Kentucky Archives: 102 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Kentucky became the young nation’s 15th state when it joined the Union on 1 June 1792. Famous for its horse farms, horse racing, and bourbon distilleries, Kentucky is the 37th largest state in the country and the 26th most populous.

photo of a horse farm in bluegrass country, south of Paris, Kentucky
Photo: horse farm in bluegrass country, south of Paris, Kentucky. Credit: Peter Fitzgerald; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Kentucky, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online KY newspaper archives: 102 titles to help you search your family history in the “Bluegrass State,” providing coverage from 1794 to Today. There are more than 43.5 million articles and records in our online Kentucky newspaper archives!

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

Search Kentucky Newspaper Archives (1794 – 1984)

Search Kentucky Recent Obituaries (1984 – Current)

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

Here is a list of online Kentucky 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 KY newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

CityTitle Date Range * Collection
AshlandDaily Independent05/12/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BarbourvilleMountain Advocate09/13/2012 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BardstownKentucky Standard09/29/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BardstownWestern American09/06/1803 – 12/21/1804Newspaper Archives
BardstownBardstown Repository06/29/1814 – 10/30/1816Newspaper Archives
BardstownCandid Review07/14/1807 – 08/27/1810Newspaper Archives
BedfordTrimble Banner09/29/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Bowling GreenDaily News07/02/1999 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CampbellsvilleCentral Kentucky News-Journal10/03/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CarrolltonCarrollton News-Democrat07/14/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ColumbiaAdair Progress04/27/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CorbinNews Journal01/04/2012 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CorbinTimes-Tribune05/15/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CovingtonKentucky Post04/02/1990 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CovingtonKentucky Post07/01/1895 – 04/17/1920Newspaper Archives
CynthianaCynthiana Democrat10/08/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DanvilleAdvocate-Messenger08/01/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DanvilleMirror09/03/1804 – 10/24/1804Newspaper Archives
DanvillePeople’s Friend01/30/1819 – 01/30/1819Newspaper Archives
ElizabethtownNews-Enterprise04/30/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FrankfortFrankfort Argus02/03/1808 – 11/12/1834Newspaper Archives
FrankfortGuardian of Freedom06/19/1798 – 05/26/1804Newspaper Archives
FrankfortKentucky Journal12/05/1795 – 12/05/1795Newspaper Archives
FrankfortPalladium12/25/1798 – 09/06/1816Newspaper Archives
FrankfortWestern World07/07/1806 – 06/08/1810Newspaper Archives
FrankfortCommentator07/10/1818 – 02/15/1831Newspaper Archives
FranklinFranklin Favorite02/23/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GeorgetownGeorgetown News-Graphic09/08/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GeorgetownTelegraph09/25/1811 – 12/22/1813Newspaper Archives
GlasgowGlasgow Daily Times02/09/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Grayson, Olive HillJournal-Times07/05/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HarlanHarlan Daily Enterprise11/17/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HarrodsburgKentucky People03/18/1870 – 08/25/1871Newspaper Archives
HazardHazard Herald06/28/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HendersonGleaner04/14/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HodgenvilleLarue County Herald News11/26/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LaGrangeOldham Era10/17/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LancasterPolitical Theatre11/18/1808 – 07/26/1809Newspaper Archives
LawrenceburgAnderson News01/02/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LebanonLebanon Enterprise11/20/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LeitchfieldGrayson County News Gazette10/17/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LeitchfieldRecord08/20/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LexingtonKentucky Gazette03/15/1794 – 12/28/1837Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Herald03/20/1904 – 12/31/1982Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Standard01/27/1900 – 01/27/1900Newspaper Archives
LexingtonMorning Herald01/01/1896 – 03/19/1904Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Herald-Leader01/25/1984 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LexingtonLexington Herald-Leader: Blogs05/08/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LexingtonReporter03/12/1808 – 06/15/1831Newspaper Archives
LexingtonStewart Kentucky Herald07/14/1795 – 09/15/1801Newspaper Archives
LexingtonTrue American06/03/1845 – 10/21/1846Newspaper Archives
LexingtonWestern Monitor08/03/1814 – 12/20/1817Newspaper Archives
LexingtonAmerican Statesman07/20/1811 – 08/14/1813Newspaper Archives
LexingtonIndependent Gazetteer04/19/1803 – 11/16/1805Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Leader06/16/1901 – 09/15/1981Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Public Advertiser03/13/1822 – 10/09/1824Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Herald-Leader03/01/1951 – 01/15/1984Newspaper Archives
LibertyCasey County News08/27/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LondonSentinel Echo09/18/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LouisvilleBulletin09/24/1881 – 09/24/1881Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Anzeiger03/28/1923 – 05/31/1928Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Times09/01/1913 – 09/04/1913Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleOhio Falls Express07/11/1891 – 07/11/1891Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Eccentric Observer04/21/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LouisvilleWeekly Courier-Journal05/19/1879 – 07/29/1889Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleWestern Courier11/16/1813 – 09/26/1816Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleDaily Louisville Public Advertiser01/22/1830 – 12/28/1830Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Correspondent05/11/1814 – 06/28/1817Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Daily Courier01/19/1853 – 10/26/1868Newspaper Archives
MadisonvilleMessenger05/14/1999 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MaysvilleEagle01/19/1815 – 01/14/1846Newspaper Archives
MaysvilleLedger Independent07/11/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MaysvilleTri-weekly Maysville Eagle03/12/1845 – 12/15/1846Newspaper Archives
MiddlesboroMiddlesboro Daily News06/01/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MonticelloWayne County Outlook07/03/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MoreheadMorehead News08/31/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
New CastleHenry County Local10/09/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
NicholasvilleJessamine Journal10/08/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
OwensboroOwensboro Messenger-Inquirer09/01/1988 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
OwentonOwenton News-Herald01/12/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ParisWestern Citizen12/24/1808 – 12/27/1815Newspaper Archives
ParisRights of Man08/30/1797 – 01/10/1798Newspaper Archives
PrestonsburgFloyd County Times07/21/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RichmondGlobe01/24/1810 – 10/17/1810Newspaper Archives
RichmondRichmond Register07/15/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RichmondLuminary01/18/1812 – 03/08/1816Newspaper Archives
RussellvilleMirror11/01/1806 – 01/05/1809Newspaper Archives
RussellvilleNews-Democrat & Leader12/13/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RussellvilleWeekly Messenger01/26/1819 – 12/29/1827Newspaper Archives
ShelbyvilleSentinel-News10/10/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ShepherdsvillePioneer News10/08/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SomersetCommonwealth-Journal08/05/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SpringfieldSpringfield Sun07/08/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
StanfordInterior Journal08/31/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
TaylorsvilleSpencer Magnet07/18/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WashingtonRepublican Auxiliary08/15/1807 – 08/15/1807Newspaper Archives
WashingtonUnion03/08/1814 – 05/09/1817Newspaper Archives
WashingtonWeekly Messenger06/23/1803 – 10/06/1803Newspaper Archives
Whitley CityMcCreary County Record06/07/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WilliamstownGrant County News and Express04/15/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WinchesterWinchester Sun08/25/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WinchesterWinchester Advertiser08/05/1814 – 06/28/1817Newspaper Archives

*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.

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