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US & World newspapers

Some interesting tales in here to be sure. I unearthed articles about my family I never expected to find.

Judy S, San Clemente, CA

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About the US & World newspaper collection

Our US & World newspaper collections provide access to nearly 120 million pages from newspapers published in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Panama, and the Virgin Islands. Titles include a variety of local papers, as well as national publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Global historical newspapers from China, Denmark, France, Germany, Jamaica, and South Africa are also searchable within the collection.

To see a full list of newspaper titles included, select "By Publication" from the filters on the left. Additional newspapers will be added to the collection over time.

Why newspapers?

Newspapers are an incredible resource when tracing your family tree as they reveal the daily lives of our ancestors. Local newspapers (like those found on findmypast) include more than just announcements of births, marriages, and deaths. Local articles include visitors to and from town, legal detailing the settling of estates and land sales, and advertisements.

Local newspapers also provide a glimpse at major national – and local events, through the eyes of the community. The role and story of significant events, such as the Civil War, World War I, or tragic events of the devastating world-wide flu epidemic of 1917-1919 are reported through a local lens, allowing you to further understand an ancestor's place within their local community.