New Jersey Papers Added!

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:

The Record: Our issues date back to 1898 in the midst of the Spanish-American War. The Record covers news from Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Passaic counties in New Jersey. You can also check for news from nearby New York counties like Rockland County.  The Record was initially published six days a week, but a Sunday edition was added in 1968. The Record archive also includes The Chronicle, a community weekly newspaper that started in 2005. The Record reported on one of the largest acts of foreign sabotage ever committed in the country when German spies attacked a huge munition depot in Kingsland (later renamed Lyndhurst) in 1917. The attack caused a massive explosion and contributed to America entering World War I.  

The Herald-News: With issues dating back to 1893, the Herald-News focuses on Passaic County. Our collection contains the archives of the Passaic Sunday Eagle, Daily News, Daily Herald, and The Item. Many of the county’s early residents worked in the metalwork industry and textile factories. The 1926 Passaic textile strike resulted in a work stoppage by more than 15,000 mill workers and lasted more than a year. At one point, the Workers (Communist) Party helped workers organize a “United Front Committee” to negotiate with mill owners. When the strike ended in 1927 it was the first Communist-led work stoppage in the United States.

The Montclair Times: We have issues of the Montclair Times that go all the way back to 1877, just a few years after the Montclair township was formed. This archive also includes issues of The Saturday Gazette from 1872-1873. Montclair became known as a desirable place for New York businessmen and their families to build a home outside the city. In the 1870s, as many as six-thousand Montclair commuters traveled to the city each day. In 1878, a huge fire destroyed an entire city block including the Jacobus Building that housed the press for the Montclair Times, but the paper managed still managed to publish the next edition. If you have ancestors from Montclair, search columns like Notes About Town for their names.

Court Records Survive Fire

The News: Based in Paterson, New Jersey, our archives for The News go back to 1890 and include issues from The Morning Call and the Morning News. Paterson was the nation’s first planned industrial city, laid out in part by Alexander Hamilton in 1792. A 77-foot high waterfall called Great Falls provided power for mills and factories and helped Paterson become an important industrial center. Edward B. Haines founded The News and chronicled the city’s headlines including the great fire of 1902. The fire destroyed more than 450 buildings. Many of the town’s important court records survived because they were kept in a vault.

Get started searching these and other New Jersey newspapers today!

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21 thoughts on “New Jersey Papers Added!

  1. Been waiting for Hudson County NJ. Hoboken and Jersey City. This is where all the immigrants went to work and huge history. So many NJ families have history in these towns and I see nothing

  2. Would love to see papers from Burlington County and surrounding areas. All of my ancestors are from there and I know there are articles in the local papers about them. Found one on another site but ONLY one. Please add these papers.

  3. I know you are trying to do all of above; the criticism is not warranted. No complaints here, you are still heads and shoulders above everyone else. Thank you for what you are doing by preserving and maintaining this incredible resource of American history.

  4. So happy to see that The Montclair Times is now in the collection. It will be great for my Ancestry searches.

  5. Great news. Whatever we can get in New Jersey is very appreciated. Saw one from Nutley today for a relative. I have found soooooo much stuff here. Love it.

  6. My relatives lived in Bergen county. What paper would I look in for information? I have my great grandmothers obit but not which paper it was in. She lived with her daughter in Hasbrouck Heights .

  7. I have not subscribed yet but wondering if you have any papers from Sussex Co. and if so how far back they might go. Thanks.

  8. Do you have newspapers from Buffalo New York and or Rochester New York and if so how far back do they go? Thank you.

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