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Newspapers are great sources for the information needed to build trees and locate relatives.

Newspapers have articles that may list dates, parents, siblings, children, marriages, and maiden names.  Military mentions and Happy Birthday notices may provide needed information. Obituaries, marriage announcements, and court events are usually the most beneficial.

There are many newspapers online. If you can’t find what you are looking for online, local libraries and local and state historical societies may have the needed newspaper archive offline.  Ask for the research librarian or newspaper archivist respectively for help researching. Most libraries and societies require a small fee to conduct the research.

Start by identifying the name of the newspapers in the location where the person you are researching was. Wikipedia Newspaper Index is a good starting point.  Once you know the newspaper(s) to look in, provide as much known information as possible including date, date range, names, relatives, etc.

Reminder: Many events are printed after the date the event occurred on. Using a data range can help increase the likelihood of finding an article.

Links to newspaper websites

Genealogy Bank ($)

Newspapers.com ($)

Newspaper Archive ($)

Library of Congress – Chronicling America


Google Newspapers

New York Newspapers

Brooklyn Eagle Brooklyn, New York 1841-1902

New York Northern NY Newspapers

Pennsylvania Historic Newspapers

California Digital Newspaper Collection

Sites with links to on-line newspaper sites and obituary sites

Wikipedia Newspapers Index

Historical US Newspapers

The Ancestor Hunt

Legacy.com Links to obits and newspapers


Rootsweb Obituaries

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