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A valuable—and often overlooked—genealogy resource is old newspaper ads. Newspaper advertisements in historical newspapers may provide a detailed description of your great-grandfather’s farm when it was being sold, or an accurate physical description of a missing ancestor that your great-great-grandmother was searching for. Don’t overlook vintage ads from newspapers in your genealogy research!

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Vintage Ads & Our Ancestors’ Shopping

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A newspaper ad for the latest swimsuit fashion, published in the National Labor Tribune (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), 10 April 1937. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Great-Grandmother’s Swimsuit in Vintage Fashion Articles & Photos.” blog.genealogyban...

Great-Grandmother’s Swimsuit in Vintage Fashion Articles & Photos

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A newspaper ad for the latest swimsuit fashion, published in the Miami District Daily News (Miami, Oklahoma), 3 January 1922. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Great-Grandmother’s Swimsuit in Vintage Fashion Articles & Photos.” blog.genealogyban...

Great-Grandmother’s Swimsuit in Vintage Fashion Articles & Photos

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A newspaper ad for the latest swimsuit fashion, published in the Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina), 11 July 1916. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Great-Grandmother’s Swimsuit in Vintage Fashion Articles & Photos.” blog.genealogyban...

Great-Grandmother’s Swimsuit in Vintage Fashion Articles & Photos

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A newspaper ad for bus tours to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, published in theTimes-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana), 24 May 1964. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “1964 World’s Fair: History, Photos & Memorabilia.” blog.genealogyban...

1964 World’s Fair: History, Photos & Memorabilia

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An 1835 newspaper ad offering a reward for the return of a fancy hat, published in the Newark Daily Advertiser (Newark, New Jersey), 27 June 1835. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Our Ancestors’ Stories Live in Old Newspaper Ads Too.” blog.genealogyban...

Our Ancestors’ Stories Live in Old Newspaper Ads Too

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An 1845 newspaper ad urging westward migration, published in the Arkansas Weekly Gazette (Little Rock, Arkansas), 29 September 1845. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Old Newspaper Ads, Your Immigrant Ancestors & U.S. Migrations.” blog.genealogyban...

Old Newspaper Ads, Your Immigrant Ancestors & U.S. Migrations

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A 1773 newspaper ad for the sale of the funeral sermon for Hezekiah Huntington, published in the Connecticut Gazette (New London, Connecticut), 14 May 1773. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Funeral Sermons: How to Research Funeral Records for Genealogy.” blog.genealogyban...

Funeral Sermons: How to Research Funeral Records for Genealogy

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A 1784 newspaper ad for a slave auction, published in the South-Carolina Weekly Gazette (Charleston, South Carolina), 17 July 1784. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “African American Slave Trade: Ships & Records for Genealogy.” blog.genealogyban...

African American Slave Trade: Ships & Records for Genealogy

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A 1785 newspaper ad for a slave auction, published in the South-Carolina Weekly Gazette (Charleston, South Carolina), 6 August 1785. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “African American Slave Trade: Ships & Records for Genealogy.” blog.genealogyban...

African American Slave Trade: Ships & Records for Genealogy

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A 1927 newspaper ad for Sears, Roebuck and Co., published in the Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 20 September 1927. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “This Is the House That Sears Built: Historic Sears Kit Homes.” blog.genealogyban...

This Is the House That Sears Built: Historic Sears Kit Homes

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A 1926 newspaper ad for Sears, Roebuck and Co., published in the Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 31 October 1926. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “This Is the House That Sears Built: Historic Sears Kit Homes.” blog.genealogyban...

This Is the House That Sears Built: Historic Sears Kit Homes

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A 1925 newspaper ad for Sears, Roebuck and Co., published in the Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), 27 September 1925. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “This Is the House That Sears Built: Historic Sears Kit Homes.” blog.genealogyban...

This Is the House That Sears Built: Historic Sears Kit Homes

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A 1949 newspaper ad for NOMA Christmas tree lights, published in the Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 20 December 1949. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “‘Oh Christmas Tree’: History of Christmas Trees, Lights & Décor.”

A 1947 newspaper ad for NOMA bubble lights for the Christmas tree, published in the San Diego Union (San Diego, California), 7 December 1947. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “‘Oh Christmas Tree’: History of Christmas Trees, Lights & Décor.”

An 1869 newspaper ad for stolen horses, published in the Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), 13 October 1869. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Death, Horses & Meteors: My McNeil Family History Discoveries.”

An ad for Duncan Hines smoked hams. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “The Real Duncan Hines—The Man, Not the Cake Mix.”

Newspaper ads published in the Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 3 March 1742. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “German American Newspapers for Genealogy at GenealogyBank.”