Allen County, Indiana Newspapers

Most, but not all, early Fort Wayne newspapers from 1841 to the present are available on microfilm at The Genealogy Center in the Allen County Public Library. They have a two part online Obituary Index with over 550,000 entries. Copies of obituaries are available from their site for a small fee. There were many different daily and weekly 19th century newspapers shown on their microfilm list. Obituaries and news items might be the same or different in various papers, so it is worth looking at all of the early newspapers in the library.

Some newspapers like the Journal and Gazette merged into The Journal Gazette currently the morning delivery newspaper and the News and Sentinel into the News-Sentinel currently an afternoon newspaper. These two current newspapers share a common building, printing press, and some news articles with separate ownership, the Journal-Gazette is still locally owned. Others like Dawson's Daily or Weekly Times either merged into the previously mentioned newspapers or went out of business.

Both newspaper's obituaries today are mostly identical, available online back to around 2003 sharing a common interface on Legacy.com. In past years the newspaper obituaries were often different and sometimes printed only in one paper or the other. It is common for the deceased remembered in Fort Wayne newspaper obituaries to be handled by funeral homes near their burial location in the surrounding counties of northern Indiana and northwest Ohio. Some obituaries are available from local funeral homes, the wording is usual identical. Sometimes the online newspaper edition or funeral home version includes a color photo when the printed newspaper photos are black and white. It is worth checking those funeral homes obituaries when the deceased was not local because they often include more family information that was printed in their local newspaper. Many local funeral homes are online, but not all, and their url is normally included in the obituaries.

Most of the early newspapers before 1920 are available on Ancestry.com's Periodical Collection requiring a subscription. The advantage is you can do a keyword search for names in their collection making it easy to find newspaper articles otherwise not indexed. In the Genealogy Center Obituary Index only 550,000 obituaries have been indexed and many of them were missed as over 7,000 more were found in the 1900-1910 newspapers recently reviewed by the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana volunteers. You can use Ancesty.com at the Genealogy Center or use their 14 day free trial. I found ancestor death information in the library newspapers on microfilm after many hours of looking that was not found in the Ancestry.com collection.

Be sure to Search our entire site in the box above and The Genealogy Center databases for death indexes and cemetery records such as the Catholic Cemetery, Prairie Grove Cemetery and others that may have family or burial information the obituaries do not.

Indiana Newspapers on FamilySearch Wiki

Current Fort Wayne and Allen County Newspapers

Journal Gazette - contact information
Fort Wayne, Indiana daily morning newspaper. One of the top newspapers in Indiana.
Address: P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne, IN 46801
Phone: 260-461-8773
Fax: 260-461-8648

Fort Wayne Reader - not updated since 2006
Fort Wayne, Indiana entertainment, arts and non-mainstream local news weekly newspaper

Frost Illustrated - current issue and obituaries online
Fort Wayne, Indiana African American community newspaper

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
Fort Wayne, Indiana local business newspaper

Ink - online back to December 2009
Fort Wayne, Indiana African American community newspaper serving Northeast Indiana’s African American communities in the cities of Fort Wayne, Kokomo and Marion, Indiana

News Sentinel.com - contact information
Fort Wayne, Indiana Monday through Saturday afternoon newspaper
July 7, 1833, the first issue of the Fort Wayne Sentinel was published. It became Fort Wayne News-Sentinel in 1918, after merging with the Fort Wayne News, and is one of Allen County’s oldest businesses.

Northwest News - Churubusco News - Albion New Era has obituaries and online archive

Senior Life - online archive back to 2009 "Publications for Active Senior Living Comprehensive coverage for adults 50 years and better. 6 editions: 5 in Indiana: Elkhart/Kosciusko counties, South Bend/St. Joseph and surrounding counties, Northwest Indiana including Lake and Porter counties, Fort Wayne/Allen and surrounding counties and Indianapolis/Marion and surrounding counties; 1 in Ohio: Cincinnati/Hamilton/Northern Kentucky and surrounding counties. "

Today's Catholic - online archive back to 2006
Fort Wayne, Indiana Catholic newspaper

Whatz Up
Columbia City, Indiana a free-distribution arts & entertainment weekly newspaper serving northeast Indiana, including Allen, Whitley, Huntington, Wells, Adams, Noble, Dekalb, Steuben and Lagrange counties.

National Digital Newspaper Program - A partnership between the Library & the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read their blog item November 22, 2011 "Unbreaking News You Can Use: The National Digital Newspaper Program." Their website is Chronicling America - Historic American Newspapers - Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.

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