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Do you have ancestors or other family from Ohio or northern Kentucky? Come check out the Cincinnati Enquirer, one of the new papers on Explore issues of the paper dating back to 1841, when it began publication, up through 1922—or, with a Publisher Extra subscription, access additional issues from 1923 through 2015.

Cincinnati was founded in 1788 and by 1819 had been incorporated as a city. Throughout much of the 19th century, Cincinnati was one of the biggest cities in the nation and the biggest city in the west. Due to its location on the Ohio River, it functioned as a hub for trade and shipping; it also had a huge pork industry and was sometimes referred to as “Porkopolis.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer published its first issue on April 10, 1841, and in 1848 became one of the first papers in the nation to put out a Sunday edition. Starting out at just four pages an issue, the paper steadily grew in length over the decades.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on noteworthy local events and issues of the time, covering 175 years of Ohio Valley history, in addition to national and world news. In 1884, it covered the destructive Courthouse Riots, a violent response to a manslaughter conviction that left more than 50 people dead and destroyed the Cincinnati courthouse. In 1914, the paper reported on the death of Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, at the Cincinnati Zoo. The Cincinnati Enquirer also provided in-depth coverage of the Air Canada Flight 797 accident in 1983, when a plane made an emergency landing at the Cincinnati airport and burst into flames, killing 23 passengers. Natural disasters in the area were also documented in the paper, such as the flood of 1937 and the blizzard of 1978.

If sports interest you, the Cincinnati Enquirer has countless articles about the Reds and the Bengals from over the years, including coverage of the famous “Big Red Machine” team of 1970–76, as well as articles from baseball’s early days, when Cincinnati boasted the first all-professional team in 1869.
And, of course, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on the doings of the area’s residents, from marriages, to deaths, to crimes, and beyond.

Get started searching or browsing the Cincinnati Enquirer here. Or find other Ohio papers on here.

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  1. I really think you should have pointed out in your e-mail that it can only be viewed with a more expensive membership.

  2. Yes, I agree–another rip off. Isn’t $80 a year enough?? Cynthia, he does indicate the need for Newspaper Premium in the 1st paragraph though: “with a Publisher Extra subscription, access additional issues from 1923 through 2015.”

  3. Really disappointed but to get to all the newer stuff you have to pay more money. Should be part of the main subscription, there should not be a premium section of

  4. I agree with the above posts. Have never been able ti find much information useful to me in the papers and have only noticed a new paper added a couple weeks ago and when I tried to access it, they wanted additional money. Seems like maybe they are going to up the price every time they ad an additional paper – seems like a really high price to pay for one additional paper. There may be more added, but I have seen no evidence of more than one paper being added for that ridiculous price they are asking.

  5. I agree with all of the above comments. When did you decide to rip off your current subscribers by this underhanded method? I will not be renewing my subscription

    1. Judy, by any chance would your Bowmans be from Greater Cincinnati area? One of my 3rd grade classmates was Hampton Bowman.

  6. I agree. However, since this is owned by, they seem to be getting greedy and charging more for information. They then quit supporting other “programs” of theirs that people really want to use. They own other websites that you may not realize. Check it out. On the plus side, I have found family information in the older papers that has helped me with ancestry blanks. Maybe we just need to all keep commenting and they will get the hint.

    1. Oh, I think they already “get it”. And they won’t listen, because they are motivated by greed.

      1. I feel two ways. No, I couldn’t afford to pay extra for upgrade to the more current editions papers feature. However, I imagine newspaper publishers themselves get a cut from Ancestry for use of their more current papers. Ancestry is just passing this along. Since newer editions aren’t available anywhere else, this is a lot cheaper than going back East to search through a Greater Cincinnati library’s microfilmed newspaper holdings. (BTW, I was born on KY side of Greater Cincinnati, so I’m a KY woman, too! 😉

        No matter how much I don’t really like how Ancestry has amassed so much (they even own Find A Grave!) I have to hand it to them for their foresight in new technology. I’ve been a genealogist since a teen in 1980. At that time, Ancestry was the small underdog, publishing a small quarterly about the size of an average genealogical society quarterly. I often wondered how they stayed in business, without much to offer. Everton, with its nationwide genealogical workshops, genealogical charts and books for sale, and thick monthly The Genealogical Helper was the top dog then. The Genealogical Helper ran about 250 pages, if I remember right, with lots of ads for ancestor queries and genealogical materials for sale. I met LOTS of newfound distant cousins this way. Ancestry, I never bothered much with, except glance through it once in awhile, seeing it on my library’s genealogical department shelf.

        Then came advent of Internet. While Everton drug its feet accepting new technology, Ancestry embraced it in every way. Basically making genealogy research available in the home, rather than for me to spend so much time commuting to libraries that may or may not have the materials I needed. (When I was 11 my family moved to the West Coast. Naturally, most libraries here don’t have court house records, etc. of Eastern states.) Despite all its “faults,” Ancestry has made my genealogical search WAY easier than it was pre-Internet, especially when they have images of the documents I need. And have all census records already indexed–with feature for people to add correction of names to the index so others will find ancestors easier. In the “old days” I had to do tedious line-by-line search on microfilm. Even with occasional census indexes published in book form, or renting a Soundex roll, it was still hard to find the correct name. And did I mention, to borrow each roll of microfilm through inter-library loan had cost about $2 each? As my research covers multiple states and eras, I was spending a lot of money on microfilm orders from my meager allowance and/or part time job.

        Even at high prices Ancestry charges, it’s still a bargain considering the time, effort, and money I’d spend doing it “the old way.” If I could afford it again, like I did for a few years in early 2000s, I’d have their World Subscription again. As is, I can still use their subscription for free at the library. Most libraries offer free access to Ancestry if you use their library’s computers. I bring along a USB stick drive and save document images to it when I go.

        Something to consider: While we hear about Ancestry in countless media–even TV shows sponsored by it–when was the last time you heard about something from Everton?

  7. As a subscriber, I was dumfounded by the above negative comments since I have found much useful information using this service. I was excited about the addition of the Cincinnati Enquirer because I went to school near Cincinnati and would like to go back and read news stories from that period.

    Then I clicked on the link to the newspaper and got a message that I had to upgrade my subscription in order to access the ‘new content.’ Now I understand the acrimonious comments and second them.

  8. I agree with everyone. I have been with your company almost since your inception and have finally come to the point where I just don’t see any value in paying more for something that may not even enlighten me.

  9. I agree with the others regarding the premium rate. I have considered letting my subscription lapse because I have searched for everything on my tree already and the only hope is that new newspapers will be added that will provide new information. If new additions are only available with an additional premium rate then I will probably let my subscription cancel next time it is set to renew.

    1. Yes, not one desired article has been within the scope of my subscription. Very disheartening, after paying all that extra money. Very misleading.

  10. I agree 100%. owns this; they also own Fold3 and several other sites. It seems they “gobble up” third party sites that are either free or have a nominal fee to join… And once buys the sites up, they immediately start charging on previously free sites, and raise the fees on the rest.

    Too much Mormon influence, imho. Too much greed.

  11. I agree! All papers available should be included with annual membership fee. I will not be renewing in July.

  12. I already have the most expensive membership. Sadly, your wanting more and more $$$ is what happens with monopolies. I can’t give any more.

  13. Hey folks with the negative comments…relax, chill out. I am in no way connected to or, etc. Nor, am I a lawyer. But, you have to start by realizing that the content of newspapers are generally subject to copyright laws, which guarantees that the original owner and producer of the content…i.e. the newspaper, has the right to charge for copies of their content. So, your complaint should be addressed to the Gannett Co. which owns the Cincinnati Enquirer. As you also know, printed newspapers are a dying business and newspaper owners are looking for any way to make money. So, think it through. That is, the Gannett Co. is not about to “give away” its entire content to, which would receive all the income from the Enquirer content. Also, for those who are genealogists and subscribe to, you should realize that you can get local obituaries free, within usually 48 hours, from the Cincinnati Public Library online via email scanned image of the original obituary. (one of the best deals in the public library “industry”). Genealogy is a big business now and online services are great but somebody (i.e. those of us who are genealogists) has to pay a fair share of the costs. By the way, is not connected with the Mormons, who continue to provide everything for free and are not themselves “greedy”. Finally, has acquired “ownership” of a couple free sites (e.g. Findagrave, Rootsweb) and continues to provide them for free.

    1. One problem. There’s are tons of newspapers long out of print that does not provide, yet they are available free through library and university on-line systems.

    2. Hello. If one is looking for an obit in 1950, you tell me how I can find in a newspaper for free? Not sure you understand the issue.

    3. It should be fully disclosed when, though. The reason: You’re not guaranteed you’re going to find anything. Then, to go through the hassle of cancelling and asking for a refund. That feeling of being mislead is what most people are talking about here. Of course everyone has to make a living. The system is purposely set up to be a hassle to cancel and that business practice I disagree with. It’s any subscription service that does this, not just Amazon, on the other hand, has supreme customer service, IMO. All businesses should take notes from Amazon.

  14. Sad to say, I agree with all of the above. In addition, it seems those of us who joined this site ages ago thru World Family Tree and/or purchased Family Tree Maker thru Broderbund in the 1980’s are now [after years of membership and DONATION of our trees to Ancestry] are going to be left without support of our research on our home computers. You [Ancestry] have discontinued or are withdrawing support for many of the services that I and many others have paid you quite dearly for over the years. Shame on you! We don’t even like some of your “enhancements” as much as we did the simpler formats. If our computers are older, the new stuff doesn’t work well.

  15. I wholeheartedly agree, especially when they REMOVED the Kansas City Star, which was my primary resource with no reduction in the cost of my membership.
    So they add one that might be of interest to me and I have to PAY them more to get it.

  16. Little did I realize when signing up that you have a two-tier system where full access cost a ton more than basic membership. I’ve also found your coverage spotty. There are many historic newspapers, long out of existence, that should already be included. The jury is still out on whether I will renew.

  17. Their search engine is superior to most. However, need far more early Texas town newspapers. So many important Texas towns have no early representation, if any at all.

  18. I have a major complaint with Ancestry. They bought out HeritageQuest, which had a far superior search engine and sometimes better images. With HeritageQuest the surname hits left first names in alphabetical order. So if looking for a common name like Johnson, plus narrowing down by picking an age group to keep hits less than 1000, the first names were listed from A to Z. Very easy to use!

    So Ancestry bought out HeritageQuest (which was also free to library card holders) just to eliminate competition. Ancestry added no improvements in searching. A Major Loss to all of us. This is a Violation of Antitrust Law. If we had a Functional Government, I would complain and get this deal broken up.

  19. has really been an asset to my research, however, just received an email telling me that I can view Cincinnati Enquirer 1923-2015. Joke’s on me. I can view it IF I pay more money. Perhaps there should be a trial period to see if it is worth it.

  20. I’ve been unhappy w/ right from the very moment I signed on and paid = found out the truth was I’d actually been ripped off and had only bought a partial subscription.
    Previously I’d been using the free text portion here and was happy to pay up and join also hyped to get searching…but the whole scam once revealed took the fun away also complete wind out of my sails and I’ve hardly used my stupid subscription since.
    After getting today’s note, I thought I’d check in hoping had finally come to their senses or at least thrown a bone to those of us who gave our $ to them…but wrong, it’s just another way to try and trick us again also all a typical scammer move where any further effort is spent trying to bilk those known to have given before).
    The sad conclusion to my experience here is after the trickery, I won’t be renewing annually/forever like I was planning to do but instead make sure to keep spreading the ugly truth that and its associated groups are actually online clip joints.

  21. So much in these comments to agree with–a clear “bait and then bribe” for “full access.” There was no warning in all the pre-purchase advertising that there are TWO tiers of membership access. Classic scam…

  22. So far, not one article has fit within the scope of the membership I purchased in December. Not a good value. I won’t be renewing.

  23. I’m looking for papers from LaPeer Mi , Jackson Michigan, and Monroe county. Will I see them soon?

  24. I’ve been a member for a half year and I’ve not been able to find one article or one bit of information about my family and our last names are Smith.

  25. Why would I sign up for a website that has a really poor search system? When I search “Louisa S. Rose”, I want “Louisa S. Rose” ONLY, not 14 hits that begin with: “Louisa” Washington attended a ceremony… and in other news, the temperature “rose” to a high 99… and in other news, Ulysses “S.” Grant….
    Something very similar to this really did happen to me and I don’t know if it’s because my subscription is tied into but what a COMPLETE waste of time. Please send me an email when you fix your search system before offering me anything else. Thank you. P.S. And I’m with the rest. I am not paying extra! I’ll drive to the dang county and enjoy a road trip, instead. Now, seems to be pretty good, so far. I’ve had some luck there only the customer service had much to be desired. They didn’t seem very friendly and you can’t get through a lot of times. But it was better than

  26. I agree with the comments above!
    I didn’t renew my subscription because of these “tiers”
    Such a shame 🙁

  27. Rip off…scam…real bullshit no one can be up front and honest with they’re business. You can take my sub. and shove it!

  28. I agree with many posts here. When I signed up I was only offered the basic subscription – there was no mention of the premium subscription. I enjoy the content that I have access to, but after my year is up I’m going to let my subscription lapse.

  29. Too costly! has too many sources of income. I add much to FindAGravecom every week and there is no reward.

  30. It is distressing that has gobbled up so much of the additional sources. I was excited about possibly getting some help from The Cincinnati Enquirer regarding my great grandfather, Joe Buynak who died in Cleveland Ohio 1899 to 1901 from gunshot wound during a wedding held in his tavern/wedding hall. My great grandmother, Helen Gruss Buynak was left a widow with 2 small children and an infant. I would think there would be some news story or at least an obituary for this man. I have yet to find any. I am a member of but still have not been able to locate. Any suggestions?

    1. Hey Eric Arreola, Will you please clarify or elaborate on your comment? Sorry, I didn’t understand it. Thank you!

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