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
Ahoskie Roanoke-Chowan News Herald 07/10/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Albemarle Stanly News and Press 01/02/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Andrews Andrews Journal 12/04/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Apex Apex Herald 01/04/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Apex, Holly Springs Southwest Wake News 06/01/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Asheboro Randolph Guide 04/06/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Asheboro Courier-Tribune 04/06/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belhaven Beaufort-Hyde News 07/27/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Blowing Rock Blowing Rocket 05/06/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boone Mountain Times 02/04/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boone Watauga Democrat 01/14/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bryson City Smoky Mountain Times 02/06/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Burgaw Pender Chronicle 10/28/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Burgaw Pender-Topsail Post & Voice 11/10/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cary Cary News 02/13/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cashiers Crossroads Chronicle 03/18/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill News 05/03/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill Herald 01/27/1995 – Current Recent Obituaries
Charlotte Charlotte Semi-Weekly Observer 12/15/1916 – 12/15/1916 Newspaper Archives
Charlotte Africo-American Presbyterian 12/21/1899 – 12/21/1899 Newspaper Archives
Charlotte Charlotte Observer 01/01/1992 – Current Recent Obituaries
Charlotte Charlotte Observer 03/13/1892 – 12/31/1935 Newspaper Archives
Charlotte Charlotte News 12/11/1888 – 09/29/1922 Newspaper Archives
Charlotte Carolina Israelite 02/01/1944 – 12/01/1958 Newspaper Archives
Charlotte Charlotte Post 02/03/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Charlotte Charlotte Observer, The: Blogs 11/09/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clayton Clayton News-Star 08/10/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clemmons Clemmons Courier 01/06/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cleveland Cleveland Post 01/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clinton Sampson Independent 07/07/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Davidson Davidsonnews.net 01/01/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Durham Herald-Sun 01/01/1995 – Current Recent Obituaries
Durham Chronicle, The: Duke University 01/25/1994 – Current Recent Obituaries
Durham Durham News 09/03/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Edenton Chowan Herald 07/12/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Edenton Edenton Gazette 02/26/1806 – 02/26/1821 Newspaper Archives
Edenton State Gazette of North Carolina 05/11/1793 – 02/20/1799 Newspaper Archives
Elizabeth City Daily Advance 11/09/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal 03/05/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Elkin Tribune 09/19/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Farmville Farmville Enterprise 07/13/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fayetteville Fayetteville Observer 01/18/1988 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fayetteville Carolina Observer 12/09/1824 – 02/23/1863 Newspaper Archives
Fayetteville North Carolina Chronicle or Fayetteville Gazette 02/01/1790 – 07/19/1790 Newspaper Archives
Fayetteville American 04/26/1816 – 04/26/1816 Newspaper Archives
Forest City Daily Courier 01/01/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Franklin Franklin Press 02/19/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fremont Wayne-Wilson News Leader 07/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fuquay-Varina Fuquay-Varina Independent 10/14/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Garner Garner News 10/21/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Garner, Cleveland Garner-Cleveland Record 01/05/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greensboro News & Record: Blogs 01/24/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greensboro News & Record 01/01/1990 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greensboro Greensboro Record 03/17/1906 – 03/16/1984 Newspaper Archives
Greensboro Greensboro News and Record 03/19/1984 – 11/10/1989 Newspaper Archives
Greensboro Greensboro Daily News 01/03/1906 – 12/31/1982 Newspaper Archives
Greensboro Yes! Weekly 03/16/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greenville Daily Reflector 08/30/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Grifton Times-Leader 07/20/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Halifax North-Carolina Journal 08/01/1792 – 09/11/1797 Newspaper Archives
Hampstead Topsail Voice 09/10/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hayesville Clay County Progress 09/19/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Henderson Daily Dispatch 04/10/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hertford Perquimans Weekly 07/13/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hickory Hickory Daily Record 02/10/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
High Point High Point Enterprise 04/14/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Highlands Highlander 02/28/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hillsborough Hillsborough Recorder 03/10/1824 – 05/10/1865 Newspaper Archives
Hillsborough News of Orange County 08/27/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holly Springs Holly Springs Sun 07/10/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jamestown Jamestown News 01/12/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kannapolis Independent Tribune 05/27/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kannapolis Kannapolis Citizen 04/01/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kenansville Duplin Times 09/29/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kenansville Duplin Today – Pink Hill Review 03/08/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Laurinburg Laurinburg Exchange 01/02/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lenoir News-Topic 11/12/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lincolnton Lincoln Republican 01/23/1840 – 05/25/1842 Newspaper Archives
Lincolnton Lincoln Courier 05/02/1846 – 02/15/1851 Newspaper Archives
Littleton Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer 07/08/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Littleton True Reformer 07/25/1900 – 07/25/1900 Newspaper Archives
Louisburg Franklin Times 12/19/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lumberton Robesonian 01/01/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marion McDowell News 02/12/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mebane Mebane Enterprise 09/17/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Milton Milton Gazette and Roanoke Advertiser 05/03/1822 – 04/21/1825 Newspaper Archives
Monroe Enquirer-Journal 10/01/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mooresville Mooresville Tribune 02/16/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Morehead City Carteret County News-Times 04/16/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Morganton News Herald 01/12/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mount Olive Mount Olive Tribune 10/06/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mt. Airy Mt. Airy News 11/02/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Murfreesboro Hornets’ Nest 10/01/1812 – 07/22/1813 Newspaper Archives
Murphy Cherokee Scout 04/20/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Nashville Nashville Graphic 01/06/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Bern True Republican, and Newbern Weekly Advertiser 04/02/1810 – 08/07/1811 Newspaper Archives
New Bern Newbern Sentinel 03/21/1818 – 12/21/1836 Newspaper Archives
New Bern North-Carolina Gazette 03/24/1775 – 07/14/1775 Newspaper Archives
New Bern Newbern Herald 01/20/1809 – 02/26/1810 Newspaper Archives
New Bern Morning Herald 09/17/1807 – 12/30/1808 Newspaper Archives
New Bern Carolina Federal Republican 01/12/1809 – 04/25/1818 Newspaper Archives
New Bern State Gazette of North Carolina 08/09/1787 – 02/07/1788 Newspaper Archives
Newton Observer News Enterprise 09/06/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pilot Mountain Pilot 02/20/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Princeton Princeton News-Leader 05/30/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Raleigh Star 11/03/1808 – 09/29/1852 Newspaper Archives
Raleigh Midtown Raleigh News 01/16/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Raleigh Raleigh Register 06/04/1819 – 12/28/1821 Newspaper Archives
Raleigh Raleigh Extra 06/18/1995 – Current Recent Obituaries
Raleigh North Raleigh News 07/21/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Raleigh Gazette 12/16/1893 – 02/19/1898 Newspaper Archives
Raleigh Observer 02/24/1877 – 09/11/1880 Newspaper Archives
Raleigh Semi-Weekly Standard 01/14/1852 – 03/08/1868 Newspaper Archives
Raleigh Dispatch 12/21/1991 – 04/10/1993 Newspaper Archives
Raleigh News & Observer, The: Web Edition Articles 05/06/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Raleigh News & Observer, The: Blogs 12/07/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Raleigh North-Carolina Minerva 11/26/1799 – 12/31/1804 Newspaper Archives
Raleigh News & Observer 01/01/1991 – Current Recent Obituaries
Red Springs Red Springs Citizen 09/10/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Reidsville Eden Daily News 02/13/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Reidsville Reidsville Review 03/25/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Richlands Richlands-Beulaville Advertiser News 10/28/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald 08/15/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Robbinsville Graham Star 01/28/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rockingham Richmond County Daily Journal 05/05/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rocky Mount Rocky Mount Telegram 09/03/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Roxboro Courier-Times 11/22/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Salisbury Salisbury Post 12/01/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sanford Sanford Herald 02/17/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Shallotte Brunswick Beacon 05/18/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Smithfield Smithfield Herald 01/19/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Snow Hill Standard Laconic 07/13/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Southern Pines Pilot 10/08/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Spring Hope Spring Hope Enterprise & The Bailey News 08/03/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Spruce Pine Mitchell News-Journal 06/12/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
St. Pauls St. Pauls Review 09/04/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Statesville Statesville Record & Landmark 02/06/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Swansboro Tideland News 09/03/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sylva Sylva Herald & Ruralite 10/21/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Tabor City Tabor-Loris Tribune 03/14/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Tarboro Daily Southerner 01/23/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Tarboro Tarboro Press 01/04/1840 – 03/02/1844 Newspaper Archives
Thomasville Thomasville Times 01/01/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Troy Montgomery Herald 06/20/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Tryon Tryon Daily Bulletin 05/14/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wadesboro Anson Record 06/19/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wallace Wallace Enterprise 01/06/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Walnut Cove Stokes News 12/20/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warrenton Warren Record 07/08/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warsaw Warsaw-Faison News 01/06/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Washington Washington Daily News 10/02/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Washington American Recorder 04/28/1815 – 05/27/1825 Newspaper Archives
Weaverville Weaverville Tribune 04/30/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Jefferson Jefferson Post 09/25/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Whiteville News Reporter 04/22/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Williamston Martin County Enterprise and Weekly Herald 07/14/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wilmington StarNews 01/31/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wilmington Wilmington Gazette 01/01/1801 – 01/13/1816 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Wilmington Centinel and General Advertiser 06/18/1788 – 06/18/1788 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington True Republican or American Whig 01/03/1809 – 11/07/1809 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Cape-Fear Recorder 11/28/1818 – 04/11/1827 Newspaper Archives
Wilson Wilson Daily Times 10/10/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Windsor Bertie Ledger-Advance 07/13/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Winston-Salem Winston-Salem Journal 11/14/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Winston-Salem Twin City Sentinel 12/27/1906 – 12/27/1906 Newspaper Archives
Winston-Salem Winston-Salem Journal 08/30/1898 – 12/31/1929 Newspaper Archives
Yadkinville Yadkin Ripple 09/19/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Yanceyville Caswell Messenger 08/27/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Zebulon Eastern Wake News 11/12/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries

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