North Carolina Archives: 169 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

One of America’s original 13 states, North Carolina’s state flag has two dates that commemorate NC’s drive for independence from Britain. On 20 May 1775 citizens of Mecklenburg County, NC, approved the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence – supposedly the first declaration of independence made in the Thirteen Colonies. Then on 12 April 1776, North Carolina instructed its delegates to the Continental Congress to vote for independence from Britain – the first former colony to do so.

photo of the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina
Photo: Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina. Credit: Ken Thomas; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from North Carolina, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online NC newspaper archives: 169 titles to help you search your family history in “The Tar Heel State,” providing coverage from 1775 to Today. There are more than 78 million articles and records in our online North Carolina newspaper archives!

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

Search North Carolina Newspaper Archives (1775 – 1993)

Search North Carolina Recent Obituaries (1988 – Current)

illustration of the state flag of North Carolina
Illustration: state flag of North Carolina. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online North Carolina 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 NC newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
AhoskieRoanoke-Chowan News Herald07/10/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AlbemarleStanly News and Press01/02/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AndrewsAndrews Journal12/04/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ApexApex Herald01/04/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Apex, Holly SpringsSouthwest Wake News06/01/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AsheboroRandolph Guide04/06/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AsheboroCourier-Tribune04/06/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BelhavenBeaufort-Hyde News07/27/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Blowing RockBlowing Rocket05/06/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BooneMountain Times02/04/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BooneWatauga Democrat01/14/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Bryson CitySmoky Mountain Times02/06/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BurgawPender Chronicle10/28/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BurgawPender-Topsail Post & Voice11/10/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CaryCary News02/13/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CashiersCrossroads Chronicle03/18/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Chapel HillChapel Hill News05/03/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Chapel HillChapel Hill Herald01/27/1995 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CharlotteCharlotte Semi-Weekly Observer12/15/1916 – 12/15/1916Newspaper Archives
CharlotteAfrico-American Presbyterian12/21/1899 – 12/21/1899Newspaper Archives
CharlotteCharlotte Observer01/01/1992 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CharlotteCharlotte Observer03/13/1892 – 12/31/1935Newspaper Archives
CharlotteCharlotte News12/11/1888 – 09/29/1922Newspaper Archives
CharlotteCarolina Israelite02/01/1944 – 12/01/1958Newspaper Archives
CharlotteCharlotte Post02/03/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CharlotteCharlotte Observer, The: Blogs11/09/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ClaytonClayton News-Star08/10/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ClemmonsClemmons Courier01/06/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ClevelandCleveland Post01/18/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ClintonSampson Independent07/07/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DavidsonDavidsonnews.net01/01/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DurhamHerald-Sun01/01/1995 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DurhamChronicle, The: Duke University01/25/1994 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DurhamDurham News09/03/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
EdentonChowan Herald07/12/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
EdentonEdenton Gazette02/26/1806 – 02/26/1821Newspaper Archives
EdentonState Gazette of North Carolina05/11/1793 – 02/20/1799Newspaper Archives
Elizabeth CityDaily Advance11/09/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ElizabethtownBladen Journal03/05/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ElkinTribune09/19/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FarmvilleFarmville Enterprise07/13/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FayettevilleFayetteville Observer01/18/1988 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FayettevilleCarolina Observer12/09/1824 – 02/23/1863Newspaper Archives
FayettevilleNorth Carolina Chronicle or Fayetteville Gazette02/01/1790 – 07/19/1790Newspaper Archives
FayettevilleAmerican04/26/1816 – 04/26/1816Newspaper Archives
Forest CityDaily Courier01/01/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FranklinFranklin Press02/19/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FremontWayne-Wilson News Leader07/06/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Fuquay-VarinaFuquay-Varina Independent10/14/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GarnerGarner News10/21/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Garner, ClevelandGarner-Cleveland Record01/05/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GreensboroNews & Record: Blogs01/24/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GreensboroNews & Record01/01/1990 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GreensboroGreensboro Record03/17/1906 – 03/16/1984Newspaper Archives
GreensboroGreensboro News and Record03/19/1984 – 11/10/1989Newspaper Archives
GreensboroGreensboro Daily News01/03/1906 – 12/31/1982Newspaper Archives
GreensboroYes! Weekly03/16/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GreenvilleDaily Reflector08/30/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GriftonTimes-Leader07/20/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HalifaxNorth-Carolina Journal08/01/1792 – 09/11/1797Newspaper Archives
HampsteadTopsail Voice09/10/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HayesvilleClay County Progress09/19/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HendersonDaily Dispatch04/10/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HertfordPerquimans Weekly07/13/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HickoryHickory Daily Record02/10/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
High PointHigh Point Enterprise04/14/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HighlandsHighlander02/28/2013 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HillsboroughHillsborough Recorder03/10/1824 – 05/10/1865Newspaper Archives
HillsboroughNews of Orange County08/27/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Holly SpringsHolly Springs Sun07/10/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
JamestownJamestown News01/12/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
KannapolisIndependent Tribune05/27/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
KannapolisKannapolis Citizen04/01/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
KenansvilleDuplin Times09/29/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
KenansvilleDuplin Today – Pink Hill Review03/08/2012 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LaurinburgLaurinburg Exchange01/02/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LenoirNews-Topic11/12/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LincolntonLincoln Republican01/23/1840 – 05/25/1842Newspaper Archives
LincolntonLincoln Courier05/02/1846 – 02/15/1851Newspaper Archives
LittletonLake Gaston Gazette-Observer07/08/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LittletonTrue Reformer07/25/1900 – 07/25/1900Newspaper Archives
LouisburgFranklin Times12/19/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LumbertonRobesonian01/01/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MarionMcDowell News02/12/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MebaneMebane Enterprise09/17/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MiltonMilton Gazette and Roanoke Advertiser05/03/1822 – 04/21/1825Newspaper Archives
MonroeEnquirer-Journal10/01/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MooresvilleMooresville Tribune02/16/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Morehead CityCarteret County News-Times04/16/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MorgantonNews Herald01/12/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Mount OliveMount Olive Tribune10/06/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Mt. AiryMt. Airy News11/02/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MurfreesboroHornets’ Nest10/01/1812 – 07/22/1813Newspaper Archives
MurphyCherokee Scout04/20/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
NashvilleNashville Graphic01/06/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
New BernTrue Republican, and Newbern Weekly Advertiser04/02/1810 – 08/07/1811Newspaper Archives
New BernNewbern Sentinel03/21/1818 – 12/21/1836Newspaper Archives
New BernNorth-Carolina Gazette03/24/1775 – 07/14/1775Newspaper Archives
New BernNewbern Herald01/20/1809 – 02/26/1810Newspaper Archives
New BernMorning Herald09/17/1807 – 12/30/1808Newspaper Archives
New BernCarolina Federal Republican01/12/1809 – 04/25/1818Newspaper Archives
New BernState Gazette of North Carolina08/09/1787 – 02/07/1788Newspaper Archives
NewtonObserver News Enterprise09/06/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Pilot MountainPilot02/20/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PrincetonPrinceton News-Leader05/30/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RaleighStar11/03/1808 – 09/29/1852Newspaper Archives
RaleighMidtown Raleigh News01/16/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RaleighRaleigh Register06/04/1819 – 12/28/1821Newspaper Archives
RaleighRaleigh Extra06/18/1995 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RaleighNorth Raleigh News07/21/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RaleighGazette12/16/1893 – 02/19/1898Newspaper Archives
RaleighObserver02/24/1877 – 09/11/1880Newspaper Archives
RaleighSemi-Weekly Standard01/14/1852 – 03/08/1868Newspaper Archives
RaleighDispatch12/21/1991 – 04/10/1993Newspaper Archives
RaleighNews & Observer, The: Web Edition Articles05/06/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RaleighNews & Observer, The: Blogs12/07/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RaleighNorth-Carolina Minerva11/26/1799 – 12/31/1804Newspaper Archives
RaleighNews & Observer01/01/1991 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Red SpringsRed Springs Citizen09/10/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ReidsvilleEden Daily News02/13/2013 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ReidsvilleReidsville Review03/25/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RichlandsRichlands-Beulaville Advertiser News10/28/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Roanoke RapidsDaily Herald08/15/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RobbinsvilleGraham Star01/28/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RockinghamRichmond County Daily Journal05/05/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Rocky MountRocky Mount Telegram09/03/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RoxboroCourier-Times11/22/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SalisburySalisbury Post12/01/1998 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SanfordSanford Herald02/17/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ShallotteBrunswick Beacon05/18/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SmithfieldSmithfield Herald01/19/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Snow HillStandard Laconic07/13/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Southern PinesPilot10/08/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Spring HopeSpring Hope Enterprise & The Bailey News08/03/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Spruce PineMitchell News-Journal06/12/2013 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
St. PaulsSt. Pauls Review09/04/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
StatesvilleStatesville Record & Landmark02/06/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SwansboroTideland News09/03/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SylvaSylva Herald & Ruralite10/21/1999 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Tabor CityTabor-Loris Tribune03/14/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
TarboroDaily Southerner01/23/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
TarboroTarboro Press01/04/1840 – 03/02/1844Newspaper Archives
ThomasvilleThomasville Times01/01/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
TroyMontgomery Herald06/20/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
TryonTryon Daily Bulletin05/14/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WadesboroAnson Record06/19/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WallaceWallace Enterprise01/06/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Walnut CoveStokes News12/20/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WarrentonWarren Record07/08/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WarsawWarsaw-Faison News01/06/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WashingtonWashington Daily News10/02/2014 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WashingtonAmerican Recorder04/28/1815 – 05/27/1825Newspaper Archives
WeavervilleWeaverville Tribune04/30/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
West JeffersonJefferson Post09/25/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WhitevilleNews Reporter04/22/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WilliamstonMartin County Enterprise and Weekly Herald07/14/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WilmingtonStarNews01/31/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WilmingtonWilmington Gazette01/01/1801 – 01/13/1816Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonWilmington Centinel and General Advertiser06/18/1788 – 06/18/1788Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonTrue Republican or American Whig01/03/1809 – 11/07/1809Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonCape-Fear Recorder11/28/1818 – 04/11/1827Newspaper Archives
WilsonWilson Daily Times10/10/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WindsorBertie Ledger-Advance07/13/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Winston-SalemWinston-Salem Journal11/14/1997 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Winston-SalemTwin City Sentinel12/27/1906 – 12/27/1906Newspaper Archives
Winston-SalemWinston-Salem Journal08/30/1898 – 12/31/1929Newspaper Archives
YadkinvilleYadkin Ripple09/19/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
YanceyvilleCaswell Messenger08/27/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ZebulonEastern Wake News11/12/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries

*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.

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