There are about 1,500 newspapers that have been published in the Pine Tree State - certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are quite a few that are indeed available. So go for it - find your Maine 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 November, 2014)
Bar Harbor Newspapers
- Bar Harbor Times
- Bar Harbor Record
- Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald
Bridgton Public Library
Old Town Public Library
Turner Memorial Library
- The Star-Herald
- Star Herald
- Presque Isle Star-Herald
- North Star
- The Independent
- The Aroostook Herald
- Presque Isle Sunrise
- The Loyal Sunrise
- The Sunrise
- Aroostook Pioneer
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.)
- Bar Harbor Newspapers (3 newspapers)
- Snow Index to the Brunswick Newspapers (Index only)
- Lewiston Daily Evening Journal
- Lewiston Daily Sun
- Lewiston Evening Journal
- Lewiston Journal
- Lewiston Saturday Journal
- Lewiston Wednesday Journal
- Sun Journal
- Sun Journal
- Bates Student
- The Cruiser (Transcriptions)
Subscription or Pay Sites:
There are currently 19 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry - Maine Newspapers
There are currently 40 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank - Maine Newspapers
There are currently 21 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive - Maine
There are currently 7 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com - Maine
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 check out the Maine State Archives site, which can tell you what is happening in the state with regard to newspaper projects.
Please note - even more may be available via a local 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.