Old Newspaper Ads

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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Ad for Germain’s seeds, published in the Riverside Daily Press newspaper (Riverside, California), 24 March 1944. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “WWII Victory Gardens: Family History & War Food Rations.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/wwii-victory-gardens-family-history-war-food-rations.html

WWII Victory Gardens: Family History & War Food Rations

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Ad for Germain’s seeds, published in the Sacramento Bee newspaper (Sacramento, California), 24 February 1945. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “WWII Victory Gardens: Family History & War Food Rations.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/wwii-victory-gardens-family-history-war-food-rations.html

WWII Victory Gardens: Family History & War Food Rations

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Ad for a Betty Crocker cookbook, published in the Greensboro Daily News newspaper (Greensboro, North Carolina), 29 November 1950. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Betty Crocker: America’s Favorite Fictional Cook.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/betty-crocker-americas-favorite-fictional-cook.html

Betty Crocker: America’s Favorite Fictional Cook

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Betty Crocker cake recipes, published in the Oregonian newspaper (Portland, Oregon), 11 September 1960. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Betty Crocker: America’s Favorite Fictional Cook.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/betty-crocker-americas-favorite-fictional-cook.html

Betty Crocker: America’s Favorite Fictional Cook

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Betty Crocker cake recipes, published in the Oregonian newspaper (Portland, Oregon), 11 September 1960. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Betty Crocker: America’s Favorite Fictional Cook.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/betty-crocker-americas-favorite-fictional-cook.html

Betty Crocker: America’s Favorite Fictional Cook

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Ad for Gold Medal Flour, published in the Oregonian newspaper (Portland, Oregon), 30 January 1944. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Betty Crocker: America’s Favorite Fictional Cook.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/betty-crocker-americas-favorite-fictional-cook.html

Betty Crocker: America’s Favorite Fictional Cook

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An ad for Dr. Folger’s “All-Healing Balsam,” published in the Gloucester Telegraph newspaper (Gloucester, Massachusetts), 29 October 1845. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Genealogy Research with Newspapers: Stories in Classified Ads.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/genealogy-research-with-newspapers-stories-in-classified-ads.html

Genealogy Research with Newspapers: Stories in Classified Ads

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A love poem in a classified ad, published in the San Jose Mercury News newspaper (San Jose, California), 4 September 1915, page 10. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Old Classified & Personal Ads Reveal Our Ancestors’ Love Lives.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/old-classified-personal-ads-reveal-our-ancestors-love-lives-2.html

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Ad for summer shoes, published in the Evening Star newspaper (Washington, D.C.), 13 May 1934. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/vintage-fashion-our-ancestors-summer-apparel.html

Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel

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Ad for summer fashions, published in the Daily Illinois State Journal newspaper (Springfield, Illinois), 20 July 1933. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/vintage-fashion-our-ancestors-summer-apparel.html

Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel

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Ad for summer fashions, published in the Plain Dealer newspaper (Cleveland, Ohio), 25 May 1924. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/vintage-fashion-our-ancestors-summer-apparel.html

Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel

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Ad for summer fashions, published in the Plain Dealer newspaper (Cleveland, Ohio), 25 May 1924. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/vintage-fashion-our-ancestors-summer-apparel.html

Vintage Fashion: Our Ancestors’ Summer Apparel

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Ad for a quack medical device called the “magnetic wave,” published in the Riverside Independent Enterprise newspaper (Riverside, California), 16 January 1915. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Researching Kids with Vintage Newspaper Ads of 100 Years Ago.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/researching-kids-with-vintage-newspaper-ads-of-100-years-ago.html

Researching Kids with Vintage Newspaper Ads of 100 Years Ago

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Ad for castoria (castor oil), published in the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper (Colorado Springs, Colorado), 7 July 1915. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Researching Kids with Vintage Newspaper Ads of 100 Years Ago.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/researching-kids-with-vintage-newspaper-ads-of-100-years-ago.html

Researching Kids with Vintage Newspaper Ads of 100 Years Ago

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Ads for schools and colleges, published in the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 11 September 1915. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Researching Kids with Vintage Newspaper Ads of 100 Years Ago.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/researching-kids-with-vintage-newspaper-ads-of-100-years-ago.html

Researching Kids with Vintage Newspaper Ads of 100 Years Ago

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Old classified ads, published in the Salem Gazette newspaper (Salem, Massachusetts), 19 November 1833. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “4 Tips for Genealogy Research with Historical Newspapers.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/4-tips-for-genealogy-research-with-historical-newspapers.html

4 Tips for Genealogy Research with Historical Newspapers

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Ad for Century Dictionary, Cyclopedia and Atlas, published in the Plain Dealer newspaper (Cleveland, Ohio), 22 October 1907. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “How to Use a Dictionary to Help with Your Genealogy.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/how-to-use-a-dictionary-to-help-with-your-genealogy.html

How to Use a Dictionary to Help with Your Genealogy

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Christmas toys advertisement, published in the Lexington Herald newspaper (Lexington, Kentucky), 29 November 1914. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Christmas Toys & Gifts from Yesteryear in Old Newspaper Ads.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/christmas-toys-gifts-from-yesteryear-in-old-newspaper-ads.html

Christmas Toys & Gifts from Yesteryear in Old Newspaper Ads

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Christmas toys advertisement, published in the Grand Rapids Press newspaper (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 23 December 1910. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Christmas Toys & Gifts from Yesteryear in Old Newspaper Ads.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/christmas-toys-gifts-from-yesteryear-in-old-newspaper-ads.html

Christmas Toys & Gifts from Yesteryear in Old Newspaper Ads

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Christmas toys advertisement, published in the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 14 December 1919. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Christmas Toys & Gifts from Yesteryear in Old Newspaper Ads.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/christmas-toys-gifts-from-yesteryear-in-old-newspaper-ads.html

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Christmas toys advertisement, published in the Dallas Morning News newspaper (Dallas, Texas), 7 December 1930. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Christmas Toys & Gifts from Yesteryear in Old Newspaper Ads.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/christmas-toys-gifts-from-yesteryear-in-old-newspaper-ads.html

Christmas Toys & Gifts from Yesteryear in Old Newspaper Ads

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Ad for Picone’s Complete Food Store published in the Times-Picayune newspaper (New Orleans, Louisiana), 23 November 1935. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Recipes in the Newspaper.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/old-fashioned-thanksgiving-recipes-in-the-newspaper.html

Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Recipes in the Newspaper

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Ad for a Ford Model T, published in the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper (Colorado Springs, Colorado), 30 October 1908. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Henry Ford & the Model T: History That Changed the World.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/henry-ford-the-model-t-history-that-changed-the-world.html

Henry Ford & the Model T: History That Changed the World

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Ad for a Ford Model T, published in the Baltimore American newspaper (Baltimore, Maryland), 21 February 1909. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Henry Ford & the Model T: History That Changed the World.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/henry-ford-the-model-t-history-that-changed-the-world.html

Henry Ford & the Model T: History That Changed the World

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An advertisement for sliced bread, published in the Boston Herald newspaper (Boston, Massachusetts), 28 October 1931. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Old Halloween Recipes from Our Ancestors’ Kitchens.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/old-halloween-recipes-from-our-ancestors-kitchens.html

Old Halloween Recipes from Our Ancestors’ Kitchens

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