Free newspaper archives in
The Garden State (and don’t laugh…most of New Jersey is beautiful!) has a substantial and growing collection of online historical newspapers that you can access at no charge (hence, it warrants a separate page here at XooxleAnswers. If you know of other collections we should add, please send us a note.
Cranbury Press, Cranbury, NJ, from 1886-1926.
Courtesy of the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society.
Atlantic County, NJ (includes Atlantic City), 1860-1923
Red Bank Register, (Middletown, NJ) 1878-1947.
Full text searching. Additional dates will be added, to bring the collection through 1991.
South Amboy Citizen, 1910-1944.
Full page image, no text searching, browse by date only.
Cranford newspaper archives, 1894-2005.
These searchable archives from this northern NJ town include three newspapers, high school yearbooks, and town directories.
Westfield, Fenwood and Scotch Plains archives
Also in northern NJ, not far from Cranford, these resources are oddly scattered over several sites, including the Westfield Library and a library consortium. Papers seem to cover most of the 20th century and there are yearbooks and directories as well. Searching, alas, seems clumsy.
New The Record and News-Record, 1948-1978
From the Franklin Township Library, in Somerset. This collection has an odd interface, but the search seems to do the job of finding what you need.
New Ocean City (1893-2006, scattered)
One of the stranger collections I’ve come across. Access a month-at-a-time digitized microfilms of assorted newspapers (some in negative image!), or pull up one issue at a time for the Sentinel Ledger and Ocean City Sentinel. There is full-text searching, but good luck finding the search phrase after you open the archived newspaper.
Looking for information on old friends or lost relatives. Try Intelius.
NewspaperArchive. Not free, but you can find additional New Jersey newspapers from the mid-1800’s to the present day. This subscription service is an excellent and rich collection, and well worth a visit.
Ancestry.com. This is the internet’s most powerful tool for exploring your family history. It’s a subscription service, but there’s no better source for genealogy research.
New Jersey State Archives. New Jersey state has created one of the best online digital archives in the business, chock full of NJ’s rich history from Revolutionary War days on forward. Don’t pass this by!
More historical archives and research materials can be found at these excellent resources: