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=== Time period, coverage & content of Maryland newspapers  ===
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Newspapers|U.S. Newspapers]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maryland|Maryland]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maryland_Newspapers|Newspapers]]''
  
Newspaper publication in Maryland began in 1727 with the release of the ''Maryland Gazette'' in Annapolis. Newspapers may focus on the world or a tiny community, and may serve a general audience or a particular ethnic, religious, racial, or political group. Newspapers report family information within notices of births, marriages, and deaths (obituaries), and local news. They may include the following information:
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== History  ==
  
*'''Birth announcements '''may contain the infant's name, birth date, and parents' names, as well as the religion of the family.
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Newspaper publication in Maryland began in 1727 with the release of the ''Maryland Gazette'' in Annapolis.<br>  
*'''Wedding announcements '''may contain the wedding date and place;&nbsp;the&nbsp;names of the bride, groom, bride's parents, and groom's parents; and the religion of the family.  
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*'''Death notices and obituaries '''may contain the name and place of residence of&nbsp;close family and friends of the decedent, as well as the decedent's death date and place, birth date and place, and biographical information, such as occupation, military service, re<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1228847761474_728"></span>ligion,&nbsp;schools attended, parents' names, places of residence over time, and place of origin.
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*'''News stories, legal notices and advertisements '''may contain nearly any information imaginable, including political or criminal activity, legal and domestic disputes, real estate transactions, business information, social contacts,&nbsp;military service,&nbsp;missing persons (including runaway slaves), or information about local disasters, epidemics,&nbsp;or other community milestones which&nbsp;affected&nbsp;the local population.&nbsp;
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=== Why use newspapers? ===
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== Resources for Maryland Newspapers ==
  
*Newspapers usually predate government birth, marriage, and death records.
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=== Libraries and Archives  ===
*Newspapers may serve as a substitute for civil records that were destroyed.
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*Unlike most government records, newspaper articles are not limited to a form. Thus, newspapers may contain details not found in more structured records.
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*Newspapers can report marriages, deaths or accomplishments of people who no longer live in the area but who still have friends or family there.
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*Newspapers may report events in the life of&nbsp;local inhabitants even when these events occurred elsewhere.
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=== Before searching newspapers, know this  ===
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The following libraries have Maryland newspaper collections on site.
  
*The name of the person you are looking for (including, if possible,&nbsp;maiden and married names of women).  
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*[http://www.prattlibrary.org Enoch Pratt Free Library]
*The place and an approximate date of an event.
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*[http://www.mdhs.org/ Maryland Historical Society]
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*[http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives]
  
=== Where to get Maryland newspapers ===
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==== Newspaper Directory ====
  
==== Your local library and interlibrary loan  ====
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The [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] is a national directory from the Library of Congress of over 140,000 newspaper titles. The directory provides a list of libraries from around the country that have the newspapers in their collections.
  
Although your local library may not have a newspaper collection for the place where your ancestor lived, you may still access newspapers from distant libraries there. Many historical newspapers have been microfilmed. Local libraries often have a service called Interlibrary loan by which they can order microfilm copies of old newspapers from other libraries for a reasonable fee usually paid by the patron. Telephone your local librarian to learn which newspapers covered your ancestor's area and time period. Also ask which libraries in your area offer interlibrary loan services and what the fees are.
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=== Digital Issues Online  ===
  
==== Web sites  ====
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{{wikipedia|Wikipedia:List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}
  
Since&nbsp;digitizing and storing thousands of images of newspaper pages on the Web is expensive, free online collections of digitized historical newspapers are rare. However,&nbsp;modern day newspapers are increasingly found for&nbsp;free online.&nbsp;
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'''Historical newspapers'''
  
===== Historical newspapers online =====
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*[http://www.aomol.net/megafile/msa/speccol/sc4800/sc4872/html/newspapers.html Maryland State Archives] (free) online collection covers the [http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc2900/sc2908/html/mdgazette.html ''Maryland Gazette'' (1728-1839)], and a dozen nineteenth-century newspapers.
 
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*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=49 NewspaperArchive.com] ($) has a large collection of Maryland newspapers online. This database is free at some libraries. It may be under the name Access NewspaperArchive.  
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?pages=30 NewspaperArchive.com] ($) has over 40 historical Maryland newspapers.  
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=23&categoryFilterID=38&showPaging=true Ancestry.com]&nbsp;($) has over 20&nbsp;historical Maryland newspapers.<!--{12035321535591} --><!--{12035321535592} -->  
 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=23&categoryFilterID=38&showPaging=true Ancestry.com]&nbsp;($) has over 20&nbsp;historical Maryland newspapers.<!--{12035321535591} --><!--{12035321535592} -->  
 
*[http://gethelp.library.upenn.edu/guides/hist/onlinenewspapers.html University of Pennsylvania] (free) has links to a handful of free historical Maryland newspapers online.
 
*[http://gethelp.library.upenn.edu/guides/hist/onlinenewspapers.html University of Pennsylvania] (free) has links to a handful of free historical Maryland newspapers online.
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*'''1790-1799''' - ''The Maryland Herald'' is available online at [http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=INESB4G31EoC Google News] - free.
  
===== Current newspapers online  =====
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'''Current newspapers'''
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ RootsWeb Obituary Daily Times] (free) has a searchable database of&nbsp;over 14 million modern-day obituaries extracted&nbsp;by volunteers.&nbsp;Most are from&nbsp;2000 or later, but some date back to the 1980s.&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ RootsWeb Obituary Daily Times] (free) has a searchable database of&nbsp;over 14 million modern-day obituaries extracted&nbsp;by volunteers.&nbsp;Most are from&nbsp;2000 or later, but some date back to the 1980s.&nbsp;  
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*[http://www.shgresources.com/md/newspapers/ SHG Resources State Handbook &amp; Guide] (free) links to&nbsp;over 30 current Maryland newspapers online.
 
*[http://www.shgresources.com/md/newspapers/ SHG Resources State Handbook &amp; Guide] (free) links to&nbsp;over 30 current Maryland newspapers online.
  
==== Best on-site library collections  ====
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=== Indexes  ===
 
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The following libraries have strong Maryland newspaper collections on site.
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*[http://www.prattlibrary.org Enoch Pratt Free Library]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.mdhs.org/ Maryland Historical Society]
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*[http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives]&nbsp;
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==== Guides finding Maryland newspapers  ====
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Hofstetter, Eleanore O. and Marcella S. Eustis. ''Newspapers in Maryland Libraries: A Union List''. Baltimore, Maryland: Division of Library Development Services, Maryland State Department of Education, 1977. (ISBN: none) (OCLC&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3160087&referer=brief_results 3160087]) ([[Family History Library|FHL]]&nbsp;Book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=11006&disp=Newspapers+in+Maryland+Libraries%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.2 B33h]; fiche [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=11006&disp=Newspapers+in+Maryland+Libraries++ 6046965])
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White, Les, et al. ''Newspapers in Maryland: A&nbsp;Guide to the Microfilm Collection of Newspapers at the Maryland State Archives''. Annapolis, Maryland: Maryland State Archives, 1990. (ISBN: none) (OCLC&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/19906122&referer=brief_results 19906122],&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/23530179&referer=brief_results 23530179],&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/23140665&referer=brief_results 23140665]) ([[Family History Library|FHL]] book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=543278&disp=A+guide+to+the+microfilm+collection+of+n%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.2 B33s])
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==== Indexes to marriage notices and obituaries in MD newspapers ====
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Barnes, Robert W. ''Gleanings from Maryland Newspapers''. Four Volumes. Lutherville, Maryland: Bettie Carothers, 1975-76. (ISBN: none) (OCLC&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/8196057&referer=brief_results 8196057]) ([[Family History Library|FHL]] book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=254076&disp=Gleanings+from+Maryland+newspapers%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.2 V2ba v. 2]; film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=254076&disp=Gleanings+from+Maryland+newspapers++ 928166 item 7)] This work covers 1727 to 1795.
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Barnes, Robert W. ''Marriages and Deaths from the Maryland Gazette, 1727-1839''. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1973. (ISBN&nbsp;0806305800) (OCLC ) ([[Family History Library|FHL]] book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=247295&disp=Marriages+and+deaths+from+the+Maryland+G%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.2 V2b])
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Green, Karen Mauer. ''The Maryland Gazette, 1727- 1761: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts''. Galveston, Texas: Frontier, 1989. ([[Family History Library|FHL]] book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=540298&disp=The+Maryland+gazette%2C+1727%2D1761%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.2 D2g])
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==== Maryland newspapers at the Family History Library <br> ====
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To locate newspapers in the Family History Library's collection which pertain to a large part of Maryland, [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=489511&subject_disp=Maryland+-+Newspapers&columns=*,0,0 click here].&nbsp;The Family History Library is not actively collecting newspapers of the United States.<ref>Telephone interview of Ken Nelson by Michael Ritchey. Salt Lake City, 8 December 2008. Ken is a member of the Family History Library's Collection Management team. He said that although the library would not turn down a free microfilm of a U.S. newspaper, newspaper collections are not currently part of the acquisition profile for U.S. places, and haven't been for some years.</ref>
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=== How to search newspapers  ===
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*Barnes, Robert W. ''Gleanings from Maryland Newspapers''. Four Volumes. Lutherville, Maryland: Bettie Carothers, 1975-76. (ISBN: none) (OCLC;[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/8196057&referer=brief_results 8196057]) ([[Family History Library|FHL]] book {{FHL|254076|title-id|disp=975.2 V2ba v. 2}}; film {{FHL|254076|title-id|disp=928166 item 7)}} This work covers 1727 to 1795.
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*Barnes, Robert W. ''Marriages and Deaths from the Maryland Gazette, 1727-1839''. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1973. ([[Special:Booksources/0806305800|ISBN 0806305800]]) ([[Special:Booksources/0806305800|ISBN 0806305800]]);(OCLC;[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28916982&referer=brief_results 28916982]) ([[Family History Library|FHL]] book {{FHL|247295|title-id|disp=975.2 V2b}})
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*Green, Karen Mauer. ''The Maryland Gazette, 1727- 1761: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts''. Galveston, Texas: Frontier, 1989. ([[Special:Booksources/0932231071|ISBN 0932231071]]); ([[Family History Library|FHL]] book {{FHL|540298|title-id|disp=975.2 D2g}})
  
*Check newspapers from a week or two before or after a wedding, funeral, or wedding anniversary to find mention of out-of-town visitors and relatives.
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=== Guides  ===
  
=== Tips  ===
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*Maryland newspapers are identified county-by-county in [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/newspapers/cfm/dsp_county.cfm "Guide to Maryland Newspapers,"] available online, courtesy: [http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/index.cfm Special Collections, Maryland State Archives].
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*Hofstetter, Eleanore O. and Marcella S. Eustis. ''Newspapers in Maryland Libraries: A Union List''. Baltimore, Maryland: Division of Library Development Services, Maryland State Department of Education, 1977. (ISBN: none) (OCLC&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3160087&referer=brief_results 3160087]) ([[Family History Library|FHL]]&nbsp;Book {{FHL|11006|title-id|disp=975.2 B33h}}; fiche {{FHL|11006|title-id|disp=6046965}})
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*White, Les, et al. ''Newspapers in Maryland: A&nbsp;Guide to the Microfilm Collection of Newspapers at the Maryland State Archives''. Annapolis, Maryland: Maryland State Archives, 1990. (ISBN: none) (OCLC&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/19906122&referer=brief_results 19906122],&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/23530179&referer=brief_results 23530179],&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/23140665&referer=brief_results 23140665]) ([[Family History Library|FHL]] book {{FHL|543278|title-id|disp=975.2 B33s}})
  
*You may&nbsp;find it helpful to place a notice in a local newspaper in order to contact others who may have information about your family.
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== Family History Library  ==
*Search all newspapers for your ancestor's area, particularly those focusing on your ancestor's ethnicity. Ethnic papers "care" about ancestors that mainstream papers ignore.<ref>Neil, Michael John. "Ethnic Newspapers." Internet article at http://learn.ancestry.com/LearnMore/Article.aspx?id=11282 Orem, Utah: Ancestry.com, 2 June 2006. </ref>
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*Don't ignore an ethnic newspaper that was published far from your ancestor, even hundreds of miles away. These papers often have a widely-circulated readership, so they tend to focus on a much wider area. For example, articles about ancestors from Illinois, Kansas, and Nebraska can be found in an ethnic newspaper&nbsp;published in&nbsp;Iowa.<ref>Neil, Michael John. "Ethnic Newspapers." Internet article at http://learn.ancestry.com/LearnMore/Article.aspx?id=11282 Orem, Utah: Ancestry.com, 2 June 2006. </ref>
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=== Milestone in newspaper content: the mid-1800s  ===
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To locate newspapers in the Family History Library's collection which pertain to a large part of Maryland, {{FHL|489511|subject-id|disp=click here}} The Family History Library is not actively collecting newspapers of the United States.<ref>Telephone interview of Ken Nelson by Michael Ritchey. Salt Lake City, 8 December 2008. Ken is a member of the Family History Library's Collection Management team. He said that although the library would not turn down a free microfilm of a U.S. newspaper, newspaper collections are not currently part of the acquisition profile for U.S. places, and haven't been for some years.</ref>
  
Early American newspapers were generally only a few pages and focused on international rather than local events. However, the combination of the telegraph, the railroad, the power printing press, and public hunger for news during the Civil War changed American newspapers permanently during the mid-1800s. They increased the news gathering, production, and distribution capacity of big-city papers such that these papers took over the reporting of international, national, and state news. This changed the focus of small-town papers to local events and ordinary people.<ref>Hansen, James L. "Newspapers." ''The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy.'' Rev. Ed. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, Eds. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1997. 413, 414.</ref>
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== Web Sites  ==
  
=== See also  ===
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*You may find a newspaper search easier after reading&nbsp;[[Key Terms Used in Newspapers Written in English|Key Terms Used in&nbsp;Newspapers Written in English]].
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Contents

History

Newspaper publication in Maryland began in 1727 with the release of the Maryland Gazette in Annapolis.

Resources for Maryland Newspapers

Libraries and Archives

The following libraries have Maryland newspaper collections on site.

Newspaper Directory

The U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present is a national directory from the Library of Congress of over 140,000 newspaper titles. The directory provides a list of libraries from around the country that have the newspapers in their collections.

Digital Issues Online

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives

Historical newspapers

Current newspapers

Indexes

  • Barnes, Robert W. Gleanings from Maryland Newspapers. Four Volumes. Lutherville, Maryland: Bettie Carothers, 1975-76. (ISBN: none) (OCLC;8196057) (FHL book 975.2 V2ba v. 2; film 928166 item 7) This work covers 1727 to 1795.
  • Barnes, Robert W. Marriages and Deaths from the Maryland Gazette, 1727-1839. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1973. (ISBN 0806305800) (ISBN 0806305800);(OCLC;28916982) (FHL book 975.2 V2b)
  • Green, Karen Mauer. The Maryland Gazette, 1727- 1761: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts. Galveston, Texas: Frontier, 1989. (ISBN 0932231071); (FHL book 975.2 D2g)

Guides

Family History Library

To locate newspapers in the Family History Library's collection which pertain to a large part of Maryland, click here The Family History Library is not actively collecting newspapers of the United States.[1]

Web Sites

References

  1. Telephone interview of Ken Nelson by Michael Ritchey. Salt Lake City, 8 December 2008. Ken is a member of the Family History Library's Collection Management team. He said that although the library would not turn down a free microfilm of a U.S. newspaper, newspaper collections are not currently part of the acquisition profile for U.S. places, and haven't been for some years.




 

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