Search Advertisements in Newspapers 1704 - 2010

Historical ads in newspapers can help you find long-lost ancestors that went missing or ran away from enslavement or servitude. Discover real estate & items that your ancestors owned in old newspaper ads.

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Old Advertisements Reveal Unique Information about Our Ancestors' Lives

Our ancestors advertised their shops, trades, goods for sale, missing items such as lost horses, and rewards offered for runaway servants or slaves in newspapers. Old advertisements like these take us beyond the names, dates, and other basic facts about our ancestors and give us a sense of the lives they experienced.

The images in these historical ads offer us a window into our ancestors' past, providing a rich context of the places, faces, objects and times in our family's history. Search millions of old newspaper ads in our archives and discover your ancestry online.

Advertisements Found in Newspapers:

  • Missing Person Advertisements

  • Ads for Lost Items

  • Real Estate Classifieds

  • Runaway Indentured Servants Ads

  • Ads for Runaway Slaves

And many more!