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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois_Newspapers|Illinois Newspapers]]''[[Image:Chicago Herald Examiner.JPG|thumb|right|300px]]<br><br>Newspapers publish marriage, divorce, death, and funeral notices, and obituaries. Notices include names, dates, and places. Marriage and death notices may contain maiden names and names of parents and other living relatives.<br><br>
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Newspapers|U.S. Newspapers]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois_Newspapers|Newspapers]]''[[Image:Chicago Herald Examiner.JPG|thumb|right|300px]]
  
Newspapers also publish articles of local interest that often cover religious and social events in the community and include the names of people 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.  
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Newspapers can be a valuable resource because they often publish marriage, divorce, death, and funeral notices as well as obituaries. The notices may include names, including maiden names and parent names, dates, and places. Death notices and obituaries often name living relatives.
  
The larger cities in Illinois began publishing newspapers in the 1830s through 1850s.  
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Newspapers also publish articles of local interest that often cover religious and social events in the community and include the names of people involved. Some newspapers serve several communities and devote columns to the everyday happenings in the area. They also include legal notices, estate sales, and advertising for local businesses.  
  
=== Inventory on the Internet  ===
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One strategy for using newspapers in research, is to select a time period for which your ancestor lived and begin by looking for obituaries as well as birth, marriage, and death notices. Read all the articles which were generated in the county where your ancestor lived, especially articles which give information about the church and schools where your ancestor may have attended.
  
Over 6,500 Illinois newspapers are cataloged on the [http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/ Illinois Newspaper Project]. The web site briefly lists the newspaper’s title, town, life span, and repositories researchers can contact to obtain further details. Ordering microfilm copies at your local library through interlibrary loan is generally very inexpensive ($5 - $10).
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== Resources for Illinois Newspapers  ==
  
Some library web pages offer a searchable index of births, marriages, and deaths mentioned in local newspapers. Digital images may or may not&nbsp;be linked to the index entry.&nbsp; The Quincy Public Library's [http://archive.quincylibrary.org/Default/Skins/QPL/Client.asp?skin=QPL&AppName=2&AW=1217642029805 Quincy Historic Newspaper Archive] covers Quincy newspapers from 1835-1919, and includes digital images. The Urbana Free Library's [http://ccha.tufl.org/default.htm Local History On-line] includes indexed summary information gleaned from Champaign/Urbana newspapers, official Champaign County court records, and other local history resources. The [http://www.gailborden.info/m/ Gail Borden Public Library] in Elgin includes a vital records surname search as part of their&nbsp;[http://innovative.gailborden.info:82/ Local Newspaper Index] of events mentioned in the ''Courier News ''and ''Daily Herald''.
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=== Inventory on the Internet  ===
  
Check [http://www.publiclibraries.com/illinois.htm PublicLibraries.com] to see if the community you are researching has a public library. Many listings include hot links to the library's web page.  
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*Over 6,500 Illinois newspapers are cataloged on the [http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/ Illinois Newspaper Project]. The web site briefly lists the newspaper’s title, town, life span, and repositories researchers can contact to obtain further details. Ordering microfilm copies at your local library through interlibrary loan is generally very inexpensive ($5 - $10).
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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.
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*[http://www.state.il.us/hpa/lib/ishlgen.htm The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library] holds [http://www.illinoishistory.gov/lib/newspaper.htm newspapers titles] for all Illinois counties. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library was created in 1889 from the Illinois State Historical Library and was charged with the responsibility of collecting and preserving records which would be useful to the historian. Among it's holdings are a noteworthy collection of newspapers. Microfilmed newspapers are available through interlibrary loan, or the Newspaper/Microfilm Department can do searches for a fee. An online [http://www.illinoishistory.gov/lib/obit_finder.htm obituary search] is provided.
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*[http://www.library.illinois.edu/ The University of Illnois] at Urbana-Champaign has a [http://www.library.illinois.edu/hpnl/newspapers/index.php Newspaper Database] as well as a collection of Historical Newspapers.
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*Some library web pages offer a searchable index of births, marriages, and deaths mentioned in local newspapers. Digital images may or may not be linked to the index entry. The Quincy Public Library's [http://archive.quincylibrary.org/Default/Skins/QPL/Client.asp?skin=QPL&AppName=2&AW=1217642029805 Quincy Historic Newspaper Archive] covers Quincy newspapers from 1835-1919, and includes digital images. The Urbana Free Library's [http://ccha.tufl.org/default.htm Local History On-line] includes indexed summary information gleaned from Champaign/Urbana newspapers, official Champaign County court records, and other local history resources. The [http://www.gailborden.info/m/ Gail Borden Public Library] in Elgin includes a vital records surname search as part of their&nbsp;[http://www.gailborden.info/m/content/view/465/603/ Local Newspaper Index] of events mentioned in the ''Courier News ''and ''Daily Herald''.
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*Check [http://www.publiclibraries.com/illinois.htm PublicLibraries.com] to see if the community you are researching has a public library. Many listings include hot links to the library's web page.  
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*A list of newspapers in existance during the 1800's is found at[http://illinoispress.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=21&Itemid=35#century 19th Century Illinois Newspapers]
  
 
=== Published Inventories  ===
 
=== Published Inventories  ===
  
The best collection of Illinois newspapers is held by the [[Illinois State Historical Library (ISHL)|Illinois State Historical Library]]. Microfilmed newspapers are available through interlibrary loan, or the [http://www.illinoishistory.gov/lib/Microfilm.htm Newspaper/Microfilm Department] can do searches for a fee. For inventories of newspaper collections, see:
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*''Newspapers in the Illinois State Historical Library.'' Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Historical Library, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 1998. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/39342099 Other Libraries (WorldCat)]{{FHL|816314|item|disp=FHL book 977.3 J53n}}) Most libraries in Illinois receive copies of this inventory; it is not available to individuals.  
 
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*''Newspapers in the Illinois State Historical Library''. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Library, 1964 and 1970. {{FHL|171939|item|disp= FHL fiche 6125938-39}}  
*''Newspapers in the Illinois State Historical Library.'' Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Historical Library, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 1998. {{FHL|816314|item|disp=FHL book 977.3 J53n}}) Most libraries in Illinois receive copies of this inventory; it is not available to individuals.
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*''Illinois Libraries'' Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Library, 1955–. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1752654 Other Libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|39415|item|disp= FHL book 977.356/S1 A35i}} and selected volumes on 4 fiche beginning with {{FHL|39415|item|disp=FHL fiche 6125940 (first of 7 fiche)}}  
 
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*Scott, Franklin William ''Newspapers and Periodicals of Illinois, 1814–1879''. Springfield, Illinois: Trustees of the Illinois State Historical Library, 1910. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3789470 Other Libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|289332|item|disp=FHL book 977.3 B4i}}, vol.6; {{FHL|289332|item|disp=FHL film 1697636 item 2.}} A full view copy of this book is available on [http://books.google.com/books?id=LV1KAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Newspapers+and+periodicals+of+illinois&hl=en&ei=YqgLTrXgBajdiAKK15HIAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CD8Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Book Search] as well as on [http://www.archive.org/details/newspapersperiod00scot Internet Archive.]
*''Newspapers in the Illinois State Historical Library''. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Library, 1964 and 1970. {{FHL|171939|item|disp= FHL fiche 6125938-39}}
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*James, Edmund Janes ''A Bibliography of newspapers published in Illinois prior to 1860 (1899).'' Springfield, Illinois: Phillips Bros. State Printers. A full view copy of this book is found at [http://www.archive.org/details/bibliographyofne00jame Internet Archive (free).] [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/293139524 Other Libraries (WorldCat)]
 
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*Boss, Henry Rush ''Early newspapers in Illinois: read before the Franklin Society of the City of Chicago (1870).'' Chicago: Franklin Society. A full view copy of this book is found at [http://www.archive.org/details/earlynewspapersi00bossrich Internet Archive (free).] [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22835579 Other Libraries (WorldCat)]
*''Illinois Libraries''. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Library, 1955–. {{FHL|39415|item|disp= FHL book 977.356/S1 A35i}} and selected volumes on 4 fiche beginning with {{FHL|39415|item|disp=FHL fiche 6125940 (first of 7 fiche)}}
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*Scott, Franklin William. ''Newspapers and Periodicals of Illinois, 1814–1879''. Springfield, Illinois: Trustees of the Illinois State Historical Library, 1910. (Family History Library book {{FHL|289332|item|disp=FHL book 977.3 B4i}}, vol.6; film {{FHL|289332|item|disp=FHL film 1697636 item 2.}} A full view copy of this book is available on Google Book Search: [http://books.google.com/books?id=CiILAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA303&dq=rock+island+county+illinois+newspapers&ei=_dtKSYjzMKasNdeJhPgL#PPR1,M1 ''Newspapers and Periodicals of Illinois, 1814-1879''].
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=== Other Resources  ===
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The FHL has very few Illinois newspapers. However, the library does have some transcripts for Chicago and Rock Island County.  
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*''Vital Records From Chicago Newspapers''. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Genealogical Society, 1971–. {{FHL|227170|item|disp=FHL film 844952 item 5; book 977.311 V2c.}} Includes Death, marriage, and birth announcements in Chicago newspapers from 1833 to 1848
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*''Chicago Marriage and Death Indexes''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983. {{FHL|196734|item|disp=FHL film 1321939}}. Chicago, Illinois marriages from 1833 to 1871 and deaths from 1856-1889. These typescript indexes to marriage and death records from Chicago newspapers are also known as the Sam Fink Collection.
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=== Digital Issues Online  ===
  
*Pease, Janet K. ''Genealogical Abstracts From Rock Island County, Illinois, Newspapers.''38 volumes. [Arvada, Colorado: Janet K. Pease]; Rock Island, Illinois: Blackhawk Genealogical Society, 1973–1995. {{FHL|202037|item|disp=film 928133 items 1-5 (first of 26 films); book 977.3393 B38p.}} Abstracts in 38 volumes for the years 1850 - 1906. Many volumes are on film only.
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{{wikipedia|Wikipedia:List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}  
  
*Many periodicals publish information from newspapers. These are referenced in the "Places" section of the Periodical Source Index ([[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERSI]]) described in the "Periodicals" section.
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NewspaperArchive.org ($) has a large collection of [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=37 Illinois newspapers] online. This database is sometimes free at libraries under the name Access NewspaperArchive.  
  
*See the "[[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]]" and "[[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]" articles for help in locating other newspapers in Illinois.
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=== Additional Resources  ===
  
*You can find more resources for local Illinois newspapers in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:
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*Many periodicals publish information from newspapers. These are referenced in the "Places" section of the Periodical Source Index ([[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERSI]]) described in the "Periodicals" section.
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*See the "[[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]]" and "[[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]" Wiki articles for help in locating other newspapers in Illinois. See [[Illinois Obituaries]]&nbsp;for help in finding obituaries.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Random_Acts_of_Genealogical_Kindness Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] has volunteers who are willing to look up newspaper articles for many Illinois counties.
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*The FHL has very few Illinois newspapers. However, the library does have some transcripts for Chicago and Rock Island County.
  
ILLINOIS- NEWSPAPERS
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:*''Vital Records From Chicago Newspapers''. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Genealogical Society, 1971–. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/314805 Other Libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|227170|item|disp=FHL film 844952 item 5; book 977.311 V2c.}} Includes Death, marriage, and birth announcements in Chicago newspapers from 1833 to 1848.
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:*''Chicago Marriage and Death Indexes''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983. {{FHL|196734|item|disp=FHL film 1321939}}. Chicago, Illinois marriages from 1833 to 1871 and deaths from 1856-1889. These typescript indexes to marriage and death records from Chicago newspapers are also known as the Sam Fink Collection.
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:*Pease, Janet K. ''Genealogical Abstracts From Rock Island County, Illinois, Newspapers.''38 volumes. [Arvada, Colorado: Janet K. Pease]; Rock Island, Illinois: Blackhawk Genealogical Society, 1973–1995. {{FHL|202037|item|disp=film 928133 items 1-5 (first of 26 films); book 977.3393 B38p.}} Abstracts in 38 volumes for the years 1850 - 1906. Many volumes are on film only.
  
ILLINOIS, [COUNTY], NEWSPAPERS
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*More resources on local Illinois newspapers may be found in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)]and at [http://www.worldcat.org/ Worldcat.org]. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|FHLC]] and [[Worldcat Online Catalog|Worldcat.org]]. It is usually best to start with a search at a local level such as city or town and then to try county or state.&nbsp; <br>
  
ILLINOIS, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- NEWSPAPERS
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== Websites  ==
  
=== Websites  ===
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*[http://www.usnpl.com/ilnews.php USNPL]
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*[http://www.newslink.org/ilnews.html NewsLink]
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America]
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*[http://www.50states.com/news/illinois.htm 50 States.com]
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaper Archives]&nbsp;($)
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ Genealogy Bank] ($)
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*[http://www.illinois-genealogy.com/Illinois-Newspapers.cfm Illinois Newspapers] (Illinois Genealogy)
  
*http://www.usnpl.com/ilnews.php
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*http://www.newslink.org/ilnews.html
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*http://www.50states.com/news/illinois.htm
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*http://newspaperarchive.org/ ($)
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*http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ ($)
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Newspapers can be a valuable resource because they often publish marriage, divorce, death, and funeral notices as well as obituaries. The notices may include names, including maiden names and parent names, dates, and places. Death notices and obituaries often name living relatives.

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

One strategy for using newspapers in research, is to select a time period for which your ancestor lived and begin by looking for obituaries as well as birth, marriage, and death notices. Read all the articles which were generated in the county where your ancestor lived, especially articles which give information about the church and schools where your ancestor may have attended.

Contents

Resources for Illinois Newspapers

Inventory on the Internet

  • Over 6,500 Illinois newspapers are cataloged on the Illinois Newspaper Project. The web site briefly lists the newspaper’s title, town, life span, and repositories researchers can contact to obtain further details. Ordering microfilm copies at your local library through interlibrary loan is generally very inexpensive ($5 - $10).
  • 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.
  • The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library holds newspapers titles for all Illinois counties. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library was created in 1889 from the Illinois State Historical Library and was charged with the responsibility of collecting and preserving records which would be useful to the historian. Among it's holdings are a noteworthy collection of newspapers. Microfilmed newspapers are available through interlibrary loan, or the Newspaper/Microfilm Department can do searches for a fee. An online obituary search is provided.
  • The University of Illnois at Urbana-Champaign has a Newspaper Database as well as a collection of Historical Newspapers.
  • Some library web pages offer a searchable index of births, marriages, and deaths mentioned in local newspapers. Digital images may or may not be linked to the index entry. The Quincy Public Library's Quincy Historic Newspaper Archive covers Quincy newspapers from 1835-1919, and includes digital images. The Urbana Free Library's Local History On-line includes indexed summary information gleaned from Champaign/Urbana newspapers, official Champaign County court records, and other local history resources. The Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin includes a vital records surname search as part of their Local Newspaper Index of events mentioned in the Courier News and Daily Herald.
  • Check PublicLibraries.com to see if the community you are researching has a public library. Many listings include hot links to the library's web page.
  • A list of newspapers in existance during the 1800's is found at19th Century Illinois Newspapers

Published Inventories

Digital Issues Online

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

NewspaperArchive.org ($) has a large collection of Illinois newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries under the name Access NewspaperArchive.

Additional Resources

  • Many periodicals publish information from newspapers. These are referenced in the "Places" section of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) described in the "Periodicals" section.
  • See the "Newspapers" and "Obituaries" Wiki articles for help in locating other newspapers in Illinois. See Illinois Obituaries for help in finding obituaries.
  • Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness has volunteers who are willing to look up newspaper articles for many Illinois counties.
  • The FHL has very few Illinois newspapers. However, the library does have some transcripts for Chicago and Rock Island County.
  • Vital Records From Chicago Newspapers. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Genealogical Society, 1971–. Other Libraries (WorldCat) FHL film 844952 item 5; book 977.311 V2c. Includes Death, marriage, and birth announcements in Chicago newspapers from 1833 to 1848.
  • Chicago Marriage and Death Indexes. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983. FHL film 1321939. Chicago, Illinois marriages from 1833 to 1871 and deaths from 1856-1889. These typescript indexes to marriage and death records from Chicago newspapers are also known as the Sam Fink Collection.
  • Pease, Janet K. Genealogical Abstracts From Rock Island County, Illinois, Newspapers.38 volumes. [Arvada, Colorado: Janet K. Pease]; Rock Island, Illinois: Blackhawk Genealogical Society, 1973–1995. film 928133 items 1-5 (first of 26 films); book 977.3393 B38p. Abstracts in 38 volumes for the years 1850 - 1906. Many volumes are on film only.

Websites