Search Photos & Illustrations in Newspapers 1745–1999

Search Photos & Illustrations in Newspapers 1745–1999

See the faces of your ancestors in old newspaper photos of family reunions, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays & other memorable occasions. Find pictures of your ancestors in old family photos, sketches & illustrations.

Enter your ancestor's name below and we'll search photos & illustrations to help you learn more about your family history.

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  1. Old Newspaper Photo Illustrations
  2. Old Family Reunion Photo from 1913 Newspaper Article
  3. Old Wedding & Marriage Anniversary Photos in Newspapers
  4. Old Birthday Photos in Newspapers
  5. Old Famous People & Celebrity Photos in Newspapers

  1. Photo Illustrations
  2. Family Reunion Photos
  3. Wedding & Anniversary Photos
  4. Birthday Pictures
  5. Pictures of Famous People

  1. Search thousands of illustrations in newspapers ranging from drawings of people to editorial cartoons online.

    You can find printable newspaper photo illustrations of your early American ancestors dating back to the 1700's in our historical archive.

  2. Newspapers often contain news coverage and photographs of special events such as family reunions.

    Old family reunion photos can help you find the names, faces and places of your immediate relatives and extended family members. These snapshots of memorable family moments can be printed and saved as keepsakes.

  3. Weddings and anniversaries are commonly announced in newspapers, often accompanied by pictures of the married couples and their bridal parties.

    These wedding and anniversary announcements frequently provide family information such as names, dates, locations and pictures of the married couples. Search old wedding photos, anniversary photos & photo illustrations dating back to the 1700's up to today to find pictures of your ancestors in our newspaper archives.

  4. Birthdays are one of life's most celebrated milestones and are frequently observed in newspapers.

    These celebratory newspaper articles often feature birthday pictures of relatives and provide genealogical information that can help you branch out your family tree. Uncover old family photos, names, ages and locations in these birthday observances.

  5. Newspapers are a great resource to find old photographs of famous people and celebrities because they follow their personal lives and report on their public appearances.

    Find pictures of the political figures, activists, athletes, entertainers and other famous people that have made an impact on American history and culture in our historical photograph archive.

Photographs Found in Newspapers:
  • Family Reunion Photos

  • Wedding & Anniversary Pictures

  • Birthday Photos

  • Pictures of Famous People

And many more!

Search Photographs & Illustrations in Newspapers To Discover Your Family's Story

Newspapers feature photographs of many of life's most special events, occasions and milestones. These vintage newspaper photos can open a window into our ancestors' personal lives, providing a frame of context for the times that they lived in.

The old family photos and illustrations in our historical newspaper archives are printable—perfect for creating keepsake images to preserve your family's history for generations to come. Search 686,021 pictures & illustrations to discover your family's story.

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Photos & Illustrations Search Tips

Use this search to find articles containing photos in the historical newspaper archives. This online collection contains photographs and illustrations as published in U.S. newspapers from 1745–1999.

Broad Photo & Illustration Search

Start your photo search by entering the family member’s name that you want a picture of in the Last Name and First Name fields.

Think of other relatives or friends who may also be in a photograph with your ancestor and try searching for their names as well.

Search for Pictures of Reunions & Special Events

Try searching for your ancestor’s last name and the keyword "reunion" in the Include Keywords field. This will help our search engine find pictures of family reunions, class reunions and other reunion events at which your ancestor may have been photographed.

Other keywords that may help you find pictures of your ancestor include "birthday," "married," "wedding," and "wed," as newspapers often publish birthday and wedding photos.

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