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    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!


    Old Newspaper Ads

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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.” blog.genealogyban...

    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.” blog.genealogyban...

    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.” blog.genealogyban...

    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.” blog.genealogyban...

    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.” 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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