Kentucky Archives: 125 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from Kentucky, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online KY newspaper archives: 125 titles to help you search your family history in the “Bluegrass State,” providing coverage from 1794 to Today. There are more than 60.5 million articles and records in our online Kentucky newspaper archives!

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

Dig deep into our online archives and search for historical and recent obituaries and other news articles about your ancestors from Kentucky in these newspapers. Our KY 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 complete list of Kentucky newspapers in the online 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.

CityTitleDate Range * Collection
AshlandDaily Independent05/12/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BarbourvilleMountain Advocate09/13/2012 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BardstownWestern American09/06/1803 – 12/21/1804Newspaper Archives
BardstownKentucky Standard09/29/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BardstownCandid Review07/14/1807 – 08/27/1810Newspaper Archives
BardstownBardstown Repository06/29/1814 – 10/30/1816Newspaper 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
CatlettsburgCentral Methodist05/23/1874 – 08/22/1876Newspaper Archives
ColumbiaAdair Progress04/27/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CorbinTimes-Tribune05/15/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CorbinNews Journal01/04/2012 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CovingtonPike’s Campaign Flag07/17/1852 – 07/17/1852Newspaper Archives
CovingtonKentucky Post07/01/1895 – 04/17/1920Newspaper Archives
CovingtonKentucky Post04/02/1990 – 08/16/2013Recent Obituaries
CynthianaCynthiana Democrat10/08/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DanvillePeople’s Friend01/30/1819 – 01/30/1819Newspaper Archives
DanvilleMirror09/03/1804 – 10/24/1804Newspaper Archives
DanvilleAdvocate-Messenger08/01/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ElizabethtownNews-Enterprise04/30/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FrankfortWestern World07/07/1806 – 06/08/1810Newspaper Archives
FrankfortWestern Volunteer08/25/1824 – 10/20/1824Newspaper Archives
FrankfortState Journal01/03/2013 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FrankfortPalladium12/25/1798 – 09/06/1816Newspaper Archives
FrankfortKentucky Journal12/05/1795 – 12/05/1795Newspaper Archives
FrankfortGuardian of Freedom06/19/1798 – 05/26/1804Newspaper Archives
FrankfortFrankfort Argus02/03/1808 – 11/12/1834Newspaper Archives
FrankfortCommentator07/10/1818 – 02/15/1831Newspaper Archives
FrankfortCampaign04/23/1840 – 10/08/1840Newspaper Archives
FranklinFranklin Favorite02/23/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GeorgetownTelegraph09/25/1811 – 12/22/1813Newspaper Archives
GeorgetownGeorgetown News-Graphic09/08/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GeorgetownChristian Intelligencer07/18/1845 – 07/18/1845Newspaper 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
HickmanVolunteer10/28/1848 – 10/28/1848Newspaper Archives
HickmanCommercial Herald02/27/1843 – 02/27/1843Newspaper Archives
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
LeitchfieldRecord08/20/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LeitchfieldGrayson County News Gazette09/20/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LexingtonWestern Monitor08/03/1814 – 12/20/1817Newspaper Archives
LexingtonTrue American06/03/1845 – 10/21/1846Newspaper Archives
LexingtonStewart Kentucky Herald07/14/1795 – 09/15/1801Newspaper Archives
LexingtonReporter03/12/1808 – 06/15/1831Newspaper Archives
LexingtonProgress of the Age04/19/1851 – 04/19/1851Newspaper Archives
LexingtonMorning Herald01/01/1896 – 03/19/1904Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Standard01/27/1900 – 01/27/1900Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Public Advertiser03/13/1822 – 10/09/1824Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Leader06/16/1901 – 09/16/1981Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Herald-Leader: Blogs05/08/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LexingtonLexington Herald-Leader01/01/1983 – 01/31/1984Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Herald-Leader01/25/1984 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LexingtonLexington Herald03/20/1904 – 12/31/1982Newspaper Archives
LexingtonKentucky Gazette03/15/1794 – 12/28/1837Newspaper Archives
LexingtonIndependent Gazetteer04/19/1803 – 11/16/1805Newspaper Archives
LexingtonAmerican Statesman07/20/1811 – 08/14/1813Newspaper Archives
LibertyCasey County News08/27/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LondonSentinel Echo09/18/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LouisvilleWestern Courier11/16/1813 – 09/26/1816Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleWeekly Courier-Journal05/19/1879 – 07/29/1889Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleWeekly Campaigner06/01/1848 – 06/01/1848Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleOhio Falls Express07/11/1891 – 07/11/1891Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Wholesale Prices Current05/01/1850 – 05/01/1850Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Times09/01/1913 – 09/04/1913Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Price-Current12/29/1838 – 04/25/1840Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Journal Extra05/02/1844 – 10/22/1852Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Eccentric Observer04/21/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LouisvilleLouisville Democrat Extra09/02/1852 – 09/02/1852Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Daily Union Press04/19/1865 – 08/28/1865Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Daily Democrat10/28/1844 – 06/18/1867Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Daily Courier01/19/1853 – 10/26/1868Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Correspondent05/11/1814 – 06/28/1817Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Anzeiger03/28/1923 – 05/31/1928Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleDaily Louisville Public Advertiser01/22/1830 – 12/28/1830Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleDaily Kentuckian01/01/1843 – 11/08/1843Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleCommercial Review and Louisville Prices Current11/15/1855 – 12/14/1855Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleCampaign Democrat07/01/1848 – 07/01/1848Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleBulletin09/24/1881 – 09/24/1881Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleBaptist Banner10/25/1838 – 02/14/1849Newspaper Archives
MadisonvilleMessenger05/14/1999 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MaysvilleTri-weekly Maysville Eagle03/12/1845 – 12/15/1846Newspaper Archives
MaysvilleLedger Independent07/11/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MaysvilleKanawha River Traveler04/16/1870 – 04/16/1870Newspaper Archives
MaysvilleHenry Clay Bugle03/23/1844 – 08/01/1844Newspaper Archives
MaysvilleEagle01/19/1815 – 01/14/1846Newspaper 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
RichmondRichmond Register07/15/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RichmondLuminary01/18/1812 – 03/08/1816Newspaper Archives
RichmondGlobe01/24/1810 – 10/17/1810Newspaper Archives
RussellvilleWeekly Messenger01/26/1819 – 12/29/1827Newspaper Archives
RussellvilleNews-Democrat & Leader10/29/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RussellvilleMirror11/01/1806 – 01/05/1809Newspaper Archives
RussellvilleFarmer’s Friend09/14/1810 – 09/14/1810Newspaper 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
WashingtonWeekly Messenger06/23/1803 – 10/06/1803Newspaper Archives
WashingtonUnion03/08/1814 – 05/09/1817Newspaper Archives
WashingtonRepublican Auxiliary08/15/1807 – 08/15/1807Newspaper Archives
Whitley CityMcCreary County Record06/07/2007 – 07/07/2015Recent Obituaries
WilliamstownGrant County News and Express04/15/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WinchesterWinchester Sun08/25/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WinchesterWinchester Advertiser08/05/1814 – 06/28/1817Newspaper Archives
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