Search Advertisements in Newspapers 1704 - 2010

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Old Advertisements Reveal Unique Information about Our Ancestors' Lives

Our ancestors advertised their shops, trades, goods for sale, missing items such as lost horses, and rewards offered for runaway servants or slaves in newspapers. Old advertisements like these take us beyond the names, dates, and other basic facts about our ancestors and give us a sense of the lives they experienced.

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Advertisements Found in Newspapers:

  • Missing Person Advertisements

  • Ads for Lost Items

  • Real Estate Classifieds

  • Runaway Indentured Servants Ads

  • Ads for Runaway Slaves

And many more!