2014 by Donald R. Snow
Sections of the Class Notes
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Kinds of Information in Newspapers and What To Do With It
  • Newspapers Online - Free
  • Newspapers Online - Commercial (Some Are Free To LDS or at FHC's)
  • Current Newspaper Websites
  • Articles About Using Newspapers in Family History
  • Challenge
This page was last updated 2014-05-08.
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  1. Instructor is Donald R. Snow ( ) of Provo and St. George, Utah.
  2. These notes with the Internet links active are posted on .
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  4. The problem:  How to find information in newspapers about your ancestors, e.g. which newspapers were published when and where, which ones are online, how to search them, and how to use the information.
  5. We will also show a way to label the clip and other scan files so they automatically form a timeline of the person's life.

  7. Newspapers started in the U.S. in 1690 (see Library of Congress website) and are a rich source of genealogy data -- PowerPoint to show examples.
  8. Types of information
    1. Vital records, birth, marriage and divorce, death and obituaries -- some newspapers published lists of vital records at the end of the year
    2. News articles and photos -- school, military, current events, both local and worldwide  
    3. Social and society columns
    4. Legal notices and public announcements 
    5. Historical information in newspapers like The New York Times and The London Times
    6. Classified ads -- e.g. "Search for Missing Friends" Irish ads in The Boston Pilot -- 
    7. Stories about people
  9. Do screenshots, even scrolling windows, with FastStone Capture 5.3 (last freeware version) -- available from
  10. Save as a file and/or to your genealogy database management program and to FamilySearch FamilyTree, when appropriate
  11. My system for naming screenshots and document scans so they sort into a timeline for the person's life
    1. Name of file -- "SurnameGivenNames(Married name)(birth year-death year)-(Event date YYYY-MM-DD)-Event-Description--DateScanned.ext"
    2. Example -- ManwaringDiane(Snow)(1934-2012)-2012-10-10-Obituary-SaltLakeDeseretNews-2012-10-13-Ancestry-com--2014-04-10.pdf
    3. Including birth and death years makes it so time period is clear and distinguishes people with same name, so you don't have to use Jr. or Sr.
    4. Maiden name of women is at start since computer databases require that -- I include married name in parentheses for ease of identification
    5. For events I use keywords like Birth, Marriage, Death, News, LDS, History, Doc, School, Census, Letter, Medical, Directory, Military, Genealogy, Talk, Audio, etc., and sometimes I use more than one
    6. I put event dates in International Date Format YYYY-MM-DD after name so the files sort chronologically for a person and give a timeline for that person -- could put the date anywhere else in the title, but then titles don't alphabetize chronologically to form a timeline
    7. Using the freeware program EVERYTHING from  makes them sort chronologically where ever they are on your computer 
    8. See more details in my Screen Captures notes on


  12. Linkpendium -- -- major listing of US newspapers in each state, county, and town
  13. BYU Library Newspaper Links -- > 
  14. BYU-I Library Newspaper Links --
  15. Utah newspapers
    1. Utah Digital Newspapers -- -- see timeline pdf of newspapers they have digitized so far -- 
    2. Pioneer Library website --
    3. Pioneer Library Research Guides --
    4. Deseret News Archives - 1850-1987 -- -- To search Deseret News Archives you can also go to their current website -- -- enter search terms (upper right corner), click on pick arrow and select Archives 1850-1987, then click on the Search button (magnifying glass) -- not all back issues of the Deseret News are posted there yet
  16. Library of Congress Digital Collections -- -- and Chronicling America -- 
  17. National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) -- 
  18. Wikipedia list of newspapers and links --
  19. NewspaperCat -- and additional information and links at --
  20. Online Historical Newspapers Website --
  21. GENUKI -- -- UK and Ireland
  22. RootsWeb -- -- Search all or by newspaper
  23. US GenWeb -- -- Go to state > county > city
  24. Cyndislist -- > Newspapers
  25. US Newspaper List -- 
  26. Internet Public Library --
  27. Old New York newspapers -- -- can search many old New York newspapers, including the New York Times; read the FAQ before using it 
  28. Small Town Papers -- -- list of several hundred current small town newspapers with archives
  29. The Olden Times Historic Newspapers Online --
  30. FamilySearch Catalog (used to be called the Family History Library Catalog) -- -- do keyword search for things like "newspapers utah" (without the quotes)
  31. Google Newspapers -- -- and Google News Archive --  (Wait for the search box to open.) -- also see more info about Google Archives Search at  and Google Newspapers at
  32. Michigan State U Guide to Historical Newspaper Databases --
  33. Illinois Newpaper Project (INP) -- has more than just Illinois newspapers
  34. California Digital Newspaper Collection --
  35. Quincy (Illinois) Public Library website -- > Reference and Research tab
    1. Historical Newspaper Archive -- many articles about the Mormons in Nauvoo
    2. US National Newspaper websites -- links to many current national newspapers
  36. Obituary searches --
  37. New York Times photos --


  38. Genealogy Bank ($) -- -- large collection of historic newspapers; can search and see snippets for free; claims that 95% of its newspapers are only on this website and not elsewhere
  39. Godfrey Memorial Library ($) -- -- free at FHC's -- includes the following:
    1. Newspaper Archive ($) -- -- claims to be the largest online newspaper archive, includes several New York City newspapers, including the New York Times archive through 1857-1909
    2. London (Digital) Times ($) -- -- also on Fold3
    3. World Vital Records ($) -- 
    4. Newspaper Archive and World Vital Records are also available in FHC's through the FHC Portal -- see the KnowledgeBase document ID 106761 -- 
  40. Gale Digital Collections ($) -- -- search "Products by Name" to see newspapers
  41. ($) --  -- owned by Ancestry
  42. Ancestry's Newspaper Collection ($) -- -- or go to Ancestry's Home page > Search > Stories & Publications > Newspapers & Periodicals -- free at FHC's
  43. The British Newspaper Archive ($) -- -- commercial, but you get a few pages free
  44. Last Chance To Read ($) -- -- 18th and 19th Century British newspapers
  45. Fold3 ($) -- -- owned by Ancestry; mostly military records, but includes some newspapers -- free at FHC's
  46. World Vital Records ($) -- -- click on Card Catalog (right-hand side) > Newspaper Archive Collection -- free at FHC's
  47. Personalized Newspaper Gifts ($) -- -- sells newspapers of various dates, etc.


  48. Newspaper websites with archives worldwide -- 
  49. New York Times -- -- free registration, but they charge for some articles; starts with first NY Times in 1851 -- knowing the date and title you may be able to find the same article for free on other websites  
  50. Chicago Tribune 1852 - Present --
  51. Toronto Star -- -- free archives only goes back to 1985
  52. Los Angeles Times --  -- free registration
  53. Salt Lake Deseret News -- -- To search Deseret News Archives enter search terms (upper right corner). click on pick arrow and select Archives 1850-1987, then click on the Search button (the magnifying glass) -- note that not this file is incomplete and lacks many issues of the Deseret News
  54. Salt Lake Tribune -- -- Salt Lake Tribune Archives back to 1991 -- -- charge for each article, but may be able to get it free elsewhere
  55. St. George Spectrum -- 
  56. You may be able to find ethnic and trade-type newspapers, e.g. Polish language in Chicago and Carpenters Union newspapers in various places
  57. For links to early vital records in Utah newspapers see Don's class notes on LDS & Utah Records at 

  59. Many newspapers are not online, only in paper, microfilm, microfiche format, etc. -- search  to see where located
  60. FamilySearch Wiki -- -- do a search for something like "newspapers idaho" (without the quotes)
  61. Articles by Kimberly Powell and from 
    1. "7 Tips for Searching Digitized Newspapers" --
    2. "Family History in the News" -- 
  62. US Newspaper Program --
  63. Readex Newspaper Archive -- -- Click on Digital Collections (upper left side) for Archive of Americana
  64. Dick Eastman on digitizing small town newspapers --
  65. British Newspapers 1800-1900
    1. British newspapers 1800-1900 --
    2. Dick Eastman --

  1. See if you can find a digitized newspaper online that mentions you or one of your ancestors or the town you or they lived in.
  2. If you have Utah ancestors, try searching for the names of some in the Utah Digital Newspapers.

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