New Bedford, Massachusetts, Newspaper Archives (1792 - 1919)

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New Bedford, Massachusetts Newspaper Archives

With roots in early colonial history as well as home to Irish, Polish, and Portuguese immigrants in the 1880s and Jewish immigrants during WWI. New Bedford has a rich genealogy history. For anyone with these roots, New Bedford may have been home to your ancestors. Find out and trace your heritage using New Bedford newspaper archives.

Newspapers captured the daily lives of our ancestors. Search our collection of New Bedford newspapers from 1792 on to learn more about your ancestors. In addition to old newspaper articles and announcements, you can search New Bedford obituaries, another valuable genealogy resource. 

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Discover more about your ancestors than names and dates in New Bedford 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 New Bedford newspapers.

History of New Bedford

Purchased in 1652 by English setters, New Bedford became an established and reputable city by 1847. At the end of the 18th century, New Bedford experienced a series of advancements, beginning with their first newspaper publication called The Medley. Over the next few years, the city expanded by adding a post office, stronger infrastructure, and a city government.

Also, during the 1800’s, Massachusetts experienced a surge of Irish, Polish, and Portuguese immigrants that settled all over the state, including New Bedford. The city became an attractive destination for immigrants due to their thriving whaling and textile industries that offered many jobs. New Bedford received a second wave of immigration during World War I when Jewish communities settled in this town, finding work as businessmen and merchants along side earlier settlers.

At GenealogyBank, we believe in order to understand your future, you must understand your past. Search through our extensive database of over 7,000 newspaper articles from across the U.S. and uncover on your family’s history. Start with just a name, date, or keyword. 

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