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.

CityTitleYears of CoverageIssues AvailableCollection
Abingdon, Avon, St. AugustineArgus-Sentinel04/14/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AddisonAddison Suburban Life02/15/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AledoTimes Record03/05/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AlgonquinAlgonquin Countryside01/09/1997 – 11/15/2006Recent Obituaries
AlgonquinAlgonquin Countryside with News of Lake in the Hills11/23/2006 – 11/20/2008Recent Obituaries
AltonTelegraph01/01/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AltonWestern Pioneer and Baptist Standard-Bearer04/07/1837 – 04/07/18371Newspaper Archives
AntiochAntioch Review05/21/1998 – 04/14/2011Recent Obituaries
Arlington HeightsArlington Heights Journal01/12/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Arlington HeightsArlington Heights Post01/09/1997 – 03/10/2011Recent Obituaries
Arlington HeightsDaily Herald03/07/1995 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AugustaEagle-Scribe04/14/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AuroraBeacon News01/01/1997 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AuroraBeacon News, The: Web Edition Articles03/28/2012 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BarringtonBarrington Courier-Review02/22/1996 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BartlettBartlett Examiner08/10/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BartlettBartlett Press02/15/2007 – 09/27/2013Recent Obituaries
BataviaBatavia Republican02/15/2007 – 09/29/2014Recent Obituaries
BataviaSun, The: Batavia09/04/2002 – 05/05/2010Recent Obituaries
BellevilleBelleville Journal10/20/2004 – 08/28/2005Recent Obituaries
BellevilleBelleville News-Democrat08/02/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BellevilleBelleville News-Democrat: Blogs05/22/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BellevilleSt. Clair County Journal11/24/2004 – 08/31/2011Recent Obituaries
BellevilleBelleville News Democrat01/02/1901 – 12/31/19308992Newspaper Archives
BellevilleBelleviller Post und Zeitung01/11/1899 – 01/11/18991Newspaper Archives
BensenvilleBensenville Press03/14/2007 – 09/27/2013Recent Obituaries
BentonBenton Evening News02/18/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BerkeleyBerkeley Suburban Life04/14/2007 – 09/27/2013Recent Obituaries
BerwynBerwyn Suburban Life01/22/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BloomingdaleBloomingdale Press01/22/2008 – 09/27/2013Recent Obituaries
BloomingtonPantagraph10/01/1989 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BloomingtonOther Side04/14/1868 – 04/14/18681Newspaper Archives
BolingbrookReporter02/23/2007 – 09/27/2013Recent Obituaries
BolingbrookSun, The: Bolingbrook09/06/2002 – 03/19/2010Recent Obituaries
BraidwoodBraidwood Journal02/01/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BroadviewBroadview Suburban Life03/06/2007 – 09/27/2013Recent Obituaries
BrookfieldBrookfield Suburban Life02/23/2007 – 09/27/2013Recent Obituaries
Brookfield, RiversideRiverside & Brookfield Suburban Life10/02/2013 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Buffalo GroveBuffalo Grove Countryside01/02/1997 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Buffalo GroveBuffalo Grove Journal12/30/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Burr RidgeBurr Ridge Suburban Life02/20/2007 – 09/27/2013Recent Obituaries
Burr Ridge, Darien, WillowbrookDoings04/28/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CambridgeCambridge Chronicle01/01/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Campton HillsCampton Hills Examiner02/01/2012 – 07/10/2013Recent Obituaries
CantonDaily Ledger10/05/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CantonCanton Weekly Register01/05/1853 – 01/05/18531Newspaper Archives
CarbondaleSouthern Illinoisan06/10/1993 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CarmiCarmi Times10/22/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Carol StreamCarol Stream Examiner04/06/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Carol StreamCarol Stream Suburban Life01/22/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CarthageHancock County Journal-Pilot06/21/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Cary GroveCary Grove Countryside08/27/1998 – 03/10/2011Recent Obituaries
CentraliaCentralia Sentinel05/28/1863 – 05/23/1867200Newspaper Archives
ChampaignIlliniHQ03/25/1998 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Champaign, UrbanaNews-Gazette06/02/1997 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Champaign, UrbanaNews-Gazette, The: Web Edition Articles02/10/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CharlestonTimes-Courier04/13/2004 – 09/24/2011Recent Obituaries
CharlestonCharleston Plaindealer05/12/1864 – 07/22/18695Newspaper Archives
ChesterRandolph County Herald Tribune04/30/2009 – 10/27/2011Recent Obituaries
ChesterChester Tribune08/12/1874 – 08/12/18741Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Citizen11/05/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ChicagoChicago Crusader11/26/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ChicagoChicago Defender04/09/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ChicagoChicago Journal09/30/2009 – 07/28/2012Recent Obituaries
ChicagoChicago Sun-Times01/01/1986 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ChicagoChicago Sun-Times: Blogs02/20/2008 – 10/15/2014Recent Obituaries
ChicagoChicago Sun-Times: Web Edition Articles03/26/2012 – 12/16/2014Recent Obituaries
ChicagoChicago Tribune01/01/1985 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ChicagoChicago Tribune RedEye Edition10/30/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ChicagoDaily Southtown09/01/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ChicagoDaily Southtown: Archive07/31/2004 – 11/17/2007Recent Obituaries
ChicagoExtra03/25/2011 – 06/05/2015Recent Obituaries
ChicagoGapers Block07/29/2003 – 11/13/2015Recent Obituaries
ChicagoHyde Park Herald01/06/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ChicagoSkyline12/08/2005 – 12/06/2007Recent Obituaries
ChicagoBags and Baggage08/01/1937 – 04/01/194338Newspaper Archives
ChicagoBlack X-Press06/30/1973 – 06/30/19731Newspaper Archives
ChicagoBroad Ax06/29/1899 – 09/10/19271409Newspaper Archives
ChicagoBulletin09/11/1968 – 12/03/196963Newspaper Archives
ChicagoCentral South Sider07/06/1929 – 07/06/19291Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Courier06/01/1869 – 06/01/18691Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Courier10/22/1932 – 10/22/19321Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Courier04/13/1974 – 11/15/19754Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Courier, Mercantile, Real Estate and Railway Advertiser06/09/1855 – 06/09/18551Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Daily Herald08/16/1873 – 12/23/187387Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Daily Herald01/21/1860 – 07/30/1860146Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Daily Record09/12/1867 – 09/12/18671Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Daily Times01/16/1855 – 05/02/185628Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Democrat10/28/1835 – 12/20/18378Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Evening Journal10/10/1871 – 10/13/18714Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Herald01/01/1890 – 12/31/1891724Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Journal of Commerce07/20/1871 – 12/28/18763Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Ledger10/09/1871 – 10/09/18711Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Ledger01/06/1877 – 12/29/187752Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Market Review08/22/1855 – 12/02/18592Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Metro News01/20/1973 – 10/06/1990826Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Post10/09/1871 – 06/30/1873486Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Railway Review01/13/1869 – 10/28/18764Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago Times11/02/1854 – 07/03/188858Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago World01/27/1900 – 01/27/19001Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicago World10/29/1925 – 06/15/19356Newspaper Archives
ChicagoChicagoer Freie Presse02/06/1872 – 07/02/18962Newspaper Archives
ChicagoCommercial Advertiser and Railroad Journal02/11/1864 – 02/11/18641Newspaper Archives
ChicagoCommercial Express06/11/1857 – 05/25/18699Newspaper Archives
ChicagoCongregational Herald06/04/1853 – 03/19/185759Newspaper Archives
ChicagoConservator11/18/1882 – 12/18/18863Newspaper Archives
ChicagoD. A. Burgerzeitung12/30/1921 – 12/30/19211Newspaper Archives
ChicagoDaily Circular03/19/1863 – 06/13/18674Newspaper Archives
ChicagoDaily Commercial Bulletin09/02/1873 – 09/02/18731Newspaper Archives
ChicagoDaily Inter Ocean06/09/1865 – 12/31/18967762Newspaper Archives
ChicagoDrovers’ Journal06/02/1876 – 06/02/18761Newspaper Archives
ChicagoField Piece06/21/1848 – 06/21/18481Newspaper Archives
ChicagoHard Cider Press08/22/1840 – 09/05/18402Newspaper Archives
ChicagoHyde Park Herald04/29/1882 – 06/23/20104192Newspaper Archives
ChicagoIllinois Sentinel11/20/1937 – 11/20/19371Newspaper Archives
ChicagoIllinois Staats-Zeitung04/21/1898 – 04/21/18981Newspaper Archives
ChicagoInter Ocean06/05/1879 – 04/21/189172Newspaper Archives
ChicagoInterior01/04/1872 – 03/16/1876106Newspaper Archives
ChicagoKatholisches Wochenblatt12/14/1870 – 12/30/1874137Newspaper Archives
ChicagoLatin Times02/01/1958 – 05/02/1975867Newspaper Archives
ChicagoLiberator09/03/1905 – 04/15/190624Newspaper Archives
ChicagoLucifer, the Light-Bearer05/08/1896 – 03/04/1903346Newspaper Archives
ChicagoMetropolitan Post09/10/1938 – 06/03/193918Newspaper Archives
ChicagoNational Illustrated Weekly09/02/1876 – 09/02/18761Newspaper Archives
ChicagoNew Covenant03/18/1854 – 03/18/1871362Newspaper Archives
ChicagoNoticia Mundial08/07/1927 – 02/12/192824Newspaper Archives
ChicagoOlivet Baptist Church Herald11/29/1936 – 11/29/19361Newspaper Archives
ChicagoPomeroy’s Democrat01/01/1876 – 02/15/1879160Newspaper Archives
ChicagoRail Splitter07/28/1860 – 10/13/18602Newspaper Archives
ChicagoReminder01/02/1938 – 01/02/19381Newspaper Archives
ChicagoSecond Ward News12/14/1935 – 04/02/193812Newspaper Archives
ChicagoSol de Chicago03/21/1960 – 03/21/19601Newspaper Archives
ChicagoSpokesman01/07/1933 – 03/18/193310Newspaper Archives
ChicagoStandard12/19/1867 – 07/04/1876238Newspaper Archives
ChicagoSunday Times10/10/1869 – 12/31/1876196Newspaper Archives
ChicagoVida Latina02/21/1952 – 07/21/196366Newspaper Archives
ChicagoVorbote02/28/1874 – 12/23/1876135Newspaper Archives
ChicagoWeekly Book Bulletin06/20/1874 – 06/20/18741Newspaper Archives
ChicagoWestern Postal Record10/01/1872 – 06/01/18762Newspaper Archives
ChicagoNews-Star06/04/2014 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ChicagoChristian Freeman12/22/1869 – 12/29/18692Newspaper Archives
ChicagoSkyline12/17/2014 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ChicagoChicago Daily News07/01/1879 – 03/27/19016412Newspaper Archives
ChillicotheChillicothe Times-Bulletin11/03/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CiceroCicero Life02/13/2007 – 09/27/2013Recent Obituaries
Clarendon HillsClarendon Hills Suburban Life03/13/2007 – 09/27/2013Recent Obituaries
Clarendon HillsDoings04/28/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Coal CityCoal City Courant02/01/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CollinsvilleCollinsville Herald10/20/2004 – 05/08/2013Recent Obituaries
ColumbiaClarion Journal10/20/2004 – 08/31/2011Recent Obituaries
Cook CountyBooster12/03/2007 – 01/09/2008Recent Obituaries
Cook CountyInside-Booster01/07/2015 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Crystal LakeNorthwest Herald01/01/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DanvilleCommercial-News11/06/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DarienDarien Suburban Life01/22/2008 – 09/27/2013Recent Obituaries
DecaturHerald & Review03/19/1990 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DeerfieldDeerfield Review01/09/1997 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DeKalbDaily Chronicle08/16/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Des PlainesDes Plaines Journal12/28/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Des PlainesDes Plaines Times12/12/1996 – 12/24/2008Recent Obituaries
Des PlainesEdgebrook Times Review01/16/1997 – 01/24/2008Recent Obituaries
Des PlainesMount Prospect Journal01/12/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Des PlainesRosemont Journal12/31/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DixonSauk Valley Newspapers10/09/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DixonDixon Sun01/08/1873 – 12/27/1876202Newspaper Archives
DixonFremonter08/22/1856 – 09/12/18564Newspaper Archives
Downers GroveDowners Grove Suburban Life01/22/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Downers GroveSun, The: Downers Grove09/05/2002 – 02/04/2010Recent Obituaries
Du QuoinDu Quoin Evening Call10/05/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DupoCahokia-Dupo Journal10/20/2004 – 08/31/2005Recent Obituaries
East DubuqueEast Dubuque Register01/24/2003 – 07/01/2011Recent Obituaries
East MolineCommon Bond12/12/1974 – 11/16/197825Newspaper Archives
East Saint LouisPeople’s Gazette07/15/1871 – 05/10/187344Newspaper Archives
East St. LouisEast St. Louis Journal10/20/2004 – 08/17/2005Recent Obituaries
EdgewaterNews-Star11/16/2005 – 01/09/2008Recent Obituaries
EdwardsvilleEdwardsville Intelligencer07/04/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
EdwardsvilleEdwardsville Journal10/20/2004 – 10/08/2008Recent Obituaries
EdwardsvilleEdwardsville Spectator05/29/1819 – 10/20/1826322Newspaper Archives
EffinghamEffingham Daily News09/19/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ElburnElburn Herald10/09/2008 – 03/03/2016Recent Obituaries
ElginCourier News07/04/1998 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ElginCourier News: Web Edition Articles03/27/2012 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ElginWestern Christian04/17/1845 – 06/21/18482Newspaper Archives
ElizabethtownHardin Gazette08/14/1874 – 08/14/18741Newspaper Archives
Elk GroveElk Grove Times03/19/1998 – 01/15/2009Recent Obituaries
Elk Grove VillageElk Grove Journal01/12/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ElmhurstDoings04/28/2005 – 04/14/2011Recent Obituaries
ElmhurstElmhurst Suburban Life01/22/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Elmwood ParkElm Leaves01/01/1997 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
EurekaWoodford County Journal09/01/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
EvanstonDaily Northwestern09/23/1910 – 08/01/201614112Newspaper Archives
EvanstonEvanston Now03/10/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
EvanstonEvanston Review01/09/1997 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
EvanstonNorthwestern01/28/1881 – 05/20/19101209Newspaper Archives
EvanstonTripod01/01/1871 – 12/17/1880109Newspaper Archives
EvanstonVidette01/15/1878 – 12/09/188051Newspaper Archives
Farmer CityFarmer City Herald08/08/1874 – 08/08/18741Newspaper Archives
FloraClay County Advocate-Press08/05/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Forest ViewForest View Life02/20/2007 – 09/27/2013Recent Obituaries
Franklin ParkFranklin Park Herald-Journal01/01/1997 – 11/08/2006Recent Obituaries

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