Kentucky Archives: 218 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from Kentucky, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online KY newspaper archives: 218 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: narrow country roads bounded by stone and wood plank fences are a feature in the Kentucky Bluegrass region
Photo: narrow country roads bounded by stone and wood plank fences are a feature in the Kentucky Bluegrass region. Credit: Censusdata; Wikimedia Commons.

Dig deep into our online archives and search for articles about your ancestors from Kentucky in these newspapers. Our KY newspapers are divided into two collections, each with their own search page:

  • Newspaper Archives (complete paper with all articles, including historical obituaries, with a number of very rare single-issue newspapers – many of them are the only known issues of the paper)
  • Obituaries (including both historical and recent obituaries, if obits are specifically what you are searching for)

Search Kentucky Newspaper Archives (1794 – 1962)

Search Kentucky Obituaries (1988 – 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.

CityTitleYears of CoverageIssues AvailableCollection
AshlandDaily Independent05/12/2007 – CurrentObituaries
BarbourvilleMountain Advocate09/13/2012 – CurrentObituaries
BarbourvilleMountain advocate02/19/1904 – 12/29/1922713Newspaper Archives
BardstownKentucky Standard09/29/2008 – CurrentObituaries
BardstownBardstown Repository06/29/1814 – 10/30/181623Newspaper Archives
BardstownCandid Review07/14/1807 – 08/27/18108Newspaper Archives
BardstownWestern American09/06/1803 – 12/21/180420Newspaper Archives
BedfordTrimble Banner07/14/2008 – CurrentObituaries
BereaCitizen06/21/1899 – 12/28/19221218Newspaper Archives
Bowling GreenDaily News07/02/1999 – CurrentObituaries
CadizCadiz Record02/14/2016 – CurrentObituaries
CalhounMcLean County News02/13/2014 – CurrentObituaries
CampbellsvilleCentral Kentucky News-Journal10/03/2008 – CurrentObituaries
CarrolltonCarrollton News-Democrat07/14/2008 – CurrentObituaries
CatlettsburgCentral Methodist05/23/1874 – 08/22/18762Newspaper Archives
Clay CityClay City times11/28/1901 – 12/28/19221001Newspaper Archives
ColumbiaAdair Progress04/27/2011 – CurrentObituaries
ColumbiaAdair County news01/03/1900 – 12/26/19221166Newspaper Archives
CorbinNews Journal01/04/2012 – CurrentObituaries
CorbinTimes-Tribune05/15/2006 – CurrentObituaries
CountyNKyTribune.com01/22/2015 – CurrentObituaries
CovingtonKentucky Post04/02/1990 – 08/16/2013Obituaries
CovingtonKentucky Post07/01/1895 – 06/30/196218536Newspaper Archives
CovingtonPike’s Campaign Flag07/17/1852 – 07/17/18521Newspaper Archives
CynthianaCynthiana Democrat10/08/2008 – CurrentObituaries
DanvilleAdvocate-Messenger08/01/2003 – CurrentObituaries
DanvilleMirror09/03/1804 – 10/24/18042Newspaper Archives
DanvillePeople’s Friend01/30/1819 – 01/30/18191Newspaper Archives
DanvilleWestern Presbyterian05/10/1866 – 05/10/18661Newspaper Archives
EarlingtonBee05/05/1892 – 12/29/19161501Newspaper Archives
ElizabethtownNews-Enterprise04/30/2008 – CurrentObituaries
FrankfortState Journal01/03/2013 – CurrentObituaries
FrankfortCampaign04/23/1840 – 10/08/184010Newspaper Archives
FrankfortCommentator07/10/1818 – 02/15/1831157Newspaper Archives
FrankfortFrankfort Argus02/03/1808 – 11/12/1834558Newspaper Archives
FrankfortGuardian of Freedom06/19/1798 – 05/26/180465Newspaper Archives
FrankfortKentucky Journal12/05/1795 – 12/05/17951Newspaper Archives
FrankfortPalladium12/25/1798 – 09/06/1816129Newspaper Archives
FrankfortWestern Volunteer08/25/1824 – 10/20/18249Newspaper Archives
FrankfortWestern World07/07/1806 – 06/08/181063Newspaper Archives
FrankfortFrankfort roundabout09/23/1882 – 02/29/1908805Newspaper Archives
FrankfortFrankfort weekly news and roundabout03/07/1908 – 09/05/190826Newspaper Archives
FrankfortWeekly roundabout01/11/1879 – 08/19/188255Newspaper Archives
FrankfortTri-weekly Kentucky Yeoman05/21/1853 – 07/04/1876670Newspaper Archives
FranklinFranklin Favorite02/23/2004 – CurrentObituaries
GeorgetownGeorgetown News-Graphic09/08/2000 – CurrentObituaries
GeorgetownChristian Intelligencer07/18/1845 – 07/18/18451Newspaper Archives
GeorgetownTelegraph09/25/1811 – 12/22/18135Newspaper Archives
GlasgowGlasgow Daily Times02/09/2007 – CurrentObituaries
Grayson, Olive HillJournal-Times07/05/2007 – 05/04/2020Obituaries
GreenvilleRecord02/09/1899 – 12/09/1920407Newspaper Archives
HardinsburgBreckenridge news07/17/1878 – 06/22/19211455Newspaper Archives
HarlanHarlan Daily Enterprise01/24/2003 – CurrentObituaries
HarrodsburgCentral Watchtower, and Farmer’s Journal01/12/1828 – 01/12/18281Newspaper Archives
HarrodsburgKentucky People03/18/1870 – 08/25/187111Newspaper Archives
HartfordHartford herald01/06/1875 – 12/27/19222432Newspaper Archives
HartfordHartford republican12/18/1891 – 12/22/19221530Newspaper Archives
HazardHazard Herald06/28/2004 – 06/30/2017Obituaries
Hazel GreenHazel Green herald03/04/1885 – 07/26/1917712Newspaper Archives
HendersonGleaner04/14/2006 – CurrentObituaries
HickmanCommercial Herald02/27/1843 – 02/27/18431Newspaper Archives
HickmanVolunteer10/28/1848 – 10/28/18481Newspaper Archives
HickmanHickman courier04/18/1868 – 12/21/19221989Newspaper Archives
HodgenvilleLarue County Herald News11/26/2008 – CurrentObituaries
HopkinsvilleDaily south Kentuckian10/01/1884 – 10/03/18857Newspaper Archives
HopkinsvilleHopkinsville Kentuckian01/11/1889 – 03/07/19183444Newspaper Archives
HopkinsvilleSemi-weekly south Kentuckian11/09/1883 – 01/08/1889535Newspaper Archives
HopkinsvilleSouth Kentuckian02/18/1879 – 10/30/1883255Newspaper Archives
HopkinsvilleKentuckian04/05/1919 – 12/25/191984Newspaper Archives
HopkinsvilleKentucky New Era01/01/1997 – CurrentObituaries
JacksonBreathitt County news05/29/1903 – 09/03/1909211Newspaper Archives
La CenterLiberty02/16/1910 – 02/16/19101Newspaper Archives
LaGrangeOldham Era10/17/2007 – CurrentObituaries
LancasterPolitical Theatre11/18/1808 – 07/26/18097Newspaper Archives
LancasterCentral record01/07/1898 – 12/28/19221258Newspaper Archives
LawrenceburgAnderson News01/02/2007 – CurrentObituaries
LawrenceburgIt11/27/1902 – 02/19/19035Newspaper Archives
LebanonLebanon Enterprise11/20/2007 – CurrentObituaries
LeitchfieldGrayson County News Gazette09/20/2001 – CurrentObituaries
LeitchfieldRecord08/20/2008 – CurrentObituaries
LexingtonAmerican Statesman07/20/1811 – 08/14/181319Newspaper Archives
LexingtonIndependent Gazetteer04/19/1803 – 11/16/180538Newspaper Archives
LexingtonKentucky Gazette03/15/1794 – 12/28/1837331Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Public Advertiser03/13/1822 – 10/09/182418Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Standard01/27/1900 – 01/27/19001Newspaper Archives
LexingtonProgress of the Age04/19/1851 – 04/19/18511Newspaper Archives
LexingtonReporter03/12/1808 – 06/15/1831649Newspaper Archives
LexingtonTrue American06/03/1845 – 10/21/184666Newspaper Archives
LexingtonWestern Monitor08/03/1814 – 12/20/1817178Newspaper Archives
LexingtonChevy Chaser11/29/2012 – CurrentObituaries
LexingtonBusiness Lexington05/22/2012 – CurrentObituaries
LexingtonBlue-grass blade02/06/1886 – 08/21/1910412Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington Standard01/27/1900 – 12/16/19115Newspaper Archives
LexingtonLexington weekly news03/15/1912 – 08/17/19123Newspaper Archives
LexingtonKYForward.com10/04/2011 – CurrentObituaries
LexingtonLexington record10/01/1890 – 05/01/18918Newspaper Archives
LibertyCasey County News08/27/2008 – CurrentObituaries
LondonSentinel Echo09/18/2007 – CurrentObituaries
LouisaBig Sandy news08/27/1885 – 12/29/19221476Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Eccentric Observer04/21/2004 – CurrentObituaries
LouisvilleBaptist Banner10/25/1838 – 02/14/18494Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleBulletin09/24/1881 – 09/24/18811Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleCampaign Democrat07/01/1848 – 07/01/18481Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleCommercial Review and Louisville Prices Current11/15/1855 – 12/14/18554Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleDaily Kentuckian01/01/1843 – 11/08/1843160Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleDaily Louisville Public Advertiser01/22/1830 – 12/28/183065Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Anzeiger03/28/1923 – 05/31/19282Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Correspondent05/11/1814 – 06/28/181786Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Daily Courier01/19/1853 – 10/26/1868992Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Daily Democrat10/28/1844 – 06/18/18672260Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Daily Union Press04/19/1865 – 08/28/18653Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Democrat Extra09/02/1852 – 09/02/18521Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Journal Extra05/02/1844 – 10/22/185252Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Price-Current12/29/1838 – 04/25/18402Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Times09/01/1913 – 09/04/19134Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Wholesale Prices Current05/01/1850 – 05/01/18501Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleOhio Falls Express07/11/1891 – 07/11/18911Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleWeekly Campaigner06/01/1848 – 06/01/18481Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleWeekly Courier-Journal05/13/1840 – 07/29/1889781Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleWestern Courier11/16/1813 – 09/26/1816148Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleDaily Kentuckian04/29/1898 – 08/13/189893Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleExaminer06/19/1847 – 12/08/1849129Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleKentucky Irish American07/04/1898 – 12/17/19211099Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleOhio valley worker :09/10/1904 – 09/10/19041Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleInsider Louisville12/27/2010 – 06/19/2019Obituaries
LouisvilleDaily Kentuckian03/09/1918 – 08/28/1918147Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleABC – 11 WHAS02/10/2009 – CurrentObituaries
LouisvilleDaily Louisville Commercial02/24/1872 – 09/24/1876773Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleBeiwagen des Louisville Omnibus08/27/1876 – 09/17/18762Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleBeobachter am Ohio02/14/1853 – 02/14/18531Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleCourier-Journal06/12/1835 – 12/31/18761545Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleDaily Louisville Times08/10/1852 – 07/16/1856195Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleHalbwochentliches Louisville Volksblatt10/11/1876 – 10/11/18761Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Anzeiger09/27/1876 – 09/27/18761Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleLouisville Anzeiger und Sonntags-Post01/09/1870 – 09/10/187615Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleOmnibus01/03/1875 – 12/24/1876104Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleTagliches Louisville Volksblatt08/23/1876 – 10/11/18763Newspaper Archives
LouisvilleWochentliches Louisville Volksblatt01/31/1866 – 02/02/18762Newspaper Archives
MadisonvilleMessenger05/14/1999 – CurrentObituaries
MarionCrittenden press03/18/1886 – 02/07/1907677Newspaper Archives
MarionCrittenden record07/15/1904 – 02/08/1907126Newspaper Archives
MarionCrittenden record-press09/23/1909 – 08/29/1918384Newspaper Archives
MarionCrittenden record=press02/14/1907 – 08/05/1909126Newspaper Archives
MarionTwice-a-week record-press08/10/1909 – 09/10/19099Newspaper Archives
MarionCrittenden press08/29/1919 – 12/22/1922170Newspaper Archives
MaysvilleLedger Independent07/11/2002 – CurrentObituaries
MaysvilleEagle01/19/1815 – 01/14/1846159Newspaper Archives
MaysvilleHenry Clay Bugle03/23/1844 – 08/01/18442Newspaper Archives
MaysvilleKanawha River Traveler04/16/1870 – 04/16/18701Newspaper Archives
MaysvilleDaily public ledger04/06/1892 – 11/30/19125637Newspaper Archives
MaysvilleDaily evening bulletin11/24/1881 – 02/17/188271Newspaper Archives
MaysvilleDollar weekly bulletin06/19/1862 – 04/28/186494Newspaper Archives
MaysvilleEvening bulletin11/02/1887 – 12/31/19045285Newspaper Archives
MaysvilleMaysville weekly bulletin05/06/1864 – 10/27/186423Newspaper Archives
MaysvillePublic ledger01/05/1914 – 12/30/19222670Newspaper Archives
MaysvilleTri-weekly Maysville Eagle03/12/1845 – 12/15/1846165Newspaper Archives
MiddlesboroMiddlesboro Daily News06/01/2004 – CurrentObituaries
MonticelloWayne County Outlook07/03/2007 – CurrentObituaries
MoreheadMorehead News08/31/2007 – 05/04/2020Obituaries
Mount SterlingMt Sterling advocate02/03/1891 – 12/28/19221728Newspaper Archives
Mount VernonMount Vernon signal12/11/1896 – 12/15/1922933Newspaper Archives
Mount VernonMountain signal02/24/1888 – 05/03/18892Newspaper Archives
New CastleHenry County Local10/09/2008 – CurrentObituaries
NicholasvilleJessamine Journal10/08/2005 – CurrentObituaries
Oak GroveEagle Post09/14/2016 – CurrentObituaries
OwensboroOwensboro Messenger-Inquirer09/01/1988 – CurrentObituaries
OwensboroKentucky reporter03/22/1902 – 03/22/19021Newspaper Archives
OwensboroKentucky vindicator06/26/1901 – 06/26/19011Newspaper Archives
OwentonOwenton News-Herald01/12/2011 – CurrentObituaries
OwingsvilleOwingsville outlook08/28/1884 – 11/23/1922378Newspaper Archives
PaducahPaducah daily sun11/09/1896 – 12/06/1898543Newspaper Archives
PaducahPaducah evening sun05/17/1906 – 12/31/19101404Newspaper Archives
PaducahPaducah sun12/15/1898 – 05/16/19061782Newspaper Archives
PaducahPaducah sun01/10/1901 – 06/04/190247Newspaper Archives
PaducahPaducah weekly sun09/05/1906 – 12/26/190615Newspaper Archives
PaducahSunday chat03/31/1901 – 06/09/19017Newspaper Archives
ParisRights of Man, or, the Kentucky Mercury08/30/1797 – 01/10/17988Newspaper Archives
ParisWestern Citizen12/24/1808 – 12/27/181598Newspaper Archives
ParisBourbon news01/05/1897 – 12/29/19222409Newspaper Archives
ParisBourbon news03/07/1882 – 07/31/1883104Newspaper Archives
ParisSemi-weekly Bourbon news08/03/1883 – 12/25/188340Newspaper Archives
PrestonsburgFloyd County Times07/21/2004 – 06/29/2017Obituaries
ProvidenceJournal-Enterprise08/31/2016 – CurrentObituaries
RichmondRichmond Register07/15/2008 – CurrentObituaries
RichmondGlobe01/24/1810 – 10/17/18104Newspaper Archives
RichmondLuminary01/18/1812 – 03/08/18165Newspaper Archives
RichmondClimax06/22/1887 – 03/03/1897335Newspaper Archives
RichmondClimax-Madisonian10/07/1914 – 04/18/191766Newspaper Archives
RichmondRichmond climax03/10/1897 – 09/30/1914726Newspaper Archives
RichmondKentucky register10/27/1916 – 04/13/19174Newspaper Archives
RichmondRichmond climax10/31/1917 – 10/31/19171Newspaper Archives
RichmondRichmond daily register01/18/1918 – 12/22/19221221Newspaper Archives
RichmondMadisonian01/01/1913 – 09/29/191487Newspaper Archives
RussellvilleNews-Democrat & Leader10/29/2001 – CurrentObituaries
RussellvilleMirror11/01/1806 – 01/05/180943Newspaper Archives
RussellvilleWeekly Messenger01/26/1819 – 12/29/182772Newspaper Archives
RussellvilleFarmer’s Friend09/14/1810 – 09/14/18101Newspaper Archives
ShelbyvilleSentinel-News10/10/2007 – CurrentObituaries
ShepherdsvillePioneer News10/08/2008 – CurrentObituaries
SomersetCommonwealth-Journal08/05/2008 – CurrentObituaries
Spout SpringsSpout Spring times01/18/1896 – 04/03/1902232Newspaper Archives
SpringfieldSpringfield Sun07/08/2008 – CurrentObituaries
StanfordInterior Journal08/31/2005 – CurrentObituaries
StanfordInterior journal03/08/1872 – 12/16/1881503Newspaper Archives
StanfordInterior journal04/07/1905 – 12/27/1910583Newspaper Archives
StanfordInterior journal03/26/1912 – 11/15/1918402Newspaper Archives
StanfordSemi-weekly interior journal12/20/1881 – 04/04/19052375Newspaper Archives
StanfordStanford interior journal01/06/1911 – 03/22/1912126Newspaper Archives
TaylorsvilleSpencer Magnet07/18/2008 – CurrentObituaries
WashingtonRepublican Auxiliary08/15/1807 – 08/15/18071Newspaper Archives
WashingtonUnion03/08/1814 – 05/09/1817112Newspaper Archives
WashingtonWeekly Messenger06/23/1803 – 10/06/18033Newspaper Archives
West LibertyLicking Valley courier01/26/1911 – 12/21/1922345Newspaper Archives
Whitley CityMcCreary County Record06/07/2007 – 07/07/2015Obituaries
WilliamstownGrant County News and Express04/15/2008 – CurrentObituaries
WinchesterWinchester Sun08/25/2006 – CurrentObituaries
WinchesterWinchester Advertiser08/05/1814 – 06/28/181780Newspaper Archives
WinchesterWinchester news10/12/1908 – 02/29/1912269Newspaper Archives

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