There are over 2,300 newspapers that have been published in the Sunshine State - certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it - find your Florida ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives.
Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also I suspect that some of these links may change over time - so if there is a dead link - please use your favorite search engine to find their new location.
(Updated April, 2016)
Chronicling America - Florida
- Arcadia, Fla., 1895-1911 The champion.
- Arcadia, Fla., 1898-1924 The De Soto County news.
- Chipley, Washington County, Fla., 1893-1943 The Chipley banner.
- Crawfordville, Fla., 1897-19?? Gulf Coast breeze.
- Daytona, Fla., 1???-1901 The gazette-news.
- Daytona, Fla., 1901-1922 The Daytona gazette=news.
- Daytona, Fla., 1903-1926 The Daytona daily news.
- DeLand, Fla., 1878-1911 The Florida agriculturist.
- DeLand, Fla., 1887-190? The DeLand weekly news.
- DeLand, Volusia County, Fla., 190?-1921 DeLand news.
- Fernandina, Fla., 1925-19?? Nassau County leader.
- Fort Pierce, Fla., 190?-1920 Fort Pierce news.
- Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Fla., 1905-1920 The St. Lucie County tribune.
- Gainesville, Fla., 190?-1938 Gainesville daily sun.
- Gainesville, Fla., 1903-19?? The Gainesville star.
- Gainesville, Fla., 1906-190? The university news.
- Jacksonville, Fla., 1905-1908 The sun.
- Live Oak, Fla., 1897-current Suwannee Democrat.
- Live Oak, Fla., 190?-190? Live Oak daily Democrat.
- Madison, Fla., 1901-1908 The new enterprise.
- Madison, Fla., 1908-1933The Enterprise-recorder.
- Ocala, Fla, 1917-19?? The Ocaleean ensign /
- Ocala, Fla., 1895-1943 The Ocala evening star.
- Ocala, Marion County, Fla., 1883-194? The Ocala banner.
- Palatka, Fla., 1884-1888 The Palatka daily news.
- Palatka, Fla., 1902-1905 The Palatka news and advertiser.
- Palatka, Fla., 1905-1908 The Palatka news.
- Palatka, Fla., 1908-19?? The Palatka news and advertiser.
- Palatka, Fla., 1919-1994 Palatka daily news.
- Panama City, Washington County, Fla., 1907-19?? Panama City pilot.
- Pensacola, Fla., 1889-190? The daily news.
- Pensacola, Fla., 1898-1985 The Pensacola journal.
- Punta Gorda, Fla., 1893-1958 The Punta Gorda herald.
- San Mateo City, Putnam County, Fla, 189?-19?? The San Mateo item.
- Starke, Fla., 1888-current Bradford County telegraph.
- Tallahassee, Fla., 18??-1905 The Weekly Tallahasseean.
- Tallahassee, Fla., 1905-1912 The weekly true Democrat.
- Tallahassee, Fla., 1907-19?? The Morning sun.
- Titusville, Fla., 1880-1917 The Florida star.
Central Florida Memory Newspapers
- DeLand Collegiate
- Florida Home Farm and Field
- Illustrated Orange County Florida
- John B Stetson Collegiate
- The Rolins Sandspur
- Sanford Chronicle
- St. Cloud Tribune
- Stetson Collegiate
- Stetson Weekly Collegiate
Florida Digital Newspaper Library (There are 590 Florida newspapers in this collection, many with short runs. The sub-collections are listed below)
- Digital Military Newspaper Library
- Ethnic Newspapers from Florida
- Florida and Puerto Rico Newspaper Project
- Florida Jewish Newspapers
- Historic News Accounts of Florida
- Newspapers from the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica (early 20th century- 2009)
Boca Raton Newspaper Archive
- Boca Raton News (1955–1970)
- The Pelican (1948–1953)
- The Spanish River Papers (1973–1987)
- The Weekly Tattler (June–September 1938)
Palm Beach Post Archives
- The Palm Beach Post and Times (1916 through 1988).
- The Palm Beach Daily News (1912-1988).
- The Miami News/Miami Metropolis (1897-1988).
- The Tropical Sun (1897-1921). In association with the Palm Beach Historical Society.
- The Palm Beach Independent (1929)
Small Town Papers
- The Calhoun-Liberty Journal Bristol, Florida
- The DeFuniak Springs Herald Defuniak Springs, Florida
- FSView & Florida Flambeau Tallahassee, Florida
- Heritage Florida Jewish News Fern Park, Florida
Bay County Obituaries Index and Cemetery Burials
Collier County: Naples Daily News Obituary Index 1927-2008
Highlands County Obituaries Index
Hillsborough County: Index to Obituaries in the Tampa Tribune 1905-present
Indian River County Library Obituary Indexes 1916-recent
Lee County Genealogical Society Obituaries and Death Notices Index
Nassau County Cemeteries and Obituaries
Other Free Sites:
(Recent changes in the Google News Archive has diminished the capability to search newspapers published prior to 1970). A few of these below are in the Google News Archive.)
Boca Raton Bristol Daytona Beach
- Daytona Beach Morning Journal
- Daytona Beach Morning Journal and Daytona Beach Evening News
- Daytona Beach Sunday News Journal
- Sunday News Journal
- Daily Miami Metropolis
- Miami News
- Miami News-Metropolis
- Miami Sunday News
- Miami Times
- Weekly Miami Metropolis
- Evening Independent
- St. Petersburg Daily Times
- St. Petersburg Evening Independent
- St. Petersburg Independent
- St. Petersburg Times
- St. Petersburg Times
- Sunday Independent
- El Audaz
- Eye of the Beast
- La Gaceta
- La Revista
- Tampa Illustrado
- Tampa Latina Newspapers
- USF Student Newspapers
- Palm Beach Daily News
- Palm Beach Independent
- Palm Beach Post
- Palm Beach Times
- Weekly Lake Worth News
Subscription or Pay Sites:
There are currently 18 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry - Florida Newspapers
There are currently 135 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank - Florida Newspapers
There are currently 28 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive - Florida
There are currently 47 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com - Florida.
Links to Follow:
There are several ways to keep up with new collections as they are digitized and made available online. Two of my favorites:
- Historical Newspapers Online from the University of Pennsylvania
- Historical U.S. Newspapers Online from Bowling Green State University
You also need to visit the University of Florida Libraries site from time to time, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to online and other format newspaper availability.
Please note - even more may be available via a local or state library where a library card is required. And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.
Good luck and happy hunting!
For more links for different states, provinces, and countries - please see the Newspapers! page on this website.