Newspapers of Allen County, Indiana

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.

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 newspaper formerly an afternoon newspaper but in 2017 ceased print publication becoming a couple page insert in the morning newspaper with daily digital delivery. They 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. See Allen County Newspapers: A Short History by Justin Clark published April 18, 2017 on Hoosier State Chronicles - Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program.

Newspaper obituaries are available online back to around 2003 on Legacy.com. Obituaries are also available on local funeral home web pages.

Hoosier State Chronicles

Hoosier State Chronicles operated by the Indiana State Library is 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.

Fort Wayne newspapers at Hoosier State Chronicles

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. Digital Archives of Allen County Public Library (1845 -1970) search or browse the NewspaperArchive.com collection of newspapers from Allen County.
  4. Colorful journalism in Fort Wayne, Indiana 1966 - Bredemeier, Herbert G, Bibliographical references included in "Notes" (p. 28-30) an Archive.org ebook
  5. Allen County Newspapers on microfilm at the Indiana State Library are also on microfilm at the local Genealogy Center.
  6. 1978-1993 Fort Wayne Newspapers Indexed by Judith L. Violette - at Helmke Library IPFW
  7. 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
260.461.8773
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 - www.fwinkspot.com

Replacement for Frost Illustrated - "Why I Start Fort Wayne Ink Spot Newspaper": Publisher John P. Dortch published April 18, 2018 on fwinkspot.com. Voice for Change by Eric Olson, 21Country Featured Reporter published May 31, 2018 on WPTA21 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

News Sentinel.com - 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

WaynedaleNews.com 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.

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.
  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 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.
  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... Closed group on Facebook.
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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. Ancestry.com has a Historical Newspaper Collection and Newspapers.com.
  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 Digital Historic Newspaper Program collection contains over 14,217 issues comprising 95467 pages. 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 Congress and 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. Indiana State Library Announces a New Online Platform to Provide Access to Thousands of Historic Indiana Newspapers published April 21, 2014 on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.
  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.
  9. Indiana Online Historical Newspapers Summary claims there are over 500 online Indiana newspapers posted June 2, 2018on Facebook by The Ancestor Hunt blog.
  10. The Indiana State Library in partnership with Newspapers.com 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. National Digital Newspaper Program Eastman's Newsletter April 06, 2013.
  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.
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Newspaper Information

  1. Eliphind.com 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 GenealogyBank.com. From Understanding Terms Found in Historical Newspapers April 15, 2013 National Genealogical Society blog.

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

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Page updated: June 4, 2018