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.

City Title Date Range * Collection
Abingdon Washington County News 02/01/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Alexandria Alexandria Daily Advertiser 12/08/1800 – 07/09/1808 Newspaper Archives
Alexandria Alexandria Expositor 11/26/1802 – 06/01/1807 Newspaper Archives
Alexandria Alexandria Expositor for the Country 12/01/1803 – 03/04/1805 Newspaper Archives
Alexandria Alexandria Gazette 07/11/1808 – 12/30/1876 Newspaper Archives
Alexandria Alexandria Gazette Packet 02/26/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Alexandria Alexandria Herald 06/03/1811 – 06/29/1825 Newspaper Archives
Alexandria Alexandrian: a Commercial, Agricultural and Literary Journal 12/05/1820 – 12/05/1820 Newspaper Archives
Alexandria Centre View 02/21/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Alexandria Columbian Advertiser and Commercial, Mechanic, and Agricultural Gazette 08/02/1802 – 11/22/1802 Newspaper Archives
Alexandria Columbian Mirror and Alexandria Gazette 12/05/1792 – 12/06/1800 Newspaper Archives
Alexandria Local News 10/07/1861 – 02/10/1862 Newspaper Archives
Alexandria Mount Vernon Gazette 02/13/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Alexandria People’s Advocate 04/11/1876 – 09/09/1876 Newspaper Archives
Alexandria Southern Churchman 12/08/1843 – 08/17/1876 Newspaper Archives
Alexandria Times; and District of Columbia Daily Advertiser 04/10/1797 – 07/31/1802 Newspaper Archives
Alexandria Vienna-Oakton Connection 02/26/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Alexandria Virginia Gazette and Alexandria Advertiser 09/03/1789 – 08/01/1793 Newspaper Archives
Alexandria Virginia Journal and Alexandria Advertiser 02/12/1784 – 05/21/1789 Newspaper Archives
Altavista Altavista Journal 10/08/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Amherst Amherst New Era Progress 03/10/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Amherst Nelson County Times 03/19/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Appomattox Times-Virginian 10/08/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Arlington Arlington Catholic Herald 09/28/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Arlington Arlington Connection 02/26/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ashburn Farm, Ashburn Village, Landsdown, Bluemont Ashburn Connection 02/26/2002 – 05/21/2009 Recent Obituaries
Bedford Bedford Bulletin 11/25/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boydton Midland Express 03/03/1893 – 03/03/1893 Newspaper Archives
Bristol Bristol Herald Courier 12/27/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Broadway North Fork Journal 06/27/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brookneal Union Star 10/02/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Burke Burke Connection 02/26/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cascades, Countryside, Potomac Falls, Sterling Cascades Connection 03/26/2008 – 09/23/2009 Recent Obituaries
Charlottesville Daily Progress 04/17/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Charlottesville Jeffersonian Republican 04/19/1855 – 12/22/1880 Newspaper Archives
Charlottesville Virginia Advocate 08/25/1827 – 04/02/1830 Newspaper Archives
Chase City News-Progress 02/23/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chatham Star-Tribune 10/02/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Culpeper Culpeper Star-Exponent 01/26/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Danville Danville Register & Bee 01/29/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dayton Shenandoah Journal 11/13/2007 – 06/12/2012 Recent Obituaries
Dumfries Virginia Gazette and Agricultural Repository 10/13/1791 – 12/19/1793 Newspaper Archives
Dumfries, Stafford, Woodbridge Potomac Local 06/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Elkton Valley Banner 06/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Emporia Independent-Messenger 07/08/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fairfax Fairfax Connection 02/26/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fairfax Station, Clifton Fairfax Station-Clifton Connection 02/26/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fincastle Fincastle Mirror 07/11/1823 – 02/18/1825 Newspaper Archives
Fincastle Fincastle Weekly Advertiser 05/08/1801 – 07/10/1801 Newspaper Archives
Fincastle Herald of the Valley 09/17/1821 – 07/04/1823 Newspaper Archives
Fincastle Herald of Virginia and Fincastle Weekly Advertiser 12/05/1800 – 12/05/1800 Newspaper Archives
Floyd Floyd Press 07/19/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Franklin Tidewater News 10/03/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star 01/01/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fredericksburg New Era 05/23/1865 – 06/29/1866 Newspaper Archives
Fredericksburg Virginia Express 11/17/1803 – 07/12/1804 Newspaper Archives
Fredericksburg Virginia Herald 09/06/1787 – 11/25/1829 Newspaper Archives
Front Royal Warren Sentinel 09/17/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Galax Galax Gazette 11/18/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Goochland Goochland Gazette 06/04/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Great Falls Great Falls Connection 02/26/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harrisonburg Daily News-Record 06/10/1993 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harrisonburg Northern Augusta Journal 11/20/2007 – 01/15/2008 Recent Obituaries
Herndon Herndon Connection 02/26/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hillsville Carroll News 04/30/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Independence Declaration 01/24/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
King George Journal Press 05/20/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Laurel Hill Laurel Hill Connection 02/26/2002 – 06/10/2009 Recent Obituaries
Lawrenceville Brunswick Times-Gazette 07/08/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Leesburg Genius of Liberty 01/11/1817 – 12/26/1820 Newspaper Archives
Leesburg Leesburg Today 08/29/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Leesburg True American 12/30/1800 – 12/30/1800 Newspaper Archives
Leesburg Washingtonian 02/06/1810 – 07/16/1811 Newspaper Archives
Lexington News-Gazette 12/10/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Rockbridge Repository 08/21/1801 – 08/06/1805 Newspaper Archives
Lexington Virginia Telegraphe 01/10/1804 – 02/03/1808 Newspaper Archives
Luray Page News and Courier 01/13/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lynchburg Lynchburg Daily Virginian 08/10/1852 – 01/10/1876 Newspaper Archives
Lynchburg Lynchburg Press 05/13/1809 – 04/24/1818 Newspaper Archives
Lynchburg Lynchburg Star 02/27/1806 – 01/08/1812 Newspaper Archives
Lynchburg Lynchburg Virginian 01/07/1828 – 11/30/1848 Newspaper Archives
Lynchburg Lynchburg Weekly Gazette 10/13/1798 – 07/20/1799 Newspaper Archives
Lynchburg Lynchburg Weekly Museum 08/21/1797 – 05/19/1798 Newspaper Archives
Lynchburg News & Advance 03/11/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Madison Madison County Eagle 03/26/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Manassas News & Messenger 05/02/2008 – 12/26/2012 Recent Obituaries
Manassas Prince William Today 02/21/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marion Bland County Messenger 04/01/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marion Smyth County News & Messenger 01/31/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Martinsville Martinsville Bulletin 04/30/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
McLean Fairfax Sun Gazette 05/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
McLean McLean Connection 02/26/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mechanicsville Mechanicsville Local 07/27/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Merrifield Arlington Sun Gazette 04/03/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newport News Daily Press 01/01/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
Norfolk American Beacon 08/07/1815 – 02/28/1827 Newspaper Archives
Norfolk American Gazette and Norfolk and Portsmouth Weekly Advertiser 10/10/1792 – 08/28/1795 Newspaper Archives
Norfolk Commercial Register 08/16/1802 – 01/11/1803 Newspaper Archives
Norfolk New Regime 03/08/1864 – 04/16/1864 Newspaper Archives
Norfolk Norfolk and Portsmouth Chronicle 09/26/1789 – 06/02/1792 Newspaper Archives
Norfolk Norfolk and Portsmouth Gazette 09/23/1789 – 10/08/1789 Newspaper Archives
Norfolk Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald 10/08/1807 – 06/19/1820 Newspaper Archives
Norfolk Norfolk and Portsmouth Journal 09/28/1787 – 05/06/1789 Newspaper Archives
Norfolk Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger 07/17/1804 – 09/17/1816 Newspaper Archives
Norfolk Virginia Chronicle 07/28/1792 – 12/18/1794 Newspaper Archives
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot 04/01/1990 – Current Recent Obituaries
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot 01/01/1962 – 12/31/1963 Newspaper Archives
Orange Orange County Review 03/03/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Petersburg American Star 06/23/1817 – 12/23/1817 Newspaper Archives
Petersburg Mercantile Advertiser, and Daily Vehicle 02/17/1817 – 02/17/1817 Newspaper Archives
Petersburg National Pilot 02/01/1900 – 02/01/1900 Newspaper Archives
Petersburg Petersburg Daily Courier 09/21/1814 – 06/22/1815 Newspaper Archives
Petersburg Petersburg Intelligencer 05/29/1798 – 09/22/1815 Newspaper Archives
Petersburg Progress-Index 10/31/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Powhatan Powhatan Today 04/02/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Reston Reston Connection 02/26/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Richlands Richlands News-Press 01/06/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Richmond Campaign Enquirer 10/15/1856 – 10/15/1856 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Crisis 04/04/1840 – 09/16/1840 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Daily New Nation 11/23/1867 – 04/11/1868 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Enquirer 05/09/1804 – 08/22/1876 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Impartial Observer 05/01/1806 – 07/02/1807 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Independent Republican 05/01/1869 – 05/01/1869 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Observatory, or A View of the Times 03/01/1798 – 11/26/1798 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Recorder 11/10/1802 – 08/06/1803 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Reformer 01/27/1900 – 01/27/1900 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Republican Sentinel 03/16/1844 – 09/07/1844 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Richmond Chronicle 05/23/1795 – 08/27/1796 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Richmond Commercial Compiler 12/18/1816 – 12/31/1847 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Richmond Daily Whig 12/27/1833 – 02/15/1882 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Richmond Enquirer 10/25/1844 – 04/28/1870 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Richmond Examiner 04/08/1861 – 08/29/1866 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Richmond Planet 02/21/1885 – 01/13/1900 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Richmond Times Dispatch 01/27/1903 – 12/31/1986 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Richmond Times-Dispatch 08/19/1985 – Current Recent Obituaries
Richmond Richmond Whig 06/22/1824 – 12/29/1874 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Sentinel 06/19/1863 – 01/03/1866 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Southern Churchman 02/06/1835 – 03/08/1865 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Southern Illustrated News 09/13/1862 – 09/10/1864 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Spirit of ‘Seventy-Six 09/20/1808 – 07/11/1809 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Taglicher Anzeiger 06/25/1876 – 06/25/1876 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Virginia Argus 05/09/1795 – 10/19/1816 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Virginia Federalist 06/01/1799 – 03/01/1800 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Virginia Gazette and Weekly Advertiser 03/02/1782 – 03/04/1796 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Virginia Gazette, and General Advertiser 12/07/1791 – 07/14/1809 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Virginia Independent Chronicle 05/23/1787 – 04/01/1789 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Virginia Patriot 12/26/1809 – 08/03/1819 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Virginia Star 05/11/1878 – 12/23/1882 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Virginia State Journal-Campaign Edition 10/01/1873 – 10/01/1873 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Visitor and Telegraph 03/13/1830 – 01/09/1839 Newspaper Archives
Richmond Yeoman 01/29/1840 – 12/25/1840 Newspaper Archives
Roanoke Roanoke Times 01/01/1990 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rocky Mount Franklin News-Post 10/09/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
South Hill South Hill Enterprise 01/07/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Springfield Springfield Connection 10/15/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stafford Stafford County Sun 04/17/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Stanardsville Greene County Record 03/31/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Staunton Observer 08/04/1814 – 08/18/1814 Newspaper Archives
Staunton Political Mirror 06/03/1800 – 08/11/1801 Newspaper Archives
Staunton Spirit of the Press 05/18/1811 – 05/18/1811 Newspaper Archives
Staunton Staunton Eagle 08/14/1807 – 10/03/1810 Newspaper Archives
Staunton Staunton Political Censor 06/22/1808 – 02/22/1809 Newspaper Archives
Staunton Staunton Spy 09/21/1793 – 02/01/1794 Newspaper Archives
Strasburg Northern Virginia Daily 12/17/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Suffolk Suffolk News-Herald 10/02/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warrenton Palladium of Liberty 08/23/1817 – 12/22/1820 Newspaper Archives
Waynesboro News Virginian 02/03/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Williamsburg Virginia Gazette 02/03/1775 – 10/30/1778 Newspaper Archives
Williamsburg Virginia Gazette 02/12/1779 – 12/30/1780 Newspaper Archives
Williamsburg Virginia Gazette 02/28/1750 – 12/04/1778 Newspaper Archives
Williamsburg Virginia Gazette 03/18/1736 – 09/25/1746 Newspaper Archives
Williamsburg Virginia Gazette 05/16/1766 – 07/26/1776 Newspaper Archives
Winchester Philanthropist 03/25/1806 – 02/28/1809 Newspaper Archives
Winchester Republican Constellation 07/20/1811 – 07/31/1819 Newspaper Archives
Winchester Virginia Gazette and Winchester Advertiser 08/29/1787 – 10/14/1789 Newspaper Archives
Winchester Winchester Gazette 06/27/1798 – 01/15/1820 Newspaper Archives
Winchester Winchester Star 04/30/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Winchester Winchester Virginian 04/18/1828 – 09/06/1836 Newspaper Archives
Wirtz Smith Mountain Eagle 10/06/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woodstock Shenandoah Valley-Herald 06/24/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wytheville Wytheville Enterprise 02/01/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries

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