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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Old Newspaper Ads

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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.” blog.genealogyban...

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.” blog.genealogyban...

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.” blog.genealogyban...

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.” blog.genealogyban...

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.” blog.genealogyban...

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.” blog.genealogyban...

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.” blog.genealogyban...

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.” blog.genealogyban...

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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.” blog.genealogyban...

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.” blog.genealogyban...

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.” blog.genealogyban...

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.” blog.genealogyban...

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.” blog.genealogyban...

Old Halloween Recipes from Our Ancestors’ Kitchens

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An ad for the Cuyahoga County Fair, published in the Plain Dealer newspaper (Cleveland, Ohio), 28 August 1927. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Filling In My Family Tree with Stories in Old Newspapers.” blog.genealogyban...

Filling In My Family Tree with Stories in Old Newspapers

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Discover how to research your family's history with vintage advertisements at the GenealogyBank blog: blog.genealogyban...

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 1938 newspaper ad for new Easter dresses, published in the Omaha World Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), 15 April 1938. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Our Ancestors’ Easter Parades & Spring Fashions.” blog.genealogyban...

Our Ancestors’ Easter Parades & Spring Fashions

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A 1921 newspaper ad for new Easter dresses, published in the Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minnesota), 13 March 1921. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Our Ancestors’ Easter Parades & Spring Fashions.” blog.genealogyban...

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Newspaper lost and found ads, published in the Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia), 18 October 1927. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “How to Use Newspaper Lost & Found Ads for Genealogy Research.” blog.genealogyban...

How to Use Newspaper Lost & Found Ads for Genealogy Research

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