Newspapers of Allen County, Indiana

November 2, 2023 post by the Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:

In her new post for the #IndianaHistoryBlog, Amy Abbott shares how she used historical newspapers to supplement family history and gain a more nuanced sense of the lives of her ancestors. These newspaper clippings allowed her to see, hear, smell, touch and taste the world as those did in another time.

Learn how to access historical newspapers, leverage their indexes, and confirm or refute family lore: The Devil’s in the Details: How to Enhance Storytelling with Historical Newspapers

The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana has local daily and weekly 19th century Newspapers on Microfilm. They also have a two part online Obituary Index with over 550,000 entries. Copies of obituaries are available from their site for a small fee. Obituaries and news items might be the same or different in various daily or weekly newspapers, so it is often worth looking at all of the early newspapers in the library. Newspaper obituaries are available online back to around 2003 on Obituaries are also available on local funeral home web pages.

The Allen County Public Library has past issues of The Journal Gazette newspaper from December 17, 1992 to the present, with some exceptions to library card holders through their Research & Learning page and the ProQuest Super Newsstand.

  1. Allen County Newspapers: A Short History by Justin Clark published April 18, 2017 on Hoosier State Chronicles Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program.
  2. has Indiana, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current. About section: This index allows you to search for your ancestor by name in Indiana newspapers that are available on™ from the 1800s to the present. Not all newspapers from the state of Indiana are included. Links to the newspaper article in which your ancestor's name was found are included in the index.
  3. Ayer directory of publicationsis an 1880 list of Indiana Newspapers on
  4. Our section on The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  5. Our section on The News-Sentinel newspaper. Although it ceased publication April 23, 2020 it's website remains online with some of its extensive history archive still online too.
  6. The Allen County Public Library on the Research section of their websites offers access to lots of good "stuff".
  7. The Internet Archive has:
    1. Screenshot Fort Wayne Sentinel Newspaper Archive
      Over 10,000 issues in the Fort Wayne Sentinel Newspaper Archive from 1841 - 1919.
    2. Over 600,000 results in Newspaper Archive
  8. An August 29, 1840 copy of The Fort Wayne Times newspaper is available on the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana website. It has an index of names including the obituary of Revolutionary War soldier Michael Crants who died in Fort Wayne, age about 90 years, a native of Orange County, New York on page 3 column 1.
  9. Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne on the Allen County Public Library website provides access to past issues of the newspaper from December 17, 1992 to the present, with some exceptions to library card holders. You can use ProQuest Super Newsstand to access outside of the library.
  10. Newspaper Archive where you can Search and browse articles from millions of historical newspapers.
  11. where you can Search and browse articles from historical newspapers only available within the library or with a subscription. They do offer occasional Free Days on holidays and 7-day Free trials. Here is their list of local newspapers as of March 2022:
    1. Indiana Newspapers on
    2. The Daily Gazette Fort Wayne, Indiana 1884–1885
    3. Dawson's Fort Wayne Weekly Times Fort Wayne, Indiana 1859–1864
    4. Dawson's Fort Wayne Daily Times Fort Wayne, Indiana 1859–1863
    5. Fort Wayne Daily Gazette Fort Wayne, Indiana 1864–1899
    6. Fort Wayne Daily News Fort Wayne, Indiana 1874–1923
    7. The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette Fort Wayne, Indiana 1873–1923
    8. The Fort Wayne News Fort Wayne, Indiana 1894–1919
    9. The Fort Wayne Sentinel Fort Wayne, Indiana 1870–1923
    10. Fort Wayne Weekly Gazette Fort Wayne, Indiana 1895–1903
    11. Fort Wayne Weekly Journal Fort Wayne, Indiana 1890–1899
    12. Fort Wayne Weekly Journal-Gazette Fort Wayne, Indiana 1899–1914
    13. Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel Fort Wayne, Indiana 1875–1917
    14. The Gazette Fort Wayne, Indiana 1885–1898
    15. The Weekly Sentinel Fort Wayne, Indiana 1896–1916
    16. The Monroeville Breeze Monroeville, Indiana 1884–1940

Some daily and weekly newspapers like the Journal and Gazette merged into The Journal Gazette newspaper currently the morning delivery newspaper and the News and Sentinel in 1918 merged into The News-Sentinel newspaperformerly an afternoon newspaper but in 2017 ceased print publication becoming a couple page insert in the morning newspaper with daily digital delivery before ceasing operations completely. They shared 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.

An excellent article on Allen County newspaper history is Allen County Newspapers: A Short History by Justin Clark published April 18, 2017 on Hoosier State Chronicles Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program.

We have many clippings from historical newspaper on our pages from

December 7, 2022 a post by on Facebook shared this December 6, 2022 video from Ancestry on Facebook.
Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at how articles from hometown newspapers can add color to your family history. has a few short howto videos on YouTube.

Newspapers listed in City Directories

  1. 1858: Ft. Wayne Sentinel (weekly)
  2. 1858: Ft. Wayne Times (weekly)
  3. 1858: Ft. Wayne Republician (weekly)
  4. 1858: Indiana Staats Zeitung, (German weekly)

INSPIRE - Hoosier State Chronicles

Inspire Lifelong learning library for Hoosiers About page starts with: INSPIRE is a collection of online academic databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents. It is also on Facebook. It includes: Hoosier State Chronicles Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program- see blog Accessing Newspapers Via Inspire, see current blog and the Indiana Newspapers list of freely-accessible, historic, digitized Indiana newspapers organized by place of publication. Indiana Memory collection of online photographs. Search Indiana Legacy online databases for birth, marriage, death, divorce, obituaries, court records, newspapers, scrapbooks, yearbooks, military records, and many other record types.

“History at Your Fingertips”: A Guide to Hoosier State Chronicles and Indiana Memory posted Feb 26, 2022 by Allen County Public Library on YouTube
Join Justin Clark to learn more about Hoosier State Chronicles, Indiana’s statewide historical digital newspaper program, and Indiana Memory, a digital library containing materials from institutions across the state, are free resources from the Indiana State Library. This presentation will cover how researchers can use both collections, including search techniques, item descriptions, and application with other source repositories, such as the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Justin Clark is a public historian and serves as the Digital Initiatives Director at the Indiana Historical Bureau, a division of the Indiana State Library. He holds a B.S. in History/Political Science from Indiana University Kokomo and a M.A. in Public History from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He specializes in newspaper digitization, digital collections management, and digital history advocacy.

Fort Wayne newspapers at Hoosier State Chronicles

In May 2022, there were over 19,000,000 pages up from 14,000,000 in 2018 of local newspapers on 3 pages under Titles in City: fort wayne, indiana

Library Collections

  1. 1874-1883 Extract of the Monroeville Democrat by Adam Barrone
  2. Fort Wayne Fire Department Newspaper Clippings, 1920-2008 at the The Genealogy Center.
  3. Colorful journalism in Fort Wayne, Indiana 1966 - Bredemeier, Herbert G, Bibliographical references included in "Notes" (p. 28-30) on
  4. Allen County Newspapers on microfilm at the Indiana State Library are also on microfilm at the local Genealogy Center.
  5. 1978-1993 Fort Wayne Newspapers Indexed by Judith L. Violette - at Helmke Library IPFW
  6. GenDisasters has volunteer additions like Fort Wayne newspaper articles
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Local Newspapers

Journal Gazette - contact information
Fort Wayne, Indiana daily morning newspaper.
P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne, IN 46801
See more on the Journal Gazette on our Places pages.

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 - ceased publication in 2017 - Wayback Machine snapshots
Fort Wayne, Indiana African American community newspaper

Fort Wayne Ink Spot -

Replacement for Frost Illustrated - "Why I Start Fort Wayne Ink Spot Newspaper": Publisher John P. Dortch published April 18, 2018 on Voice for Change by Eric Olson, 21Country Featured Reporter published May 31, 2018 on ABC TV station.

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. publishes several local area weeklies:

  1. Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly founded in 2005. The Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly is the region's most in-depth source of local business news, covering 12 counties in northeast Indiana and four counties in northwest Ohio. Facebook:
  2. INFortWayne Facebook:
    1. The Aboite News
    2. The New Haven News
    3. Northwest News
  3. Fort Wayne Newspapers will purchase The Star, based in Auburn and serving DeKalb County, and other publications from KPC Media, the two companies announced Wednesday. After the acquisition is complete, the former KPC publications will become part of Fort Wayne Newspapers, of which The Ogden Newspapers owns controlling interest. Editors and reporters with the KPC publications in northeast Indiana will continue to work in and serve their communities from their individual markets, said Michael Christman, a regional publisher with Ogden and also former president and CEO of Fort Wayne Newspapers. Copied from KPC Media Group announces sale of company from Staff Reports published May 18, 2022 on

News - contact information
Fort Wayne, Indiana Monday through Saturday afternoon newspaper
July 6, 1833, the first issue of the Fort Wayne Sentinel was published. It became the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel in 1918, after merging with the Fort Wayne News, and is one of Allen County’s oldest businesses. See more on the News-Sentinel on our Places pages.

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

The Waynedale online since 2001, newspaper focuses on unique and positive news from the South and Southwest side of Fort Wayne, with above 35,000 readers each issue includes Waynedale History and Looking Back at Waynedale History sections online.

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.

German-language Newspapers

Genealogy Librarian Allison DePrey Singleton of the Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center provided information about German-language newspapers in Fort Wayne not mentioned on new state historical marker on German-language newspapers published October 16, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. The Genealogy Center has a year or so of Freie Press - Staats-Zeitung July 1, 1926 - January 29, 1927 on their Newspapers On Microfilm page. This was in response to October 6, 2017 when a new state Marker Dedication: German Newspapers' Demise located at 41 S. Delaware St. in Indianapolis by the Indiana Historical Bureau was posted on Facebook about the demise of German-language newspapers during WWI. The Täglicher Telegraph und Tribüne were published near there before it was forced to close in 1918.

  1. Der Deutsche Beobachter von Indiana: This paper was probably founded in 1843. There is some question as to whether it was actually printed. See page 374 in the Pictorial History of Fort Wayne.
  2. Die Zeitung or Deutscb Zeitung: It was established in 1856 and two years later merged with another paper whose name is not known.
  3. Der Ft. Wave Denwhat: This paper was founded in 1856 and issued irregularly.
  4. Indiana Staatszeitung: It was founded in 1857, listed in the 1858 city directory, and in 1908 combined with Die Freie Presse. It was a tri-weekly issued in the interest of the Democratic party. Die Freie Presse ceased publication in 1926.
  5. Indiana Volksfreund: This was a weekly Republican paper established in 1871.
  6. Der Anzeiger: No date of the establishment of this paper was found. The Fort Wayne Daily News of Nov. 11, 1874, stated that it was being moved to Grand Rapids, Mich.
  7. Das Ft. Wayne Tageblatt: This was a daily Republican paper founded in February 1876.
  8. Der Wteltbürger: This was a Catholic paper founded in 1883.
  9. Die Ft. Wayne Freie Presse: This was a daily paper founded in 1888, which ceased publication in 1926.

    Freie Presse=Staats=Zeitung ad on page 96 in The Griswold-Phelps handbook and guide to Fort Wayne, Indiana, for 1913-1914 by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927, Publication date 1913 on "The Largest, Brightest and Newsiest German Newspaper in Indiana" Notice on the bottom it states: Fort Wayne's 78,000 population is Sixty per Cent. German. Is discussed on page 115. Image shared February 14, 2023 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

  10. Die Abendpost: It was a daily paper founded in 1908, which merged with Die Freie Presse.
  11. Dm Botschaftec: It reportedly was a monthly religious paper founded in 1909.
  12. September 18, 2017 photos of local Freie Presse-Staats Zeitung newspaper posted on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.
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Incorporating Newspapers Into Your DNA Research posted Apr 9, 2022 by Allen County Public Library on YouTube
Join senior librarian Elizabeth Hodges where she will share how to combine newspaper research with her DNA research using the case study of her adopted great-grandmother. Handout:

Reconstructing Ancestors’ Lives with Newspapers Premiered Jun 16, 2022 by Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems
Lisa Louise Cooke and Jenny Ashcraft discuss how to use newspapers to fill in the missing stories in your ancestors’ lives. Jenny shares strategic tips on finding unique information many researchers miss. See Reconstructing Ancestors’ Lives with Newspapers by Lisa Cooke posted| Jun 15, 2022 on

Indiana Newspapers on Google News

  1. Google News Archives alphabetical list.
  2. Jose A. Munoz blog lists states and towns whose  newspapers were published.
  3. Indiana Digitized Newspapers list by the Indiana Genenealogical Society
  4. The Freeman 1888-1915, Indianapolis, items on African-American residents from across the state.
  5. Taglicher Telegraph [The Daily Telegraph] 1865-1907, German-language weekly published in Indianapolis.

Other Newspaper Collections

  1. has a Historical Newspaper Collection and
  2. FamilySearch has some information on Indiana Newspapers.
  3. Indiana Farmer 1851-1917 The digital Indiana Farmer gives a rare view of rural Hoosier life from 1851 to 1917. It includes the mechanization of Hoosier agriculture, the founding of Purdue University and the first Indiana State Fair.
  4. Indiana Newspapers on Microfilm at the Indiana Historical Society. A collection more than 1,200 titles comprising of over 9 million pages of Indiana newspapers. More than 19,000 reels of film are available for purchase by the public and libraries for research purposes. Indiana Historical Society Adds Free Access to Indiana Digitized Newspapers published December 20, 2012 on Indiana Genealogical Society blog. The Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis, in partnership with Newspaper Archive, has added free access to digitized Indiana newspapers for visitors to the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center (located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis).
  5. Indiana State Library Newspaper Collection in Indiana Memory

    July 21, 2023 post by the Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:

    We’ve been doing a major revamp of our Indiana State Library Newspaper Collection in Indiana Memory! Not only can researchers access all titles available on Hoosier State Chronicles through this collection, but they can also see unique newspapers from the Indiana State Library that have not been digitized anywhere else, such as the Temperance Spontoon, published in Brookville, Indiana in 1854.

    Learn more here: Indiana State Library Newspaper Collection

    This image of the October 3, 1854, issue of the Temperance Spontoon is courtesy of the Indiana State Library Newspaper Collection.

    Indiana Digital Historic Newspaper Program collection at October 2022 stated: This collection contains 147,362 issues comprising 1,289,913 pages. Another Indiana Digital Historic Newspaper Program with 354 records is at Indiana Memory digital library at  Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization Project blog by The Indiana State Library is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program in partnership with The Library of Congressand the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Indiana State Library is digitizing newspapers for online at the Indiana Memory Project. Indiana joins 25 states participating in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the NEH, the Library of Congress and participating states to provide enhanced access to American newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. Newspapers digitized as part of this two-year project will be included in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America Database. From IndianaNewsPapers November 4, 2011 blog Indiana State Library Receives National Grant to Digitize Historic Indiana Newspapers.
  6. Indiana Newspapers list from University of Pennsylvania.
  7. Indiana State Library Current Online Newspapers from Indiana Newspaper Section, Indiana Collection and Indiana Newspaper Holdings Guide.
  8. Library of Congress Chronicling America - Historic America Newspapers lists dozens of Allen County, Indiana newspapers on microfilm and which archive is holding them including German language newspapers.
    1. New Interactive Map and Timeline Added to Chronicling America July 19, 2022 by Eileen J. Manchester on The Signal blog at The Library of Congress
    2. Chronicling America Has New Features by Mary Lynn Strickland posted July 25, 2022 on South King County Genealogical Society blog.
    3. Finding Your Family in Newspapers: Using Chronicling America for Genealogical Research August 3, 2022 stating it will be available for viewing afterwards in the Library's Event Videos collection.
    4. Newspaper Navigator - Search historic newspaper photos! Explore the visual and textual content within the Chronicling America digitized newspaper collection in new ways using machine learning. Dataset and Search Application now live! The Newspaper Navigator Search Application. This experimental web application allows you to browse over 1.56 million images extracted from the Chronicling America database of digitized historic newspapers using machine learning. Now, you can use this tool to search the images by visual similarity by training your own machine learning classifiers!
  9. Indiana Online Historical Newspapers Summary claims there are over 500 online Indiana newspapers posted June 2, 2018on Facebook by The Ancestor Hunt blog. It was not there as of August 26, 2022.
  10. The Indiana State Library in partnership with has public domain newspapers available and much more via their INSPIRE service web site.
  11. 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.
  12. The Newspaper Archive is available via the Allen County Public Library. You can search all states, by Indiana 1800-2016 or Fort Wayne 1841-2012.
  13. ProQuest for Allen County Public Library card holders searches newspapers and more online.
  14. Purude University Fort Wayne Helmke Libary News Media.
  15. Search Gizmos at ResearchBuzz has newspaper searching tools labeled Tag:
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Newspaper Information

  1. search the world's historical newspaper archives
  2. Understanding Terms Found in Historical Newspapers - defines unusual or archaic terms like relict or consort and provides examples from period newspapers by Mary Harrell-Sesniak February 11, 2013 on From Understanding Terms Found in Historical Newspapers April 15, 2013 National Genealogical Society blog.
  3. US newspapers continuing to die at rate of 2 each week by David Bauder published July 1, 2022 by

Researching Newspapers for Genealogy for Free by Kenneth R Marks The Ancestor Hunter

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