The PA State Library at Harrisburg has newspaper microfilm. However, you have to remember that newspapers in the early days carried little in the way of obit data, except for prominent citizens. Even then, it might just a paragraph or two.
The State Library of Pennsylvania does have a complete collection of newspapers on microfilm from Harrisburg as well as the rest of the state. These microfilms are available through interlibrary loan at your local library. All you have to do is give them the name of the city and the date or range of dates you are interested in and they will send the microfilm that applies. Ray Rhoads has used this service many times and it has provided a great deal of information.
I called the PA State Library (717-783-5950) and they indicated that they do participate in intra-library loans. You mere go to your local library with the information and they can request the microfilm.
AMERICAN Herald See Greensburg Herald
Greensburg DEMOCRAT w N 18, 1853-1864. Merged with Westmoreland Republican and Farmers1 Chronicle. orig: D 30, 1853-Je 8, 1854; Ja 8, 1856-D 1, 1857
FARMERS' Register See Greensburg and Indiana Register.
Greensburg GAZETTE See Greensburg Herald.
Greensburg GAZETTE and Farmers' Mechanics' Register See Greensburg Herald.
Greensburg HERALD w Ag 22, 1811-1872. 1811-Ap 22, 1823 as Greensburg Gazette; My 1823-F 1, 1828
Gazette and Farmers' and Mechanics' Register F 8 , 1828-1832
Gazette F 1832-N 8
1850 Westmoreland Intelligencer N
Intelligencer. F 5, 1856-N
INTELLIGENCER See Greensburg Herald.
NATIONAL Issue See Greensburg Press.
PENNSYLVANIA Argus w My 25, 1832-1922
Subtitle varies: Pennsylvania Argus and Farmers' and Mechanics'
Pennsylvania Argus and Westmoreland Democrat.
My 23, 1834-0 30, 1835; Mr 10, 1837-Ji 2,
PENNSYLVANIA Argus and Farmers' and Mechanics' Advocate See Pennsylvania Argus.
PENNSYLVANIA Argus and Westmoreland Democrat See Pennsylvania Argus.
Greensburg PRESS w 1878-1927 ? 1878-My 1881 as National Issue. Je 1881-1908 Press. Merged with Tribune-Herald in 1908 under title: Press and Tribune Herald. Title changed to present title in 1909. micro: S 1887-D 24, 1912
PRESS and Tribune Herald See Greensburg Press.
Greensburgh and Indiana REGISTER w My 24, 1799-S 1818. My 24, 1799-1810 as Farmers' Register; Jl ? 1811-Jl 1812
Westmoreland and Indiana Register micro: Je 21, 1799-Ap 24, 1802
REPUBLICAN and Democrat See Westmoreland Democrat.
Greensburg SENTINEL w My 15, 1840-1841. Merged with Westmoreland Intelligencer. micro: My 15, l840-My 14, 1841
Daily TRIBUNE See Tribue-Review.
Greensburg TRIBUNE See Tribune-Herald.
TRIBUNE-HERALD w Jl 22,
22, 1870-F 8, 1872 as Greensburg Tribune. Merged with Greensburg
Herald in 1872 to form present title. Merged with Greensburg
to form Press and Tribune Herald. micro Ja 1875-D
TRIBUNE-REVIEW d F 4, 1889 + F 4, 1889-1955 ? as Daily Tribune. Merged with Morning Review in 1955 to form present title. micro: F 8, 1889 +
UNPARTHEYISCHE Westliche Presse 1821-? In German. micro: N 16, 1821
WESTMORELAND and Indiana Register See Greensburgh and Indiana Register.
WESTMORELAND Democrat w 1818-1946? 1818-1824 as Westmoreland Republican; 1825-1864 Westmoreland Republican and Farmers' Chronicle; Ag 1864-D 1875 Republican and Democrat. micro: Ap 25, 1818-Ap 9, 1824; Ja-D 1849; Ja-D 1852; N 19, 1884; My 24, 1899 orig: My 10, 31, 5 6, 20, 0 25, N 8-D 13, 1844; Ja-Ap 11, My 30, Je 20-S 26, 0 17, 31-D 5, 26, 1845; Ja-Mr 6, 27, JI 3-D 1846; Ja-Mr 10, 1847
WESTMORELAND Intelligencer See Greensburg Herald.
WESTMORELAND Republican See Westmoreland Democrat.
WESTMORELAND Republican and Farmers' Chronicle
STANDARD Observer d 1875 +
Jeannette DISPATCH See News-Dispatch.
NEWS-DISPATCH w sw tw d 1889-0
as Jeannette Dispatch. Merged with News in 1918 to form present
micro: N 16, 1921-Jl 20, 1948; 0 1948-Je 1981
Latrobe BULLETIN d 1902 + micro: D 1902 +
Latrobe Bulletin, Special Edition, Saturday, Jan.
18, 2003, Front page:
Ligonier ECHO w S 15, 1888
micro: 5 5, 1888-D 1976
Monessen Daily INDEPENDENT See Valley Independent.
VALLEY Independent d 1902 +
as Monessen Daily Independent. micro: Je 28,
Daily DISPATCH w sw d N 21, 1891-0 1971. Merged with Valley Daily News, Tarentum to form Valley News Dispatch. micro: Ag 1970-0 1971
VALLEY News Dispacth See Valley News
Scottdale INDEPENDENT See Scottdale Independent-Observer.
Scottdale INDEPENDENT-OBSERVER w 1879 + 1879-1926 as Scottdale Independent. Merged with News-Observer in 1926 to form present title. micro: Ag 10, 1882-D 1888; Ja 1890-D 1905; Ap 1906-D 1909; Ja 1911-D 1915; Ja 1917-D 1925
MINER'S Record w Je 1881-1882 ? micro: Mr-Jl 1882
Scottdale NEWS w N 23-D 14, 1923. Merged with Observer to form News-Observer. micro: N 23-D 14, 1923
Scottdale NEWS-OBSERVER w D 21, 1923-1926. Merged with Scottdale Independent to form Scottdale Independent-Observer. micro: D 21, 1923-D 1924
The PA State Library does has a catalog web site. Also, if you visit the library, keep in mind, they have Saturday hours.
Marti Wise, a list member used the on line index at the PA
for Northumberland County newspapers and went to Harrisburg only to
that they did not have everything that she saw in the index. If
are going to make a long trip, she suggested that after you find it in
the on line index, then call the Newspaper Repository at the State
to confirm that they
The folks who work in the newspaper room very helpful. Sam Alcorn mentioned that In the genealogy section down the hall, you'll find a volunteer worker, Ray Schott. He's one of the most helpful and knowing people I've found. He's helped Sam around a couple roadblocks.
The Manderino Library at California University of Pennsylvania also has quite a few Westmoreland County newspapers on microfilm. One person, Colleen, found an obit that I was unable to locate in Monessen's local library at the Manderino Library.
These sites are great to use before you visit a library, so you don't waste your time looking in their catalogue while at the site. However, be careful. Some libraries that have catalogs on line, only have acquisition since a certain date. The manual card catalog may have some older holdings. There is a book , "Newspaper Accounts of Births, Marriages and Deaths 1808-1929 Westmoreland County Pennsylvania", 1994 by Mary Jane Mains for theWestmoreland County Historical Society, 951 old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. 318 pp. softbound. $25.00 + $3.00 P&H, Pa. res. Add $1.50 sales tax. However, this publication is not all inclusive.
John Heidler provided information from a publication titled
Newspapers and Selected Out-of-state Newspapers". They have the
newspapers listed for Westmoreland Country that are at the State