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Genealogy Records found in Newspapers

  • Birth Announcements
  • Engagements, Marriage, Anniversary & Divorce Records
  • Obituaries
  • Legal Notices
  • Family Reunions
  • Military Records
  • Passenger Lists
  • Photographs & Images
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    And much more!

How to Find Your Ancestors in Newspapers

Our newspaper archive was built through OCR technology. There are a few important points to remember:

  • Newspapers don't always include full first names. Your ancestors 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.

Newspaper Archives — Keys to tracing your family history

Newspaper searches often provide a major key in tracking down relatives and ancestors. Very often, historical newspapers published news stories and obituaries in the hometowns and locations where your family members lived and worked.

GenealogyBank is the largest and fastest growing newspaper archive for genealogy and 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 elsewhere. Our online records include over 250 million newspaper obituaries and death records covering over 327 years from over 9,000 newspapers, some of which go all the way back to 1690!

GenealogyBank helps you review and search digitized newspaper clippings and full publications to learn more about your family history.  With every search, our newspaper archive search engine combs the entire newspaper for keyword matches including images found within articles. 

You can explore newspaper archives from large metropolitan cities as well as small towns from across all 50 states. So no matter where your ancestors lived, chances are good there are more than just a few stories of your descendants. 

Find old newspaper articles and stories about your family members and their accomplishments from graduations to weddings and more. 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.

Newspapers help build your family tree

Newspapers help you uncover stories and records about your ancestors that add depth to your family tree. Whether you start with a genealogy DNA test or search our newspaper collection, your family history journey is just beginning. GenealogyBank is your chance to flesh out a much fuller story—discover the news, 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. Search your family name or an ancestor’s  name to get started!

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