Kentucky Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Kentucky is one of the states that has a single central online state repository for searching historical newspapers. It also has free content with the Library of Congress Chronicling America site. There are many free online newspapers as well on other sites and there are collections available on subscription sites. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so that you can access them. 

There are over 2,000 newspapers that have been published in the Bluegrass State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are quite a few that are indeed available. So go for it – find your Kentucky ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives. 

Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also, I suspect that some of these links may change over time – so if there is a dead link – please use your favorite search engine to find their new location. Some are easier than others to navigate – I will leave you to try them and judge for yourself.

(Updated May, 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – Kentucky Newspapers

Google News Archive

Kentucky Digital Newspaper Program

Kentucky Historical Newspapers – Internet Archive

  • Adair County Community Voice (6 issues)
  • Adair County News.(The) (1 issue)
  • Adair Progress (The) (77 issues)
  • American Baptist (Louisville, Ky.) (34 issues)
  • American Citizen (The) (1 issue)
  • Anderson News (The) (186 issues)
  • Appalachian News-Express (1 issue)
  • Bardstown Herald (Bardstown, Ky. : 1851) (59 issues)
  • Beattyville Enterprise (The) (94 issues)
  • Bee (Earlington, Ky.) (1503 issues)
  • Berea Citizen (The) (12 issues)
  • Big Sandy News (The) (93 issues)
  • Blue-Grass Blade (Lexington, Ky.) (406 issues)
  • Blue-Tail Fly (11 issues)
  • Booneville Sentinel (84 issues)
  • Bourbon News (1164 issues)
  • Bourbon News (Paris, Ky. : 1895) (1292 issues)
  • Bracken County News (The) (185 issues)
  • Bracken County News.(The) (42 issues)
  • Breathitt County News (187 issues)
  • Bulletin (The) (Louisville, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Carlisle Mercury. (The) (1 issue)
  • Carlisle Weekly (47 issues)
  • Casey County News (The) (136 issues)
  • Central Kentucky News-Journal (29 issues)
  • Central Record (14 issues)
  • Central Record (Lancaster, Ky.) (1290 issues)
  • Christian Observer (Louisville, Ky.) (6 issues)
  • Christian Observer And Free Christian Commonwealth (2 issues)
  • Citizen (Berea, Ky.) (1192 issues)
  • Citizen Voice & Times (109 issues)
  • Clay City Times (131 issues)
  • Clay City Times (Clay City, Ky.) (970 issues)
  • Climax (Richmond, Ky.) (335 issues)
  • Clinton County News (69 issues)
  • Colored Democratic Voice (Louisville, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Courier-Journal (1 issue)
  • Crittenden Press (Marion, Ky. : 1879) (935 issues)
  • Crittenden Press (The) (150 issues)
  • Crittenden Record=Press (Marion, Ky. : 1907) (152 issues)
  • Crittenden Record-Press (Marion, Ky. : 1909) (284 issues)
  • Crittenden Record-Press (Marion, Ky.) (178 issues)
  • Cumberland County News (The) (5 issues)
  • Cynthiana Democrat (The) (127 issues)
  • Cynthiana News (Cynthiana, Ky. : 1854) (270 issues)
  • Daily Commonwealth (Frankfort, Ky.) (607 issues)
  • Daily Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Ky. : 1881) (71 issues)
  • Daily Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Ky. : 1883) (1013 issues)
  • Daily Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Ky.: 1883) (308 issues)
  • Daily Kentuckian (Hopkinsville, Ky. : 1898) (92 issues)
  • Daily Kentuckian (Hopkinsville, Ky. : 1918) (146 issues)
  • Daily Louisville Democrat (1400 issues)
  • Daily Louisville Times (136 issues)
  • Daily Public Ledger (Maysville, Ky.) (3839 issues)
  • Daily Racing Form (26 issues)
  • Daily Racing Form. (1 issue)
  • Daily South Kentuckian (Hopkinsville, Ky.) (7 issues)
  • Dawson Springs Progress (The) (158 issues)
  • Dollar Weekly Bulletin (Maysville, Ky.) (93 issues)
  • Drummer (Lexington, Ky.) (4 issues)
  • Echo (The) (2 issues)
  • Edmonson News (6 issues)
  • Elkton Gleaner (Elkton, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Evening Bulletin (3 issues)
  • Evening Bulletin (Louisville, Ky.) (538 issues)
  • Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Ky. : 1882) (318 issues)
  • Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Ky. : 1887) (2938 issues)
  • Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Ky.: 1887) (2037 issues)
  • Evening Post (Louisville, Ky. : 1893) (3 issues)
  • Examiner (Louisville, Ky.) (127 issues)
  • Falmouth Outlook (The) (120 issues)
  • Farmers’ Chronicle (Richmond, Ky. : 1838) (3 issues)
  • Farmers’ Home Journal (30 issues)
  • Frankfort Roundabout (171 issues)
  • Frankfort Weekly News And Roundabout (23 issues)
  • Free Christian Commonwealth (40 issues)
  • Free Press (1 issue)
  • Gallatin County News (The) (61 issues)
  • Georgetown Herald (95 issues)
  • Gleaner (The) (133 issues)
  • Grant County News (The) (122 issues)
  • Greensburg Record-Herald (10 issues)
  • Guardian Of Freedom (Frankfort, Ky.) (2 issues)
  • Hancock Clarion (4 issues)
  • Hancock Clarion (The) (18 issues)
  • Hartford Herald (Hartford, Ky.) (1761 issues)
  • Hazel Green Herald (The) (558 issues)
  • Henry County Local (79 issues)
  • Herald News (8 issues)
  • Hickman County Gazette (The) (117 issues)
  • Hickman Courier (129 issues)
  • Hickman Courier (Hickman, Ky.) (655 issues)
  • Hopkinsville Banner (The) (1 issue)
  • Hopkinsville Kentuckian (2675 issues)
  • Hopkinsville Kentuckian (Hopkinsville, Ky.) (223 issues)
  • Interior Journal (87 issues)
  • Interior Journal (Stanford, Ky. : 1872) (485 issues)
  • Interior Journal (Stanford, Ky. : 1905) (382 issues)
  • Interior Journal (Stanford, Ky. : 1905); Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (364 issues)
  • Interior Journal (Stanford, Ky. : 1912) (217 issues)
  • It (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) (6 issues)
  • Jackson County Sun (16 issues)
  • Jeffersonian (Jeffersontown, Ky.) (613 issues)
  • Jessamine Journal (The) (1 issue)
  • Kentuckian (Frankfort, Ky.) (2 issues)
  • Kentuckian (Hopkinsville, Ky.) (83 issues)
  • Kentucky Advocate (Danville, Ky. : Daily) (1 issue)
  • Kentucky Advocate (Shelbyville, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Kentucky Digital Newspaper Program (1 issue)
  • Kentucky Gazette (Lexington, Ky. : 1789) (721 issues)
  • Kentucky Gazette (Lexington, Ky. : 1809) (1054 issues)
  • Kentucky Gazette And General Advertiser (255 issues)
  • Kentucky Irish American (834 issues)
  • Kentucky Irish American (Louisville, Ky.) (184 issues)
  • Kentucky Leader (Lexington, Ky.: Daily) (2 issues)
  • Kentucky Live Stock Record (1 issue)
  • Kentucky Mountaineer (98 issues)
  • Kentucky New Era (85 issues)
  • Kentucky Rebel (The) (1 issue)
  • Kentucky Register (Richmond, Ky. : 1907) (4 issues)
  • Kentucky Reporter (Owensboro, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Kentucky Sentinel (Mount Sterling, Ky.) (59 issues)
  • Kentucky Statesman (Lexington, Ky. : 1849 : Semiweekly) (2 issues)
  • Kentucky Statesman (Lexington, Ky.: 1849 : Weekly) (2 issues)
  • Kentucky Whig (Lexington, Ky. : 1825) (4 issues)
  • Kentucky Whig (Lexington, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Kentucky Whig (Mount Sterling, Ky.) (8 issues)
  • Lexington Observer And Reporter (Lexington, Ky. : Semiweekly) (12 issues)
  • Lexington Observer And Reporter (Lexington, Ky. : Weekly) (23 issues)
  • Lexington Press (Lexington, Ky. : 1890 : Daily) (1 issue)
  • Lexington Standard (Lexington, Ky.) (9 issues)
  • Lexington Times (Lexington, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Lexington Weekly News (Lexington, Ky. : 1912) (3 issues)
  • Lexington Weekly Press (Lexington, Ky.) (2 issues)
  • Lexington Weekly Transcript (Lexington, Ky. : 1882) (1 issue)
  • Lexingtonian (Lexington, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Liberty (La Center, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Licking Valley Courier (1085 issues)
  • Licking Valley Courier. (340 issues)
  • Lincoln=Grant Herald (Covington, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Louisville Anzeiger (Louisville, Ky. : Weekly) (1 issue)
  • Louisville Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky. : Daily) (46 issues)
  • Louisville Courier-Journal.(The) (1002 issues)
  • Louisville Daily Courier (Louisville, Ky. : 1851) (965 issues)
  • Louisville Daily Courier (Louisville, Ky. : 1861 : Evening Ed.) (1 issue)
  • Louisville Daily Democrat (Louisville, Ky. : 1843) (346 issues)
  • Louisville Daily Democrat (Louisville, Ky. : 1862) (1879 issues)
  • Louisville Daily Express (Louisville, Ky. : 1862) (3 issues)
  • Louisville Daily Express (Louisville, Ky. : 1869) (237 issues)
  • Louisville Daily Journal (Louisville, Ky. : 1833) (3244 issues)
  • Louisville Daily Union Press (297 issues)
  • Louisville Industrial And Commercial Gazette (64 issues)
  • Louisville Weekly Courier (220 issues)
  • Louisville Weekly Journal (429 issues)
  • Luminary (Richmond, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Madisonian (Richmond, Ky.) (11 issues)
  • Maysville Weekly Bulletin (Maysville, Ky.) (22 issues)
  • Messenger (Lexington, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Morning Democrat (Lexington, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Morning Herald (Lexington, Ky.) (7 issues)
  • Mount Vernon Signal (586 issues)
  • Mount Vernon Signal. (456 issues)
  • Mountain Advocate (Barbourville, Ky. : 1904 : Weekly) (714 issues)
  • Mountain Eagle (Whitesburg, Ky.) (140 issues)
  • Mountain Signal (Mount Vernon, Ky.) (2 issues)
  • Mt. Sterling Democrat (2 issues)
  • National Union (Winchester, Ky.) (2 issues)
  • New Voice (Louisville, Ky.) (3 issues)
  • News=Leader.(The) (722 issues)
  • Observer And Reporter (Lexington, Ky. : 1870 : Semiweekly) (1 issue)
  • Ohio Valley Worker (1 issue)
  • Oil World (Lexington, Ky.) (76 issues)
  • Omnibus. : ([Louisville, Ky.]) (156 issues)
  • Owingsville Outlook (244 issues)
  • Owingsville Outlook (Owingsville, Ky.) (123 issues)
  • Paducah Daily Sun (Paducah, Ky. : 1896) (535 issues)
  • Paducah Sun (70 issues)
  • Paducah Sun (Paducah, Ky. : 1898) (1755 issues)
  • Paducah Sun (Paducah, Ky. : Weekly Ed.) (46 issues)
  • Ploughboy (Harrodsburg, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • Post (Lebanon, Ky.) (40 issues)
  • Presbyterian Herald (Louisville, Ky.) (6 issues)
  • Public Ledger (Maysville, Ky.) (2163 issues)
  • Record (Greenville, Ky.) (307 issues)
  • Richmond Climax (Richmond, Ky. : 1897) (622 issues)
  • Richmond Climax (Richmond, Ky. : 1917) (1 issue)
  • Richmond Daily Register (Richmond, Madison County, Ky.) (1220 issues)
  • Richmond Herald (Richmond, Ky.) (2 issues)
  • Semi-Weekly Bourbon News (37 issues)
  • Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (2024 issues)
  • Semi-Weekly Interior Journal. (504 issues)
  • Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (Hopkinsville, Ky.) (515 issues)
  • Shelby Sentinel (Shelbyville, Ky.) (87 issues)
  • Springfield Sun (The) (300 issues)
  • Star (The) (Frankfort, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • That Same Old Coon (New York, Ny) (1 issue)
  • The Adair County News (609 issues)
  • The Adair County News. (552 issues)
  • The Afro-American Mission Herald. (4 issues)
  • The Bardstown Saturday Gazette (1 issue)
  • The Beattyville Enterprise (10 issues)
  • The Big Sandy News. (1433 issues)
  • The Breckenridge News (1487 issues)
  • The Central Dispatch (Stanford, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • The Climax Madisonian (Richmond, Madison County, Ky.) (60 issues)
  • The Climax-Madisonian (Richmond, Ky.) (6 issues)
  • The Crittenden Press (Marion, Ky.) (164 issues)
  • The Crittenden Record (Marion, Ky.) (124 issues)
  • The Crofton Courier (Crofton, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • The Cynthiana Democrat (14 issues)
  • The Danville Tribune (1 issue)
  • The Eagle Post (10 issues)
  • The Elizabethtown Democrat (2 issues)
  • The Elizabethtown News (1 issue)
  • The Fairview Favorite (Fairview, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • The Falmouth Outlook (62 issues)
  • The Frankfort Commonwealth (100 issues)
  • The Frankfort Roundabout (648 issues)
  • The Guthrie Commercial (Guthrie, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • The Hartford Republican (1516 issues)
  • The Hazard Herald (303 issues)
  • The Hazel Green Herald (351 issues)
  • The Hickman Courier (1222 issues)
  • The Idea Of University Of Kentucky (147 issues)
  • The Idea: The State University Of Kentucky (3 issues)
  • The Jackson Purchase (1 issue)
  • The Jackson Republican (1 issue)
  • The Jessamine Journal (12 issues)
  • The Kentucke Gazette (76 issues)
  • The Kentucky Age (16 issues)
  • The Kentucky Farmer And Breeder (3 issues)
  • The Kentucky Kernel (3089 issues)
  • The Kentucky Standard (47 issues)
  • The Kentucky State Flag (1 issue)
  • The Kentucky Tribune (212 issues)
  • The Kentucky Vindicator (1 issue)
  • The Lafayette Times (Lafayette, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • The Lake News (3 issues)
  • The Lebanon Post (126 issues)
  • The Ledger Independent (42 issues)
  • The Lexington Morning Democrat (2 issues)
  • The Lexington Record (Lexington, Ky.) (15 issues)
  • The Louisville Examiner (1 issue)
  • The Madisonian (Richmond, Ky.) (73 issues)
  • The Mt. Sterling Advocate (1544 issues)
  • The News Democrat (13 issues)
  • The News Enterprise (63 issues)
  • The News Journal (19 issues)
  • The News-Herald (7 issues)
  • The Oldham Era (9 issues)
  • The Paducah Evening Sun (1336 issues)
  • The Paducah Weekly Sun (14 issues)
  • The Pembroke Journal (Pembroke, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • The Reporter (2 issues)
  • The Sandy Valley Advocate (3 issues)
  • The South Kentuckian (Hopkinsville, Ky.) (254 issues)
  • The Spencer Magnet (6 issues)
  • The Spout Spring Times (235 issues)
  • The Stanford Banner (Stanford, Ky.) (2 issues)
  • The Stanford Interior Journal (308 issues)
  • The Star (Frankfort, Ky) (1 issue)
  • The State College Cadet (18 issues)
  • The Sunday Chat (6 issues)
  • The Tompkinsville News (11 issues)
  • The Trenton Exponent (Trenton, Ky.) (1 issue)
  • The Trimble Banner (13 issues)
  • The Tri-Weekly Maysville Eagle (3 issues)
  • The Weekly Kentucky Messenger (1 issue)
  • The Weekly Kentucky Tribune (12 issues)
  • The Weekly Louisville Times (2 issues)
  • The Weekly Maysville Eagle (138 issues)
  • The Weekly Roundabout (51 issues)
  • The Weekly Shelby News (94 issues)
  • The Winchester Sun (67 issues)
  • Thoroughbred Record (2 issues)
  • Tri-Weekly Commonwealth (461 issues)
  • Tri-Weekly Kentucky Yeoman (780 issues)
  • True American (Lexington, Ky. : 1845) (65 issues)
  • Twice-A-Week Record-Press (17 issues)
  • Voice Of Masonry And Tidings From The Craft (2 issues)
  • Weekly Dollar Democrat (1 issue)
  • Weekly Louisville Democrat (1 issue)
  • Weekly Messenger (Richmond, Ky.) (41 issues)
  • Weekly Reporter (2 issues)
  • Weekly Reporter (Henderson, Ky.) (5 issues)
  • Western Citizen (Paris, Ky.) (16 issues)
  • Western Monitor (1 issue)
  • Western Presbyterian (Danville, Ky.) (8 issues)
  • Winchester News (Winchester, Ky.) (268 issues)
  • Woodford Sun (1 issue)
  • Young’s Spirit Of The South And Central American (1 issue)

County and Library Collections:

Adair County
Adair County Library

  • Adair County News

Clark County
Clark County Public Library

  • Winchester Sun 

Clinton County
Clinton County Public Library

  • Clinton County News
  • New Era

Edmonson County
Edmonson County Public Library

  • Gimlet Edmonson News


Fayette County
Lexington Public Library Newspaper Collection

Green County
Green County Public Library

  • Green County Record 
  • Greensburg Herald 
  • Greensburg Record Herald 
  • Greensburg Times 
  • Kentucky Republican 
  • Metcalfe County Herald 
  • Record Herald 

Johnson County
Johnson County Library

  • Big Sandy News
  • Free South
  • Louisville Times
  • Martin County Herald
  • Oneida Mountaineer
  • Paintsville Herald
  • Paintsville Herald News
  • Salyersville Herald
  • The Paintsville Herald
  • The Paintsville Herald-Mountain Chronicle
  • Van Lear Herald

Marion County
Marion County Library

  • Lebanon Clarion
  • Lebanon Enterprise
  • Lebanon Post
  • Lebanon Standard and Times
  • Lebanon Weekly Standard
  • Marion Falcon
  • Marion Leader

McCreary County
McCreary County Public Library

  • McCreary County Record

Meade County
Meade County Public Library

  • Meade County Journal 
  • Meade County Messenger 
  • Meade County Mirror 
  • Meade County News 
  • Messenger 
  • Pioneer 

Metcalfe County
Metcalfe Library

  • Edmonton Herald News
  • Herald News
  • Metcalfe County News

Pulaski County
Pulaski Library

  • Central Record
  • Commonwealth
  • Commonwealth Journal
  • Somerset Journal

Russell County
Russell County Public Library

  • Times Journal
  • Russell County News

Scott County
Scott County Public Library

  • Ashland Kentuckian
  • Ballard Yeoman
  • Bath County Reporter
  • Bee
  • Bouquet
  • Bracken Record
  • Carlisle County News
  • Carlisle Mercury
  • Cherokee Advocate
  • Cincinnati Daily Commercial
  • Cincinnati Daily Enquirer
  • Cynthiana News
  • Daily Hustler
  • Eastern Kentucky Democrat
  • Ewing Inquirer
  • Fleming County Dispatch
  • Fleming County Gazette
  • Fleming Flag
  • Fleming Gazette
  • Fleming News
  • Fleming Republican
  • Fleming Star
  • Fleming True Blue Democrat
  • Flemingsburg Gazette
  • Flemingsburg Kentuckian
  • Flemingsburg News
  • Flemingsburg Weekly Republican
  • Frankfort Commonwealth
  • Georgetown Patriot
  • Georgetown Times
  • Georgetown Weekly Times
  • Hustler
  • Kentucky Journal
  • Kentucky Sentinel
  • Kentucky Whig
  • Ledger and Times
  • Lexington Herald
  • Lexington Observer and Reporter
  • Lexington Transcript
  • Louisville Commercial
  • Madisonville Daily Messenger
  • Maysville Sun
  • Paducah Press
  • Paducah Tobacco Plant
  • Rough and Ready
  • The Georgetown Times
  • Weekly Advance
  • Weekly Maysville Eagle
  • Weekly News
  • Weekly Standard

Wayne County
Wayne County Public Library

  • Wayne County Outlook

Student Collections:

Alice Lloyd College – Pippa Passes

Asbury University – Wilmore

Bellarmine University – Louisville

Berea College – Berea

Campbellsville University – Campbellsville

Eastern Kentucky University – Richmond

Georgetown College – Georgetown

Kentucky Christian University – Grayson

Kentucky Mountain Bible College – Jackson

Kentucky State University – Frankfort

Kentucky Wesleyan College – Owensboro

Lincoln Institute – Simpsonville

Lindsey Wilson College – Columbia

Morehead State University – Morehead

Murray State University – Murray

Northern Kentucky University – Highland Heights

Spencerian College – Louisville

Sullivan University – Louisville

Thomas More College – Crestview Hills

Transylvania University – Lexington

Union College – Barbourville

Western Kentucky University – Bowling Green

University of Kentucky – Lexington

University of Louisville – Louisville

University of Pikeville – Pikeville

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:
Murray State University Community Newspaper Collection

Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index

  • American Sentinel (7)
  • Augusta Telegraph (32)
  • Battle Ax (6)
  • Boone County Banner (411)
  • Boone County Recorder-Historical Edition (See Catalog) (144)
  • Catholic Telegraph (Cincinnati) (2)
  • Cincinnati Business Courier (1924)
  • Cincinnati Commercial Tribune (4)
  • Cincinnati Daily Commercial (537)
  • Cincinnati Enquirer (42347)
  • Cincinnati Post (6403)
  • Cincinnati Times-Star (53)
  • Colonel Covington’s Chronicle (313)
  • Commercial Tribune (272)
  • Commonwealth (72)
  • Conciliator (7)
  • Covington Courier (742)
  • Covington Daily News (66)
  • Covington Enquirer (34)
  • Covington Free Press (110)
  • Covington Journal (13162)
  • Covington Kentuckian (8)
  • Covington Union (164)
  • Covington Weekly Globe (5)
  • Daily Commonwealth (15067)
  • Democratic Union (17)
  • Dixie News (2980)
  • Erlanger News (13)
  • Extra (88)
  • Falmouth Outlook (30)
  • Florence News (54)
  • Free South (430)
  • Freeman’S Journal (63)
  • Kenton County News (81)
  • Kenton County Recorder (2916)
  • Kent-On-Bugle (5)
  • Kenton-Campbell Courier (6)
  • Kentucky And Ohio Journal (115)
  • Kentucky Demokrat (20)
  • Kentucky Enquirer (187615)
  • Kentucky Garland (16)
  • Kentucky Intelligencer (47)
  • Kentucky Journal (Newport) (6858)
  • Kentucky Post (757926)
  • Kentucky State Journal (Newport) (13779)
  • Kentucky Times-Star (61148)
  • Kentucky Weekly News (49)
  • Ledger (Covington) (5)
  • Licking Valley Register (2493)
  • Lounger (29)
  • Ludlow Reporter (See Catalog) (585)
  • Newport & Covington Daily News (65)
  • Newport Local (4261)
  • Newport News (495)
  • News Enterprise (1619)
  • North Kentuckian (139)
  • Northern Kentucky News (20)
  • Northern Kentucky Observer (38)
  • Pikes Campaign Flag (11)
  • Saturday Advertiser (34)
  • Saturday Evening American (21)
  • Sunday Challenger (4046)
  • The Church News – A Religious Monthly (295)
  • Ticket (4799)
  • Walton Advertiser (136)
  • Weekly Commonwealth (14)
  • Weekly Kentucky Flag (26)
  • Weekly Press (10)
  • Western Colonizationist & Literary Journal (61)
  • Western Globe (193)
  • Western Visitor (38)
  • Whirlwind News (147)
  • Yankee Doodle (49)

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

  • EM-16
  • Eyes Right
  • Flag In Action
  • Fun Travel Adventure
  • News from the Southern Conference Education Fund

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942

Southern School News Archive

Small Town Papers

Old Fulton New York Postcards

The Olden Times – Kentucky

Newspaper Abstracts – Kentucky

For Obituary Indexes, transcriptions, and other death/obituary information from historic newspapers, please check out the Obituaries page.

Other Free Sites:

Burlington

Carlisle

Floyd County

Frankfort

Lexington

Louisville

Mount Vernon

Owensboro

Walton

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 24 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Kentucky Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 224 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Kentucky Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 141 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Kentucky

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 161 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – Kentucky.

And Finally:

You also need to check out the University of Kentucky’s “Kentucky’s Digitized Newspapers” site, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to newspaper digitization projects. This site also can direct you to where microfilmed newspaper collections can be found.

Please note – even more may be available via a local library where a library card is required . And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For more links for different states, provinces, and countries – please see the Newspaper Links page on this website.

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7 Comments

  1. One thing to remember: The University of Kentucky has the largest collection of Kentucky newspapers. However, even though they are digitizing as fast as they can, they have only scratched the surface. They are very eager to loan out their reels of film via Interlibrary Loan to your local library – and if you live in the south, this loan may very well be FREE, depending on consortia agreements. Check with your local library for more info. If you would like to search for available reels to borrow, check out their microfilm ordering database – yes, it was designed to handle purchase orders, but it is a wonderful browsing tool for checking availability by county, city, and chronologically. I worked for UK for 11 years, and wrote this article in 2011 about their digitizing efforts, as well as the ILL option. The microfilm ordering database is one of the links at the very bottom.
    http://journeyspast.blogspot.com/2011/02/digitizing-kentucky-newspapers.html

    1. Where does it say that BG is in Kentucky? The reference is to their database which covers links all over the US

  2. Where can I find Clay County newspapers from roughly 1870s? I’ve looked through quite a bit of the links and the only thing I can find is Clay City but not Clay County.

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