Resources for Massachusetts Newspapers
Libraries and Archives
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
NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of Massachusetts newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries under the name AccessNewspaperArchive.
A statewide index of newspaper items is: American Antiquarian Society. Index of Marriages in Massachusetts Centinel and Columbian Centinel, 1784 to 1840. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall and Co., 1961. (Family History Library book 974.4 V22i.) To locate additional indexes see: A Guide to Newspaper Indexes in New England. New England Library Association Bibliography Committee, 1978. (Family History Library book 974 B32n; fiche 6051391.) (Worldcat)
The Boston Evening Transcript's genealogical column carried valuable information from 1895 to 1963. The Family History Library has: Boston Evening Transcript Genealogical Columns, 1895, May 1900–April 1941. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1955. (Family History Library films 014735–44.) Boston Transcript Genealogy Newspaper Columns, June 6, 1896–April 30, 1941. [Middletown, Connecticut: Godfrey Memorial Library, 197–?]. (Family History Library fiche 6011001–6011680.) For two helpful indexes to the columns, see: *The Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown, Connecticut, has published an index in American Genealogical–Biographical Index, where most names can be found (see the "Genealogy" section).
The Boston Public Library has indexes for 1901– 1935: Boston Public Library
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Punch, Terrence M. Irish Ancestors in the "Lost and Found" of the Boston Pilot, Jan-April 1846.This list is of folk looking for their Irish forbears, that have gone to USA or Canda, and gives the name of the person sought, where from in Ireland, place last known at, and name of person or relation seeking them. Article in The Irish Ancestor vo.IX.no.2.1977, pages 79-84, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2 vol.9