Discover a wealth of details about the nineteenth and twentieth Centuries in newspapers | Tracing Our Roots

The twentieth century is well-represented in native newspapers. The Jersey Journal started publishing on Might 2, 1867 and continues to publish to at the present time – within the twenty first century. The Hudson Dispatch (printed out of Union Metropolis) lined Hudson County (principally North Hudson) from 1900 to 1991 and the Hoboken-based Jersey Observer printed from 1924 to 1951.

That’s numerous pages to verify for obituaries, start and marriage ceremony bulletins, and basic information about your loved ones members. Oh, and don’t neglect the sports activities pages as nicely.

However what in regards to the nineteenth century? Nicely, in the event you had household in Hudson County within the 1800s, have I bought some excellent news for you.

The Jersey Metropolis Free Public Library has digitized its microfilm assortment of nineteenth century newspapers and made them obtainable on its web site ( This digital assortment is made up of greater than 80,000 pages of textual content from 22 completely different newspapers.

And get this: It’s free. No subscription, no membership charges, no library card needed. Most of the library’s sources require a library card to be able to entry the data. Not this one.

A few these newspapers pre-date the creation of Hudson County, which didn’t exist till 1840, when it break up from Bergen County. Some papers solely have a couple of hundred pages scanned. These are principally weekly papers that lasted perhaps a 12 months or two. Others have 1000’s of pages scanned and have been dailies that printed for a number of years.

Among the scanned pictures are tough to learn. I’m undecided when these pages have been microfilmed, but it surely should have been first era expertise. These pictures are a problem, even with human eyes. The textual content from the pages has been pulled from the pictures by optical character recognition software program, OCR for brief. That textual content is offered by way of the database as nicely, but it surely’s not for the faint of coronary heart. It could actually seem like pure gibberish in elements, however you may make your means by way of it.

For those who’re fascinated by native protection of the Civil Conflict, the American Normal is the newspaper you’ll wish to discover. I simply seemed by way of the problem of April 10, 1865, which reported on the give up of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s military to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. The protection included the correspondence between the 2 commanding officers previous to the give up.

One other useful resource for native Hudson County information within the late nineteenth and early twentieth century is the Jersey Metropolis Information, obtainable on the Library of Congress web site, Chronicling America ( This newspaper bridges the centuries having been printed from 1889 to 1906.

It’s been mentioned that information is the tough first draft of historical past and now this glorious useful resource is offered for genealogists and native historians.

Danny Klein is a librarian on the Jersey Metropolis Free Public Library’s New Jersey Room and a founding member of the Hudson County Genealogical and Historic Society. He could be reached at [email protected] or @HudsonGenealogy on Twitter

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