San Diego, California, Newspaper Archives (1853 - 1983)

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Discover more about your ancestors than names and dates in San Diego newspapers. 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 San Diego newspapers.

San Diego, California Newspaper Archives

Dating back to 1871, our San Diego newspaper archives capture an exciting period of San Diego’s history. After years of hardship, one investor, Alonzo Horton, had made significant strides in revitalizing the city. By 1878, San Diego was seen as a potential rival to San Francisco’s trading port. From here, growth continued with a transcontinental railroad causing the population to grow significantly. Daily newspapers captured this exciting period of growth in San Diego’s history. From stories of the new railroad to new settlers and booming populations, San Diego’s historic newspapers provide a glimpse into the daily lives.

Whether your ancestors were part of the early settlers in San Diego or arrived in the 1900s, find stories and information in our San Diego newspaper archives. Our expansive online database includes historic newspapers from 38 cities in the San Diego Region. Find full publications from all the popular titles including The Daily San Diegan, The Evening Tribune, San Diego Sun, and many more. Search all San Diego publications or select an individual newspaper title to further refine your family history search.

With fully archived newspapers dating back to 1871, our collection includes articles, advertisements, announcements, as well as San Diego newspaper obituary archives. Find newspaper articles that tell the story of your ancestor's lives as they lived it. With our San Diego news archives online you can watch your family history unfold as never before. Start searching today!

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