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Newspapers can provide useful information. They publish notices of marriages, divorces, deaths, and funerals. Notices include names of the persons involved, the date of the event, and may contain maiden names, names of parents, and names of other living relatives.  
 
Newspapers can provide useful information. They publish notices of marriages, divorces, deaths, and funerals. Notices include names of the persons involved, the date of the event, and may contain maiden names, names of parents, and names of other living relatives.  
  
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Newspapers are an important source of family history information for Alabama. Look for marriage and death notices, news of visiting relatives, local events, stories about the elderly , and histories (continuing in several issues). The Tombigbee-Mobile area had the earliest newspapers, including the Mobile Sentinel, Fort Stoddert, 1811; Mobile Gazette, Mobile, 1812; Halcyon, St. Stephens, 1815; and Blackall Sun and Alabama Advertiser, Blackall, 1819. The probate judge of the county was required to maintain copies of all newspapers carrying legal notices. The judges did not always comply.  
 
Newspapers are an important source of family history information for Alabama. Look for marriage and death notices, news of visiting relatives, local events, stories about the elderly , and histories (continuing in several issues). The Tombigbee-Mobile area had the earliest newspapers, including the Mobile Sentinel, Fort Stoddert, 1811; Mobile Gazette, Mobile, 1812; Halcyon, St. Stephens, 1815; and Blackall Sun and Alabama Advertiser, Blackall, 1819. The probate judge of the county was required to maintain copies of all newspapers carrying legal notices. The judges did not always comply.  
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== History ==
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== Resources for Newspapers ==
  
 
The Family History Library collects indexes and abstracts of newspapers, but has not acquired original newspapers for [[Alabama|Alabama]]. The Gandrud and Jones Alabama Records Collection (see [[Alabama Genealogy|Alabama Genealogy]]) includes many extracts of newspaper and obituary records. Most of the newspaper records from that collection have been abstracted and published in:  
 
The Family History Library collects indexes and abstracts of newspapers, but has not acquired original newspapers for [[Alabama|Alabama]]. The Gandrud and Jones Alabama Records Collection (see [[Alabama Genealogy|Alabama Genealogy]]) includes many extracts of newspaper and obituary records. Most of the newspaper records from that collection have been abstracted and published in:  
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Three guides to help you locate Alabama newspapers are:  
 
Three guides to help you locate Alabama newspapers are:  
  
Martin, Paul E., comp. ''Alabama Newspapers Bibliography: A Working Paper.'' Montgomery, Alabama: Alabama Department of Archives and History, 1989. This lists newspapers by county and tells where the newspapers are available.  
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*Martin, Paul E., comp. ''Alabama Newspapers Bibliography: A Working Paper.'' Montgomery, Alabama: Alabama Department of Archives and History, 1989. This lists newspapers by county and tells where the newspapers are available.  
  
''Newspapers on Microfilm, Samford University Library.'' Birmingham, Alabama: Samford University Library, 1970. (Family History Library {{FHL|215887|title-id|disp=book 976.1 A1 no.3; film 874252 item7}}.) This alphabetical list of newspapers shows the dates of publication and number of pages available on microfilm.  
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*''Newspapers on Microfilm, Samford University Library.'' Birmingham, Alabama: Samford University Library, 1970. (Family History Library {{FHL|215887|title-id|disp=book 976.1 A1 no.3; film 874252 item7}}.) This alphabetical list of newspapers shows the dates of publication and number of pages available on microfilm.  
  
Owen, Thomas M. ''Alabama Newspapers and Periodicals in 1915. 1919''. Reprint, Sheffield, Alabama: Jump Fast Copy, 1991. (Family History Library {{FHL|632975|title-id|disp=book 976.1 B5o}}.) This contains names and descriptions of newspapers and periodicals published in Alabama in 1915.  
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*Owen, Thomas M. ''Alabama Newspapers and Periodicals in 1915. 1919''. Reprint, Sheffield, Alabama: Jump Fast Copy, 1991. (Family History Library {{FHL|632975|title-id|disp=book 976.1 B5o}}.) This contains names and descriptions of newspapers and periodicals published in Alabama in 1915.
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Over 2,000 Alabama newspapers are [http://www.archives.state.al.us/newsmicro/search.cfm cataloged] in the "Alabama Newspaper Project." Alabama Department of Archives and History. This database briefly lists newspaper title, town, county, and life span of newspapers microfilmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Researchers can contact them for further details and obtain microfilm copies through interlibrary loan. 
  
 
=== Inventory on the Internet  ===
 
=== Inventory on the Internet  ===
  
Over 2,000 Alabama newspapers are cataloged in:
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{{wikipedia|List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}
  
"Alabama Newspaper Project." In Alabama Department of Archives and History [database online]. Montgomery, Alabama: ADAH, 22 February 2000 [cited 17 March 2000]. Available at:
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Genealogy Bank: [http://www.genealogybnak.com www.genealogybank.com] ($) the site has a large collection of searchable historical newspapers.  
 
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This database briefly lists newspaper title, town, county, and life span of newspapers microfilmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Researchers can contact them for further details and obtain microfilm copies through interlibrary loan.
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$ Genealogy Bank: [http://www.genealogybnak.com www.genealogybank.com] : the site has a large collection of searchable historical newspapers.  
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==== Newspaper Clippings  ====
 
==== Newspaper Clippings  ====
  
 
*[[Alabama newspaper clippings : taken from Georgia newspapers, 1814-1907|Alabama newspaper clippings : taken from Georgia newspapers, 1814-1907]] - full-text freely available via Brigham Young University Digital Collections
 
*[[Alabama newspaper clippings : taken from Georgia newspapers, 1814-1907|Alabama newspaper clippings : taken from Georgia newspapers, 1814-1907]] - full-text freely available via Brigham Young University Digital Collections
 
 
  
 
Newspapers are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:  
 
Newspapers are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:  
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ALABAMA, [COUNTY]- VITAL RECORDS  
  
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=== Indexes ===
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United States Gotoarrow.png Alabama Gotoarrow.png Newspapers

Newspapers can provide useful information. They publish notices of marriages, divorces, deaths, and funerals. Notices include names of the persons involved, the date of the event, and may contain maiden names, names of parents, and names of other living relatives.

Newspapers also publish articles of local interest including religious and social events in the community with the names of those involved. Some newspapers serve several communities and devote columns to the everyday happenings in the area. Newspapers also include legal notices, estate sales, and advertising for local businesses.

Newspapers are an important source of family history information for Alabama. Look for marriage and death notices, news of visiting relatives, local events, stories about the elderly , and histories (continuing in several issues). The Tombigbee-Mobile area had the earliest newspapers, including the Mobile Sentinel, Fort Stoddert, 1811; Mobile Gazette, Mobile, 1812; Halcyon, St. Stephens, 1815; and Blackall Sun and Alabama Advertiser, Blackall, 1819. The probate judge of the county was required to maintain copies of all newspapers carrying legal notices. The judges did not always comply.

Contents

History

Resources for Newspapers

The Family History Library collects indexes and abstracts of newspapers, but has not acquired original newspapers for Alabama. The Gandrud and Jones Alabama Records Collection (see Alabama Genealogy) includes many extracts of newspaper and obituary records. Most of the newspaper records from that collection have been abstracted and published in:

Gandrud, Pauline, and Myra Jones. Marriage, Death, and Legal Notices from Early Alabama Newspapers, 1819–1893. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1981. (Family History Library book 976.1 V2g.) The book is well indexed.

Three guides to help you locate Alabama newspapers are:

  • Martin, Paul E., comp. Alabama Newspapers Bibliography: A Working Paper. Montgomery, Alabama: Alabama Department of Archives and History, 1989. This lists newspapers by county and tells where the newspapers are available.
  • Newspapers on Microfilm, Samford University Library. Birmingham, Alabama: Samford University Library, 1970. (Family History Library book 976.1 A1 no.3; film 874252 item7.) This alphabetical list of newspapers shows the dates of publication and number of pages available on microfilm.
  • Owen, Thomas M. Alabama Newspapers and Periodicals in 1915. 1919. Reprint, Sheffield, Alabama: Jump Fast Copy, 1991. (Family History Library book 976.1 B5o.) This contains names and descriptions of newspapers and periodicals published in Alabama in 1915.

Over 2,000 Alabama newspapers are cataloged in the "Alabama Newspaper Project." Alabama Department of Archives and History. This database briefly lists newspaper title, town, county, and life span of newspapers microfilmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Researchers can contact them for further details and obtain microfilm copies through interlibrary loan.

Inventory on the Internet

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

Genealogy Bank: www.genealogybank.com ($) the site has a large collection of searchable historical newspapers.

Newspaper Clippings

Newspapers are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

ALABAMA- NEWSPAPERS

ALABAMA, [COUNTY]- NEWSPAPERS

ALABAMA, [COUNTY]- VITAL RECORDS

ALABAMA, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- NEWSPAPERS

Indexes

Web Sites