Checking databases of digitized newspapers may lead to information relevant to your research, even if a newspaper from your specific county is not included. Often, the larger city papers ran columns with details on individuals and events from smaller communities. Additional free sources for searching historical newspapers include:
- NC Newspaper Digitization Project – earch the full-text of several different NC newspapers from the mid 1700s – late 1800s. Though no papers from Lenoir county are included, newspapers often included information from other areas in the state. There are several papers from nearby Craven County.
- Google News Archive – includes some free and some paid content
- Library of Congress: Historic American Papers – search the full-text of many different papers across the county, including several from the Southeast. Covers late 1800s-early 1900s.
- New York Times Archives – free full-text of the newspaper from 1851-1922. You can search later articles, but those from 1922-1981 require payment.