Genealogy: A Brief History of Obituaries & Death Notices

Newspapers have been publishing obituaries for hundreds of years, making it easy for bereaved family and friends to learn the details of the life of the deceased as well as the funeral arrangements.

GenealogyBank has put this information from the past 300 years online, allowing genealogists to find their relatives within a few clicks.

300 years?

That’s a lot of obituaries, resulting in the largest collection online.

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Have obituaries really changed much over the course of three centuries?

Yes—of course they have, and so have newspapers.

But the basic rule of thumb has always been true: famous people get long obituaries and not-so-famous people get short ones.

Back in the days before the linotype machine (invented in 1886), the type for printing each day’s newspaper was set by hand. That took time and so, realistically, newspapers were generally only four pages long.

Fewer pages meant that there had to be a balance between the length of the news articles and the number and size of the advertisements. That’s why you see old obituaries that are brief—just one line announcing that some individuals had died—with longer, more detailed obituaries about people the editor thought would be of more general interest.

For example, look at the information packed into this brief obituary:

obituary for Ephraim Crofoot, Constitution newspaper article 3 March 1852

Constitution (Middletown, Connecticut), 3 March 1852, page 3

This is a short obituary, but we learn that Ephraim Crofoot died on 24 February 1852 in Middletown, Connecticut. We also learn that he was 51 years old and likely was a lawyer, as indicated by the title “Esq.” [Esquire] following his name.

Now look at these obituary examples:

various obituaries, New Hampshire Sentinel newspaper article 28 April 1826

New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, New Hampshire), 28 April 1826, page 3

The opening paragraph has three brief obituaries:

  • In this town, of consumption, Dr. Joseph Wheeler, aged 46
  • Mrs. Sarah Sturtevant, wife of the late Mr. Cornelius S., aged 88
  • An infant child of Mr. John Phelps

Now contrast that last brief obituary for the infant child of John Phelps with the final obituary in this column—also for an infant who had died:

In Fitzwilliam, an infant daughter of Mr. Geo. Damon. Deacon Oliver Damon and wife have lived in Fitzwilliam 42 years, and this [is] the first instance of mortality that has occurred in his family or among his descendants (25 in all) during that time. Printers in Massachusetts are requested to notice this death.

Both were infants that died. Neither obituary gave the name of the child. One obituary was so brief it only gave the name of the father, even though the child died in Keene, New Hampshire, where the newspaper was published.

The other obituary named the father as well, but also provided more details. This infant’s death was “news”—this was the first death in the family of Deacon Oliver Damon in 42 years. This was big and the editor knew his readers would want to know about it. He even inserted the line “Printers in Massachusetts are requested to notice this death,” indicating to other newspaper editors the importance of this obituary in case they wanted to run it in their own newspapers.

The New Hampshire Sentinel published on 28 April 1826 may have only been four pages long, but the editor used his judgment as to how much copy (how many lines) he would give to each story.

Obituaries can be long or short. The size of the obituary was determined by the importance of the person who had died, the story to be told, and the time the newspaper editor and reporters had to research and write about the deceased. As towns grew into cities it became common for the family itself to write the obituary, so that the newspaper would publish more information about their relatives.

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Inside the newspaper industry these user-supplied obituaries became known as “Death Notices”—articles written by the family or friends and supplied to newspapers. The articles written by the newspaper staff continued to be called “Obituaries.”

Obituary columns in newspapers have carried all types of headers: Obituaries, Deaths, Died, In Remembrance, Memorials, etc.

For genealogists and the general public, the terms Death Notice and Obituary are synonymous. Most family historians refer to all biographical articles about the recently deceased as obituaries, regardless of who wrote them or how long/short they are.

Over time newspapers came to view these family-supplied articles as paid classified advertisements, and they began charging accordingly. It is customary now for most newspapers to charge by the word count, the inclusion of photographs, and the number of insertions.

Obituaries are critical for genealogists. Long or short, they contain the information and clues we need to document our family tree.

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New Family Story Find: My 18th Century Uncle Jonathan Dore

Last year I wrote about my relative Elizabeth (Meader) Hanson (1684-1737) who, along with her children, was kidnapped by Abenaki Indians on 7 September 1724 and taken to the Indians’ village along the St. Francis River in Canada. They were held there for over two years. (See: Find & Preserve Your Family’s Stories.)

Powerful. Memorable. That story has been told and retold in our family for the past 290 years. Every night when we were young we asked our grandfather to tell us that story. We loved it. It was real—it was our family story.

Indian Raids Continued

Recently I found this 1749 newspaper article with a report from Timothy Brown about his attempts to learn more about—and to free—captives still held by the Indians.

He was able to get in and around the Abenaki village and learned about multiple captives, including this specific reference:

There is also a Boy who was taken from Rochester in New Hampshire, with the Indians at St. Francois, his Name is Jonathan Dore.

article about Jonathan Dore being taken captive by Abenaki Indians, Boston Post Boy newspaper article 10 July 1749

Boston Post Boy (Boston, Massachusetts), 10 July 1749, page 2

Jonathan Dore?
Rochester, New Hampshire?
St. Francis Indians?

This is sounding just like the story of my relative Elizabeth Hanson, who was also taken prisoner by the Abenaki Indians from St. Francis.

This Jonathan Dore has to be one of my relatives, too—the same Jonathan Dore who was my 5th-great uncle.

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New England Had Had Enough

The Abenaki and the French were taking American women and children captive so that they could sell them back to their families.

It was time to stop these atrocities—and that was one of the reasons the French & Indian War was launched (1754-1763).

Attack on Fort William Henry

During the war there was an attack on Fort William Henry in August of 1757.

The following account comes from Terror in Rochester by Linda Sargent, 2008:

“The fort was manned by the British, including many New Hampshire men. The siege had ended and the British had surrendered the fort to the French who were being aided by the Indians. There are various accounts of what happened next, but British soldiers were massacred after they had surrendered.

“One man who managed to escape from the fort was from Dover, NH. When he returned to Dover, he told how he had been pursued by Indians. One of them had caught up to him and lifted his tomahawk.

“When their eyes met, under the war paint and Indian dress he recognized the eyes of a young boy he had known well when he worked as a teamster logging on the Salmon Falls River and visiting at the Dore’s home in Rochester. He knew this white Indian was Jonathan Dore. Jonathan recognized him, as well, and dropped his tomahawk to his side and left. No one believed the man’s story when he returned to Dover.”

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Jonathan Dore had been sighted again, 11 years after he was taken by the Abenaki.

New Englanders Settle the Score

The Abenaki had been terrorizing New Englanders for decades. The old scores were settled on 4 October 1759 when Robert Rogers and his Rangers attacked the Indians’ village.

The following account comes from Wikipedia:

“Rogers and about 140 men entered the village, which was reportedly occupied primarily by women, children, and the elderly, early that morning, slaughtered many of the inhabitants where they lay, shot down many who attempted to flee, and then burned the village. Rogers and his men endured significant hardships to reach the village from the British base at Fort Crown Point in present-day New York, and even more hardship afterwards. Chased by the French and vengeful Indians, and short on rations, Rogers and his men returned to Crown Point via the Connecticut River valley.”

Jonathan Dore Witnessed Rogers’ Attack on the Abenaki Village

Digging deeper into GenealogyBank’s archives, I found out more of the story.

Jonathan Dore, Aberdeen Daily News newspaper article 5 January 1905

Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, South Dakota), 5 January 1905, page 2

The above historical newspaper clipping is only part of the long account about Jonathan Dore that appeared in the Aberdeen Daily News. The whole article gives a good overview of what had happened to Jonathan Dore.

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According to the article, Jonathan Dore (1734-1797)—my 5th-great uncle—was kidnapped on “Salmon Falls Road in Rochester [New Hampshire]” by the Abenaki on 26 June 1746, when he was only 12 years old!

Jonathan Dore married an Abenaki Indian woman and they had two children. When Major Robert Rogers attacked their village in 1759 to avenge the attack on Fort William Henry, Jonathan Dore “witnessed the massacre.”

Everyone in the village was killed and it was set on fire. “Among the ruins he found the bodies of his wife and children. He buried them in one grave and with them his attachment to the Indians.”

In 1760 Jonathan Dore returned home to Rochester, New Hampshire. His family had moved across the Salmon Falls River to Lebanon, Maine, where he also settled.

The newspaper article concluded:

He settled in Lebanon, Me., married again and spent there the remainder of his days, famous for his marksmanship, especially with the bow and arrow, and known to every one as “Indian Dore.”

Wow—we would have loved to have heard that family story as kids!

Our “uncle” was not much older than we were when he was captured by the Indians, and then held captive for over 13 years—what a great story.

Preserve your family’s stories.

Find them in the old newspapers in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives—preserve those stories and pass them down to the rising generation.

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Commemorating V-J Day: 14 August 1945

Introduction: Scott Phillips is a genealogical historian and owner of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services. In this blog post, Scott searches old newspapers to find stories about the day Japan announced its surrender, ending World War II.

A few days ago I happened to notice an obituary in my local newspaper for Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk. I read that this gentleman passed away in Stone Mountain, Georgia, at the age of 93. I was curious to learn why this obituary would be in my local paper when Stone Mountain, Georgia, is well over 700 miles away.

photo of the World War II bomber Enola Gay after the Hiroshima mission

Photo: the Enola Gay bomber after the Hiroshima mission. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

I soon discovered that his death was news across the entire United States—his obituary was published coast to coast. For example, this obituary was published in a California newspaper.

obituary for Theodore Van Kirk, Tri-Valley Herald newspaper article 31 July 2014

Tri-Valley Herald (Pleasanton, California), 31 July 2014

As this obituary explains:

Theodore ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk [was] a navigator who guided the Enola Gay bomber over Hiroshima during World War II to drop the first nuclear bomb in the history of warfare… Van Kirk was the last surviving member of the Enola Gay’s 12-member crew, which was responsible for dropping the atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945 that killed 80,000 people and hurried the war’s end eight days later.

The phrase “hurried the war’s end eight days later” refers to the fact that the announcement of Japan’s surrender was made on 14 August 1945 (which, due to time zone differences, was actually August 15 in Japan), in effect ending WWII.

This article from an Illinois newspaper presents Van Kirk’s own words describing the world-altering event he and his fellow Enola Gay crew members participated in that day.

article about the WWII bomber Enola Gay and the atomic bombig of Hiroshima, Register Star newspaper article 7 August 2005

Register Star (Rockford, Illinois), 7 August 2005, page 11

“Dutch” died just two weeks shy of the 69th anniversary of the declaration of “V-J Day” (Victory over Japan Day), commemorating the Japanese surrender which marked the end of World War II. Note: although Japan’s surrender was announced in the U.S. on 14 August 1945, the formal surrender ceremony took place aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2—so both days can be called V-J Day.

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Intrigued by Van Kirk’s story, I began to look for more historical information on V-J Day in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives to see how the news was reported—and to learn what our ancestors might have been doing that day.

Here is what the front page of this Louisiana newspaper looked like on Victory over Japan Day.

Japs Surrender Unconditionally, Advocate newspaper article 15 August 1945

Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), 15 August 1945, page 1

This photo spread from a California newspaper shows Americans celebrating the good news of Japan’s surrender and the ending of the war: streets jammed with huge, happy crowds, with celebrations of all types.

photos of people in San Diego celebrating V-J Day, San Diego Union newspaper article 15 August 1945

San Diego Union (San Diego, California), 15 August 1945, page 2

And speaking of end of war celebrations, on page three of that same newspaper was an article reporting that floodlights were lit at night after four years of darkness, almost every store in nearby towns was shuttered for the holiday—and from weeping telephone operators to an elevator attendant giving out free whisky to his riders, the whole of America seemed engaged in some type of revelry.

article about people in San Diego celebrating V-J Day, San Diego Union newspaper article 15 August 1945

San Diego Union (San Diego, California), 15 August 1945, page 3

And why shouldn’t America have been celebrating with wild abandon? As the headline of this Ohio newspaper declared: the soldiers would finally be coming home!

Japs Delay Reply to MacArthur's Orders on Surrender Procedure, Plain Dealer newspaper article 16 August 1945

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 16 August 1945, page 1

Seven and a half million men (and women) coming home at last! I know my father, a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army, was among those men. While Dad fought throughout Europe, he and his men all had a terrible feeling of foreboding should they have to fight on the shores of Japan. But now they all knew that they’d be coming home.

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While many Americans had been waiting out every second of time for V-J Day to finally arrive, this Texas newspaper article cleverly pointed out that a Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Day had enjoyed V. J. Day for 12 years already! It seems that their daughter was Vera Janice Day, and some smart reporter caught that cute tidbit amongst all the other excitement!

Vera Janice Has Been V-J Day Twelve Years, Dallas Morning News newspaper article 16 August 1945

Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), 16 August 1945, section II, page 7

This Oregon newspaper article reported that Portland was already planning how to celebrate V-J Day even before Japan announced its surrender: “City fathers have no objection to John Q. Citizen’s celebrating in any manner he chooses so long as the peace is kept. ‘I am not interested in stopping people from showing their exuberance,’ the mayor said, ‘as long as property is not destroyed and the laws are observed.’” Sounds to me like Portland was surely going to rock for V-J Day!

Citywide Plans Underway--V-J Day Pattern like V-E, Oregonian newspaper article 11 August 1945

Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 11 August 1945, page 4

Also on the home front, the impending end of the war was going to mean the end to rationing. Two days before V-J Day, a Massachusetts newspaper published this article listing many of the everyday items that were being rationed for the duration of the war, such as gasoline, tires, shoes, food and fuel oil. The old newspaper article speculated when that rationing might end after the formal surrender of Japan. Another family story I recall is that after my Dad returned home from the war, my Mom explained to him how challenging it was to live with rationing—and my Dad responded, with a chuckle: “I’d have traded anyone on the home front anything for the bullets and K-Rations!”

Life Will Begin Again for Civilians Not Long after Japs Fold for Good, Springfield Republican newspaper article 12 August 1945

Springfield Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts), 12 August 1945, page 1

As we commemorate V-J Day today, I hope you will take a moment to reflect on what your ancestors might have been doing 69 years ago. I’d love to read your comments here!

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How to Research Land Records for Genealogy Clues

Introduction: Duncan Kuehn is a professional genealogist with over eight years of client experience. She has worked on several well-known projects, such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” and researching President Barack Obama’s ancestry. In this blog post, Duncan discusses a genealogy resource that will help family historians trace their family tree: land records.

Prior to the Civil War, more than 85% of American males owned property! This astonishing statistic shows the importance of using and understanding land records when researching our ancestors. Many genealogists are unaware of the value of these historical documents and the family relationship information that can be gathered from them. Some genealogists are intimidated by these old property records. However, it has been said that land records are the bread and butter of American genealogy research, particularly in the Southern states.

During the Civil War, records were destroyed across many areas in the South—some accidentally by fire, others deliberately by Union troops. Southerners had begun classifying slaves as property similar to land. This was a political move to prevent the North from encroaching on their property rights. When Northern troops attacked Southern towns and cities, they often targeted courthouses to destroy documents recording property—and therefore records of slave ownership.

After the war, Southerners were anxious to protect their property rights and quickly re-filed their land claims. Sometimes these reconstructed land deeds list previous owners and their relationships, providing valuable family history information and clues.

Brief History about Deeds

A deed is a document showing the transfer of land from one private entity (person, company, trust, organization, etc.) to another. These documents record the seller, buyer, and property details. They are usually indexed in two ways: under the name of the grantor (seller), and under the name of the grantee (buyer). The index will list the book and page number to search for the actual recording of the deed.

photo of Aroostook County, Maine, deed books 1865-1900

“Maine, Aroostook County Deed Books, 1865-1900,” accessed Aug. 2014, Northern Registry > Deed books, 1868-1879, vol. 7 (p. 1-300) > image 6 of 303; citing Register of Deeds, Houlton. Source: FamilySearch.

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This deed is between an engaged couple. It goes on to give conditions and qualifications, including a nullification of the deed in the event that the marriage does not take place. Some of the information that we gather from these two paragraphs:

  • Anna Perkins Pingree of Salem, MA
  • Thomas P. Pingree of Wenham, MA
  • Joseph Peabody of Salem, MA
  • Joseph and Anna plan to marry
  • Anna owns an estate of which Thomas is the trustee
  • She received the estate from her father David Pingree, deceased, of Salem, MA
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When a married man sold land, his wife was often asked to give a dower release. This meant that after the seller died, his widow could not claim rights to a portion of the land he had previously sold. The dower release will usually list her name.

photo of Cattaraugus County, New York, land records, 1841-1845

“New York, Land Records, 1630-1975,” accessed Aug. 2014, Cattaraugus > Deeds 1841-1845, vol. 13-14 > image 122 of 1144; citing County Clerk. County Courthouse. Source: FamilySearch.

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In this dower release we learn about the following individuals:

  • Ferdinand Suydam’s wife, who was named Eliza
  • James Boyd Jr’s wife, who was named Maria Ann

Genealogy Clues in Deeds

These land documents can help to distinguish between two individuals with similar names. They can provide the name of the wife. Sometimes they explicitly state other familial relationships such as receiving land from a father, mother, brother, uncle, grandfather, etc. I have even seen deeds which include the last will and testament of an individual. Plotting out the residences of all those with the same last name in an area can help to clarify family groupings. For example if there are two John Smiths in an area, and one owns land near or purchases several plots of land from Robert Smith and the other one is doing the same thing with Simeon Smith, you can build a case for which father belongs to which John Smith.

As you can see, these documents are an important part of a well-researched family history project. Unfortunately, there are some challenges. These documents can be hard to read as the hand writing is not always clear. There is a lot of legal terminology that you will want to become familiar with. Also, not very many of these documents are available online at this point. Fortunately, the sale of land was also recorded in newspapers, which in many cases are available online.

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Legal notices in newspapers about land transactions began very early. For example, here is one from 1716, 60 years before the USA became a country.

article about an estate sale for Jonathan Springer, Boston News-Letter newspaper article 2 April 1716

Boston News-Letter (Boston, Massachusetts), 2 April 1716, page 2

Genealogy Tip: When reading old newspapers, keep in mind that the letter “s” often appears as an “f.”

This article lists several individuals:

  • Doctor Jackson in Marblehead
  • Jonathan Springer, deceased, of Glocester (sic)
  • John Newman, Esquire, of Glocester (sic)
  • John Maule of Salem

All of this information is helpful for the genealogical researcher.

Some land records will list even more information. Here is an example of an 1857 land sale notice that mentions the grandchildren of an individual.

article about an estate sale for Samuel Randall, Barre Gazette newspaper article 13 February 1857

Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts), 13 February 1857, page 3

This land sale mentions the following individuals:

  • Mary E. Marsh, minor child, daughter of Hiram Marsh, granddaughter of Samuel Randall
  • Ellen Marsh, minor child, daughter of Hiram Marsh, granddaughter of Samuel Randall
  • Hiram Marsh, minor child, son of Hiram Marsh, grandson of Samuel Randall
  • Hiram Marsh, probable son-in-law of Samuel Randall
  • Samuel Randall, original land purchaser
  • Artemas Bryant, guardian of minor children
  • P.W. Barr, owner of auction house in Petersham
  • Deacon Bassett, neighbor of Marsh children

Have you used land records in your family history research? What success have you had tracing your family tree with property records?

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GenealogyBank Just Added 6 Million More Genealogy Records!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, rapidly expanding our content to give you the most comprehensive newspaper archives and largest obituary collection for family history research available online. We just completed adding 6 million more U.S. genealogy records, vastly increasing our content coverage from coast to coast!

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

  • A total of 42 newspaper titles from 19 U.S. states
  • 21 of these titles are newspapers added to GenealogyBank for the first time
  • Newspaper titles marked with an asterisk (*) are new to our online archives
  • We’ve shown the newspaper issue date ranges so that you can determine if the newly added content is relevant to your personal genealogy research

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

State City Title Date Range Collection
Alabama Birmingham Birmingham Courier* 08/19/1899–09/12/1903 Newspaper Archives
Alabama Cullman Nord Alabama Colonist* 07/01/1881–07/01/1881 Newspaper Archives
Alaska Anchorage Alaska Dispatch News* 07/10/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Alaska Anchorage Alaska Dispatch* 10/15/2009–Current Recent Obituaries
California Marin Sausalito Marin Scope* 09/16/2009–Current Recent Obituaries
California Novato Novato Advance* 08/26/2009–Current Recent Obituaries
California San Francisco Corriere del Popolo 01/04/1916–07/25/1935 Newspaper Archives
California San Francisco San Francisco Chronicle 12/5/1908–9/1/1927 Newspaper Archives
California San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo Daily Telegram 4/6/1934–12/31/1937 Newspaper Archives
California San Rafael San Rafael News Pointer* 03/10/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
Connecticut Stamford Stamford Advocate 4/5/1829–12/31/1841 Newspaper Archives
Georgia Macon Macon Telegraph 5/1/1932–5/20/1934 Newspaper Archives
Georgia Marietta Marietta Journal 4/14/1871–11/15/1990 Newspaper Archives
Georgia Toccoa Toccoa Record, The* 06/24/2004–Current Recent Obituaries
Idaho Boise Idaho Statesman 8/16/1931–12/31/1933 Newspaper Archives
Iowa Perry Perry Chief* 06/06/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Iowa Story City Story City Herald* 06/11/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Kentucky Lexington Lexington Herald 10/4/1929–12/31/1930 Newspaper Archives
Louisiana New Orleans New Orleans States 6/1/1920–6/1/1920 Newspaper Archives
Mississippi Biloxi Daily Herald 1/21/1937–3/27/1937 Newspaper Archives
New Jersey Egg Harbor City Egg Harbor Pilot 06/22/1872–07/20/1872 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Arbeiter Zeitung* 11/28/1874–05/19/1878 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Cristoforo Colombo 02/04/1892–08/20/1892 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Eco D’Italia* 01/01/1890–12/31/1896 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Fiaccola* 09/05/1912–02/10/1921 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Freiheit* 12/26/1903–12/26/1903 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Fur Worker* 09/01/1917–04/01/1931 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Progresso Italo-Americano 01/09/1886–12/27/1889 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Vorwarts 01/02/1915–10/29/1921 Newspaper Archives
North Carolina Charlotte Charlotte Observer 6/1/1928–5/31/1929 Newspaper Archives
North Carolina Greensboro Greensboro Record 5/6/1908–5/6/1908 Newspaper Archives
Ohio Cleveland Sendbote* 01/05/1927–06/26/1952 Newspaper Archives
Oregon Cannon Beach Cannon Beach Gazette* 05/02/2008–Current Recent Obituaries
Oregon Hermiston Hermiston Herald, The* 02/28/2001–Current Recent Obituaries
Oregon Seaside Seaside Signal* 03/25/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
South Dakota Aberdeen Aberdeen American 11/5/1924–11/21/1924 Newspaper Archives
South Dakota Aberdeen Aberdeen Daily News 6/29/1911–1/23/2000 Newspaper Archives
South Dakota Aberdeen Aberdeen Journal 3/3/1922–3/3/1922 Newspaper Archives
South Dakota Eureka Eureka Post* 06/06/1912–06/06/1912 Newspaper Archives
Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Daily Messenger 3/31/2006–3/31/2006 Newspaper Archives
Washington Bellingham Bellingham Herald 5/2/1935–6/29/1937 Newspaper Archives
Wisconsin Milwaukee Milwaukee Herold und Seebote* 01/01/1901–01/01/1901 Newspaper Archives

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Vintage Ads & Our Ancestors’ Shopping

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog post, Mary finds vintage advertisements and articles in old newspapers and historical books to gain insights into a part of our ancestors’ lives: shopping.

Take a walk down the “past lane” of our ancestors’ shopping lives by delving into historical newspapers.

You’ll find marvelous articles and vintage advertisements to gain insight into purchases that surrounded them in their daily lives.

Vintage Advertisements

Iconic imagery, such as this 1900 advertisement, puts a face to historical eras and displays important visuals of clothing, hairstyles and accessories. They’re marvelous pieces of history—and as such, are highly sought-after collectibles.

Doesn’t this ad inspire you to slurp a Coca-Cola while dolled up in frilly plumes and pearls?

a vintage ad for Coca-Cola

Source: Wikipedia’s article “Advertising” displaying a vintage Coca-Cola advertisement

Advertisements in Historical Books

Advertisements abound across every historical newspaper, and are also located within GenealogyBank’s impressive collection of advertising ephemera. Use the Historical Books search page to search the books collection for vintage advertisements.

search page for GenealogyBank's Historical Books collection

Try entering a business name if you know where your family worked—and if you don’t, query the search engine for a type of trade. You’ll be amused at what you find.

vintage ad for the Excelsior Hat Store

Popular Shopping Items

The popular items of yesterday have certainly changed, so explore newspaper feature pages for intriguing reports. Don’t forget newspaper shipping reports. As so many goods arrived by ships, you’ll soon discover what were the interests of the day.

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Most people would assume that tea was the popular drink of the 18th Century. It was, but another beverage was highly sought after: cocoa.

Doesn’t this report confirm what chocaholics already suspect—that our forefathers and mothers loved chocolate as much as we do? I imagine the shortage of cocoa might have been alarming news for some.

article about a cocoa shortage, American Weekly Mercury newspaper article 16 March 1727

American Weekly Mercury (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 16 March 1727, page 2

Types of Genealogy Discoveries from Vintage Ads

There is much more to advertisements than you can imagine—they can provide all sorts of family history information and clues.

You might identify information about:

  • where a family worked
  • their coworkers
  • wages
  • working conditions

And who knows, you might even make a startling discovery, such as this one about my Dutch ancestor, Andrew Vos.

His classified advertisement not only confirmed that he was an early and important importer of fine art, but also named the artwork in his inventory. What a thrill to consider that many grandmaster paintings, now only seen in museums, may have passed through his hands.

Original Paintings for Sale, Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser newspaper advertisement 27 April 1805

Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 27 April 1805, page 2

This 1805 newspaper ad also identified his place of business as 107 North Front Street in Philadelphia. Last year my husband and I were able to walk to the location, not far from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia. What a thrill to walk in the footsteps of an ancestor!

So take a chance. Explore early advertisements and news reports—and don’t forget to be creative when adding keywords. Look for business names, along with specific goods and services. Almost anything that our predecessors owned was advertised for sale—even houses from the Sears Catalog.

photo of twin houses bought from the Sears Catalog

Photo: twin houses bought from the Sears Catalog. Source: Library of Congress.

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Keywords to Include

Depending upon the target timeframe, consider using these keywords in your shopping searches:

  • Antiques
  • Bookmobile
  • Bring and Buy Sale
  • Business Names
  • Catalog or Catalogue (such as Sears)
  • Factory
  • Flea Market
  • Food (you could discover the price of milk)
  • Jumble Sale
  • Marché aux Puces
  • Market or Market House
  • Mercantile
  • Provisions
  • Sale
  • Salesmen
  • Sheriff Sales (useful to discover names of neighbors)
  • Trade Days
  • Trading Post
  • Trash and Treasure
  • Trunk Sale
Sheriff's Sales, New Brunswick Fredonian newspaper advertisement 5 February 1824

New Brunswick Fredonian (New Brunswick, New Jersey), 5 February 1824, page 1

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Texas Archives: 326 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

By any measure, Texas is a large state—the second biggest state in the country in size, and the second most populous. When Texas joined the Union in 1845 as the 28th state, it came with a long, complicated history. The phrase “six flags over Texas” refers to the fact that in its long history, the flags of Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America have flown over Texas soil.

photo of the Mission San Antonio, aka the Alamo, Texas

Photo: Mission San Antonio, aka the Alamo, Texas. Credit: Cqui; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Texas, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online Texas newspaper archives: 326 titles to help you search your family history in “The Lone Star State,” providing coverage from 1813 to Today. There are more than 25 million newspaper articles and records in our online TX archives!

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

Search Texas Newspaper Archives (1813 – 1993)

Search Texas Recent Obituaries (1984 – Current)

Here is our complete list of online Texas newspapers in the archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The TX newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
Abilene Abilene Reporter-News 5/21/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Alice Alice Echo-News Journal 5/27/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Allen Allen American 3/29/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Alvarado Alvarado Post 1/5/2005 – 11/10/2010 Recent Obituaries
Amarillo Amarillo Globe-News 6/20/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Angleton Angleton Times 7/31/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Arlington Arlington Morning News 4/3/1996 – 12/31/1999 Recent Obituaries
Athens Athens Daily Review 1/26/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Atlanta Atlanta Citizens Journal 4/17/2011 – 12/7/2012 Recent Obituaries
Austin Texas State Gazette 8/6/1853 – 12/29/1860 Newspaper Archives
Austin Texas Siftings 11/4/1882 – 5/1/1886 Newspaper Archives
Austin Southern Intelligencer 8/27/1856 – 4/4/1860 Newspaper Archives
Austin Austin Republican 2/6/1868 – 12/31/1868 Newspaper Archives
Austin Austin City Gazette 10/30/1839 – 8/17/1842 Newspaper Archives
Austin Daily Texan, The: University of Texas at Austin 4/20/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Austin Austin Villager 2/18/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Austin Austin American-Statesman 1/1/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bay City Bay City Tribune 11/7/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Baytown Baytown Sun 4/2/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beaumont Beaumont Enterprise 4/1/1906 – 9/30/1911 Newspaper Archives
Beaumont Beaumont Journal 3/28/1906 – 9/27/1911 Newspaper Archives
Beaumont Beaumont Enterprise 11/27/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beeville Beeville Bee 6/12/1896 – 5/25/1900 Newspaper Archives
Bellaire Bellaire – River Oaks – West University Examiner 6/21/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bellaire Bellaire Examiner 10/31/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Big Sandy Big Sandy & Hawkins Journal 1/19/2011 – 11/19/2012 Recent Obituaries
Big Spring Big Spring Herald 7/30/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Blanco Blanco County News 9/26/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bonham Bonham Journal 9/12/2006 – 4/1/2011 Recent Obituaries
Borger Borger News-Herald 6/11/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brazoria Texas Republican 7/5/1834 – 10/17/1835 Newspaper Archives
Brazoria Constitutional Advocate and Texas Public Advertiser 9/5/1832 – 6/15/1833 Newspaper Archives
Brazoria Advocate of the People’s Rights 2/22/1834 – 3/27/1834 Newspaper Archives
Breckenridge Breckenridge American 11/5/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brownsville Heraldo de Brownsville 12/2/1935 – 2/29/1940 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Cronista del Valle 10/8/1924 – 2/28/1930 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Daily Cosmopolitan 8/19/1881 – 8/18/1885 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Puerto 1/6/1954 – 12/30/1961 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Progreso 1/4/1876 – 12/31/1876 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Daily Metropolitan 9/8/1893 – 11/30/1893 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Daily Republican 9/20/1884 – 9/26/1884 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Republican 7/5/1865 – 7/5/1866 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Mundo 3/7/1886 – 3/7/1886 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Zaragoza 12/20/1865 – 12/27/1865 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Courier de Rio Grande 11/8/1866 – 11/8/1866 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Boletin Estraordinario 12/7/1865 – 12/12/1865 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Brownsville Herald 2/4/1993 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brownwood Brownwood Bulletin 1/1/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bryan-College Station Eagle 1/16/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bryan-College Station Aggie Sports 8/24/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bryan-College Station Brazos Sports 3/24/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Burnet Burnet Bulletin 9/10/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carrollton Carrollton Leader 3/29/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carthage Panola Watchman 2/2/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Celina Celina Record 3/29/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clarksville Standard 9/3/1842 – 12/29/1882 Newspaper Archives
Cleburne Cleburne Morning Review 1/1/1911 – 5/31/1916 Newspaper Archives
Cleburne Cleburne Times-Review 12/7/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cleveland Cleveland Advocate 10/17/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cleveland Eastex Advocate 4/23/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clifton Clifton Record 9/12/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clute Brazosport Facts 8/29/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Commerce Commerce Journal 2/8/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Conroe Courier 2/23/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Coppell Coppell Gazette 3/29/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Corpus Christi Verdad 6/2/1950 – 12/13/1959 Newspaper Archives
Corpus Christi Nueces County News 5/12/1938 – 6/29/1939 Newspaper Archives
Corpus Christi Progreso 6/16/1939 – 5/1/1940 Newspaper Archives
Corpus Christi Weekly Labor Herald 11/21/1941 – 9/4/1942 Newspaper Archives
Corpus Christi Horizonte 11/5/1879 – 11/13/1880 Newspaper Archives
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Caller-Times 1/4/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Corsicana Oil City Afro-American 1/27/1900 – 1/27/1900 Newspaper Archives
Corsicana Corsicana Daily Sun 2/14/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cuero Cuero Record 10/10/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cypress Cypress Creek Mirror: Cy-Fair Edition 10/6/2011 – 6/14/2012 Recent Obituaries
Cypress Cypress Sun 12/12/2007 – 8/30/2011 Recent Obituaries
Cypress Cypress Creek Mirror: Cypress – Cy-Fair Edition 6/14/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cypress Cy-Fair Sun 3/19/2008 – 3/24/2011 Recent Obituaries
Cypress Cypress Creek Mirror: Cypress Edition 9/7/2011 – 5/31/2012 Recent Obituaries
Daingerfield Bee 3/23/2011 – 11/27/2012 Recent Obituaries
Dallas Dallas Morning News 10/1/1885 – 12/31/1984 Newspaper Archives
Dallas Dallas Weekly Herald 12/8/1855 – 12/31/1887 Newspaper Archives
Dallas Weekly Times-Herald 2/1/1890 – 11/29/1890 Newspaper Archives
Dallas Dallas Express 1/13/1900 – 1/13/1900 Newspaper Archives
Dallas Brotherhood Eyes 10/31/1936 – 10/31/1936 Newspaper Archives
Dallas Advocate: Lake Highlands Edition 3/1/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dallas Quick 11/12/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dallas Dallas Morning News, The: Blogs 5/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dallas Dallas Morning News 8/12/1984 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dayton Dayton News 10/17/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Deer Park Deer Park Broadcaster 11/8/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Del Rio Del Rio News-Herald 9/2/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Denison Denison Daily News 1/29/1874 – 6/28/1878 Newspaper Archives
Denton Denton Record-Chronicle 7/30/2004 – 5/12/2014 Recent Obituaries
Edinburg Defensor 2/7/1930 – 12/25/1931 Newspaper Archives
Edinburg Edinburg Review 2/3/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Edna Jackson County Herald-Tribune 9/12/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
El Paso Continental 12/12/1934 – 3/11/1960 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Atalaya Bautista: Semanario Evangelico Bautista 1/2/1908 – 12/21/1930 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Patria 6/18/1919 – 8/12/1923 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Republica 11/1/1919 – 5/23/1923 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Clarin del Norte 10/8/1905 – 2/9/1907 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Sunday Herald 10/28/1888 – 5/18/1889 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Evening Telegram 3/16/1896 – 4/6/1896 Newspaper Archives
El Paso El Paso Daily News 2/11/1901 – 7/3/1902 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Evening Tribune 4/3/1889 – 5/19/1896 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Monitor 1/30/1897 – 1/26/1900 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Latino Americano 1/14/1891 – 3/28/1891 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Defensor 9/24/1894 – 3/3/1895 Newspaper Archives
El Paso El Paso Evening Tribune 6/15/1893 – 6/23/1893 Newspaper Archives
El Paso El Paso del Norte 3/12/1904 – 11/18/1904 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Noticias 10/14/1899 – 1/20/1900 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Ciudanano 3/12/1892 – 5/14/1892 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Lone Star 12/24/1881 – 2/3/1883 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Los Dos Americas 3/7/1888 – 7/25/1898 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Observador Fronterizo 4/4/1886 – 10/24/1886 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Independiente 5/6/1896 – 8/7/1896 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Correo del Bravo 3/13/1913 – 5/19/1913 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Monday Morning Mercury 6/12/1893 – 7/17/1893 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Dia 2/18/1919 – 2/23/1919 Newspaper Archives
El Paso El Paso Weekly Tribune 4/22/1886 – 4/22/1886 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Echo Fronterizo 10/3/1896 – 11/14/1896 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Justica 9/5/1893 – 11/4/1893 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Renacimiento 5/28/1923 – 6/14/1923 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Azote 9/17/1922 – 4/15/1923 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Homer Union News 10/1/1919 – 10/1/1919 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Hispano Americano 8/7/1893 – 8/7/1893 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Commercial Review 4/1/1891 – 4/1/1891 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Buena Prensa : Organo del Comite de la Asociacion del Mismo Nombre 9/15/1923 – 9/15/1923 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Democracia 1/14/1906 – 1/14/1906 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Opinion Publica 5/11/1895 – 5/11/1895 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Sancho Panza 11/8/1891 – 11/28/1891 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Progresista 6/17/1901 – 6/17/1901 Newspaper Archives
El Paso El Paso Times 4/15/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ennis Ennis Journal 11/9/2004 – 11/26/2010 Recent Obituaries
Fairfield Fairfield Recorder 11/6/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flower Mound Flower Mound Leader 1/14/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flower Mound Messenger 8/25/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fort Worth Fort Worth Star-Telegram 7/2/1902 – 12/31/1922 Newspaper Archives
Fort Worth Fort Worth Morning Register 1/1/1897 – 6/30/1902 Newspaper Archives
Fort Worth Fort Worth Gazette 3/31/1891 – 6/30/1891 Newspaper Archives
Fort Worth USA Monitor 8/1/1992 – 3/1/1993 Newspaper Archives
Fort Worth Bronze Texan News 5/2/1969 – 10/16/1969 Newspaper Archives
Fort Worth Fort Worth Mind 11/13/1943 – 9/13/1947 Newspaper Archives
Fort Worth Torchlight Appeal 1/17/1890 – 2/22/1890 Newspaper Archives
Fort Worth Dallas District Crusader 12/22/1944 – 12/22/1944 Newspaper Archives
Fort Worth Fort Worth Star-Telegram 1/1/1991 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post 8/7/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Freer Duval County Press 1/11/2011 – 4/15/2011 Recent Obituaries
Friendswood Friendswood Journal 10/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Frisco Frisco Enterprise 1/14/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Gainesville Gainesville Daily Register 8/31/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Galveston Flake’s Bulletin 12/27/1865 – 3/13/1872 Newspaper Archives
Galveston Galveston Tri-Weekly News 5/31/1869 – 12/31/1873 Newspaper Archives
Galveston Galveston Weekly News 3/18/1851 – 12/27/1883 Newspaper Archives
Galveston Civilian 10/19/1838 – 12/6/1845 Newspaper Archives
Galveston Galveston Daily News 4/19/1842 – 12/27/1873 Newspaper Archives
Galveston Weekly Journal 3/19/1852 – 11/5/1852 Newspaper Archives
Galveston Galvestonian 4/3/1840 – 4/4/1840 Newspaper Archives
Galveston Free Man’s Press 10/24/1868 – 10/24/1868 Newspaper Archives
Galveston Galveston County Daily News 1/1/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Gladewater Gladewater Mirror 2/16/2011 – 10/29/2012 Recent Obituaries
Glen Rose Glen Rose Reporter 1/12/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Graham Graham Leader 11/29/2002 – 7/22/2005 Recent Obituaries
Grand Saline Grand Saline Sun 6/16/2011 – 11/29/2012 Recent Obituaries
Greenville Greenville Herald-Banner 11/16/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greenville Rockwall County Herald Banner 3/27/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Gun Barrel City Cedar Creek Pilot 2/24/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hallsville Hallsville Herald 1/18/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harlingen Valley Morning Star 2/8/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hearne Hearne Democrat 10/31/2008 – 8/25/2010 Recent Obituaries
Hearne Franklin Advocate 10/31/2008 – 8/25/2010 Recent Obituaries
Hearne Robertson County News 9/12/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hearne Calvert Tribune 11/5/2008 – 8/25/2010 Recent Obituaries
Hempstead Waller County News Citizen 1/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Henderson Southern Beacon 1/15/1859 – 7/2/1859 Newspaper Archives
Highland Park, University Park Park Cities People 8/4/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Houston Houston Chronicle 1/1/1917 – 12/31/1963 Newspaper Archives
Houston Houston Post 5/15/1888 – 10/29/1926 Newspaper Archives
Houston Houston Daily Union 1/6/1869 – 12/31/1871 Newspaper Archives
Houston Weekly Houston Telegraph 5/2/1837 – 8/21/1860 Newspaper Archives
Houston Houston Tri-Weekly Telegraph 8/28/1860 – 12/1/1865 Newspaper Archives
Houston Houston Telegraph 2/8/1864 – 10/31/1864 Newspaper Archives
Houston Gaceta Mexicana 2/15/1927 – 9/15/1928 Newspaper Archives
Houston Western Star 1/27/1900 – 1/27/1900 Newspaper Archives
Houston Independent 1/27/1900 – 1/27/1900 Newspaper Archives
Houston Klein Sun 3/19/2008 – 7/18/2011 Recent Obituaries
Houston Memorial Examiner 10/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Houston Champions Sun 3/26/2008 – 7/18/2011 Recent Obituaries
Houston Kingwood Observer 10/17/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Houston Houston Chronicle 10/30/1985 – Current Recent Obituaries
Houston Cypress Creek Mirror: Klein Edition 3/15/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Houston Cypress Creek Mirror: Champions Edition 9/15/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Houston Lake Conroe Plus 3/13/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Houston River Oaks Examiner 11/1/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Humble Humble Observer 10/31/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Humble Spring Observer 11/1/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Humble Atascocita Observer 10/17/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Humble East Montgomery County Observer 11/7/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Huntsville Huntsville Item 1/5/1856 – 3/16/1860 Newspaper Archives
Huntsville Huntsville Item 7/1/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Irving Irving Rambler 7/2/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jacksonville Jacksonville Daily Progress 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jasper Jasper Newsboy 12/28/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Katy Katy Sun 11/14/2008 – 2/17/2011 Recent Obituaries
Keller Keller Citizen 11/30/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kerrville Kerrville Daily Times 2/7/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kingsville Notas de Kingsville 4/2/1944 – 8/24/1961 Newspaper Archives
Kingsville Tex. Mex. Reflector 1/21/1921 – 4/21/1947 Newspaper Archives
Kingsville Eco 4/1/1931 – 12/1/1941 Newspaper Archives
Kingsville Accion 9/26/1931 – 11/1/1932 Newspaper Archives
Laredo Evolucion 1/1/1917 – 2/29/1920 Newspaper Archives
Laredo Laredo Times 1/2/1929 – 6/30/1929 Newspaper Archives
Laredo Cronica 1/1/1910 – 4/18/1914 Newspaper Archives
Laredo Democrata Fronterizo 12/8/1917 – 6/6/1919 Newspaper Archives
Laredo Correo de Laredo 7/16/1891 – 1/24/1893 Newspaper Archives
Laredo Alfa 10/21/1956 – 5/21/1959 Newspaper Archives
Laredo Laredo Morning Times 12/15/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lewisville Colony Courier-Leader 3/26/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lewisville Lewisville Leader 1/14/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Lexington Leader 4/9/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lindale Lindale News & Times 4/28/2011 – 11/12/2012 Recent Obituaries
Linden Cass County Sun 6/15/2011 – 12/4/2012 Recent Obituaries
Little Elm Little Elm Journal 1/14/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Llano Llano County Journal 9/10/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Longview Longview News-Journal 4/6/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lubbock Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 6/6/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lufkin Lufkin Daily News 10/14/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lumberton Hardin County News 4/19/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Magnolia Magnolia Potpourri 11/28/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mansfield Mansfield News-Mirror 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marble Falls Highlander 9/19/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marble Falls River Cities Daily Tribune 2/25/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marshall Star State Patriot 3/20/1852 – 10/23/1852 Newspaper Archives
Marshall Marshall News Messenger 8/30/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
McAllen Monitor 2/17/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
McAllen Valley Town Crier 2/23/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
McKinney McKinney Courier-Gazette 1/4/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Meridian Meridian Tribune 9/12/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mesquite Mesquite News 1/14/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mexia Mexia News 9/13/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Midland Midland Reporter-Telegram 3/10/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Midlothian Midlothian Mirror 11/9/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mineola Mineola Monitor 4/27/2011 – 11/29/2012 Recent Obituaries
Mineral Wells Mineral Wells Index 10/31/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune 1/2/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Nacogdoches Nacogdoches Chronicle 8/7/1852 – 10/17/1854 Newspaper Archives
Nacogdoches Gaceta de Texas 5/25/1813 – 5/25/1813 Newspaper Archives
Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel 8/31/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Boston Bowie County Citizens Tribune, The & DeKalb News 4/17/2011 – 11/13/2012 Recent Obituaries
New Braunfels New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Odessa Odessa American 8/16/1995 – Current Recent Obituaries
Olney Olney Enterprise 11/3/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Orange Orange Leader 10/20/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Overton Overton Press 2/24/2011 – 5/26/2011 Recent Obituaries
Palestine Trinity Advocate 4/22/1857 – 12/12/1860 Newspaper Archives
Palestine Palestine Herald-Press 5/15/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Paris Paris News 12/3/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pasadena Pasadena Citizen 10/26/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pasadena Lake Houston Sentinel 12/27/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pasadena North Channel Sentinel 11/8/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pearland Pearland Journal 10/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pittsburg Pittsburg Gazette 3/24/2011 – 11/20/2012 Recent Obituaries
Plainview Plainview Daily Herald 2/6/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plano Plano Star Courier 1/14/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Port Arthur Port Arthur News 4/30/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Quitman Wood County Democrat 6/15/2011 – 11/19/2012 Recent Obituaries
Red Oak Ellis County Chronicle 11/9/2004 – 11/16/2010 Recent Obituaries
Richardson Richardson Echo 1/10/1920 – 12/28/1966 Newspaper Archives
Richardson Richardson Digest 1/6/1965 – 12/29/1965 Newspaper Archives
Robstown Nueces County Record Star 1/12/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rowlett Rowlett Lakeshore Times 1/14/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Royse City Royse City Herald Banner 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rusk Cherokee Sentinel 5/17/1856 – 3/28/1857 Newspaper Archives
Rusk Rusk Pioneer 4/4/1849 – 11/7/1849 Newspaper Archives
San Angelo San Angelo Standard-Times 12/7/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
San Antonio Prensa 2/13/1913 – 5/28/1959 Newspaper Archives
San Antonio San Antonio Express 1/3/1867 – 5/14/1913 Newspaper Archives
San Antonio Epoca 3/3/1918 – 12/25/1927 Newspaper Archives
San Antonio Regidor 6/23/1910 – 12/29/1915 Newspaper Archives
San Antonio Imparcial de Texas 12/20/1917 – 3/31/1921 Newspaper Archives
San Antonio Ledger and Texan 6/1/1854 – 12/31/1859 Newspaper Archives
San Antonio Revista Mexicana 5/28/1916 – 1/25/1920 Newspaper Archives
San Antonio Heraldo de Mexicano 10/9/1927 – 3/30/1930 Newspaper Archives
San Antonio Bejareno 2/7/1855 – 7/28/1856 Newspaper Archives
San Antonio Pan American Labor Express 8/28/1918 – 12/4/1918 Newspaper Archives
San Antonio Freie Presse fur Texas 5/12/1915 – 5/12/1915 Newspaper Archives
San Antonio Chiltipiquin 7/13/1919 – 7/13/1919 Newspaper Archives
San Antonio Northeast Herald 3/25/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
San Antonio Conexión 5/5/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
San Antonio San Antonio Express-News 9/27/1990 – Current Recent Obituaries
San Augustine Texas Union 10/16/1847 – 4/1/1848 Newspaper Archives
San Augustine Red-Lander 10/7/1843 – 8/7/1847 Newspaper Archives
San Felipe Texas Gazette 9/25/1829 – 2/18/1832 Newspaper Archives
San Felipe Telegraph and Texas Register 10/10/1835 – 3/12/1836 Newspaper Archives
San Marcos San Marcos Daily Record 6/19/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Seguin Seguin Gazette-Enterprise 2/1/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sherman Herald Democrat 12/1/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Southlake Grapevine Courier 1/20/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Southlake Colleyville Courier 2/21/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Southlake Southlake Times 1/14/2011 – 10/18/2013 Recent Obituaries
Southlake Southlake Journal 1/18/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stephenville Stephenville Empire-Tribune 6/8/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sugar Land Rancher 12/22/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sugar Land Sugar Land Sun 1/9/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sugar Land Fort Bend Sun 1/9/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sweetwater Sweetwater Reporter 9/17/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Taft Panamericana News 9/21/1942 – 6/21/1956 Newspaper Archives
Texarkana Texarkana Gazette 1/7/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Texas City Texas City Sun 6/15/2002 – 11/6/2004 Recent Obituaries
The Woodlands Villager 10/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Tomball Tomball Potpourri 11/28/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Van Alstyne Van Alstyne Leader 12/11/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Victoria Victoria Advocate 1/20/1848 – 11/8/1851 Newspaper Archives
Victoria Victoria Advocate 1/1/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Waco Paul Quinn Weekly 1/27/1900 – 1/27/1900 Newspaper Archives
Waco Waco Tribune-Herald: Blogs 9/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Waco Waco Tribune-Herald 12/15/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Waxahachie Waxahachie Daily Light 11/9/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Weatherford Weatherford Telegram 1/7/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Weatherford Weatherford Democrat 9/10/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Webster Bay Area Citizen 10/25/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Columbia Telegraph and Texas Register 9/13/1836 – 4/11/1837 Newspaper Archives
West University Place West University Examiner 10/31/2007 – 6/21/2012 Recent Obituaries
Wichita Falls Wichita Falls Times Record News 3/24/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Yorktown Yorktown News-View 10/10/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries

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New Jersey Archives: 145 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Although New Jersey is the 4th smallest state in the Union, it is the 11th most populous—and the most densely populated state in the country. One of the 13 original United States, New Jersey was the location of several major battles during the American Revolutionary War, making our historical newspaper collection a rich genealogy resource for researching your Revolutionary roots.

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Photo: Great Falls of the Passaic River in Paterson, New Jersey. Credit: Merle9999; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from New Jersey, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online New Jersey newspaper archives: 145 titles to help you search your family history in “The Garden State,” providing coverage from 1777 to Today. There are more than 69 million newspaper articles and records in our online NJ archives!

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

Search New Jersey Newspaper Archives (1777 – 1993)

Search New Jersey Recent Obituaries (1985 – Current)

Here is our complete list of online New Jersey newspapers in the archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The NJ newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range Collection
Andover, Stanhope, Newton Township Journal 1/12/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Atlantic City Press of Atlantic City 1/1/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bayonne Bayonne Journal 4/4/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belleville Belleville Times 1/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bergenfield, Dumont, New Milford Twin-Boro News 1/7/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Berlin Record Breeze 6/17/2005 – 5/21/2009 Recent Obituaries
Bloomfield Bloomfield Life 10/22/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bloomingdale, Wanaque Suburban Trends 10/3/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brick Brick Township Bulletin 11/6/2002 – 1/21/2010 Recent Obituaries
Bridgeton Bridgeton Evening News 2/13/1879 – 1/1/1923 Newspaper Archives
Bridgeton Washington Whig 7/31/1815 – 9/13/1834 Newspaper Archives
Bridgeton News of Cumberland County 7/31/2004 – 11/3/2012 Recent Obituaries
Bridgeton News of Cumberland County, The: Web Edition Articles 4/27/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Burlington Burlington Advertiser 4/13/1790 – 12/13/1791 Newspaper Archives
Burlington Rural Visitor 7/30/1810 – 7/22/1811 Newspaper Archives
Burlington New-Jersey Gazette 12/5/1777 – 2/25/1778 Newspaper Archives
Camden Camden Democrat 1/7/1860 – 12/25/1875 Newspaper Archives
Clifton Clifton Journal 4/4/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Collingswood Retrospect 1/6/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cranford Cranford Chronicle 6/9/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cranford Cranford Chronicle, The: Web Edition Articles 10/24/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Brunswick East Brunswick Sentinel 11/4/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Edgewater Edgewater View 12/18/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Edison, Metuchen Edison-Metuchen Sentinel 10/15/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Egg Harbor City Egg Harbor Pilot 3/22/1860 – 2/20/1915 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Der Zeitgeist 4/6/1867 – 3/23/1872 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Atlantic Democrat 4/6/1861 – 7/26/1862 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Egg Harbor Beobachter 1/13/1859 – 4/28/1859 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Pilot 12/18/1858 – 3/19/1859 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Wochentliche Anzeiger 6/4/1859 – 8/6/1859 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Egg Harbor Aurora 8/18/1860 – 11/28/1860 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Beobachter Am Egg Harbor River 10/2/1858 – 12/25/1858 Newspaper Archives
Elizabethtown New-Jersey Journal 5/10/1786 – 12/29/1818 Newspaper Archives
Elizabethtown Federal Republican 1/25/1803 – 1/17/1804 Newspaper Archives
Elizabethtown Political Intelligencer 4/20/1785 – 5/3/1786 Newspaper Archives
Emerson, Hillsdale, Montvale Pascack Valley Community Life 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Englewood Northern Valley Suburbanite 1/21/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fairlawn Community News 1/7/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fairlawn Gazette 1/21/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flemington Hunterdon County Democrat: Web Edition Articles 8/7/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flemington Horse News 6/30/1994 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flemington Hunterdon County Democrat 6/17/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fort Lee Fort Lee Suburbanite 12/11/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Franklin Lakes, Oakland Franklin Lakes-Oakland Suburban News 11/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Freehold Atlanticville 11/4/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Frenchtown Delaware Valley News 2/12/2004 – 9/25/2008 Recent Obituaries
Glen Ridge Glen Ridge Voice 10/12/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Glen Rock Glen Rock Gazette 11/5/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hackensack Record 1/2/1985 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hackensack Hackensack Chronicle 4/23/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Haddonfield Haddon Herald 12/27/2000 – 12/11/2008 Recent Obituaries
Hoboken Hudson Reporter Publications 1/3/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Howell, Jackson, Lakewood, Plumstead Tri-Town News 11/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jersey City Jersey Journal 5/2/1867 – 6/30/1962 Newspaper Archives
Jersey City Jersey City News 1/2/1902 – 3/31/1902 Newspaper Archives
Jersey City Jersey Journal, The: Web Edition Articles 7/31/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jersey City City Journal 6/3/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jersey City Waterfront Journal 7/24/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kearny Kearny Journal 6/19/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kinnelon Argus 12/16/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lafayette, Oak Ridge, Ogdensburg, Stockholm, Sussex, Wantage, Vernon Advertiser-News 6/9/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Leonia Leonia Life 1/22/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Little Falls, Totowa Passaic Valley Today 10/8/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mahwah Mahwah Suburban News 3/10/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Manalapan News Transcript 3/10/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Maple Shade Maple Shade Progress 8/18/2006 – 6/5/2009 Recent Obituaries
May’s Landing Atlantic Journal 10/13/1859 – 10/24/1862 Newspaper Archives
Medford Central Record 3/22/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Middletown, Hazlet Independent 1/5/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Midland Park Midland Park Suburban News 6/24/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Millburn, Short Hills Item of Millburn and Short Hills 4/15/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Millstone, Englishtown, Allentown Examiner 1/31/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Montclair Montclair Times 4/1/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Moorestown Newsweekly 11/14/2003 – 1/22/2009 Recent Obituaries
Morristown Palladium of Liberty 5/5/1808 – 12/26/1822 Newspaper Archives
Morristown Genius of Liberty 5/24/1798 – 3/5/1811 Newspaper Archives
Mount Pleasant Jersey Chronicle 5/2/1795 – 4/30/1796 Newspaper Archives
New Brunswick Jewish Journal 9/5/1956 – 8/27/1971 Newspaper Archives
New Brunswick New Brunswick Fredonian 4/24/1811 – 12/30/1829 Newspaper Archives
New Brunswick Political Intelligencer 10/14/1783 – 4/5/1785 Newspaper Archives
New Egypt New Egypt Press 10/18/2001 – 1/22/2009 Recent Obituaries
Newark Newark Star-Ledger 1/1/1964 – 12/31/1984 Newspaper Archives
Newark Newark Daily Advertiser 3/28/1832 – 12/29/1866 Newspaper Archives
Newark New Jersey Deutsche Zeitung 4/12/1880 – 6/30/1898 Newspaper Archives
Newark Centinel Of Freedom 10/5/1796 – 9/19/1876 Newspaper Archives
Newark Jewish Chronicle 10/14/1921 – 1/8/1943 Newspaper Archives
Newark New-Jersey Telescope 11/4/1808 – 11/7/1809 Newspaper Archives
Newark Star-Ledger 2/13/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newark Star-Ledger, The: Web Edition Articles 7/10/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newton AIM Sussex County 11/6/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Brunswick, South Brunswick North-South Brunswick Sentinel 1/3/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Nutley Nutley Sun 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Old Bridge Suburban 11/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Parsippany Parsippany Life 10/14/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pemberton Community News 1/30/2004 – 3/5/2009 Recent Obituaries
Pennington Pennington Post 1/15/2003 – 6/11/2009 Recent Obituaries
Rahway East-Jersey Republican 5/22/1816 – 7/3/1816 Newspaper Archives
Ramsey Ramsey Suburban News 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Red Bank Hub 11/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ridgewood Town News 1/7/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ridgewood Suburban News – A Publication of The Ridgewood News 1/14/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ridgewood Town Journal 1/7/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ridgewood Ridgewood News 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rockaway AIM Jefferson 12/18/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rutherford South Bergenite 10/8/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Salem Salem Messenger and Public Advertiser 11/17/1819 – 4/25/1832 Newspaper Archives
Salem Today’s Sunbeam 7/29/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Salem Today’s Sunbeam: Web Edition Articles 1/21/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Secaucus Secaucus Journal 5/20/2004 – 2/4/2010 Recent Obituaries
Secaucus Jersey Journal 1/16/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Secaucus Hudson Dispatch 4/15/2010 – 10/20/2011 Recent Obituaries
Sewell News Report 8/26/2004 – 1/22/2009 Recent Obituaries
Somerville Messenger-Gazette, The: Web Edition Articles 1/24/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Somerville Chronicle 6/11/2005 – 3/3/2007 Recent Obituaries
Somerville Messenger-Gazette 6/9/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sparta Sparta Independent 5/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Summit, Berkeley Heights, New Providence Independent Press 8/2/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Summit, Berkeley Heights, New Providence Independent Press: Web Edition Articles 10/23/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Teaneck Teaneck Suburbanite 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Trenton Trenton Evening Times 1/7/1883 – 3/15/1993 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Trenton State Gazette 1/12/1847 – 12/31/1898 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Trenton Federalist 12/2/1800 – 12/27/1824 Newspaper Archives
Trenton True American 3/10/1801 – 9/21/1818 Newspaper Archives
Trenton New-Jersey Gazette 3/4/1778 – 11/27/1786 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Sentinel 6/26/1880 – 11/13/1882 Newspaper Archives
Trenton New Jersey State Gazette 9/19/1792 – 12/31/1799 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Emporium and true american 6/16/1827 – 12/13/1828 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Miscellany 6/10/1805 – 12/2/1805 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Times of Trenton, The: Web Edition Articles 1/15/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Trenton Trentonian 4/12/2000 – 2/20/2012 Recent Obituaries
Trenton Times 3/21/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Verona, Cedar Grove Verona-Cedar Grove Times 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warren Warren Reporter 6/28/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wayne Wayne Today 10/14/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Milford AIM West Milford 10/9/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Milford West Milford Messenger 1/7/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westfield Westfield Record-Press 6/10/2005 – 9/26/2008 Recent Obituaries
Williamstown Plain Dealer 11/1/2002 – 1/22/2009 Recent Obituaries
Willingboro, Burlington Burlington County Times 12/16/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woodbridge Woodbridge Sentinel 11/5/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woodbury Woodbury Daily Times 2/3/1897 – 12/30/1922 Newspaper Archives
Woodbury Gloucester County Times 12/24/2004 – 11/5/2012 Recent Obituaries
Woodbury Gloucester County Times, The: Web Edition Articles 3/12/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woodbury South Jersey Times 11/9/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woodland Park Herald News 7/30/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries

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Tax Lists in Newspapers for Genealogy

Most genealogists use newspaper birth notices, marriage announcements, and obituaries in their family history research—but there are many other good sources of family information in newspapers, such as tax lists.

For example, the town of Tamworth, New Hampshire, took out this ad in the Sun (Dover, New Hampshire), an area newspaper, in 1816. It was an advertisement to publish their local real estate tax list as a public notice that taxes were due, who the taxpayers were and how much each person owed. In addition to all that, this list describes the property owned and the buildings thereon.

tax list, Sun newspaper article 10 February 1816

Sun (Dover, New Hampshire), 10 February 1816, page 3

Click here to see the original newspaper article: http://bit.ly/1lDvFzx

This is a great find for family historians.

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For example: we see that John Ames owned “73 acres of land adjoining land of James Stephenson, and others.”

That is good—now we know the name of one of his neighbors. This is a helpful clue that could come in handy, since it is very true that young men and women did marry the girl/boy next door.

The property description continues, stating that Ames had “1 dwelling-house 21 ft. by 26 [feet], and 1 barn.”

Amazing—now we can really start to visualize life there in Tamworth.

The dimensions of each home are given, and we are told if each family had a barn or other out buildings on their property.

  • John Ames’ home was 21’ x 26’ and he had a barn, all on 73 acres of land.
  • Andrew Brier had 30 acres of land, a 15’ x 16’ home and a barn.
  • Isaac Medar had 100 acres of land, a 30’ x 40’ home and a barn.

You can quickly get a sense that they lived a rural life there in Tamworth. They lived on large parcels of land. We know how big the homes were. We can see whether or not they had a barn or other buildings on the property. Notice too that both men and women are listed as land owners.

Every landowner in the town is listed.

The list of property owners is so long it is printed on pages 3 and 4.

Bottom Line: These published tax lists are an extra census of the town, with the bonus that it describes each home, other buildings and acreage owned.

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Massachusetts Newspaper Archives: 385 Titles for Genealogy Research

Although the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the 7th smallest state in the Union, it is the 14th most populous—the highest population of the six New England states. Ever since the Pilgrims founded Plymouth Colony in 1620, Massachusetts has played a large role in American political, economic and cultural life—with an especially important and leading role during the American Revolution.

photo of a Cape Cod sunset, Massachusetts

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

If you are researching your ancestry from Massachusetts, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online Massachusetts newspaper archives: 385 titles to help you search your family history in “The Bay State,” providing coverage from 1690 to Today. There are more than 205 million newspaper articles and records in our online MA archives!

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

Search Massachusetts Newspaper Archives (1690 – 1992)

Search Massachusetts Recent Obituaries (1988 – Current)

Here is our complete list of online Massachusetts newspapers in the archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The MA newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range Collection
Acton Beacon 10/13/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Amesbury Amesbury News 11/11/2005 – 4/11/2013 Recent Obituaries
Andover Andover Townsman 4/4/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Arlington Arlington Advocate 8/25/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ashburnham Community Journal 5/11/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ashland Ashland TAB 12/17/2008 – 5/24/2013 Recent Obituaries
Attleboro Sun Chronicle 11/14/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Auburn Auburn Daily Voice 4/28/2010 – 2/7/2013 Recent Obituaries
Ayer Public Spirit 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Barnstable Barnstable Patriot 10/7/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Barre Barre Gazette 6/5/1835 – 8/29/1862 Newspaper Archives
Barre Barre Patriot 7/26/1844 – 11/30/1855 Newspaper Archives
Barre Farmers Gazette 6/13/1834 – 5/15/1835 Newspaper Archives
Barre Wachusett Star 11/23/1847 – 6/20/1848 Newspaper Archives
Bedford Bedford Minuteman 9/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bellingham Country Gazette 9/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belmont Belmont Citizen-Herald 8/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beverly Saturday Morning Citizen 10/13/1858 – 2/24/1893 Newspaper Archives
Beverly Beverly Citizen 4/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beverly Salem News 5/31/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Billerica Billerica Minuteman 9/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bolton Bolton Common 12/23/2005 – 4/11/2013 Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Herald 5/1/1848 – 4/30/1992 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Record American 12/2/1951 – 12/31/1972 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Traveler 7/5/1825 – 7/8/1967 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Daily Record 12/1/1951 – 9/30/1961 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston American 12/1/1951 – 9/30/1961 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Journal 1/1/1866 – 10/6/1917 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Daily Advertiser 3/3/1813 – 12/31/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening Transcript 1/1/1842 – 12/31/1866 Newspaper Archives
Boston Columbian Centinel 6/16/1790 – 12/31/1825 Newspaper Archives
Boston Repertory 1/25/1804 – 7/29/1826 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Commercial Gazette 10/9/1800 – 1/23/1840 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Palladium 3/11/1803 – 12/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Chronicle 9/19/1776 – 5/29/1817 Newspaper Archives
Boston Daily Atlas 11/8/1832 – 4/11/1857 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Patriot and Daily Chronicle 6/2/1817 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Recorder 1/3/1816 – 5/3/1872 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Gazette 12/21/1719 – 9/17/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Chronicle and Boston Patriot 6/4/1817 – 12/31/1825 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Courier 6/13/1805 – 10/27/1864 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston News-Letter 4/24/1704 – 2/29/1776 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Mercury 1/1/1793 – 3/8/1803 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Patriot 3/3/1809 – 5/31/1817 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Traveller 11/14/1846 – 8/19/1876 Newspaper Archives
Boston Liberator 1/1/1831 – 4/16/1898 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening-Post 8/18/1735 – 4/24/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Messenger 10/25/1811 – 5/26/1831 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Post-Boy 4/21/1735 – 4/10/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Post 1/10/1840 – 10/16/1876 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Intelligencer 8/17/1816 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Democrat 1/4/1804 – 6/2/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Emancipator and Republican 2/17/1842 – 12/26/1850 Newspaper Archives
Boston Yankee 1/3/1812 – 1/20/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Centinel 3/24/1784 – 6/12/1790 Newspaper Archives
Boston Russell’s Gazette 6/7/1798 – 10/6/1800 Newspaper Archives
Boston Saturday Morning Transcript 11/19/1831 – 12/28/1839 Newspaper Archives
Boston Continental Journal 5/30/1776 – 6/21/1787 Newspaper Archives
Boston Saturday Evening Gazette 9/20/1856 – 12/30/1865 Newspaper Archives
Boston Constitutional Telegraph 10/2/1799 – 5/22/1802 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Weekly Journal 3/20/1727 – 10/13/1741 Newspaper Archives
Boston Federal Orrery 10/20/1794 – 10/31/1796 Newspaper Archives
Boston Trumpet and Universalist Magazine 7/5/1828 – 6/28/1834 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Ledger 6/15/1778 – 10/16/1786 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Spy 7/17/1770 – 4/6/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston Herald of Freedom 9/15/1788 – 7/19/1791 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Price-Current 9/7/1795 – 5/31/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Herald 1/19/1784 – 6/30/1788 Newspaper Archives
Boston Polar-Star 10/6/1796 – 2/2/1797 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Gazette 11/28/1785 – 11/11/1788 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Galaxy 10/10/1817 – 12/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Argus 7/22/1791 – 6/28/1793 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Apollo 10/5/1792 – 12/25/1794 Newspaper Archives
Boston Republican Gazetteer 5/26/1802 – 3/30/1803 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Chronicle 10/22/1767 – 6/21/1770 Newspaper Archives
Boston Gazetteer 4/2/1803 – 12/31/1803 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Report 5/1/1819 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Rehearsal 9/27/1731 – 8/11/1735 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening Post 10/20/1781 – 1/10/1784 Newspaper Archives
Boston Christian Watchman 5/29/1819 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Mirror 10/22/1808 – 7/21/1810 Newspaper Archives
Boston Federal Gazette 1/1/1798 – 3/26/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Courant 8/7/1721 – 6/25/1726 Newspaper Archives
Boston Courier 7/1/1795 – 12/30/1795 Newspaper Archives
Boston Pilot 9/25/1812 – 1/15/1813 Newspaper Archives
Boston Daily Advertiser 6/5/1809 – 7/31/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Columbian Detector 11/7/1808 – 5/19/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Universalist Magazine 7/3/1819 – 1/12/1828 Newspaper Archives
Boston Times 7/28/1794 – 10/15/1808 Newspaper Archives
Boston Idiot 12/20/1817 – 1/2/1819 Newspaper Archives
Boston Kaleidoscope 12/5/1818 – 11/13/1819 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Chronicle 4/25/1776 – 9/12/1776 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Spectator 1/1/1814 – 2/25/1815 Newspaper Archives
Boston Agricultural 1/14/1820 – 7/7/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Ladies’ Port Folio 1/1/1820 – 7/8/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Fredonian 2/20/1810 – 5/15/1810 Newspaper Archives
Boston Scourge 8/10/1811 – 12/28/1811 Newspaper Archives
Boston Courier de Boston 4/23/1789 – 10/15/1789 Newspaper Archives
Boston Satirist 1/16/1812 – 5/9/1812 Newspaper Archives
Boston Saturday Evening Herald 7/24/1790 – 12/13/1790 Newspaper Archives
Boston Censor 11/23/1771 – 5/2/1772 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Courant 1/6/1900 – 1/6/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Advance 2/17/1900 – 2/17/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Cultivator 4/7/1866 – 4/7/1866 Newspaper Archives
Boston Publick Occurrences 9/25/1690 – 9/25/1690 Newspaper Archives
Boston Huntington News 9/24/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Metro – Boston 12/7/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Bay Windows 12/10/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Herald: Blogs 10/28/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston South End News 6/7/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Herald 1/1/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bourne Bourne Courier 3/30/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bourne Upper Cape Codder 1/5/2006 – 6/14/2007 Recent Obituaries
Braintree Braintree Forum 8/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bridgewater Bridgewater Independent 6/6/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brockton Enterprise 7/14/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brookfield Political Repository 8/14/1798 – 5/4/1802 Newspaper Archives
Brookfield Moral and Political Telegraphe 5/6/1795 – 8/17/1796 Newspaper Archives
Brookfield Worcester Intelligencer 10/7/1794 – 4/28/1795 Newspaper Archives
Brookline Brookline TAB 9/8/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Burlington Burlington Union 10/6/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cambridge New England Chronicle, or Essex Gazette 5/2/1775 – 3/28/1776 Newspaper Archives
Canton Canton Journal 9/9/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cape Ann Cape Ann Beacon 9/28/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carver Carver Reporter 11/14/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Charlestown Franklin Monitor 1/2/1819 – 6/3/1820 Newspaper Archives
Charlestown American Recorder 12/9/1785 – 5/25/1787 Newspaper Archives
Charlestown Bunker-Hill Sentinel 6/24/1820 – 7/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Chatham Cape Cod Chronicle 1/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chelmsford Chelmsford Independent 8/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicopee Herald 3/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clinton Times & Courier 9/1/2005 – 3/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Cohasset Cohasset Mariner 1/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Concord Concord Journal 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Concord, Hanscom AFB Hansconian 2/17/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Danvers Danvers Herald 11/17/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dedham Norfolk Democrat 2/9/1839 – 9/15/1854 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Village Register 6/9/1820 – 10/29/1829 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Norfolk Advertiser 7/13/1832 – 2/2/1839 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Dedham Gazette 8/20/1813 – 6/25/1819 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Columbian Minerva 1/3/1799 – 9/4/1804 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Norfolk Repository 5/14/1805 – 12/28/1809 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Minerva 10/11/1796 – 12/27/1798 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Dedham Transcript 8/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dorchester Dorchester Reporter 1/9/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dover Dover-Sherborn Press 4/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dracut Valley Dispatch 10/22/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Duxbury Duxbury Reporter 11/17/2008 – 12/20/2013 Recent Obituaries
Duxbury Duxbury Clipper 1/19/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Bridgewater East Bridgewater Star 9/5/2007 – 4/28/2009 Recent Obituaries
East Bridgewater Wicked Local: East Bridgewater 8/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Longmeadow Reminder 3/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Longmeadow Metro West Reminder 3/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Easton Easton Journal 1/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fall River Herald News 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fall River O Jornal 2/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Falmouth Falmouth Bulletin 5/3/2010 – 11/11/2011 Recent Obituaries
Falmouth Cape Cod Times 12/8/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise 9/14/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Framingham MetroWest Daily News 9/6/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Framingham Westwood Press 8/25/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Framingham Framingham TAB 6/16/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Georgetown Georgetown Record 5/11/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Gloucester Gloucester Telegraph 1/1/1827 – 12/31/1851 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Cape Ann Light and Gloucester Telegraph 1/7/1843 – 8/2/1873 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Cape Ann Advertiser 12/5/1857 – 12/28/1877 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Gloucester Democrat 8/19/1834 – 2/16/1838 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Gloucester Daily Times 8/13/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Grafton Grafton Daily Voice 6/25/2009 – 3/4/2013 Recent Obituaries
Greenfield Greenfield Gazette 8/2/1792 – 2/5/1811 Newspaper Archives
Greenfield Franklin Herald 1/7/1812 – 12/30/1817 Newspaper Archives
Greenfield Traveller 2/12/1811 – 12/31/1811 Newspaper Archives
Groton Groton Landmark 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Halifax Halifax-Plympton Reporter 12/10/2008 – 12/20/2013 Recent Obituaries
Hamilton Hamilton Wenham Chronicle 10/20/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hanover Hanover Mariner 1/4/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hanson Hanson Town Crier 10/4/2006 – 4/28/2009 Recent Obituaries
Hanson Whitman-Hanson Express 10/1/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hanson Wicked Local: Hanson 8/26/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harvard Harvard Hillside 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harvard Harvard Post 1/5/2006 – 2/15/2013 Recent Obituaries
Harwich Harwich Oracle 1/4/2006 – 12/18/2013 Recent Obituaries
Haverhill Haverhill Gazette 2/1/1823 – 12/25/1841 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Bulletin 7/11/1871 – 11/14/1894 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Merrimack Intelligencer 7/2/1808 – 2/8/1817 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Essex Patriot 5/10/1817 – 1/25/1823 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Museum 12/11/1804 – 11/22/1806 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Observer 12/5/1800 – 11/27/1804 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Gazette 4/12/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hingham Hingham Journal 3/9/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holbrook Holbrook Sun 1/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holden Landmark 4/26/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holden Holden Daily Voice 4/28/2010 – 1/8/2013 Recent Obituaries
Holliston Holliston TAB 10/6/2005 – 2/15/2013 Recent Obituaries
Hopkinton Hopkinton Crier 7/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hopkinton Hopkinton Independent 5/16/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hudson Hudson Sun 7/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ipswich Ipswich Chronicle 9/1/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jamaica Plain Jamaica Plain Gazette 10/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jamaica Plain Mission Hill Gazette 1/16/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kingston Kingston Reporter 5/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lakeville Lakeville Call 11/19/2008 – 1/12/2011 Recent Obituaries
Lawrence Eagle-Tribune 5/27/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Leicester Leicester Daily Voice 4/28/2010 – 1/18/2013 Recent Obituaries
Lenox Berkshire Journal 9/3/1829 – 8/25/1831 Newspaper Archives
Lenox Berkshire Star and County Republican 1/10/1828 – 12/25/1828 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Telescope 1/2/1800 – 10/14/1802 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Rural Repository 10/22/1795 – 4/13/1797 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Weekly Messenger 2/6/1806 – 12/18/1806 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Leominster Champion 2/17/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Lexington Minuteman 9/8/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Winchester Star 8/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lincoln Lincoln Journal 6/1/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Littleton Littleton Independent 10/13/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lowell Lowell Daily Citizen and News 4/28/1856 – 12/23/1896 Newspaper Archives
Lowell Lowell Mercury 11/14/1829 – 12/27/1833 Newspaper Archives
Lowell Lowell Patriot 1/2/1835 – 6/29/1837 Newspaper Archives
Lowell Sun 10/2/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lynn Daily Item 9/23/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lynnfield North Shore Sunday 1/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Malden Malden Observer 6/9/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mansfield Mansfield News 1/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marblehead Marblehead Reporter 8/4/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marion Sentinel 7/26/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marlborough Marlborough Enterprise 12/8/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marshfield Abington Mariner-Rockland Standard 9/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marshfield Marshfield Mariner 8/31/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Maynard Beacon Villager 10/13/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Medfield Medfield Press 11/10/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Medford Medford Transcript 8/10/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Melrose Melrose Free Press 8/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Milford Milford Daily News 9/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Millbury Millbury Daily Voice 12/15/2009 – 3/4/2013 Recent Obituaries
Millbury Millbury-Sutton Chronicle 5/3/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Nantucket Nantucket Inquirer 9/20/1821 – 12/31/1849 Newspaper Archives
Nantucket Nantucket Gazette 5/6/1816 – 3/8/1817 Newspaper Archives
Nantucket Nantucket Independent 3/30/2005 – 7/21/2010 Recent Obituaries
Natick Natick Bulletin & TAB 6/2/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Wellesley Townsman 4/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Watertown TAB & Press 9/16/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham West Roxbury Transcript 7/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Needham Times 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Allston-Brighton TAB 11/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Bedford New-Bedford Mercury 8/7/1807 – 3/16/1877 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Whaleman’s Shipping List and Merchants’ Transcript 3/17/1843 – 9/13/1864 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New Bedford Register 1/22/1840 – 1/6/1846 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Columbian Courier 12/8/1798 – 3/1/1805 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Medley 11/27/1792 – 10/18/1799 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New Bedford Gazette 9/5/1831 – 1/25/1838 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New-Bedford Courier 6/12/1827 – 5/28/1833 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Old Colony Gazette 10/21/1808 – 10/11/1811 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New-Bedford Gazette 10/18/1811 – 7/17/1812 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Morning Mercury 12/4/1895 – 1/2/1919 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Christian Philanthropist 5/14/1822 – 5/13/1823 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Newburyport Herald 10/31/1797 – 3/19/1847 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Impartial Herald 5/18/1793 – 10/27/1797 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Essex Journal 12/4/1773 – 4/2/1794 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Political Gazette 4/30/1795 – 10/27/1797 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport New-England Repertory 7/6/1803 – 1/21/1804 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Political Calendar 3/26/1804 – 6/17/1805 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Statesman 8/15/1808 – 3/9/1809 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Merrimack Gazette 3/21/1803 – 2/18/1804 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Newburyport Gazette 4/7/1807 – 9/18/1807 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Morning Star 4/8/1794 – 12/3/1794 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Merrimack Magazine 8/17/1805 – 8/9/1806 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Independent Whig 4/5/1810 – 5/2/1811 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport American Intelligencer 6/4/1801 – 7/30/1801 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Daily News of Newburyport 5/24/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newburyport Newburyport Current 1/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newton Newton TAB 9/28/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Adams Advocate 6/9/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Adams North Adams Transcript 8/8/2000 – 1/18/2014 Recent Obituaries
North Andover North Andover Citizen 4/14/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Andover Valley Patriot 4/1/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Attleborough North Attleborough Free Press 1/16/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Northampton Hampshire Gazette 9/20/1786 – 12/26/1843 Newspaper Archives
Northampton Republican Spy 6/14/1803 – 11/16/1808 Newspaper Archives
Northampton Hive 8/23/1803 – 1/22/1805 Newspaper Archives
Northampton Anti-Monarchist 12/14/1808 – 11/28/1810 Newspaper Archives
Northborough Northborough Daily Voice 10/28/2010 – 1/7/2013 Recent Obituaries
Northborough, Southborough Villager 12/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Northbridge Northbridge Daily Voice 8/11/2009 – 3/2/2013 Recent Obituaries
Norton Norton Mirror 8/11/2006 – 12/20/2013 Recent Obituaries
Norwell Norwell Mariner 4/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Norwood Norwood Transcript & Bulletin 5/3/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Orleans Cape Codder 9/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pembroke Pembroke Express 3/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pembroke Pembroke Mariner and Express 1/4/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pepperell Pepperell Free Press 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pittsfield Sun 9/16/1800 – 12/31/1873 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire County Whig 3/11/1841 – 2/22/1849 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Reporter 1/3/1807 – 11/16/1815 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Chronicle 5/8/1788 – 9/30/1790 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Gazette 1/18/1798 – 2/11/1800 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Eagle 1/10/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Plymouth Journal 3/19/1785 – 6/13/1786 Newspaper Archives
Plymouth Old Colony Sentinel 12/8/1866 – 12/8/1866 Newspaper Archives
Plymouth Old Colony Memorial 11/11/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Wareham Courier 11/4/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Plymouth Bulletin 12/7/2005 – 4/28/2009 Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Wicked Local: Plymouth 5/12/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Provincetown Provincetown Banner 6/15/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Quincy Patriot Ledger 1/1/1916 – 12/29/1922 Newspaper Archives
Quincy Patriot Ledger 1/7/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Randolph Randolph Herald 5/9/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Raynham Raynham Call 4/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Reading Reading Advocate 12/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Roslindale Roslindale Transcript 8/17/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Salem Salem Gazette 10/18/1781 – 12/29/1849 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Register 1/4/1802 – 1/22/1891 Newspaper Archives
Salem Essex Register 7/23/1807 – 12/31/1827 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Observer 12/20/1823 – 1/10/1874 Newspaper Archives
Salem Essex Gazette 8/2/1768 – 5/2/1775 Newspaper Archives
Salem Impartial Register 5/12/1800 – 12/31/1801 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Mercury 10/14/1786 – 12/29/1789 Newspaper Archives
Salem Friend 1/3/1807 – 7/18/1807 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Chronicle 3/30/1786 – 8/3/1786 Newspaper Archives
Salem American Gazette 6/18/1776 – 7/30/1776 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Gazette 9/23/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sandwich Sandwich Broadsider 10/13/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Saugus Saugus Advertiser 9/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Scituate Scituate Mariner 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sharon Sharon Advocate 10/7/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Shirley Shirley Oracle 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Daily Voice 2/8/2010 – 2/15/2013 Recent Obituaries
Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Chronicle 9/15/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Somerville Somerville Journal 8/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Somerville Somerville Times 7/7/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Somerville Cambridge Chronicle 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Springfield Springfield Union 1/4/1864 – 1/29/1989 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Springfield Republican 3/27/1844 – 9/26/1946 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Springfield Union-News 9/24/1976 – 1/31/1989 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Springfield Daily News 1/2/1911 – 7/5/1969 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampden Federalist 1/4/1816 – 3/5/1823 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampshire Federalist 1/7/1806 – 7/23/1812 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Federal Spy 12/19/1792 – 12/31/1805 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampden Patriot 12/31/1818 – 12/25/1822 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampden Whig 2/24/1830 – 12/20/1837 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampshire Chronicle 3/12/1787 – 9/6/1796 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampden Journal and Advertiser 3/12/1823 – 11/26/1828 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Massachusetts Gazette 5/14/1782 – 7/20/1784 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Hampshire Herald 7/27/1784 – 9/26/1786 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Springfield Reminder 3/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Springfield Republican 6/16/1988 – Current Recent Obituaries
Springfield Republican, The: Web Edition Articles 11/16/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stockbridge Western Star 12/1/1789 – 11/8/1806 Newspaper Archives
Stockbridge Berkshire Star 11/30/1815 – 1/3/1828 Newspaper Archives
Stockbridge Political Atlas 2/14/1807 – 7/22/1808 Newspaper Archives
Stoneham Stoneham Sun 11/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stoughton Stoughton Sentinel 12/5/1863 – 12/23/1876 Newspaper Archives
Stoughton Avon Messenger 5/23/2007 – 1/9/2009 Recent Obituaries
Stoughton Stoughton Journal 9/30/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stoughton Wicked Local: Avon 12/1/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sudbury Sudbury Town Crier 9/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Swampscott Swampscott Reporter 2/16/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Taunton Taunton Daily Gazette 10/8/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Taunton Taunton Call 4/18/2007 – 7/3/2009 Recent Obituaries
Tewksbury Tewksbury Advocate 7/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Topsfield Tri-Town Transcript 6/2/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Townsend Townsend Times 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Vineyard Grove Seaside Gazette 7/20/1872 – 8/30/1875 Newspaper Archives
Wakefield Wakefield Observer 9/1/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Walpole Walpole Times 7/17/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Waltham Waltham News Tribune 8/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wayland Wayland Town Crier 5/11/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Bridgewater West Bridgewater Times 2/27/2008 – 4/21/2009 Recent Obituaries
West Bridgewater Wicked Local: West Bridgewater 8/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Springfield American Intelligencer 9/29/1795 – 11/28/1797 Newspaper Archives
Westborough Westborough News 10/28/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westborough Westborough Daily Voice 4/28/2010 – 2/25/2013 Recent Obituaries
Westfield Westfield News 12/13/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westford Westford Eagle 9/15/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Weston Weston Town Crier 12/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Weymouth Weymouth News 11/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Whitman Whitman Times 5/2/2007 – 4/28/2009 Recent Obituaries
Whitman Wicked Local: Whitman 8/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wilmington Wilmington Advocate 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woburn Woburn Advocate 8/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Worcester Worcester Daily Spy 1/1/1878 – 4/30/1904 Newspaper Archives
Worcester Massachusetts Spy 5/3/1775 – 12/29/1876 Newspaper Archives
Worcester National Aegis 12/2/1801 – 12/30/1876 Newspaper Archives
Worcester Independent Gazetteer 11/27/1799 – 12/29/1801 Newspaper Archives
Worcester American Herald 8/21/1788 – 10/8/1789 Newspaper Archives
Worcester Worcester Telegram & Gazette 1/16/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
Yarmouthport Register 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries

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