Historical Newspapers & Articles For All 50 States
Featuring complete copies of each newspaper with 2+ billion articles.
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Genealogy Records found in Newspapers
- Birth Announcements
- Engagements, Marriage, Anniversary & Divorce Records
- Legal Notices
- Family Reunions
- Military Records
- Passenger Lists
- Photographs & Images
- Shipping & Shipping Records
- Community News Articles
Essential for exploring your family history.
Discover more than names and dates. Get to know your ancestors' stories—the lives they lived, their hardships and triumphs. Family trees are just not complete without the details available in newspapers.
How to Search Newspapers
- Newspapers don't always include full first names. Your ancestor could be listed under an initial or salutation. Also try last name variations.
- Don't limit your search to just one newspaper. Newspapers often picked up stories and obituaries in former hometowns and in places where other family members lived.
- If your family lived in a small town, look for a larger nearby city newspaper which might have included local news.
- Don't limit your search to your direct ancestors. Search for the names of cousins, siblings, in-laws, and other family members who lived in the same area.
Newspapers help you read between your DNA lines.
GenealogyBank lets you review and search newspaper clippings, old newspaper articles, newspaper archives and more. Search images and/or perform keyword searches. Our newspaper archive search engine searches the entire newspaper for keyword matches including images found within articles. Newspaper searches often provide a major key in tracking down relatives and ancestors. Very often, historical newspapers have published news stories and obituaries in old hometowns and in locations where your family members lived.
Keep in mind: GenealogyBank is the largest and fastest growing newspaper archive for family history research. 95% of our newspapers are exclusive to GenealogyBank, which means you will discover new facts and stories about your ancestors not found on other websites. Our records include over 249 million newspaper obituaries and death records covering over 326 years from over 7,000 newspapers, some of which go all the way back to 1690! You can explore newspaper archives from large metropolitan cities as well as small town and suburban papers from across all 50 states. So no matter where your ancestor lived, chances are good there’s documentation of your family history here!
Find old newspaper articles and stories about your family members and their accomplishments. Maybe they owned a business or had special standing in the community. Maybe they were longtime residents or performed relevant local functions. Whoever they were chances are there’s an article or photo (or more!) that’s relevant to your genealogy search.
Remember: biology-based matches and medical searches only get you so far. GenealogyBank is your chance to flesh out a much fuller story—get the news, the relevant facts, and insights about your family and their daily lives. Our news archives can often help uncover where they’re from which will ultimately tell you more about where you’re from and who you are. Browse our newspaper collection today!