Illinois Archives: 466 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from Illinois, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online IL newspaper archives: 466 titles to help you search your family history in the “Land of Lincoln,” providing coverage from 1818 to Today. There are millions of articles and records in our online Illinois newspaper archives!

Photo: the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers at Cairo, Illinois
Photo: the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers at Cairo, Illinois. Credit: Nick Jordan; Wikimedia Commons.

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

Search Illinois Newspaper Archives (1818 – 2016)

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Illustration: Illinois state flag
Illustration: Illinois state flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a partial list of Illinois newspapers in the online archives; click here to see the complete list. 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 IL newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Years of Coverage Issues Available Collection
Abingdon, Avon, St. Augustine Argus-Sentinel 04/14/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Addison Addison Suburban Life 02/15/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Aledo Times Record 03/05/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Algonquin Algonquin Countryside 01/09/1997 – 11/15/2006 Recent Obituaries
Algonquin Algonquin Countryside with News of Lake in the Hills 11/23/2006 – 11/20/2008 Recent Obituaries
Alton Telegraph 01/01/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Alton Western Pioneer and Baptist Standard-Bearer 04/07/1837 – 04/07/1837 1 Newspaper Archives
Antioch Antioch Review 05/21/1998 – 04/14/2011 Recent Obituaries
Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Journal 01/12/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Arlington Heights Arlington Heights Post 01/09/1997 – 03/10/2011 Recent Obituaries
Arlington Heights Daily Herald 03/07/1995 – Current Recent Obituaries
Augusta Eagle-Scribe 04/14/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Aurora Beacon News 01/01/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Aurora Beacon News, The: Web Edition Articles 03/28/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Barrington Barrington Courier-Review 02/22/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bartlett Bartlett Examiner 08/10/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bartlett Bartlett Press 02/15/2007 – 09/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Batavia Batavia Republican 02/15/2007 – 09/29/2014 Recent Obituaries
Batavia Sun, The: Batavia 09/04/2002 – 05/05/2010 Recent Obituaries
Belleville Belleville Journal 10/20/2004 – 08/28/2005 Recent Obituaries
Belleville Belleville News-Democrat 08/02/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belleville Belleville News-Democrat: Blogs 05/22/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belleville St. Clair County Journal 11/24/2004 – 08/31/2011 Recent Obituaries
Belleville Belleville News Democrat 01/02/1901 – 12/31/1930 8992 Newspaper Archives
Belleville Belleviller Post und Zeitung 01/11/1899 – 01/11/1899 1 Newspaper Archives
Bensenville Bensenville Press 03/14/2007 – 09/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Benton Benton Evening News 02/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Berkeley Berkeley Suburban Life 04/14/2007 – 09/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Berwyn Berwyn Suburban Life 01/22/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bloomingdale Bloomingdale Press 01/22/2008 – 09/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Bloomington Pantagraph 10/01/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bloomington Other Side 04/14/1868 – 04/14/1868 1 Newspaper Archives
Bolingbrook Reporter 02/23/2007 – 09/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Bolingbrook Sun, The: Bolingbrook 09/06/2002 – 03/19/2010 Recent Obituaries
Braidwood Braidwood Journal 02/01/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Broadview Broadview Suburban Life 03/06/2007 – 09/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Brookfield Brookfield Suburban Life 02/23/2007 – 09/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Brookfield, Riverside Riverside & Brookfield Suburban Life 10/02/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Buffalo Grove Buffalo Grove Countryside 01/02/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Buffalo Grove Buffalo Grove Journal 12/30/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Burr Ridge Burr Ridge Suburban Life 02/20/2007 – 09/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Burr Ridge, Darien, Willowbrook Doings 04/28/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cambridge Cambridge Chronicle 01/01/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Campton Hills Campton Hills Examiner 02/01/2012 – 07/10/2013 Recent Obituaries
Canton Daily Ledger 10/05/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Canton Canton Weekly Register 01/05/1853 – 01/05/1853 1 Newspaper Archives
Carbondale Southern Illinoisan 06/10/1993 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carmi Carmi Times 10/22/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carol Stream Carol Stream Examiner 04/06/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carol Stream Carol Stream Suburban Life 01/22/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carthage Hancock County Journal-Pilot 06/21/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cary Grove Cary Grove Countryside 08/27/1998 – 03/10/2011 Recent Obituaries
Centralia Centralia Sentinel 05/28/1863 – 05/23/1867 200 Newspaper Archives
Champaign IlliniHQ 03/25/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Champaign, Urbana News-Gazette 06/02/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Champaign, Urbana News-Gazette, The: Web Edition Articles 02/10/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Charleston Times-Courier 04/13/2004 – 09/24/2011 Recent Obituaries
Charleston Charleston Plaindealer 05/12/1864 – 07/22/1869 5 Newspaper Archives
Chester Randolph County Herald Tribune 04/30/2009 – 10/27/2011 Recent Obituaries
Chester Chester Tribune 08/12/1874 – 08/12/1874 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Citizen 11/05/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicago Chicago Crusader 11/26/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicago Chicago Defender 04/09/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicago Chicago Journal 09/30/2009 – 07/28/2012 Recent Obituaries
Chicago Chicago Sun-Times 01/01/1986 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicago Chicago Sun-Times: Blogs 02/20/2008 – 10/15/2014 Recent Obituaries
Chicago Chicago Sun-Times: Web Edition Articles 03/26/2012 – 12/16/2014 Recent Obituaries
Chicago Chicago Tribune 01/01/1985 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicago Chicago Tribune RedEye Edition 10/30/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicago Daily Southtown 09/01/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicago Daily Southtown: Archive 07/31/2004 – 11/17/2007 Recent Obituaries
Chicago Extra 03/25/2011 – 06/05/2015 Recent Obituaries
Chicago Gapers Block 07/29/2003 – 11/13/2015 Recent Obituaries
Chicago Hyde Park Herald 01/06/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicago Skyline 12/08/2005 – 12/06/2007 Recent Obituaries
Chicago Bags and Baggage 08/01/1937 – 04/01/1943 38 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Black X-Press 06/30/1973 – 06/30/1973 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Broad Ax 06/29/1899 – 09/10/1927 1409 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Bulletin 09/11/1968 – 12/03/1969 63 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Central South Sider 07/06/1929 – 07/06/1929 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Courier 06/01/1869 – 06/01/1869 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Courier 10/22/1932 – 10/22/1932 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Courier 04/13/1974 – 11/15/1975 4 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Courier, Mercantile, Real Estate and Railway Advertiser 06/09/1855 – 06/09/1855 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Daily Herald 08/16/1873 – 12/23/1873 87 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Daily Herald 01/21/1860 – 07/30/1860 146 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Daily Record 09/12/1867 – 09/12/1867 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Daily Times 01/16/1855 – 05/02/1856 28 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Democrat 10/28/1835 – 12/20/1837 8 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Evening Journal 10/10/1871 – 10/13/1871 4 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Herald 01/01/1890 – 12/31/1891 724 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Journal of Commerce 07/20/1871 – 12/28/1876 3 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Ledger 10/09/1871 – 10/09/1871 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Ledger 01/06/1877 – 12/29/1877 52 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Market Review 08/22/1855 – 12/02/1859 2 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Metro News 01/20/1973 – 10/06/1990 826 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Post 10/09/1871 – 06/30/1873 486 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Railway Review 01/13/1869 – 10/28/1876 4 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago Times 11/02/1854 – 07/03/1888 58 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago World 01/27/1900 – 01/27/1900 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicago World 10/29/1925 – 06/15/1935 6 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Chicagoer Freie Presse 02/06/1872 – 07/02/1896 2 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Commercial Advertiser and Railroad Journal 02/11/1864 – 02/11/1864 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Commercial Express 06/11/1857 – 05/25/1869 9 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Congregational Herald 06/04/1853 – 03/19/1857 59 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Conservator 11/18/1882 – 12/18/1886 3 Newspaper Archives
Chicago D. A. Burgerzeitung 12/30/1921 – 12/30/1921 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Daily Circular 03/19/1863 – 06/13/1867 4 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Daily Commercial Bulletin 09/02/1873 – 09/02/1873 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Daily Inter Ocean 06/09/1865 – 12/31/1896 7762 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Drovers’ Journal 06/02/1876 – 06/02/1876 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Field Piece 06/21/1848 – 06/21/1848 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Hard Cider Press 08/22/1840 – 09/05/1840 2 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Hyde Park Herald 04/29/1882 – 06/23/2010 4192 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Illinois Sentinel 11/20/1937 – 11/20/1937 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Illinois Staats-Zeitung 04/21/1898 – 04/21/1898 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Inter Ocean 06/05/1879 – 04/21/1891 72 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Interior 01/04/1872 – 03/16/1876 106 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Katholisches Wochenblatt 12/14/1870 – 12/30/1874 137 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Latin Times 02/01/1958 – 05/02/1975 867 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Liberator 09/03/1905 – 04/15/1906 24 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Lucifer, the Light-Bearer 05/08/1896 – 03/04/1903 346 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Metropolitan Post 09/10/1938 – 06/03/1939 18 Newspaper Archives
Chicago National Illustrated Weekly 09/02/1876 – 09/02/1876 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago New Covenant 03/18/1854 – 03/18/1871 362 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Noticia Mundial 08/07/1927 – 02/12/1928 24 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Olivet Baptist Church Herald 11/29/1936 – 11/29/1936 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Pomeroy’s Democrat 01/01/1876 – 02/15/1879 160 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Rail Splitter 07/28/1860 – 10/13/1860 2 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Reminder 01/02/1938 – 01/02/1938 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Second Ward News 12/14/1935 – 04/02/1938 12 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Sol de Chicago 03/21/1960 – 03/21/1960 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Spokesman 01/07/1933 – 03/18/1933 10 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Standard 12/19/1867 – 07/04/1876 238 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Sunday Times 10/10/1869 – 12/31/1876 196 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Vida Latina 02/21/1952 – 07/21/1963 66 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Vorbote 02/28/1874 – 12/23/1876 135 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Weekly Book Bulletin 06/20/1874 – 06/20/1874 1 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Western Postal Record 10/01/1872 – 06/01/1876 2 Newspaper Archives
Chicago News-Star 06/04/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicago Christian Freeman 12/22/1869 – 12/29/1869 2 Newspaper Archives
Chicago Skyline 12/17/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicago Chicago Daily News 07/01/1879 – 03/27/1901 6412 Newspaper Archives
Chillicothe Chillicothe Times-Bulletin 11/03/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cicero Cicero Life 02/13/2007 – 09/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Clarendon Hills Clarendon Hills Suburban Life 03/13/2007 – 09/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Clarendon Hills Doings 04/28/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Coal City Coal City Courant 02/01/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Collinsville Collinsville Herald 10/20/2004 – 05/08/2013 Recent Obituaries
Columbia Clarion Journal 10/20/2004 – 08/31/2011 Recent Obituaries
Cook County Booster 12/03/2007 – 01/09/2008 Recent Obituaries
Cook County Inside-Booster 01/07/2015 – Current Recent Obituaries
Crystal Lake Northwest Herald 01/01/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Danville Commercial-News 11/06/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Darien Darien Suburban Life 01/22/2008 – 09/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Decatur Herald & Review 03/19/1990 – Current Recent Obituaries
Deerfield Deerfield Review 01/09/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
DeKalb Daily Chronicle 08/16/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Des Plaines Des Plaines Journal 12/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Des Plaines Des Plaines Times 12/12/1996 – 12/24/2008 Recent Obituaries
Des Plaines Edgebrook Times Review 01/16/1997 – 01/24/2008 Recent Obituaries
Des Plaines Mount Prospect Journal 01/12/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Des Plaines Rosemont Journal 12/31/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dixon Sauk Valley Newspapers 10/09/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dixon Dixon Sun 01/08/1873 – 12/27/1876 202 Newspaper Archives
Dixon Fremonter 08/22/1856 – 09/12/1856 4 Newspaper Archives
Downers Grove Downers Grove Suburban Life 01/22/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Downers Grove Sun, The: Downers Grove 09/05/2002 – 02/04/2010 Recent Obituaries
Du Quoin Du Quoin Evening Call 10/05/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dupo Cahokia-Dupo Journal 10/20/2004 – 08/31/2005 Recent Obituaries
East Dubuque East Dubuque Register 01/24/2003 – 07/01/2011 Recent Obituaries
East Moline Common Bond 12/12/1974 – 11/16/1978 25 Newspaper Archives
East Saint Louis People’s Gazette 07/15/1871 – 05/10/1873 44 Newspaper Archives
East St. Louis East St. Louis Journal 10/20/2004 – 08/17/2005 Recent Obituaries
Edgewater News-Star 11/16/2005 – 01/09/2008 Recent Obituaries
Edwardsville Edwardsville Intelligencer 07/04/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Edwardsville Edwardsville Journal 10/20/2004 – 10/08/2008 Recent Obituaries
Edwardsville Edwardsville Spectator 05/29/1819 – 10/20/1826 322 Newspaper Archives
Effingham Effingham Daily News 09/19/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Elburn Elburn Herald 10/09/2008 – 03/03/2016 Recent Obituaries
Elgin Courier News 07/04/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Elgin Courier News: Web Edition Articles 03/27/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Elgin Western Christian 04/17/1845 – 06/21/1848 2 Newspaper Archives
Elizabethtown Hardin Gazette 08/14/1874 – 08/14/1874 1 Newspaper Archives
Elk Grove Elk Grove Times 03/19/1998 – 01/15/2009 Recent Obituaries
Elk Grove Village Elk Grove Journal 01/12/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Elmhurst Doings 04/28/2005 – 04/14/2011 Recent Obituaries
Elmhurst Elmhurst Suburban Life 01/22/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Elmwood Park Elm Leaves 01/01/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Eureka Woodford County Journal 09/01/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Evanston Daily Northwestern 09/23/1910 – 08/01/2016 14112 Newspaper Archives
Evanston Evanston Now 03/10/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Evanston Evanston Review 01/09/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Evanston Northwestern 01/28/1881 – 05/20/1910 1209 Newspaper Archives
Evanston Tripod 01/01/1871 – 12/17/1880 109 Newspaper Archives
Evanston Vidette 01/15/1878 – 12/09/1880 51 Newspaper Archives
Farmer City Farmer City Herald 08/08/1874 – 08/08/1874 1 Newspaper Archives
Flora Clay County Advocate-Press 08/05/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Forest View Forest View Life 02/20/2007 – 09/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Franklin Park Franklin Park Herald-Journal 01/01/1997 – 11/08/2006 Recent Obituaries

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