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Newspapers are an important source for vital records, etc., during the period before Pennsylvania began keeping civil [[Pennsylvania Vital Records|vital records]].  
 
Newspapers are an important source for vital records, etc., during the period before Pennsylvania began keeping civil [[Pennsylvania Vital Records|vital records]].  
  
== History ==
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== History ==
  
Pennsylvania's first newspaper was the "''American Weekly Mercury''," published in Philadelphia in 1719. Ben Franklin's "''Pennsylvania Gazette''" began in 1728.  
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Pennsylvania's first newspaper was the ''American Weekly Mercury'' published in Philadelphia in 1719. Ben Franklin's ''Pennsylvania Gazette'' began in 1728.  
  
== Resources for Pennsylvania Newspapers ==
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Pennsylvania presses published German-language newspapers as early as the eighteenth century:
  
For newspaper collections, see:  
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:*Stoudt, John Joseph, ''The German Press in Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography,'' Vol. 59, No. 1 (Jan. 1935):76-90. For free online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Historical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Magazine_of_History_and_Biography WeRelate].
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:*''Reading Adler'', ''Reading Eagle,'' 28 May 1868; "About Der Readinger Adler (Reading, Pa.)," [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025908/ Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers].
  
The State Library of Pennsylvania has the largest newspaper collection. An inventory of these is Louis F. Rauco, ''Pennsylvania Newspapers and Selected Out-of-State Newspapers'' ([S. l.: s. n.], 1984; Family History Library {{FHL|974.8 B3p|disp=book 974.8 B3p}}; {{FHL|7334|title-id|disp=film 1320895}} item 16).
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== Resources for Pennsylvania Newspapers ==
  
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has a major collection, especially of Philadelphia newspapers (1790-present).
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=== Inventory  ===
  
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a large collection, especially of Pittsburgh newspapers. It also has a card index to marriages and deaths listed in the newspapers in their collection.
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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
  
The Family History Library has the Pittsburgh Daily Gazette on microfilm (1786-1880) and a few other newspapers. It has several published abstracts and indexes of Pennsylvania newspapers, including:
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*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/pennsylvania-newspapers.htm Ancestor Hunt Pennsylvania Newspaper Links]
  
*Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728 to 1748
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*[http://www.50states.com/news/penn.htm 50 States.com Pennsylvania Newspapers]
*Pennsylvania Chronicle, 1767 to 1774
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*Daily Telegraph, 1883 to 1900
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*German newspapers published in Philadelphia and Germantown, 1743 to 1800
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*Quaker Necrology (59,000 obituaries found in Quaker newspapers of Philadelphia and other cities), 1828 to 1960
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An excellent bibliography of Pennsylvania newspapers is Ruth Salisbury, ed., ''Pennsylvania Newspapers, a Bibliography and Union List'' (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Library Association, 1969; Family History Library {{FHL|204762|title-id|disp=974.8 A3s}}).  
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*Rauco, Louis F.; State Library of Pennsylvania, ''Pennsylvania Newspapers and Selected Out-of-State Newspapers'' (S.I.:s.n., 1984] {{WorldCat|14273189|At various libraries (WorldCat)}} {{FHL|7334|item|FHL book 974.8 B3p}} Includes list of newspapers held by the State Library of Pennsylvania.
  
An inventory for Philadelphia County is ''Pennsylvania Historical Survey, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration, A Checklist of Pennsylvania Newspapers, Philadelphia County'' (Harrisburg, Pa.; Pennsylvania Historical Commission, 1944; Family History Library {{FHL|205458|title-id|disp=book 974.811 B33}} {{FHL|6101596|film|disp=fiche 6101596}}).  
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*Salisbury, Ruth Salisbury, ''Pennsylvania Newspapers, a Bibliography and Union List'' (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Library Association, 1969. {{FHL|204762|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 A3s}}. A listing of all newspapers ever known to have been published, with locations.
  
Valuable newspaper information is in:
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*Pennsylvania Historical Survey, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration, ''A Checklist of Pennsylvania Newspapers, Philadelphia County'' (Harrisburg, Pa.; Pennsylvania Historical Commission, 1944) {{FHL|205458|item|disp=FHL fiche 6101596; book 974.811 B33.}} An inventory for Philadelphia County.
  
*Manning, Barbara. ''Genealogical Abstracts from Newspapers of the German Reformed Church, 1830-1839''. Bowie, Maryland.: Heritage Books, 1992. (Family History Library book {{FHL|974.8 K28m|disp=974.8 K28m}}.)
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=== Libraries and Archives  ===
*Manning, Barbara. ''Genealogical Abstracts from Newspapers of the German Reformed Church 1840-1843''. Bowie, Maryland.: Heritage Books, Inc., 1995. (Family History Library {{FHL|973 K28m|disp=book 973 K28m}}.)
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=== Digital Issues Online ===
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[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/bureau_of_state_library/8811 The State Library of Pennsylvania] has the largest [http://www.accesspadr.org/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=%2Fsstlp-newsp&CISOSORT=subjec%7Cr newspaper collection.] An inventory of these is Louis F. Rauco, ''Pennsylvania Newspapers and Selected Out-of-State Newspapers'' ([S. l.: s. n.], 1984. {{FHL|7334|item|disp=FHL film 1320895 item 16; book 974.8 B3p}}
  
{{wikipedia|List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}
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[http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/subject-guides/family-history-genealogy The Historical Society of Pennsylvania] has a major collection, especially of Philadelphia newspapers (1790-present).
  
*''Extra! Extra! Read All About It! FREE Historic Newspapers Online:'' Links to free access to [http://www.libraries.psu.edu/content/dam/psul/up/groups/discoveryday/2011/documents/FREE%20collections%20of%20digitized%20newspaper%20online.pdf online collections of historic newspapers] published in Pennsylvania.  
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[http://www.carnegielibrary.org/ The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh] has a large [http://www.carnegielibrary.org/research/databases/#genealogy collection, especially of Pittsburgh newspapers.] It also has a card index to marriages and deaths listed in the newspapers in their collection.  
  
=== Indexes ===
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=== Digital Issues Online  ===
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{{wikipedia|Wikipedia:List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}
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*Penn State University Libraries digital collections ''[http://digitalnewspapers.libraries.psu.edu/Default/Skins/civilwar/Client.asp?skin=civilwar Pennsylvania Civil War Era Newspaper Collection].''
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*Pennsylvania digitized newspapers on:[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov Chronicling America] Historic American Newspapers.
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*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=77 Pennsylvania newspapers] online. This database is sometimes free at libraries under the name Access NewspaperArchive.
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*First several years of ''The American Weekly Mercury'' is available for free [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Bradford%2C_Andrew._American_Weekly_Mercury online] (1719-1723).
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*[http://www.accessible.com/accessible/aboutPG.jsp Accessible Archives] ($) has ''The Pennsylvania Gazette'' (1728-1800).
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*''Extra! Extra! Read All About It! FREE Historic Newspapers Online:'' Links to free [http://www.libraries.psu.edu/content/dam/psul/up/groups/discoveryday/2011/documents/FREE%20collections%20of%20digitized%20newspaper%20online.pdf online collections of historic newspapers] published in Pennsylvania.
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*'''1792-1904''' - ''General Advertiser'' (Philadelphia, Pa.) is available online at [http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=U073gGq-K-4C Google News] - free.
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=== Family History Library  ===
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*''Excerpts of genealogical interest abstracted from Pennsylvania newspapers : in the collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania'' (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 198-?) {{FHL|2309|item|disp=FHL film 1405338–1405340}}
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*Presbyterian Historical Society (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ''The Presbyterian Newspaper, v. 49, 1879'' (SLC, Utah, 1966) {{FHL|443203|item|disp=FHL film 504271–504272}}
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*Miller, Daniel, ''Early German Newspapers'' {{FHL|1031483|item|disp=FHL film 982161 item 3}}
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*Manning, Barbara, ''Genealogical Abstracts from Newspapers of the German Reformed Church, 1830-1839'' (Bowie, Maryland : Heritage Books, 1992) {{WorldCat|26530282|disp=At various libraries}}; {{FHL|565988|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 K28m}}
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*Manning, Barbara, ''Genealogical Abstracts from Newspapers of the German Reformed Church, 1840-1843'' (Bowie, Maryland : Heritage Books, 1995) {{WorldCat|32372949|disp=At various libraries}}; {{FHL|734376|item|disp=FHL book 973 K28m}}
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*''Clippings From the Pennsylvania Dutchman, 1949-Apr. 1953'' {{FHL|199933|item|disp=FHL film 1035723 item 13; book 974.8 F2p}}
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*''Wright, Frederick Edward; Martha Reamy, Carlisle gazette and the western repository of knowledge; Pennsylvania Herald and York General Advertiser, ''Abstracts of south central Pennsylvania newspapers : items from the Carlisle Gazette and the York Advertiser pertaining to the lives of persons living in south central Pennsylvania''{{WorldCat|43423094|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|656734|item|disp=FHL book 974.84 B38a}}''
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*Rice, Phillip A., Jean A. Dellock, Schuylkill Roots, researchers, ''Circuit and Circuit Riders'' (Apollo, Pennsylvania : Closson Press, c1996) {{FHL|783178|item|disp=FHL 974.8 K2ri v. 1,2}}
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*Graeff, Arthur, Larry M. Neff, ''Selections from Arthur Graeff's Scholla'' (Breinigsville, Pennsylvania:Pennsylania German Society, c. 1971) {{FHL|1040317|item|disp=FHL book 974.8 B4pgp v. 5}}
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To access newspaper resources available through the Family History Library Catalog, use the Place-name Search for:
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:*PENNSYLVANIA - NEWSPAPERS
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:*PENNSYLVANIA, [COUNTY] - NEWSPAPERS
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:*PENNSYLVANIA, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - NEWSPAPERS
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== Obituaries ==
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*Hildeburn, Charles R. "An Index to the Obituary Notices published in the ''Pennsylvania Gazette,'' from 1728-1791," ''The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography,'' Vol. 10 (1886):334-349. For free online access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Historical_Society_of_Pennsylvania._Pennsylvania_Magazine_of_History_and_Biography WeRelate].
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*Smith, Gary V., Corry Weekly Herald (Corry, Pennsylvania), ''Index to 3000 death notices covering northwestern Pennsylvania and southwestern New York extracted from the Corry Weekly Herald (Corry, Pennsylvania)'' (Montgomery, Alabama :G.V. Smith, c1992) {{FHL|222355|item|disp=FHL film 1697903 item 1; book 974.899/C1 V4s index}}
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*''Quaker Necrology'' (Boston, Massachusetts:G.K. Hall, 1961) {{FHL|289220|item|disp=FHL film 823643 items 1-2; book 973 V23q}}
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To access obituary resources available through the Family History Library Catalog, use the Place-name Search for:
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:*PENNSYLVANIA - OBITUARIES
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:*PENNSYLVANIA, [COUNTY] - OBITUARIES
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:*PENNSYLVANIA, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - OBITUARIES
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*''Pennsylvania Civil War Era Newspaper Collection ''at Penn State University Libraries digital collections ''[http://digitalnewspapers.libraries.psu.edu/Default/Skins/civilwar/Client.asp?skin=civilwar digitalnewspapers.libraries.psu.edu/Default/Skins/civilwar/Client.asp]''
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*''Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository'' managed for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries[http://www.accesspadigital.org/ www.accesspadigital.org/]  
*''Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository&nbsp;''managed for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries&nbsp;[http://www.accesspadigital.org/ www.accesspadigital.org/]<br>
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*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php USNPL:Pennsylvania] - This site provides links to Pennsylvania historical newspapers and current newspaper websites.  
*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php USNPL:&nbsp;Pennsylvania] - This site provides links to Pennsylvania historical newspapers and current newspaper websites.
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America]
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaper Archives] ($)
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ Genealogy Bank] ($)
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== References  ==
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Newspapers are an important source for vital records, etc., during the period before Pennsylvania began keeping civil vital records.

Contents

History

Pennsylvania's first newspaper was the American Weekly Mercury published in Philadelphia in 1719. Ben Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette began in 1728.

Pennsylvania presses published German-language newspapers as early as the eighteenth century:

  • Stoudt, John Joseph, The German Press in Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 59, No. 1 (Jan. 1935):76-90. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  • Reading Adler, Reading Eagle, 28 May 1868; "About Der Readinger Adler (Reading, Pa.)," Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Resources for Pennsylvania Newspapers

Inventory

  • 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
  • Rauco, Louis F.; State Library of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Newspapers and Selected Out-of-State Newspapers (S.I.:s.n., 1984] WorldCat 14273189 FHL Collection Includes list of newspapers held by the State Library of Pennsylvania.
  • Salisbury, Ruth Salisbury, Pennsylvania Newspapers, a Bibliography and Union List (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Library Association, 1969. FHL book 974.8 A3s. A listing of all newspapers ever known to have been published, with locations.
  • Pennsylvania Historical Survey, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration, A Checklist of Pennsylvania Newspapers, Philadelphia County (Harrisburg, Pa.; Pennsylvania Historical Commission, 1944) FHL fiche 6101596; book 974.811 B33. An inventory for Philadelphia County.

Libraries and Archives

The State Library of Pennsylvania has the largest newspaper collection. An inventory of these is Louis F. Rauco, Pennsylvania Newspapers and Selected Out-of-State Newspapers ([S. l.: s. n.], 1984. FHL film 1320895 item 16; book 974.8 B3p

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has a major collection, especially of Philadelphia newspapers (1790-present).

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a large collection, especially of Pittsburgh newspapers. It also has a card index to marriages and deaths listed in the newspapers in their collection.

Digital Issues Online

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

Family History Library

  • Excerpts of genealogical interest abstracted from Pennsylvania newspapers : in the collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 198-?) FHL film 1405338–1405340
  • Presbyterian Historical Society (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Presbyterian Newspaper, v. 49, 1879 (SLC, Utah, 1966) FHL film 504271–504272
  • Wright, Frederick Edward; Martha Reamy, Carlisle gazette and the western repository of knowledge; Pennsylvania Herald and York General Advertiser, Abstracts of south central Pennsylvania newspapers : items from the Carlisle Gazette and the York Advertiser pertaining to the lives of persons living in south central PennsylvaniaAt various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 974.84 B38a
  • Rice, Phillip A., Jean A. Dellock, Schuylkill Roots, researchers, Circuit and Circuit Riders (Apollo, Pennsylvania : Closson Press, c1996) FHL 974.8 K2ri v. 1,2
  • Graeff, Arthur, Larry M. Neff, Selections from Arthur Graeff's Scholla (Breinigsville, Pennsylvania:Pennsylania German Society, c. 1971) FHL book 974.8 B4pgp v. 5

To access newspaper resources available through the Family History Library Catalog, use the Place-name Search for:

  • PENNSYLVANIA - NEWSPAPERS
  • PENNSYLVANIA, [COUNTY] - NEWSPAPERS
  • PENNSYLVANIA, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - NEWSPAPERS

Obituaries

  • Hildeburn, Charles R. "An Index to the Obituary Notices published in the Pennsylvania Gazette, from 1728-1791," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 10 (1886):334-349. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  • Smith, Gary V., Corry Weekly Herald (Corry, Pennsylvania), Index to 3000 death notices covering northwestern Pennsylvania and southwestern New York extracted from the Corry Weekly Herald (Corry, Pennsylvania) (Montgomery, Alabama :G.V. Smith, c1992) FHL film 1697903 item 1; book 974.899/C1 V4s index

To access obituary resources available through the Family History Library Catalog, use the Place-name Search for:

  • PENNSYLVANIA - OBITUARIES
  • PENNSYLVANIA, [COUNTY] - OBITUARIES
  • PENNSYLVANIA, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - OBITUARIES

Web Sites


References