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The Government & Heritage Library provides access to many databases. I will regularly post information about different databases. Today, I want to talk about the database the Newspaper Archive. Our library has a subscription to this database and our visitors can use it, also NC state employees may access the database with their library card. Other libraries may provide access as well.

newspaper archiveHere are some facts about this database: Newspapers in the database go back as far as 1607. North Carolina newspapers span from 1799-2014. 14 towns from NC are in the database and a total of 39 newspapers from NC are in the database.The towns in the database are:

  • Aberdeen (Moore County)
  • Burlington (Alamance County)
  • Concord (county seat of Cabarrus County)
  • Gastonia (county seat of Gaston County)
  • High Point (Guilford County)
  • Jacksonville (county seat of Onslow County)
  • Kannapolis (partially in both Rowan and Cabarrus Counties)
  • Kinston (county seat of Lenoir County)
  • Lexinton (county seat of Davidson County)
  • Lumberton (county seat of Robeson County)
  • New Bern (county seat of Craven County)
  • Raleigh (state capitol and county seat of Wake County)
  • Rocky Mount (partially in both Nash and Edgecombe Counties)
  • Shelby (county seat of Cleveland County)
  • Statesville (county seat of Iredell County)
  • Tarboro (count seat of Edgecombe County)
  • Trenton (county seat of Jones County)
  • Winston-Salem (county seat of Forsyth County)

The database is searchable by name, date, location, and with a specific newspaper. You can also browse by location and by date. If you browse by state, you will need to click on the map of the US for which state you want to search. The next page is a search page where you can narrow down name and keyword. You also have a choice to narrow down by the town and then search by name and keyword.

Newspapers can be important to genealogy. Even advertisements, which can help you learn what your ancestor did. For example, I found through newspaper ads that an ancestor worked in the accounting office of his brother-in-law when his name was mentioned as an employee. The census just said he was a laborer, but the advertisement showed where he worked. I’ve been supplementing my genealogy research with newspapers for nearly 20 years now. This database has been a good one since it covers many states with 190 newspapers.

Come and check out this database at GHL!

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