With full publications dating back to 1730, GenealogyBank has historic newspaper articles, wedding and birth announcements, obituaries, and more from New York City. With Just a name or date, you will be able to access endless information on your ancestors. Included in our list of New York City titles are early colonial newspapers and others including American Advocate, The New York Age, The American Citizen, and many more.
Find out this and more in our comprehensive collection of New York City newspaper archives to learn if your ancestors may have been a part of this and other events in the Big Apple.
If your ancestors immigrated to the United States from 1892 to 1954, it’s highly likely that they entered through Ellis Island. Over 12 million immigrants passed through the Ellis Island immigration station before settling throughout the United States. Did you know that it’s estimated 40% of U.S. citizens can trace their family history back to Ellis Island and NYC? If you have family members that immigrated from European countries, searching historical New York City newspapers may help you uncover lost relatives and unknown facts about your family history.
New York City: From the 1700s
During the 1700’s, New York played a pivotal role in the development of the United States. After the American Revolution took place, New York became a central hub for our country’s politics and was even considered the nation's capital between 1785 to 1790 when the Bill of Rights was being drafted. On April 30th, 1789 President George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States in New York City.
During the Civil War, New York sided with Union war efforts and provides the largest contributions of troops and defense supplies. Shortly after the Civil War, New York City became one of the most desired locations for Irish immigrants escaping from the Great Famine.
Search our extensive NYC newspaper archives to uncover unknown stories and thrilling events of your ancestors... Were your ancestors living or working in New York City when it was named the first capital of our nation? Did they help Union forces during the Civil War? Were they one of the millions to enter the U.S. through Ellis Island? Or perhaps they were involved in the New York World Fair.