Historical Irish American Newspapers Online

For those of you who have a wee bit of Irish (or more) in your family tree, there are several Irish-American newspapers that have been published over the last two hundred or so years that may help you find some information and stories about your Irish ancestors.
Take a look at these sites and search away! Included are some magazines and journals as well as newspapers. It isn’t a huge list but might be worth your time.
Listed are only those that are available online. As always, there are tons more available via microfilm and in the original form via libraries and archives.
Please note that some are free and some require a subscription or a login from a university (or local) library. Some are indexed, and some are not.

(Updated June 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Collections:

Colorado

Illinois

Kentucky

Massachusetts

Minnesota

New York

Pennsylvania (from Villanova University)

Library Access Only:

Boston College

Readex/NewsBank Titles

  • The Shamrock
  • Hibernian Chronicle 
  • The Western Star and Harp of Erin 
  • United States Catholic Miscellany 
  • The Exile 
  • Gaelic American
  • Irish American Weekly
  • Irish Citizen
  • Irish Nation

Subscription Sites:

Genealogy Bank

Villanova University has a Library Guide that is quite useful for Irish-American and Irish newspapers 

Other universities, such as the University of Wisconsin, Penn State University, and Penn also have newspaper collections that can be accessed if one has community access through the university. You might check with your nearest major university library to see what they have in their collection or have easy access to. And your local library might have a Readex/NewsBank subscription as well.

And finally, if you are interested in historic newspapers from Ireland (not America or Canada) you can also access The Irish Newspaper Archives, which is a subscription site. And Richard Heaton’s Index to Digitised British and Irish Newspapers Online is a good directory of links to historic newspapers published in Ireland.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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