Thursday, February 12, 2015

Digitized Irish American Newspapers

My recent article about new editions of the Gaelic American newspaper on GenealogyBank got me thinking about the number of Irish American newspapers that have been digitized and are available for research. Below you will find a table of what I could find.

Irish American newspapers fall into two broad categories. First, there are those with titles that clearly indicate that they were/are aimed at Irish immigrants and those of Irish descent (e.g. Irish American, Irish Nation). The second category is Catholic newspapers that had an Irish focus or were read by large numbers of Irish immigrants and their descendants (e.g. The Pilot). It can be argued that there is a third group of newspapers of great use to those with Irish ancestors, but were not aimed at the Irish market. Those are the newspapers that were published in areas where a lot of Irish lived and in which many notices and articles of interest are contained, such as obituaries, death notices, information wanted ads, etc (e.g. Brooklyn Daily Eagle). This third group of titles is significantly larger, so for now, I'll focus on those in the first two categories.

If you can add to the list, please leave a comment at the end of this post and I will update the table.

You can read my previous posts about Irish American newspapers by clicking the 'Newspaper' link in the Archive section of this website.


State
City
Title
Access
Years Available
Kentucky
Louisville
Kentucky Irish American
1898-1921
Kentucky
Louisville
Kentucky Irish American
1898-1921
Kentucky
Louisville
Kentucky Irish American
1900, 01, 09, 10
Massachusetts
Boston
The Pilot
1858-1865
New York
New York City
Gaelic American
1906-1908
New York
New York City
Irish American
1849-1914
New York
New York City
Irish Citizen
1867-1868
New York
New York City
Irish Nation
1881-1883
New York
New York City
Irish Voice
2006-Current
New York
New York City
Irish World
1890-1905
New York
New York City
Exile
1817
New York
New York City
The Exile
Readex.com (Inst)[2]
1817
New York
New York City
The Shamrock
Readex.com (Inst)
1814-1817
New York
New York City
The Shamrock, or, Hibernian Chronicle
Readex.com (Inst)
1810-1813
New York
New York City
The Truth Teller
1825-1846
New York
New York City
The Western Star, and, Harp of Erin
Readex.com (Inst)
1812-1813
New York
New York City
The Western Star, and, Harp of Erin
1812-1813
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
The Catholic Herald
1835-1848
South Carolina
Charleston
United States Catholic Miscellany
Readex.com (Inst)
1822-1861


[1] You need to be or know someone who is a student, staff, or faculty member of Boston College to access this collection.
[2] Generally, only institutions such as libraries have subscription access to Readex.

11 comments:

  1. Hi Joe,
    This is a fantastic list!
    Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University recently unveiled a new database containing about 1,500 articles and illustrations related to Ireland and the Great Famine. The database is free and available to all online. It can be accessed through the museum's website, www.ighm.org, or directly at http://www.quinnipiac.edu/IGHMCollection.
    I hope this might be helpful to you or some of your readers.

    Claire

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  2. There is no newspaper with more obits of Irish New Yorkers than the New York Herald and much other info related to the Irish as well. I'm a longtime subscriber to Genealogy Bank and I have found much more in the Herald than in the specifically Irish newspapers Genealogy Bank also has, especially in the 1850s-1889s. I'd call it one of the critical sources for finding that townland of origin so many of us seek.

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  3. Greetings, I see you're missing "The Irish Standard" - published out of Minneapolis and digitized on Chronicling America.

    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn90059959/

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