We had an incredible year in 2019 and we owe it all to you –
our amazing subscribers! Thank you for your passion and dedication to
preserving historical newspapers. Our loyal customers have created more than 14.3
million clippings this year alone.
Thanks to your support we’ve reached the following
milestones in 2019:
Added 100+ million new pages of content for
a total of 555 million pages of content
14.3 million clippings created in 2019
Added 5,000+ new newspapers to our
Updated nearly 7,000 existing titles with
We have newspapers from all 50 states and 10 countries,
territories, or districts
We also teamed
up with Ancestry® to develop a technology to scour every page in our archive
looking for death notices. You have already clipped more than 1.5 million
obituaries using this amazing technology.
The best is yet to come. What will you discover in 2020? We
promise to keep working hard with our publisher partners, historical societies,
and institutions to find new content so your subscription will continue to increase in value year after year. What did you discover using
Newspapers.com in 2019? Share your discoveries in the comments below. Thank
you! Together we will accomplish amazing things in 2020.
The award-winning Rutland
Herald in Rutland, Vermont, has reached a milestone that few papers in
America can claim – they are celebrating their 225th anniversary! We
are pleased to announce that we’ve added this collection of papers
dating back to 1794.
Herald launched as a weekly in December
1794 when George
Washington was president and just 11 years after the end of the Revolutionary
War. The paper had the goal of providing a “useful
and entertaining paper.” When searching early editions of the Herald,
keep in mind that during this era printers often used Old English text and a
letter called the ‘medial S’. The letter looks like an ‘f’ and is found
throughout early editions. For example, this
clipping from 1798 is an advertisement for the return of two apprentice
boys that ran away from their keepers or subscribers. The text, however,
appears to read “fubfcribers”.
In the mid-1790s, a yellow fever epidemic plagued the
eastern United States. The Herald reported that scores of people were evacuating
Manhattan and Philadelphia to avoid the disease. Cities along the eastern
measures to prevent the fever from spreading. About a hundred years later,
in 1894, Rutland became ground zero for the first
outbreak of polio in the United States. Dr. C. S. Caverly of Rutland
carefully tracked the disease’s progression and published
a paper to educate others.
When the Civil War broke out in 1861, the Rutland Herald
published a letter asking the women of Vermont to sew white
linen cap covers meant to reflect harsh sun and heat and keep soldiers from
the Vermont 1st, 2nd and 3rd Regiments cool.
The paper also reported on 11-year-old Willie Johnston. He enlisted as a drummer
boy in the 3rd Vermont Infantry. In 1863, the Rutland Herald
reported that Johnston had become the youngest
recipient of the Medal of Honor for heroic actions taken during the Seven
Residents living around the lake receive their mail
by boat, a tradition that began
in 1916 when roads were very primitive. The boat travels at a steady 5 mph,
while a “mail
jumper” jumps from the boat, races up the dock and swaps the incoming mail
with the outgoing mail before the boat has traveled out of reach.
The history of Espanola dates back to 1598 when it was
founded as the capital of Nuevo Mexico. Some of the valley’s historic buildings
remain, including La
Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Canada, a church built in 1733 that is still in
When the Sun published its first edition in the
1950s, the population of Espanola was about 3,000. The first issues were
printed on an old
press that required single sheets of newsprint to be hand-fed
into the press one at a time. The population of the valley continued to
grow and in 1957, local churches
coordinated a door-to-door church
census intending to document every resident.
Our archives contain great stories to help you piece together
your family tree. For example, this
1909 story in the Spokane Chronicle tells the story of a father
reuniting with his son after 47 years! The two became separated during the
Civil War and had no way of contacting one another. One day, the son met a man who
shared his last name and soon discovered it was his uncle. He was delighted to
learn that his father was 79-years-old and living in Nebraska. Later, the two
were joyfully reunited.
Have you ever read an old newspaper article and wondered
what happened to the people mentioned in the story? Then check out the new
Newspapers.com and Ancestry® podcast, “Behind the Headlines of History”!
Join hosts Brad Argent of Ancestry® and historian Michala
Hulme of Manchester Metropolitan University as
they share intriguing newspaper articles from the past, before putting on their
genealogy hats and scouring records to find out more about some of the
people involved in the stories.
In the first episode, Brad and Michala discuss the love story behind the Great Bullion Robbery of 1855 and
also reveal how the theft of some hazelnuts in 1877 is linked to Downton Abbey!
Host Brad Argent shared his thoughts:
“Historic newspapers are a treasure trove of great stories, and a fantastic resource for family historians to find out more about the details of their ancestors’ lives. With this podcast, we wanted to bring this to life, sharing weird, wonderful and sometimes tragic historic news stories to find out who these people were, where they came from and what happened next. Join us as we go behind the headlines of history!”
We’re excited to share “Behind
the Headlines of History” with you! Whether it’s on your commute, at the gym,
or while cleaning the house, this fun and fascinating podcast is a perfect way
to pass the time!
“Behind the Headlines of History” will be released each week on Tuesdays for 10 weeks, beginning September 3. It is available on a range of platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and more.
Early editions of the Arizona Weekly Citizen were
filled with accounts of skirmishes
with Native Americans as westward expansion encroached upon Native American
lands. Upset over Indian attacks, in 1870 the paper highlighted an offer by the
Mexican government to pay a $300
bounty for each Apache scalp. The hostilities came to a head in the early
morning hours of April 30, 1871, when a group of men from Tucson massacred more
than 100 Apaches in the Camp
Grant Massacre. Officials arrested the men but a court later
The invention of air-conditioning
to combat sweltering Arizona heat led to significant growth in Arizona’s population.
During the 1930s, the first public buildings in Tucson got
air conditioning, followed by homes
in later decades. If you are tracing ancestors that lived in Tucson, search for
death, and birth announcements. If you’re lucky, you just might find a
biographical sketch of your ancestor like
these for members of the 1883 Territorial Legislature.
If you have ancestors from Jasper, Indiana, you’ll be
excited to hear we’ve added The Dubois Herald
and the Jasper
Weekly Courier to our archives. The Dubois Herald began as The
Jasper Herald, a weekly that started in 1895. In 1946, the paper, known
then as The Dubois County Herald, started publishing six days a week.
That tradition continues today, and The Dubois Herald has chronicled
Jasper’s history for 124 years. Jasper has strong German roots and many of
today’s residents can trace their heritage back to the mid-19th
century when Father
Joseph Kundek, a Catholic Priest, promoted Jasper to German immigrants.
That heritage is celebrated annually during the Strassenfest
celebration. If you have ancestors that lived in nearby townships like Cuzco,
Ferdinand, or Ireland, the Correspondence
Column included updates from citizens of those communities.
Voice: The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre was
founded in 1978 by striking employees of the Wilkes-Barre Publishing Company.
learned their paper, the Times Leader, was being sold. They banded
together and with help
from the community and unions, started the Citizens’ Voice. The
Voice soon became a strong competitor to the Times Leader and has
advocated for the local citizens of Wilkes-Barre. The Citizens’ Voice has
covered natural disasters, like the September 2011 flooding along the
Susquehanna River. When the river
finally crested, it strained levees and forced
The Daily News archives are full of sensational
crimes like a 1964
jewel heist. Jack “Murf the Smurf” Murphy and accomplices cased the J.P.
Morgan Hall of Gems inside the American Museum of Natural History. They found
lax security and entered the museum at night through a window. They made off
rare and priceless gems including the 563-carat Star of India sapphire and
the 100-carat DeLong Star Ruby. The thieves
were arrested days later and most of the gems recovered.
The pages of the Daily News provide a fascinating glimpse
into history. Whether you have ancestors from New York; immigrant ancestors
that arrived in New York; or an interest in history – start searching the Daily
Do you have ancestors from New Jersey? We’re happy to
announce that our New Jersey archives are expanding! We have 46
New Jersey papers from the Gannett Company that
contain over eight million pages of content. Here are just a few of the titles: