In 1867, Tucson became the capital of the Arizona Territory and by 1870, census records showed the population had topped 3,000. If you have ancestors from Tucson or an interest in Arizona history, you’ll be thrilled to know that the Arizona Daily Star has added historic Tucson newspapers to their archive, and you can access them on! We have The Weekly Arizonian (1869-1871); the Arizona Weekly Citizen (1870-1897); the Tucson Citizen (1879-2007); El Fronterizo (1882-1908); and the Tucson Daily Citizen (1941-1977).

Arizona Daily Citizen: May 4, 1898

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 acquitted them.  

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 marriage, 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.

Spanish Flu Quarantine in Jasper – 1918

The Jasper Weekly Courier’s archives date back to 1858 when the paper was founded as an organ of the Democratic Party. Dubois County’s German immigrant population was flourishing and the first issue of the paper included a German announcement for those who couldn’t read English. The Weekly Courier reported on the Civil War and soldiers serving from Dubois County. It also participated in honoring surviving veterans and fallen soldiers after the war. The archives include reports of visitors in town, local accidents and injuries, and other life events like births, marriages, anniversaries and deaths.  

To explore these Arizona and Indiana newspapers, and newspapers from other locations, search today!

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18 thoughts on “New Papers Added from Arizona and Indiana!

  1. Awesome news about Jasper Weekly published in Dubois County Indiana becoming a part of I’m a genealogist is Southwest Indiana; this addition will be a valuable resource. Thank you, Ken Colbert in Evansville, Indiana

  2. Sad to read about the Apache genocide in AZ., but very important to remember the lives lost to the white man.

    1. Just yesterday at my 50 th high school reunion the topic of the country’s leadership ignoring so many treaties was discussed. My great grandmother’s younger brother died 21 December 1866 in an example of at least one treaty being ignored in northern Wyoming. The reunion question was how do we who were brought up in Ohio and not part of what went on then do better than our ancestors. Living in northern Arizona in retirement for only a few months, I do not know very much about current Day relationships. It seems a great loss of diversity. The natives lived with nature. I could not survive without grocery stores and electricity for my cell phone. So much I do not know . Thank you for your discussion.

    2. Yes there was death to the white men but we were in crouching on their land! We came to the America land, killed their wild life animals, starved them, marched them from the eastern boarders across the country to OK badlands where even more Native Americans were displaced.

      This was their homelands and we were the intruders, not them. I am sorry that we never respected their way of life nor showed respect for their lands. We cut their trees, ate their live stock and disrespected them. They were only trying to survive. This is a very sore subject with me as you can tell.

    3. I was surprised to read there that the Mexican Govt. paid $300 per scalp. Appalling from our present day perspective.

  3. Reparations!? What about reparations for the Native American nations upon whom the US fostered wholesale genocide?

  4. Thank you for the information bringing additional resources to your site. If you have a list of the newspaper in your library I would like to take a look at that. Thank you.

  5. As Bill Lee said, I would also like to see a listing of all the newspapers on your site. Is there such a thing? How would we access it?

    1. Hi, we have over 13,000 newspapers on our site. To see a list, just go to and click on “papers” along the top. You can narrow the search by location and date. Good luck!

      1. This is good to know. We have not benefited from the extra money we pay for; none of our searches have born fruit. We are ready to cancel. But we’ll check out the “13,000” list first.

        1. Way back when, women often went by “Mrs. John Doe” and men often went by “J. J. Doe”. Try that.

  6. I’ve always been interested in details about Arizona, since I was born in Florence, AZ, March 12, 1939, while Arizona was still a new U.S. state. I subscribed to Arizona Highways for many years, and wonder if it is still published. My mother and her parents left Oklahoma during the dust storm era, moving west, working where they could, landing in the cotton fields of Arizona where mom met dad – and that’s another tale.

  7. i would like to hear from north east Indiana. Towns such as South Whitley, North Manchester, Burkett, Fort Wayne, etc,

    1. I get many good news stories from Fort Wayne newspapers at Even those who didn’t live there, there are often stories that cover the smaller towns nearby. The stories I find make my ancestors come alive. I use the full subscription. It’s worth it to me.

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