we first start doing genealogy, we may think a newspaper with an obituary or a
marriage announcement would be difficult to find. This is not always true.
Thousands of newspapers have been preserved on microfilm, from colonial days up
to the present.
an example, Daniela's ancestors were pioneers in Madison, Indiana. She found
that there were sixty-three different newspaper titles published in Madison
going back to 1820 when the town started. She was particularly interested in
seeing what kinds of articles were published in her ancestor's hometown
newspaper before and after the Civil War. These are some of the newspapers
available to her:
Weekly Tribune, 1851-1852
Weekly Madisonian, 1851-1850s
Dollar Weekly Courier, 1851-1855
Weekly Courier, 1855-1863
Daily Evening Courier, 1855-1863
Weekly Democrat, started publication in 1859 and continued to the 1870s
(scattered issues only)
Weekly News-Letter, 1860-61
Weekly Courier, 1863-1872
Weekly Progress, 1871-1873
Evening Star, 1876-1877
Dollar Weekly Star, 1878-1884
trick is, you need to know the exact names of the newspapers to order them
through Interlibrary Loan. Some newspapers have historical editions; for
example, on the anniversary of the founding of the city.
you are looking for death notices or obituaries, business announcements or ads,
wedding announcements or anniversaries (especially 25th or 50th),
news of an epidemic, infestation or other plagues, visitations by relatives,
robberies and murders, or any news that may have affected the lives of your
ancestors, do not forget to look in newspapers.
Me! Find a newspaper in which there is likely to be an obituary
for my ancestor.
Me! Find a newspaper in which there may be articles about my
Me! Obtain a newspaper article.
Me! My ancestor worked in the telegraph office. There was a
robbery and he was shot. I know the date. Help me find a newspaper that would
have likely run the story.
ask these or similar questions, click on Help
Me!, fill out the form that comes up, and submit your questions.