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Newspaper Archives


Local newspapers can be a great resource not only for obituaries but for wedding and birth announcements, and daily happenings around the area our ancestors lived.  Here are some tips on using newspapers to find your ancestors:


Where to Search


Newspapers available on microfilm or paper at the library (Please as for assistance at the Reference Desk):

  • Bloomfield Life: 1981-2009 (Microfilm/CD) incomplete,  2005-current (Paper). Bloomfield Life is also available on via personal subscription (1985-2020 incomplete). 

  • Independent Press: 1913 – 2020 (Microfilm/CD incomplete), 2005 – current (Paper & CD)

  • The Independent:  1891

  • Bloomfield Board of Trade Bulletin: May 1912

  • Essex Enterprise: Oct 10, 17, 1936

  • Bloomfield Mail/Home News: Jan 24 – Feb 28, 1935

  • Bloomfield Record:  1873-4, 1876, 1879-1882, 1893-18977

  • Bloomfield Citizen:  1874, 1883-1890, 1891-1895, 1900, 1903-1906, 1911-2

  • Bloomfield / Saturday Gazette (Arlington Jrnl): 1872-1875

  • Bloomfield Union: 1908

  • Watsessing Press: 1919

  • Community Spirit: 1920 (May-June), (Civic Center)

  • Bending Cross" 1960



Newspapers available online:

Feel free to request assistance with newspaper searches of local papers.  Email your request to

​NJ and Essex County Newspapers

An index of all known digitized newspapers published in New Jersey by the NJ State Library is available at

Genealogy and Local History Resources


Bios & Obits

Finding Vital Records

Newspaper Archives

City Directories

Census Records

Immigration Records

House History

Township Maps

Bloomfield HS Yearbooks


Need personal assistance?


Our librarians are here to help you! Go beyond general assistance and get in-depth instruction from a reference librarian on how to use the Bloomfield Public Library's electronic catalog, digital resources and databases. Contact us to schedule a 30-minute one-on-one session.

Did you know? 

The Museum of the Bloomfield Historical Society is located on the 3rd floor of the Children's Library. Find out more about them at

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