Historical U.S. and Canada Free Online Catholic Newspapers

For those of you who have Catholic ancestry in your family tree, there are lots of newspapers that have been published in the past that may help you find some information and stories about your ancestors.
​I recently became aware of the Catholic Newspapers Programwhich is a result of a project started in 2011 by the Catholic Research Resources Alliance. From their website: “The goal and scope of the program is to provide access to all extant Catholic newspapers published in North America.”
They have created a list of free links to historic and current Catholic newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. As a result of contacting them and reviewing their project and website, they have allowed me to re-sort their list by location and publish it here. I highly recommend that you visit their list, as it includes some useful notes about each newspaper, as well as publishing institution and other info that will help you.  It can be found at Catholic Newspapers Online. My thanks to Pat Lawton, the Catholic Research Resources Alliance Digital Projects Librarian for her help in this effort.
The list below is a combination of those found from the Catholic Newspapers Program as well as many that I have discovered myself, from many other collections.
Although the majority of the collections on this list are from more recent publication dates, there are quite a few that are from the more distant past. Take a look at these sites and search them for info about your ancestors. I have also added other online Catholic historic newspaper sites.
(Updated June 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Canada

British Columbia

Nova Scotia

Ontario

Quebec

Saskatchewan

United States

All States

Alabama

Alaska

Arkansas

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Mississippi

Montana

North Carolina

North Dakota

Nebraska

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Vermont

Washington

Wisconsin

West Virginia

Wyoming

Thanks again to the Catholic Research Resources Alliance.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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8 Comments

  1. As a result of your work I was able to find an obituary for my 2x great-grandfather James Quarry published in The Irish Canadian shortly after his death at Mt. Carmel, Ontario on Oct 16, 1874. It gives cause of death but also place of origin in Bandon, Ireland. I had suspected the family might have originated in Bandon but this confirms it. Thanks for giving me one of those rare and wonderful moments in my ancestor search.

  2. Not sure if this listing is correct: “Toronto The Catholic Register – 1893-1922.” Did a search within the collection but no newspapers came up for 1914.

    1. Looks like it only goes until 1908. Bad Title it looks like. That happens a lot where the title says one date range but in actuality it is something else. I do not know why the publishers of the database aren’t more careful with the date ranges.

      1. Thanks for the heads up. Those papers will be listed in the next Nebraska and Catholic papers updates.

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