Massachusetts Newspapers. 
Index, Database and Photocopies.

  • This is a directory to online databases and published indexes for Massachusetts newspapers.

  • The history, copy availability and especially the value of newspapers in Massachusetts genealogy research is explained elsewhere on this site. 

  • To get started, you can review our list of daily newspapers published in Massachusetts since the early 19th century.

  • Our research staff has access to most Massachusetts newspapers, including the major daily papers and local weekly newspapers.

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Online Newspaper Indexes (Listed By County)


Berkshire EagleNovember 1999 - PresentFull Index


New Bedford Standard TimesMay 1995 - PresentFull Index

Dukes (Martha's Vineyard)

Vineyard Gazette1850 -1863Marriage Index
Vineyard Gazette1884 -1939Marriage & Deaths
Vineyard Gazette1850 -1875Deaths


Gloucester Daily TimesOne-week of archives*Full Index
Newburyport Daily NewsOne-week of archives*Full Index
Salem Evening NewsOne-week of archives*Full Index


Acton Beacon

Last Two Weeks

Online Obituaries

Arlington AdvocateLast Two WeeksOnline Obituaries
Belmont Community NewsLast Three WeeksOnline Obituaries
Cambridge ChronicleLast Three WeeksOnline Obituaries
Lexington NewsLast Two WeeksOnline Obituaries
Lowell SunLast Thirty DaysOnline Obituaries


Boston Globe1979 - PresentFull Index** 
Boston GlobeToday's ObituariesOne Full Week
Boston GlobeToday's Death NoticesOne Day Only
**Obituaries included; but NOT death notices; no fee to search but fees apply to retrieve full article. Globe guarantees three decades of archives (1979 +) and is continually updating. Additional years are expected over time. A terrific resource!!!
Boston HeraldLast two - three days 


Fitchburg Sentinel & EnterpriseNovember 1999 - PresentFull Index
Worcester Telegram & GazetteLast Seven Days Obituaries
Worcester Telegram & Gazette1990 - Present: Full Index*


Published Newspaper Indexes (Available at Boston Public Library)

Suffolk (Boston)

Daily Advertiser1875 -1884Obituaries
Courant1721 -1725Obituaries (partial)
Evening Post1740 -1752Obituaries (partial)
Evening Post1753 -1769Obituaries
Evening Post1765 -1776Harbottle Dorr Collection
Evening Transcript1875 -1930Obituaries*
Evening Transcript1901 -1935Genealogical Column
Evening Transcript1906 -1941Genealogical Column
Evening Transcript1931Obituaries A-M
Evening Transcript1932 -1941Obituaries
Gazette1720 -1754Obituaries (partial)
Gazette1755 -1785Obituaries
Gazette1765 -1776Harbottle Dorr Collection
Globe1953 - 1969; 1975+Obituaries (not death notices...)
Globe1983 +Complete Paper Index
Herald1953 - 1969; 1975+Obituaries (not death notices...)
Boston Magazine1784Obituaries
Boston News Index1893 -1907Political & Governmental
Boston News-Letter1704 -1753Obituaries (partial)
Boston News-Letter1754 -1763Obituaries
Recorder & Telegraph1827 - 1828Obituaries
Columbian Centennial1784 -1900Marriage Index
Columbian Centennial1784 -1840Obituaries
Columbian Centennial1790 -1800Obituaries
Continental Journal1776 -1784Obituaries (partial0
Independent Chronicle1777 -1800Obituaries
Massachusetts Spy1775Obituaries
New England Chronicle1765 -1776Harbottle Dorr Collection
New England Chronicle1775 -1795Obituaries
New England Journal1726-1730Obituaries
Boston Evening Transcript1875-1941Obituaries


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