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Be sure to use quotation marks to pinpoint names, compound terms or exact phrases. By default, all article types will be included in your search.  To create more complex searches, see the Help link for Advanced Searches.


For dates of interest try a "browse" in the paper's edition for that date. Also consider browsing a few days past an important historical date, to allow for any delays in reporting "breaking news."

Genealogy Searches

Limit search results will allow a limit to specific article types such as

  • Birth Notices
  • Matrimony Notices
  • Death Notices

When searching for death notices or obituaries, add words and phrases to the search that will help narrow the results:

    "departed this life" 
    "is survived by"
    "died here"
    "mortuary notice"

Hunting for Shipping News?  Try a phrase like "ready to sail" or "bound for" or "arrived this week" when searching family names - it may help narrow the results. See if  search results allow limits to the specific article type: Arrival and departure of ships in domestic and foreign ports

For more ideas see Understanding Terms Found in Historical Newspapers  from the GenealogyBank blog.

What Can I Do With Search Results?

  • Print or download an individual article as a PDF. To download multiple pages or entire issues use the Download Issue link in the Table of Contents, when viewing articles and pages.
  • Email article information. First add it to "My Collection"  and then email or export the URL of the article for later retrieval. The email will contain the publication date and article headline and a URL to obtain the document. You will need your Library card number and PIN to access. Note: This does not email the full text of the article.