Richmond Richmond Times Dispatch 9/15/1929–3/3/1930
Virginia Richmond Richmond Whig 02/16/1833–12/29/1874
Virginia Richmond Virginia Patriot 04/27/1814–04/27/1814
Wisconsin Chippewa Falls Chippewa Herald, The* 01/30/1999–Current Obituaries Only

 

More Obituaries Are Coming to Our U.S. Obituary Archives Soon!

GenealogyBank adds more content to our online archives every single day—filling in back issues for the 5,850 newspaper titles currently in our expansive online collection, as well as adding new titles. Here is an advance peek at some of the newspapers that will be added to our rapidly growing U.S. obituary archives over the next few weeks.

Delta Discovery (Bethel, AK)

  • Newspaper Obituaries:  07/15/2011 – Current
  • Death Notices:  07/15/2011 – Current

Britt News Tribune (Forest City, IA)

  • Newspaper Obituaries:  12/30/2003 – Current
  • Death Notices:  03/20/2003 – Current

Bugle (Niles, IL)

  • Newspaper Obituaries:  08/18/2011 – Current
  • Death Notices:  08/19/2011 – Current

Shorewood Sentinel (Shorewood, IL)

  • Newspaper Obituaries:  06/13/2011 – Current

Ledger Independent (Maysville, KY)

  • Newspaper Obituaries:  07/18/2002 – Current
  • Death Notices:  07/11/2002 – Current

Charlevoix Courier (Charlevoix, MI)

  • Newspaper Obituaries:  02/17/2009 – Current
  • Death Notices:  01/02/2009 – Current

Petoskey News-Review (Petoskey, MI)

  • Newspaper Obituaries:  03/28/2003 – Current
  • Death Notices:  04/16/2001 – Current

Examiner (Independence – Blues Springs – Grain Valley, MO)

  • Newspaper Obituaries: added 9/22/1997 – 10/20/2009
  • Death Notices: added 9/18/1997 – 11/9/2010

Beatrice Daily Sun (Beatrice, NE)

  • Newspaper Obituaries:  06/21/2002 – Current
  • Death Notices:  06/10/2002 – Current

Cary News (Cary, NC)

  • Newspaper Obituaries:  02/13/2011 – Current

Eastern Wake News (Zebulon, NC)

  • Newspaper Obituaries:  01/19/2011 – Current

Smithfield Herald (Smithfield, NC)

  • Newspaper Obituaries:  01/19/2011 – Current

Post-Standard: Blogs (Syracuse, NY)

  • Newspaper Obituaries:  02/18/2011 – Current

Lexington Leader (Lexington, TX)

  • Newspaper Obituaries:  04/16/2009 – Current
  • Death Notices:  04/09/2009 – Current

 

GenealogyBank Has More than 100 North Carolina Newspapers

GenealogyBank Has More than 100 North Carolina Newspapers

GenealogyBank has a strong and growing archive of newspapers from all 50 U.S. states. Our historical newspaper archives contain more than 100 old and recent newspaper titles from North Carolina: from Charlotte to New Bern to Chapel Hill to Raleigh to Danbury.

We’ve got the online genealogy resources you need to document your N.C. family history.

State City Title Dates
NC Albemarle Stanly News and Press 1/2/2007 – Current
NC Apex Apex Herald 10/2/2009 – Current
NC Asheboro Courier-Tribune 4/6/2010 – Current
NC Asheboro Randolph Guide 4/6/2008 – Current
NC Blowing Rock Blowing Rocket 10/2/2009 – Current
NC Boone Mountain Times 2/4/2011 – Current
NC Burgaw Pender Chronicle 10/28/2009 – Current
NC Burgaw Pender Post 10/8/2009 – Current
NC Cary Cary News 2/13/2011 – Current
NC Chapel Hill Chapel Hill Herald 1/1/2002 – Current
NC Chapel Hill Chapel Hill News 5/3/2000 – Current
NC Charlotte Africo-American Presbyterian 12/21/1899 – 12/21/1899
NC Charlotte Carolina Israelite 2/1/1944 – 12/1/1958
NC Charlotte Charlotte News 12/11/1888 – 9/29/1922
NC Charlotte Charlotte Observer 3/13/1892 – 12/31/1922
NC Charlotte Charlotte Observer 1/1/1992 – Current
NC Charlotte Charlotte Post 2/3/2011 – Current
NC Clinton Sampson Independent 4/18/2010 – Current
NC Danbury Stokes News 12/20/2007 – Current
NC Durham Herald-Sun 1/1/2002 – Current
NC Elizabeth City Daily Advance 11/9/2004 – Current
NC Elizabethtown Bladen Journal 2/23/2007 – Current
NC Elkin Tribune 9/19/2007 – Current
NC Fayetteville American 4/26/1816 – 4/11/1827
NC Fayetteville Fayetteville Observer 1/18/1988 – Current
NC Forest City Daily Courier 1/1/2005 – Current
NC Fuquay-Varina Cleveland Post 1/18/2007 – Current
NC Fuquay-Varina Fuquay-Varina Independent 10/2/2009 – Current
NC Garner Garner News 10/2/2009 – Current
NC Greensboro Daily Record 3/17/1906 – 11/30/1929
NC Greensboro Greensboro Daily News 7/20/1909 – 11/30/1980
NC Greensboro Greensboro News and Record 4/11/1985 – 4/20/1985
NC Greensboro Greensboro Record 9/5/1927 – 2/28/1983
NC Greensboro News & Record 1/1/1990 – Current
NC Greenville Daily Reflector 8/30/2004 – Current
NC Halifax North-Carolina Journal 8/1/1792 – 9/11/1797
NC Hampstead Topsail Voice 9/10/2008 – Current
NC Henderson Daily Dispatch 4/10/2002 – Current
NC Hickory Hickory Daily Record 2/10/2011 – Current
NC High Point High Point Enterprise 4/14/2007 – Current
NC Holly Springs Holly Springs Sun 7/10/2008 – Current
NC Kannapolis Independent Tribune 2/20/2010 – Current
NC Kannapolis Kannapolis Citizen 4/1/2008 – 5/12/2009
NC Laurinburg Laurinburg Exchange 1/2/2006 – Current
NC Lenoir News-Topic 11/12/2008 – Current
NC Littleton True Reformer 7/25/1900 – 7/25/1900
NC Lousiburg Franklin Times 10/3/2009 – Current
NC Lumberton Robesonian 1/1/2004 – Current
NC Marion McDowell News 2/12/2011 – Current
NC Monroe Enquirer-Journal 10/1/2009 – Current
NC Mooresville Mooresville Tribune 2/16/2011 – Current
NC Morehead City Carteret County News-Times 4/16/2008 – Current
NC Morganton News Herald 1/12/2008 – Current
NC Mt. Airy Mt. Airy News 10/2/2009 – Current
NC Nashville Nashville Graphic 1/28/2010 – Current
NC New Bern Carolina Federal Republican 1/12/1809 – 4/25/1818
NC New Bern Morning Herald 9/17/1807 – 12/30/1808
NC New Bern Newbern Herald 1/20/1809 – 2/26/1810
NC New Bern Newbern Sentinel 3/21/1818 – 6/12/1828
NC New Bern North Carolina Sentinel 1/13/1827 – 12/21/1836
NC New Bern State Gazette of North Carolina 8/9/1787 – 2/20/1799
NC New Bern True Republican 4/2/1810 – 8/7/1811
NC Newton Observer News Enterprise 9/6/2008 – Current
NC Pilot Mountain Pilot 2/20/2008 – Current
NC Princeton Princeton News-Leader 5/30/2007 – Current
NC Raleigh Dispatch 12/21/1991 – 4/10/1993
NC Raleigh Gazette 12/16/1893 – 2/19/1898
NC Raleigh News & Observer 1/1/1991 – Current
NC Raleigh News & Observer, The: Web Edition Articles 5/6/2004 – Current
NC Raleigh North-Carolina Minerva 11/26/1799 – 5/20/1800
NC Raleigh Raleigh Extra 6/18/1995 – Current
NC Raleigh Semi-Weekly Standard 8/10/1861 – 3/8/1868
NC Raleigh Star 11/3/1808 – 5/12/1831
NC Red Springs Red Springs Citizen 7/10/2008 – Current
NC Reidsville Reidsville Review 3/25/2008 – Current
NC Richlands Richlands-Beulaville Advertiser News 10/28/2009 – Current
NC Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald 9/2/2003 – Current
NC Rockingham Richmond County Daily Journal 5/5/2003 – Current
NC Rocky Mount Rocky Mount Telegram 9/3/2002 – Current
NC Roxboro Courier-Times 11/22/2006 – Current
NC Saint Pauls St. Pauls Review 9/4/2008 – Current
NC Salisbury Salisbury Post 12/1/1998 – Current
NC Sanford Sanford Herald 2/17/2007 – Current
NC Shallotte Brunswick Beacon 4/21/2010 – Current
NC Smithfield Smithfield Herald 1/19/2011 – Current
NC Southern Pines Pilot 10/8/2009 – Current
NC Spring Hope Spring Hope Enterprise & The Bailey News 8/3/2006 – Current
NC Statesville Statesville Record & Landmark 2/6/2011 – Current
NC Swansboro Tideland News 9/3/2008 – Current
NC Sylva Sylva Herald & Ruralite 10/2/2009 – Current
NC Tabor City Tabor-Loris Tribune 3/14/2007 – Current
NC Tarboro Daily Southerner 1/23/2007 – Current
NC Thomasville Thomasville Times 1/1/2011 – Current
NC Tryon Tryon Daily Bulletin 5/14/2007 – Current
NC Wadesboro Anson Record 6/19/2003 – Current
NC Wallace Wallace Enterprise 1/6/2010 – Current
NC West Jefferson Jefferson Post 9/25/2007 – Current
NC Whiteville News Reporter 4/22/2004 – Current
NC Wilmington StarNews 1/31/2002 – Current
NC Zebulon Eastern Wake News 1/19/2011 – Current

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Search Tips: What Newspapers Are in GenealogyBank?

What newspapers does GenealogyBank have? After all, it is a vast newspaper archive, with more than 5,850titles from all 50 U.S. states. Does this collection contain a particular newspaper you are interested in? We have added new and improved title lists to make it a snap to find out exactly what newspapers are in GenealogyBank.


Look for the “Newspaper Titles” buttons at the top of the Historical Newspapers and Newspaper Obituaries sections on our genealogy site’s homepage. Click on these Newspaper Titles” buttons and immediately the full list of newspapers, arranged by state, appears.
Now you just click on whatever U.S. state you’re interested in and the full, alphabetized list of all its available newspapers comes right up!
Below you can see a sampling of our Pennsylvania newspaper list. Note that every individual newspaper title in these lists is an active link taking you directly to that newspaper’s specific search form, to help you speedily get on your way seaching the particular newspaper you are interested in.

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