The Genealogist's Newspaper Search is a service which provides access to vital records information in newspapers. Researchers can search our unique databases online for vital records (births, marriages, deaths, etc.) and/or order printed research reports on a surname basis.
A wide selection of Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia newspapers have been indexed. This includes daily newspapers from large cities as well as weekly newspapers from smaller towns. Also, many defunct newspapers have been indexed.
Click the List of Newspapers Indexed link to view the complete list of newspapers indexed.
The dates vary from as early as the 1700s in Virginia and 1840s in Indiana to as current as today.
The date range indexed for each newspaper title varies and changes daily. The last twenty years are complete (all vitals on all pages) for several papers including The Indianapolis Star, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, and South Bend Tribune.
Earlier issues have also been indexed but they are not complete. Some titles have just a few months or years indexed. Most entries are from the last 50 years, but there are some pre-1900 entries too. Both current and back issues are being added to the index daily.
The articles that are associated with the milestones in life are included. This includes:
- Annulment Asked
- Annulment Granted
- Area Death
- Area Funeral
- Bridal Shower
- Burial Listings
- Burial Permit
- City Death
- City Funeral
- Coroner Ruling
- Death Certificate
- Death Notice
- Divorce Asked
- Divorce Dismissed
- Divorce Filed
- Divorce Granted
- Estate Opened
- Five Generations
- Four Generations
- Funeral Notice
- Funeral Service
- Indiana Death
- In Memoriam
- Legal Separation
- Marriage Annulment
|- Marriage Bans
- Marriage Dissolution
- Marriage License
- Marriage Notice
- Moving Permit
- Name Change
- Ohio Death
- Other Death
- Resolution of Respect
- Six Generations
Please note that not all newspapers print all of these types of records and their coverage of these events has changed over the years.
The Title Page indicates the surname reported, date the report was run, and the name and address of the researcher ordering the report.
The Explanation Pages explain the format and codes used in the report. This includes the codes for the vital record type (BI for birth, etc.) and the codes used for the newspaper titles (DCDD for Decatur Daily Democrat, etc.)
The Index Listing may be just part of a page or several pages. Each line of the report corresponds to a single notice in a newspaper.
(The actual Blackwell report lists over 1100 entries.)
|Blackwell, Margaret S.||Griffin||ML||INST||09/05/1908||10||Marion County|
|Swigart, d/o Richard & Judy Blackwell||BI||KTRB||03/19/1991||10||Noblesville|
|Swigart, s/o Richard & Judy Blackwell||BI||KTRB||06/07/1989||06||Kokomo|
Note that entries are included which have the requested surname as a maiden name or name from another marriage if this is given in the article.
The online search presents the same information, but allows more specific searching.
The index gives the newspaper title, date and page of the article so copies may be made easily if you have access to the actual newspapers. You may wish to write, visit a library, or hire a researcher to make photocopies or transcribe the articles.
CompuGen Systems will provide photocopies or transcripts of the actual notices upon request for most entries listed on the search. For obituaries, weddings, etc. this may be an entire article while for births, death certificates, etc. it may be a single line. The fee is $3.95 per entry.
The online search allows you to order copies of the articles online. Click on "ORDER IMAGE" or "ORDER TEXT" to order copies online. When ordered online, the notices are e-mailed.
The search reports are $20 for a standard surname for one state. More common surnames and multiple state search reports are more.
There are three levels of online search memberships available as follows:
Many newspapers have sites on the Internet and some even include vital records, but these are typically for the current days only. Some have a few years worth of back issues available to search for a fee. Nowhere on the Internet can you get an index to vital records like the Genealogist's Newspaper Search.
You may reorder a surname search report at any time. You will receive a full report which lists what was found at the earlier date and what has been added since. If you received one more than a year or two ago, there will probably be quite a few more entries listed. The database has approximately doubled in size since 1995. The fee to reorder a listing for a surname you have already ordered is one-half the current search price ($10 for most surnames, $15 and $25 for more common names). Please contact us for reorders.
You can also subscribe to the Genealogist's Newspaper Search and search online for additions as often as you'd like.
A special multi-user subscription plan is available for libraries and institutions. Check with your library to see if they subscribe to the Genealogist's Newspaper Search.
Yes, the complete daily statistics such as the births, marriage licenses, death certificates from all papers, even the large ones are included in the database.
We have subscriptions to several of the current papers and have some helpers saving and/or indexing other current papers. We use microfilm to index the back issues and in some cases we buy or get access to collections (large and small) of original papers. The subscriptions and microfilm are expensive and the money received from searches is used to buy more papers and microfilm to expand the project.
This service is very unique and currently available for Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia newspapers. We hope to expand the database to include newspapers in other states. Let us know what you'd like to see included.