NC Newspaper Locator – Quick Research Tips!


Newspapers are important resources for genealogy and history researchers. Unfortunately, not all issues of all newspapers printed in North Carolina throughout history have survived. North Carolina Newspaper Locator will help you narrow your search to newspapers held at the State Library of North Carolina’s Government & Heritage Library that have been microfilmed for different towns and years across North Carolina. Perhaps you are looking for an obituary or a newspaper article about a particular event that took place in a North Carolina town. If you have a town or county name and a year, the Newspaper Locator can direct you to newspapers to request to search for that obituary or an article on that event. The North Carolina Newspaper Locator may be accessed from a link in our online catalog.
Maybe we are looking for an article about an event that happened in Beaufort when we were in high school in November of 1983. Select “Search by town” and “Beaufort” then “1983.” The “Eastern Weekly” should cover that time period. Perhaps we want to see if other nearby newspapers may have also covered the event. We can expand our search to neighboring towns and counties with one click! Another paper is available that may cover that time from Carteret county, and three other papers are available from neighboring counties. Strangely enough, the strength of the Newspaper Locator is for those times when an initial search doesn’t produce any results. Let’s say we are looking for an obituary and know the person passed away in Camden County on July 8, 1959. An initial search for newspapers in Camden County in 1959 produces no results. However, by expanding our search to neighboring counties, we find that a paper from Pasquotank County, just one county over, should be available for that time. We may be able to find an obituary for our person in it. We can search for newspapers across North Carolina for different time periods, too. Perhaps we simply want to look at newspapers that were published during the Civil War. We can limit the dates to 1861-1865 and see what is available. For additional information on any particular paper, click “Go.” This brings up a list of libraries that own the microfilm for this paper. The libraries closest to you should appear at the top of the list. To request the State Library’s copy from the staff here, click on “State Library of North Carolina” to be taken to catalog record for the call number. If you need assistance identifying newspapers or other resources for our research you may always contact Reference Services at the State Library of North Carolina’s Government & Heritage Library, part of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

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