Newspaper Resources

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The Newspaper Index Database (NIDB) indexes names of Jefferson County (Missouri) residents found in local historical newspapers that are microfilmed and housed in the Northwest Branch Special Collection.

The index includes names found in articles relating to items of genealogical interest. Births, deaths, marriages, probate, divorce, and other items of importance to the genealogist are included.

Please be aware that there are some articles with local names not included, such as political, school-related, and many social events.

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Full text articles from national and international newspapers and selective regional newspapers.

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This extensive database provides online access to 5,600+ historical newspapers from nearly 60 locations in the US, plus Canada, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Australia, and Panama. Numbering over 200 million pages, the World Collection is a prime resource for genealogy and historical content.

Jefferson County newspapers in this database:

Jefferson County Record 1909-1964

The Jefferson Republic 1898-1964

Jefferson Democrat 1866-1940

The Jefferson County Press-TImes 1918-1964

The De Soto Press 1896-1966

The Tri-City Independent 1913-1952

Daily News-Democrat 1942-1968

The Festus Press 1934-1936

The Festus News 1917-1942

The De Soto Times 1915-1918

Jefferson Watchman 1883-1884

Herculaneum Independent 1917-1918

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Find information covering the St. Louis metropolitan area including community issues and events, obituaries, business, education, government, sports and more from (1988-present).

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Microfilm copies of the Post-Dispatch are available at the Northwest Branch for the years 1966-2002.

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Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

The State Historical Society of Missouri is pleased to present a growing collection of digitized historic newspapers. These images are freely available to the public and are keyword-searchable.