Newspaper Genealogy

Throughout American history, there have been several historical events that stand out, in particular: World War 2, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent dropping of the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan, just to name a few. All of these events have been preserved in various newspapers around the country, images of which can now be found scanned online.

Archives has a collection of nearly 120 million newspaper images for members to browse through, where one can find more detailed documentation of many of America's prominent historical events. You can read more about some of these events on Archives.

World War 2 Records & Newspapers

World War 2 officially started on September 1, 1939, after Germany invaded Poland, and it continued until 1945 when both Japan and Germany surrendered. 16 million American soldiers served in World War 2, along with the civilian supporters that...

War of 1812 Records & Newspapers

The War of 1812 was a result of America rebelling against the British, who were greatly restricting trade and attacking American ships. War of 1812 records include a documents relating to impressed American seamen by foreign powers, namely by...

Vietnam War Records & Newspapers

The Vietnam War began for the U.S. in 1965 when troops were sent over to fight in the conflict between South and North Vietnam. This war was very unpopular in the U.S., but fighting didn't stop until 1975. Vietnam...

Titanic Articles & Newspapers

The Titanic is historically remembered for being the unsinkable ship that sank on her maiden voyage in April 1912. Titanic records mostly consist of plans for the ship, information on how the ship was built, as well as passenger...

Stock Market Crash Articles & Newspapers

Stock Market Crash 1929 records exist mostly as newspaper and magazine accounts written before, during and after this historic day in October. Stock Market Crash 1929 newspaper editions explain that, leading up to this day, an atmosphere of confidence...

Spanish American War Records & Newspapers

Despite the Spanish American War being fought in 1898, many important Spanish American War records still exist. The Spanish American War started in 1898 after an explosion on a U.S. ship in Havana Harbor, the USS Maine, was attributed...

Prohibiton Articles & Newspapers

Prohibition was an amendment to the constitution that was added in 1920, but repealed in 1933. It consisted of making the transportation, sale and manufacturing of liquor or alcoholic beverages illegal. Prohibition records exist mostly through government documents and...

Pearl Harbor Articles & Newspapers

The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7, 1941, and it was a complete surprise, considering the U.S. had remained neutral in World War II. Pearl Harbor newspaper accounts described that shocking event for the record books and...

Moon Landing Articles & Newspapers

Moon landing records consist largely of newspaper and magazine accounts describing the events leading up to this monumental accomplishment, along with descriptions of the actual event. Moon landing newspaper accounts refer mostly to the mission of Apollo 11, which...

Korean War Records & Newspapers

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, and it lasted until an armistice was signed in July of 1953. It was a fight stemming from Korea being split into North and South Korea after the Allies emerged victorious...

JFK Assassination Newspapers & Facts

President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, while riding in the presidential motorcade. Accused of committing the John F Kennedy assassination was Harvey Lee Oswald, although multiple conspiracy theories are still in existence regarding...

Great Depression Newspapers

The Great Depression is mostly documented through first person accounts, government policy records and newspapers. Great Depression newspaper accounts document how this time in history was started, and how this tragedy was approached and viewed by the public. The...

D-Day Records & Newspapers

D-Day records are mostly contained in the many D-Day newspaper articles written about this historic day in World War II. This battle was the beginning of the end for this war, which had already taken the lives of many...

Cuban Missile Crisis Articles & Newspapers

The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred in 1962, and records of this event are mostly found in Cuban Missile Crisis newspaper articles from that time. This occurred during the Cold War when the Soviet Union, who was behind in the...

Cold War Records & Newspapers

The Cold War is a term used to describe a tense relationship primarily between the U.S. and the Soviet Union that never resulted in any direct warfare, but did result in many crises. Cold War records are mostly comprised...

Civil War Records & Newspapers

Civil War Records The Civil War was fought between 1861 and 1865. At the time, it was referred to as the War Between the States, but also as the War of the Rebellion by northerners and the War of...

Atomic Bomb Records & Newspapers

The first atomic bomb was dropped by the U.S. on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. Atomic bomb records mostly exist in the form of before and after photographs, first person accounts from both sides, and atomic bomb records...

World War 1 Records & Newspapers

World War 1 started in 1914, after the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated by a Serbian nationalist. It ended in 1919 with the infamous Treaty of Versailles, which involved Germany taking full blame for the damage the...

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