The NCGenWeb Project features a database called NC People in the Papers. This database is a collection of items extracted from newspapers and includes births, marriages, deaths, & general news items. The time coverage varies, but in addition to clicking below to see a list of names associated with Martin County, you can also search the entire database for a last name of interest and perhaps find family members in other parts of the state.
The NC People in the Papers database includes many extracts from the Roanoke Beacon Newspaper of neighboring Washington County. Click on the graphic below to access the list.
Surnames you may recognize include: Armistead, Bateman, Darden, Fagan, Reddick, Peale, Slade, Yellowley and more…
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 Martin county are included, newspapers often included information from other areas in the state.
- 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.
The following newspapers were published in Martin County. Each hyperlink takes you to the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website which includes details on libraries that hold each paper.