The local news columns in 19th and early 20th century papers will often include details that range from announcing a family's visiting relatives and mentioning the town in which they live, to social events with the names of all who attended. They may also mention where a family moved. Since the middle 20th century, there have been fewer personal details found in newspapers, although a thorough search of all issues is still suggested because of this unpredictability.

The Dyer Memorial Library has a collection of printed newspapers — many uncataloged — available for use. Some of our holdings are missing issues or are incomplete.

Rockland Standard Newspaper

Historical New England Newspapers – Free Online

A few historical New England newspapers are available for free online:

Barnstable Patriot (1830-1930) Free   Sturgis Library, Barnstable, MA
Brunswick newspapers (1853-1960) Index ONLY Free   Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, ME
Provincetown Advocate (1918, 1931-1934 and 1936-1967) Free   Provincetown Public Library, Provincetown, MA
Diário de Notícias, New Bedford (1919-1973) in Portuguese Free   Carney Library, UMass-Dartmouth