Tuesday, February 26, 2008

"Virginia Gazette" Index and Text online

On one of the message boards, someone provided a link to the Virginia Gazette. It is online at the Colonial Williamsburg web site. The description of this newspaper is:

"One of the Library's most important digital collections is the Virginia Gazette, published weekly in Williamsburg, 1736-1780; the news covered all Virginia and included some information for other colonies, Scotland, England etc. Not all the issues survived, and some have surfaced since they were first reproduced on microfilm in the mid-twentieth century that is the basis for the digital version.

"The earliest Virginia Gazette was printed successively by William Parks, William Hunter, Joseph Royle, Alexander Purdie, Purdie & John Dixon, Dixon & William Hunter Jr., and Dixon & Thomas Nicolson, from August 6(?), 1736, through April 8, 1780, when the paper was moved to Richmond. On May 16, 1766, William Rind established a competing paper under the same title which was printed successively by Rind, Clementina Rind (his widow), and John Pinkney, until February 3, 1778. A third Virginia Gazette was inaugurated by Alexander Purdie on February 3, 1775. After Purdie's death, the paper was printed by John Clarkson & Augustine Davis until December 9, 1780, the last issue located. "

There is a searchable index for topics and surnames to the Virginia Gazette online here. The individual pages can be saved as .JPG files.

The Colonial Williamsburg site also has a Genealogical Research web page here.

What a great resource for colonial Virginia research in the Williamsburg area.

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