Alabama Archives: 81 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Originally part of the Mississippi Territory, Alabama became the nation’s 22nd state on 14 December 1819. It is the 30th largest state in the country, and the 23rd most populous.

photo of the State Capitol Building, Montgomery, Alabama
Photo: State Capitol Building, Montgomery, Alabama. Credit: the Carol M. Highsmith Archive collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

If you are researching your ancestry from Alabama, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online AL newspaper archives: 81 titles to help you search your family history in “The Yellowhammer State,” providing coverage from 1813 to Today. There are more than 21 million articles and records in our online Alabama newspaper archives!


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

Search Alabama Newspaper Archives (1813 – 2003)

Search Alabama Recent Obituaries (1992 – Current)

illustration: state flag of Alabama
Illustration: state flag of Alabama. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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

City Title Date Range* Collection
AlabasterAlabaster Reporter08/10/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AlbertvilleSand Mountain Reporter03/22/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Alexander CityAlexander City Outlook01/12/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AndalusiaAndalusia Star-News07/02/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AnnistonAnniston Star10/01/1998 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AnnistonJacksonville News08/27/1998 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AthensNews-Courier02/01/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AtmoreAtmore Advance11/09/1999 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BirminghamAge-Herald07/01/1894 – 03/31/1901Newspaper Archives
BirminghamBirmingham News: Web Edition Articles08/22/2012 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BirminghamBirmingham News04/27/1993 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BirminghamLabor Advocate06/29/1895 – 12/20/1902Newspaper Archives
BirminghamWide-Awake01/24/1900 – 01/24/1900Newspaper Archives
BirminghamBirmingham Courier08/19/1899 – 09/12/1903Newspaper Archives
BirminghamBirmingham Times07/15/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BlakeleyBlakeley Sun12/12/1818 – 06/02/1819Newspaper Archives
BrewtonBrewton Standard10/08/2014 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CahawbaCahawba Press and Alabama Intelligencer07/10/1819 – 05/14/1825Newspaper Archives
CahawbaAlabama Watchman08/08/1820 – 12/15/1820Newspaper Archives
ClaiborneAlabama Courier03/19/1819 – 10/15/1819Newspaper Archives
ClantonClanton Advertiser06/24/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ColumbianaShelby County Reporter03/27/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CullmanCullman Times12/27/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CullmanNord Alabama Colonist07/01/1881 – 07/01/1881Newspaper Archives
DadevilleDadeville Record09/08/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DecaturDecatur Daily08/01/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DemopolisDemopolis Times04/10/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DothanDothan Eagle08/16/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
EclecticEclectic Observer04/04/2013 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
EnterpriseEnterprise Ledger03/26/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
EufaulaEufaula Tribune02/08/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Fort DepositLowndes Signal03/06/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Fort PayneTimes-Journal09/13/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GardendaleNorth Jefferson News06/27/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GreenvilleGreenville Advocate01/05/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Grove HillGrove Hill Herald03/06/1850 – 12/06/1854Newspaper Archives
Grove HillSouthern Recorder02/24/1847 – 11/07/1849Newspaper Archives
HartselleHartselle Enquirer10/03/2014 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HeflinCleburne News02/14/1999 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HuntsvilleDemocrat10/03/1833 – 10/03/1833Newspaper Archives
HuntsvilleAlabama Republican04/18/1818 – 08/05/1819Newspaper Archives
HuntsvilleHuntsville Star01/26/1900 – 01/26/1900Newspaper Archives
HuntsvilleHuntsville Gazette06/18/1881 – 12/29/1894Newspaper Archives
HuntsvilleHuntsville Times, The: Web Edition Articles09/30/2012 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HuntsvilleMadison Gazette10/19/1813 – 04/18/1815Newspaper Archives
HuntsvilleHuntsville Gazette12/21/1816 – 12/21/1816Newspaper Archives
HuntsvilleHuntsville Times01/02/1992 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
JasperDaily Mountain Eagle01/22/1998 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LanettValley Times-News03/18/1999 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LeedsLeeds News02/04/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LuverneLuverne Journal06/03/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MadisonMadison County Record04/30/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MobilePress-Register11/01/1992 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MobileMobile Register10/22/1833 – 02/19/2003Newspaper Archives
MobileMobile Evening Telegraph11/03/1864 – 11/03/1864Newspaper Archives
MobileAlabama Staats-Zeitung01/10/1900 – 02/08/1917Newspaper Archives
MobileMobile Mercantile Advertiser10/07/1833 – 10/07/1833Newspaper Archives
MobileMobile Gazette and Commercial Advertiser01/05/1820 – 12/29/1820Newspaper Archives
MobilePress-Register: Web Edition Articles10/01/2012 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MontgomeryMontgomery Enterprise01/26/1900 – 01/26/1900Newspaper Archives
MontgomeryMontgomery Advertiser05/11/1901 – 12/31/1922Newspaper Archives
MontgomeryDaily Confederation05/01/1858 – 07/17/1860Newspaper Archives
MontgomeryDaily Alabama Journal04/14/1849 – 12/31/1853Newspaper Archives
OpelikaOpelika-Auburn News01/30/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PelhamPelham Reporter07/15/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Pell CitySt. Clair Times07/26/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Pell CitySt. Clair News Aegis07/09/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PiedmontPiedmont Journal02/11/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RainsvilleWeekly Post03/15/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RussellvilleFranklin County Times10/06/2014 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ScottsboroDaily Sentinel09/28/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SelmaDaily Chattanooga Rebel11/21/1864 – 04/27/1865Newspaper Archives
SelmaSelma Times-Journal10/02/2014 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
St. StephensHalcyon06/02/1818 – 11/27/1820Newspaper Archives
TalladegaDaily Home01/20/1999 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
TallasseeTallassee Tribune02/27/2013 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
TroyMessenger08/01/1999 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
TuscaloosaTuscaloosa Chronicle10/20/1827 – 10/27/1827Newspaper Archives
TuscaloosaAlabama Intelligencer and State Rights Expositor03/02/1833 – 12/05/1835Newspaper Archives
TuscumbiaNorth Alabamian11/17/1865 – 12/07/1866Newspaper Archives
WetumpkaWetumpka Herald10/06/2014 – CurrentRecent Obituaries

*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.

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