VT Newspaper Database

Several helpful resources are available to find obituaries and articles in Vermont newspapers. One of the most useful sites is the Vermont Newspaper Project Catalog Database, where locations of newspaper titles in repositories throughout the state are displayed by searching the place of coverage. To use this site, click on the link "Search the Catalog" and, on the next screen, type the name of the town for which you are searching in the "Find this" box. Use the "Find Results In" box to highlight "place of coverage" and then click on the "Search" button. A subject heading for the town you are searching will appear with the number of associated newspaper titles. Or, if you don't find the name of the town, search for a larger nearby town or city that may have news and articles about the town in question. Click on the newspaper title(s) of interest within the date range desired. Bibliographic information is provided along with: (1) a list of repositories owning the newspaper, (2) the format (print or microfilm) available, and (3) the dates available. It is possible to make an interlibrary loan request at your local library for microfilm reels to view in your own town library, provided they have equipment available. Or call the Vermont State Library at 828-3268.

The Library of Congress Chronicling America website has several digitized Vermont newspapers available for full-text searching. Drop-down menus allow for searches by state and/or time period. Use search terms such as a person's name for an obituary or for a specific event and all available newspaper pages that contain the search terms will be displayed. The "zoom" feature allows for changes in print size; and "advanced search" allows the user to select and view individual newspaper titles.

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