Kentucky Archives: 208 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from Kentucky, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online KY newspaper archives: 208 titles to help you search your family history in the “Bluegrass State,” providing coverage from 1794 to Today. There are millions of 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 (1983 – Today)

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.

City Title Years of Coverage Issues Available Collection
Ashland Daily Independent 05/12/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Barbourville Mountain Advocate 09/13/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Barbourville Mountain advocate 02/19/1904 – 12/29/1922 713 Newspaper Archives
Bardstown Kentucky Standard 09/29/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bardstown Bardstown Repository 06/29/1814 – 10/30/1816 23 Newspaper Archives
Bardstown Candid Review 07/14/1807 – 08/27/1810 8 Newspaper Archives
Bardstown Western American 09/06/1803 – 12/21/1804 20 Newspaper Archives
Bedford Trimble Banner 09/29/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Berea Citizen 06/21/1899 – 12/28/1922 1218 Newspaper Archives
Bowling Green Daily News 07/02/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Calhoun McLean County News 02/13/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Campbellsville Central Kentucky News-Journal 10/03/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carrollton Carrollton News-Democrat 07/14/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Catlettsburg Central Methodist 05/23/1874 – 08/22/1876 2 Newspaper Archives
Clay City Clay City times 11/28/1901 – 12/28/1922 1001 Newspaper Archives
Columbia Adair Progress 04/27/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Columbia Adair County news 01/03/1900 – 12/26/1922 1166 Newspaper Archives
Corbin News Journal 01/04/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Corbin Times-Tribune 05/15/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
County NKyTribune.com 01/22/2015 – Current Recent Obituaries
Covington Kentucky Post 04/02/1990 – 08/16/2013 Recent Obituaries
Covington Kentucky Post 07/01/1895 – 06/30/1962 18363 Newspaper Archives
Covington Pike’s Campaign Flag 07/17/1852 – 07/17/1852 1 Newspaper Archives
Cynthiana Cynthiana Democrat 10/08/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Danville Advocate-Messenger 08/01/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Danville Mirror 09/03/1804 – 10/24/1804 2 Newspaper Archives
Danville People’s Friend 01/30/1819 – 01/30/1819 1 Newspaper Archives
Danville Western Presbyterian 05/10/1866 – 05/10/1866 1 Newspaper Archives
Earlington Bee 05/05/1892 – 12/29/1916 1501 Newspaper Archives
Elizabethtown News-Enterprise 04/30/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Frankfort State Journal 01/03/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Frankfort Campaign 04/23/1840 – 10/08/1840 10 Newspaper Archives
Frankfort Commentator 07/10/1818 – 02/15/1831 157 Newspaper Archives
Frankfort Frankfort Argus 02/03/1808 – 11/12/1834 558 Newspaper Archives
Frankfort Guardian of Freedom 06/19/1798 – 05/26/1804 65 Newspaper Archives
Frankfort Kentucky Journal 12/05/1795 – 12/05/1795 1 Newspaper Archives
Frankfort Palladium 12/25/1798 – 09/06/1816 129 Newspaper Archives
Frankfort Western Volunteer 08/25/1824 – 10/20/1824 9 Newspaper Archives
Frankfort Western World 07/07/1806 – 06/08/1810 63 Newspaper Archives
Frankfort Frankfort roundabout 09/23/1882 – 02/29/1908 805 Newspaper Archives
Frankfort Frankfort weekly news and roundabout 03/07/1908 – 09/05/1908 26 Newspaper Archives
Frankfort Weekly roundabout 01/11/1879 – 08/19/1882 55 Newspaper Archives
Franklin Franklin Favorite 02/23/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Georgetown Georgetown News-Graphic 09/08/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Georgetown Christian Intelligencer 07/18/1845 – 07/18/1845 1 Newspaper Archives
Georgetown Telegraph 09/25/1811 – 12/22/1813 5 Newspaper Archives
Glasgow Glasgow Daily Times 02/09/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Grayson, Olive Hill Journal-Times 07/05/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greenville Record 02/09/1899 – 12/09/1920 407 Newspaper Archives
Hardinsburg Breckenridge news 07/17/1878 – 06/22/1921 1455 Newspaper Archives
Harlan Harlan Daily Enterprise 01/24/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harrodsburg Central Watchtower, and Farmer’s Journal 01/12/1828 – 01/12/1828 1 Newspaper Archives
Harrodsburg Kentucky People 03/18/1870 – 08/25/1871 11 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Hartford herald 01/06/1875 – 12/27/1922 2432 Newspaper Archives
Hartford Hartford republican 12/18/1891 – 12/22/1922 1530 Newspaper Archives
Hazard Hazard Herald 06/28/2004 – 06/30/2017 Recent Obituaries
Hazel Green Hazel Green herald 03/04/1885 – 07/26/1917 712 Newspaper Archives
Henderson Gleaner 04/14/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hickman Commercial Herald 02/27/1843 – 02/27/1843 1 Newspaper Archives
Hickman Volunteer 10/28/1848 – 10/28/1848 1 Newspaper Archives
Hickman Hickman courier 04/18/1868 – 12/21/1922 1989 Newspaper Archives
Hodgenville Larue County Herald News 11/26/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hopkinsville Daily south Kentuckian 10/01/1884 – 10/03/1885 7 Newspaper Archives
Hopkinsville Hopkinsville Kentuckian 01/11/1889 – 03/07/1918 3444 Newspaper Archives
Hopkinsville Semi-weekly south Kentuckian 11/09/1883 – 01/08/1889 535 Newspaper Archives
Hopkinsville South Kentuckian 02/18/1879 – 10/30/1883 255 Newspaper Archives
Hopkinsville Kentuckian 04/05/1919 – 12/25/1919 84 Newspaper Archives
Jackson Breathitt County news 05/29/1903 – 09/03/1909 211 Newspaper Archives
La Center Liberty 02/16/1910 – 02/16/1910 1 Newspaper Archives
LaGrange Oldham Era 10/17/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lancaster Political Theatre 11/18/1808 – 07/26/1809 7 Newspaper Archives
Lancaster Central record 01/07/1898 – 12/28/1922 1258 Newspaper Archives
Lawrenceburg Anderson News 01/02/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lawrenceburg It 11/27/1902 – 02/19/1903 5 Newspaper Archives
Lebanon Lebanon Enterprise 11/20/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Leitchfield Grayson County News Gazette 09/20/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Leitchfield Record 08/20/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Lexington Herald-Leader 04/25/1983 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Lexington Herald-Leader: Blogs 05/08/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Lexington Herald Expanded 03/20/1904 – 01/02/1983 28723 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Lexington Leader Expanded 06/16/1901 – 09/16/1981 29250 Newspaper Archives
Lexington American Statesman 07/20/1811 – 08/14/1813 19 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Independent Gazetteer 04/19/1803 – 11/16/1805 38 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Kentucky Gazette 03/15/1794 – 12/28/1837 331 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Lexington Herald-Leader 01/01/1983 – 01/31/1984 395 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Lexington Public Advertiser 03/13/1822 – 10/09/1824 18 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Lexington Standard 01/27/1900 – 01/27/1900 1 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Morning Herald 01/01/1896 – 03/19/1904 2965 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Progress of the Age 04/19/1851 – 04/19/1851 1 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Reporter 03/12/1808 – 06/15/1831 649 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Stewart Kentucky Herald 07/14/1795 – 09/15/1801 213 Newspaper Archives
Lexington True American 06/03/1845 – 10/21/1846 66 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Western Monitor 08/03/1814 – 12/20/1817 178 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Chevy Chaser 11/29/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Business Lexington 05/22/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Blue-grass blade 02/06/1886 – 08/21/1910 412 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Lexington Standard 01/27/1900 – 12/16/1911 5 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Lexington weekly news 03/15/1912 – 08/17/1912 3 Newspaper Archives
Lexington KYForward.com 10/04/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Lexington record 10/01/1890 – 05/01/1891 8 Newspaper Archives
Liberty Casey County News 08/27/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
London Sentinel Echo 09/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Louisa Big Sandy news 08/27/1885 – 12/29/1922 1476 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Louisville Eccentric Observer 04/21/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Louisville Baptist Banner 10/25/1838 – 02/14/1849 4 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Bulletin 09/24/1881 – 09/24/1881 1 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Campaign Democrat 07/01/1848 – 07/01/1848 1 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Commercial Review and Louisville Prices Current 11/15/1855 – 12/14/1855 4 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Daily Kentuckian 01/01/1843 – 11/08/1843 160 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Daily Louisville Public Advertiser 01/22/1830 – 12/28/1830 65 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Louisville Anzeiger 03/28/1923 – 05/31/1928 2 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Louisville Correspondent 05/11/1814 – 06/28/1817 86 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Louisville Daily Courier 01/19/1853 – 10/26/1868 992 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Louisville Daily Democrat 10/28/1844 – 06/18/1867 2260 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Louisville Daily Union Press 04/19/1865 – 08/28/1865 3 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Louisville Democrat Extra 09/02/1852 – 09/02/1852 1 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Louisville Journal Extra 05/02/1844 – 10/22/1852 52 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Louisville Price-Current 12/29/1838 – 04/25/1840 2 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Louisville Times 09/01/1913 – 09/04/1913 4 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Louisville Wholesale Prices Current 05/01/1850 – 05/01/1850 1 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Ohio Falls Express 07/11/1891 – 07/11/1891 1 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Weekly Campaigner 06/01/1848 – 06/01/1848 1 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Weekly Courier-Journal 05/19/1879 – 07/29/1889 53 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Western Courier 11/16/1813 – 09/26/1816 148 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Daily Kentuckian 04/29/1898 – 08/13/1898 93 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Examiner 06/19/1847 – 12/08/1849 129 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Kentucky Irish American 07/04/1898 – 12/17/1921 1099 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Ohio valley worker : 09/10/1904 – 09/10/1904 1 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Daily Kentuckian 03/09/1918 – 08/28/1918 147 Newspaper Archives
Louisville Insider Louisville 12/27/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Madisonville Messenger 05/14/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marion Crittenden press 03/18/1886 – 02/07/1907 677 Newspaper Archives
Marion Crittenden record 07/15/1904 – 02/08/1907 126 Newspaper Archives
Marion Crittenden record-press 09/23/1909 – 08/29/1918 384 Newspaper Archives
Marion Crittenden record=press 02/14/1907 – 08/05/1909 126 Newspaper Archives
Marion Twice-a-week record-press 08/10/1909 – 09/10/1909 9 Newspaper Archives
Marion Crittenden press 08/29/1919 – 12/22/1922 170 Newspaper Archives
Maysville Ledger Independent 07/11/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Maysville Eagle 01/19/1815 – 01/14/1846 159 Newspaper Archives
Maysville Henry Clay Bugle 03/23/1844 – 08/01/1844 2 Newspaper Archives
Maysville Kanawha River Traveler 04/16/1870 – 04/16/1870 1 Newspaper Archives
Maysville Tri-weekly Maysville Eagle 03/12/1845 – 12/15/1846 165 Newspaper Archives
Maysville Daily public ledger 04/06/1892 – 11/30/1912 5637 Newspaper Archives
Maysville Daily evening bulletin 11/24/1881 – 02/17/1882 71 Newspaper Archives
Maysville Dollar weekly bulletin 06/19/1862 – 04/28/1864 94 Newspaper Archives
Maysville Evening bulletin 11/02/1887 – 12/31/1904 5285 Newspaper Archives
Maysville Maysville weekly bulletin 05/06/1864 – 10/27/1864 23 Newspaper Archives
Maysville Public ledger 01/05/1914 – 12/30/1922 2670 Newspaper Archives
Middlesboro Middlesboro Daily News 06/01/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Monticello Wayne County Outlook 07/03/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Morehead Morehead News 08/31/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mount Sterling Mt Sterling advocate 02/03/1891 – 12/28/1922 1728 Newspaper Archives
Mount Vernon Mount Vernon signal 12/11/1896 – 12/15/1922 933 Newspaper Archives
Mount Vernon Mountain signal 02/24/1888 – 05/03/1889 2 Newspaper Archives
New Castle Henry County Local 10/09/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Nicholasville Jessamine Journal 10/08/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Owensboro Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer 09/01/1988 – Current Recent Obituaries
Owensboro Kentucky reporter 03/22/1902 – 03/22/1902 1 Newspaper Archives
Owensboro Kentucky vindicator 06/26/1901 – 06/26/1901 1 Newspaper Archives
Owenton Owenton News-Herald 01/12/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Owingsville Owingsville outlook 08/28/1884 – 11/23/1922 378 Newspaper Archives
Paducah Paducah daily sun 11/09/1896 – 12/06/1898 543 Newspaper Archives
Paducah Paducah evening sun 05/17/1906 – 12/31/1910 1404 Newspaper Archives
Paducah Paducah sun 12/15/1898 – 05/16/1906 1782 Newspaper Archives
Paducah Paducah sun 01/10/1901 – 06/04/1902 47 Newspaper Archives
Paducah Paducah weekly sun 09/05/1906 – 12/26/1906 15 Newspaper Archives
Paducah Sunday chat 03/31/1901 – 06/09/1901 7 Newspaper Archives
Paris Rights of Man, or, the Kentucky Mercury 08/30/1797 – 01/10/1798 8 Newspaper Archives
Paris Western Citizen 12/24/1808 – 12/27/1815 98 Newspaper Archives
Paris Bourbon news 01/05/1897 – 12/29/1922 2409 Newspaper Archives
Paris Bourbon news 03/07/1882 – 07/31/1883 104 Newspaper Archives
Paris Semi-weekly Bourbon news 08/03/1883 – 12/25/1883 40 Newspaper Archives
Prestonsburg Floyd County Times 07/21/2004 – 06/29/2017 Recent Obituaries
Richmond Richmond Register 07/15/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Richmond Globe 01/24/1810 – 10/17/1810 4 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Luminary 01/18/1812 – 03/08/1816 5 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Climax 06/22/1887 – 03/03/1897 335 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Climax-Madisonian 10/07/1914 – 04/18/1917 66 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Madisonian 01/01/1913 – 09/29/1914 87 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Richmond climax 03/10/1897 – 09/30/1914 726 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Kentucky register 10/27/1916 – 04/13/1917 4 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Richmond climax 10/31/1917 – 10/31/1917 1 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Richmond daily register 01/18/1918 – 12/22/1922 1221 Newspaper Archives
Russellville News-Democrat & Leader 10/29/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Russellville Mirror 11/01/1806 – 01/05/1809 43 Newspaper Archives
Russellville Weekly Messenger 01/26/1819 – 12/29/1827 72 Newspaper Archives
Russellville Farmer’s Friend 09/14/1810 – 09/14/1810 1 Newspaper Archives
Shelbyville Sentinel-News 10/10/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Shepherdsville Pioneer News 10/08/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Somerset Commonwealth-Journal 08/05/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Spout Springs Spout Spring times 01/18/1896 – 04/03/1902 232 Newspaper Archives
Springfield Springfield Sun 07/08/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stanford Interior Journal 08/31/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stanford Interior journal 03/08/1872 – 12/16/1881 503 Newspaper Archives
Stanford Interior journal 04/07/1905 – 12/27/1910 583 Newspaper Archives
Stanford Interior journal 03/26/1912 – 11/15/1918 402 Newspaper Archives
Stanford Semi-weekly interior journal 12/20/1881 – 04/04/1905 2375 Newspaper Archives
Stanford Stanford interior journal 01/06/1911 – 03/22/1912 126 Newspaper Archives
Taylorsville Spencer Magnet 07/18/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Washington Republican Auxiliary 08/15/1807 – 08/15/1807 1 Newspaper Archives
Washington Union 03/08/1814 – 05/09/1817 112 Newspaper Archives
Washington Weekly Messenger 06/23/1803 – 10/06/1803 3 Newspaper Archives
West Liberty Licking Valley courier 01/26/1911 – 12/21/1922 345 Newspaper Archives
Whitley City McCreary County Record 06/07/2007 – 07/07/2015 Recent Obituaries
Williamstown Grant County News and Express 04/15/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Winchester Winchester Sun 08/25/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Winchester Winchester Advertiser 08/05/1814 – 06/28/1817 80 Newspaper Archives
Winchester Winchester news 10/12/1908 – 02/29/1912 269 Newspaper Archives

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