Virginia Archives: 181 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from Virginia, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online VA newspaper archives: 181 titles to help you search your family history in the “Old Dominion,” providing coverage from 1736 to Today. There are more than 54.5 million articles and records in our online Virginia newspaper archives!

Photo: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Photo: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

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

Search Virginia Newspaper Archives (1736 – 1986)

Search Virginia Recent Obituaries (1985 – Current)

Illustration: Virginia state flag
Illustration: Virginia state flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a complete list of Virginia newspapers in the online 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 VA newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

CityTitleDate Range * Collection
AbingdonWashington County News02/01/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AlexandriaAlexandria Daily Advertiser12/08/1800 – 07/09/1808Newspaper Archives
AlexandriaAlexandria Expositor11/26/1802 – 06/01/1807Newspaper Archives
AlexandriaAlexandria Expositor for the Country12/01/1803 – 03/04/1805Newspaper Archives
AlexandriaAlexandria Gazette07/11/1808 – 12/30/1876Newspaper Archives
AlexandriaAlexandria Gazette Packet02/26/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AlexandriaAlexandria Herald06/03/1811 – 06/29/1825Newspaper Archives
AlexandriaAlexandrian: a Commercial, Agricultural and Literary Journal12/05/1820 – 12/05/1820Newspaper Archives
AlexandriaCentre View02/21/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AlexandriaColumbian Advertiser and Commercial, Mechanic, and Agricultural Gazette08/02/1802 – 11/22/1802Newspaper Archives
AlexandriaColumbian Mirror and Alexandria Gazette12/05/1792 – 12/06/1800Newspaper Archives
AlexandriaLocal News10/07/1861 – 02/10/1862Newspaper Archives
AlexandriaMount Vernon Gazette02/13/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AlexandriaPeople’s Advocate04/11/1876 – 09/09/1876Newspaper Archives
AlexandriaSouthern Churchman12/08/1843 – 08/17/1876Newspaper Archives
AlexandriaTimes; and District of Columbia Daily Advertiser04/10/1797 – 07/31/1802Newspaper Archives
AlexandriaVienna-Oakton Connection02/26/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AlexandriaVirginia Gazette and Alexandria Advertiser09/03/1789 – 08/01/1793Newspaper Archives
AlexandriaVirginia Journal and Alexandria Advertiser02/12/1784 – 05/21/1789Newspaper Archives
AltavistaAltavista Journal10/08/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AmherstAmherst New Era Progress03/10/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AmherstNelson County Times03/19/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AppomattoxTimes-Virginian10/08/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ArlingtonArlington Catholic Herald09/28/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ArlingtonArlington Connection02/26/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Ashburn Farm, Ashburn Village, Landsdown, BluemontAshburn Connection02/26/2002 – 05/21/2009Recent Obituaries
BedfordBedford Bulletin11/25/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BoydtonMidland Express03/03/1893 – 03/03/1893Newspaper Archives
BristolBristol Herald Courier12/27/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BroadwayNorth Fork Journal06/27/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BrooknealUnion Star10/02/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BurkeBurke Connection02/26/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Cascades, Countryside, Potomac Falls, SterlingCascades Connection03/26/2008 – 09/23/2009Recent Obituaries
CharlottesvilleDaily Progress04/17/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CharlottesvilleJeffersonian Republican04/19/1855 – 12/22/1880Newspaper Archives
CharlottesvilleVirginia Advocate08/25/1827 – 04/02/1830Newspaper Archives
Chase CityNews-Progress02/23/2012 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ChathamStar-Tribune10/02/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CulpeperCulpeper Star-Exponent01/26/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DanvilleDanville Register & Bee01/29/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DaytonShenandoah Journal11/13/2007 – 06/12/2012Recent Obituaries
DumfriesVirginia Gazette and Agricultural Repository10/13/1791 – 12/19/1793Newspaper Archives
Dumfries, Stafford, WoodbridgePotomac Local06/28/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ElktonValley Banner06/28/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
EmporiaIndependent-Messenger07/08/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FairfaxFairfax Connection02/26/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Fairfax Station, CliftonFairfax Station-Clifton Connection02/26/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FincastleFincastle Mirror07/11/1823 – 02/18/1825Newspaper Archives
FincastleFincastle Weekly Advertiser05/08/1801 – 07/10/1801Newspaper Archives
FincastleHerald of the Valley09/17/1821 – 07/04/1823Newspaper Archives
FincastleHerald of Virginia and Fincastle Weekly Advertiser12/05/1800 – 12/05/1800Newspaper Archives
FloydFloyd Press07/19/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FranklinTidewater News10/03/2014 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FredericksburgFree Lance-Star01/01/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FredericksburgNew Era05/23/1865 – 06/29/1866Newspaper Archives
FredericksburgVirginia Express11/17/1803 – 07/12/1804Newspaper Archives
FredericksburgVirginia Herald09/06/1787 – 11/25/1829Newspaper Archives
Front RoyalWarren Sentinel09/17/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GalaxGalax Gazette11/18/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GoochlandGoochland Gazette06/04/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Great FallsGreat Falls Connection02/26/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HarrisonburgDaily News-Record06/10/1993 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HarrisonburgNorthern Augusta Journal11/20/2007 – 01/15/2008Recent Obituaries
HerndonHerndon Connection02/26/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HillsvilleCarroll News04/30/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
IndependenceDeclaration01/24/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
King GeorgeJournal Press05/20/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Laurel HillLaurel Hill Connection02/26/2002 – 06/10/2009Recent Obituaries
LawrencevilleBrunswick Times-Gazette07/08/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LeesburgGenius of Liberty01/11/1817 – 12/26/1820Newspaper Archives
LeesburgLeesburg Today08/29/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LeesburgTrue American12/30/1800 – 12/30/1800Newspaper Archives
LeesburgWashingtonian02/06/1810 – 07/16/1811Newspaper Archives
LexingtonNews-Gazette12/10/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LexingtonRockbridge Repository08/21/1801 – 08/06/1805Newspaper Archives
LexingtonVirginia Telegraphe01/10/1804 – 02/03/1808Newspaper Archives
LurayPage News and Courier01/13/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LynchburgLynchburg Daily Virginian08/10/1852 – 01/10/1876Newspaper Archives
LynchburgLynchburg Press05/13/1809 – 04/24/1818Newspaper Archives
LynchburgLynchburg Star02/27/1806 – 01/08/1812Newspaper Archives
LynchburgLynchburg Virginian01/07/1828 – 11/30/1848Newspaper Archives
LynchburgLynchburg Weekly Gazette10/13/1798 – 07/20/1799Newspaper Archives
LynchburgLynchburg Weekly Museum08/21/1797 – 05/19/1798Newspaper Archives
LynchburgNews & Advance03/11/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MadisonMadison County Eagle03/26/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ManassasNews & Messenger05/02/2008 – 12/26/2012Recent Obituaries
ManassasPrince William Today02/21/2013 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MarionBland County Messenger04/01/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MarionSmyth County News & Messenger01/31/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MartinsvilleMartinsville Bulletin04/30/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
McLeanFairfax Sun Gazette05/06/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
McLeanMcLean Connection02/26/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MechanicsvilleMechanicsville Local07/27/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MerrifieldArlington Sun Gazette04/03/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Newport NewsDaily Press01/01/1989 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
NorfolkAmerican Beacon08/07/1815 – 02/28/1827Newspaper Archives
NorfolkAmerican Gazette and Norfolk and Portsmouth Weekly Advertiser10/10/1792 – 08/28/1795Newspaper Archives
NorfolkCommercial Register08/16/1802 – 01/11/1803Newspaper Archives
NorfolkNew Regime03/08/1864 – 04/16/1864Newspaper Archives
NorfolkNorfolk and Portsmouth Chronicle09/26/1789 – 06/02/1792Newspaper Archives
NorfolkNorfolk and Portsmouth Gazette09/23/1789 – 10/08/1789Newspaper Archives
NorfolkNorfolk and Portsmouth Herald10/08/1807 – 06/19/1820Newspaper Archives
NorfolkNorfolk and Portsmouth Journal09/28/1787 – 05/06/1789Newspaper Archives
NorfolkNorfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger07/17/1804 – 09/17/1816Newspaper Archives
NorfolkVirginia Chronicle07/28/1792 – 12/18/1794Newspaper Archives
NorfolkVirginian-Pilot04/01/1990 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
NorfolkVirginian-Pilot01/01/1962 – 12/31/1963Newspaper Archives
OrangeOrange County Review03/03/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PetersburgAmerican Star06/23/1817 – 12/23/1817Newspaper Archives
PetersburgMercantile Advertiser, and Daily Vehicle02/17/1817 – 02/17/1817Newspaper Archives
PetersburgNational Pilot02/01/1900 – 02/01/1900Newspaper Archives
PetersburgPetersburg Daily Courier09/21/1814 – 06/22/1815Newspaper Archives
PetersburgPetersburg Intelligencer05/29/1798 – 09/22/1815Newspaper Archives
PetersburgProgress-Index10/31/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PowhatanPowhatan Today04/02/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RestonReston Connection02/26/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RichlandsRichlands News-Press01/06/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RichmondCampaign Enquirer10/15/1856 – 10/15/1856Newspaper Archives
RichmondCrisis04/04/1840 – 09/16/1840Newspaper Archives
RichmondDaily New Nation11/23/1867 – 04/11/1868Newspaper Archives
RichmondEnquirer05/09/1804 – 08/22/1876Newspaper Archives
RichmondImpartial Observer05/01/1806 – 07/02/1807Newspaper Archives
RichmondIndependent Republican05/01/1869 – 05/01/1869Newspaper Archives
RichmondObservatory, or A View of the Times03/01/1798 – 11/26/1798Newspaper Archives
RichmondRecorder11/10/1802 – 08/06/1803Newspaper Archives
RichmondReformer01/27/1900 – 01/27/1900Newspaper Archives
RichmondRepublican Sentinel03/16/1844 – 09/07/1844Newspaper Archives
RichmondRichmond Chronicle05/23/1795 – 08/27/1796Newspaper Archives
RichmondRichmond Commercial Compiler12/18/1816 – 12/31/1847Newspaper Archives
RichmondRichmond Daily Whig12/27/1833 – 02/15/1882Newspaper Archives
RichmondRichmond Enquirer10/25/1844 – 04/28/1870Newspaper Archives
RichmondRichmond Examiner04/08/1861 – 08/29/1866Newspaper Archives
RichmondRichmond Planet02/21/1885 – 01/13/1900Newspaper Archives
RichmondRichmond Times Dispatch01/27/1903 – 12/31/1986Newspaper Archives
RichmondRichmond Times-Dispatch08/19/1985 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RichmondRichmond Whig06/22/1824 – 12/29/1874Newspaper Archives
RichmondSentinel06/19/1863 – 01/03/1866Newspaper Archives
RichmondSouthern Churchman02/06/1835 – 03/08/1865Newspaper Archives
RichmondSouthern Illustrated News09/13/1862 – 09/10/1864Newspaper Archives
RichmondSpirit of ‘Seventy-Six09/20/1808 – 07/11/1809Newspaper Archives
RichmondTaglicher Anzeiger06/25/1876 – 06/25/1876Newspaper Archives
RichmondVirginia Argus05/09/1795 – 10/19/1816Newspaper Archives
RichmondVirginia Federalist06/01/1799 – 03/01/1800Newspaper Archives
RichmondVirginia Gazette and Weekly Advertiser03/02/1782 – 03/04/1796Newspaper Archives
RichmondVirginia Gazette, and General Advertiser12/07/1791 – 07/14/1809Newspaper Archives
RichmondVirginia Independent Chronicle05/23/1787 – 04/01/1789Newspaper Archives
RichmondVirginia Patriot12/26/1809 – 08/03/1819Newspaper Archives
RichmondVirginia Star05/11/1878 – 12/23/1882Newspaper Archives
RichmondVirginia State Journal-Campaign Edition10/01/1873 – 10/01/1873Newspaper Archives
RichmondVisitor and Telegraph03/13/1830 – 01/09/1839Newspaper Archives
RichmondYeoman01/29/1840 – 12/25/1840Newspaper Archives
RoanokeRoanoke Times01/01/1990 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Rocky MountFranklin News-Post10/09/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
South HillSouth Hill Enterprise01/07/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SpringfieldSpringfield Connection10/15/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
StaffordStafford County Sun04/17/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
StanardsvilleGreene County Record03/31/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
StauntonObserver08/04/1814 – 08/18/1814Newspaper Archives
StauntonPolitical Mirror06/03/1800 – 08/11/1801Newspaper Archives
StauntonSpirit of the Press05/18/1811 – 05/18/1811Newspaper Archives
StauntonStaunton Eagle08/14/1807 – 10/03/1810Newspaper Archives
StauntonStaunton Political Censor06/22/1808 – 02/22/1809Newspaper Archives
StauntonStaunton Spy09/21/1793 – 02/01/1794Newspaper Archives
StrasburgNorthern Virginia Daily12/17/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SuffolkSuffolk News-Herald10/02/2014 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WarrentonPalladium of Liberty08/23/1817 – 12/22/1820Newspaper Archives
WaynesboroNews Virginian02/03/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WilliamsburgVirginia Gazette02/03/1775 – 10/30/1778Newspaper Archives
WilliamsburgVirginia Gazette02/12/1779 – 12/30/1780Newspaper Archives
WilliamsburgVirginia Gazette02/28/1750 – 12/04/1778Newspaper Archives
WilliamsburgVirginia Gazette03/18/1736 – 09/25/1746Newspaper Archives
WilliamsburgVirginia Gazette05/16/1766 – 07/26/1776Newspaper Archives
WinchesterPhilanthropist03/25/1806 – 02/28/1809Newspaper Archives
WinchesterRepublican Constellation07/20/1811 – 07/31/1819Newspaper Archives
WinchesterVirginia Gazette and Winchester Advertiser08/29/1787 – 10/14/1789Newspaper Archives
WinchesterWinchester Gazette06/27/1798 – 01/15/1820Newspaper Archives
WinchesterWinchester Star04/30/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WinchesterWinchester Virginian04/18/1828 – 09/06/1836Newspaper Archives
WirtzSmith Mountain Eagle10/06/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WoodstockShenandoah Valley-Herald06/24/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WythevilleWytheville Enterprise02/01/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries

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