There have been newspapers published in
Years ago Bob Hodge indexed all the old newspapers of
The Free Lance-Star has created recently a word-searchable, online, printable, full-text archive of articles. It's splendid! http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/archives. But this archive goes back only to 2001 and is selective – ads are omitted, for example.
Google News (ain’t Google great!?) has even more recently SCANNED all issues of the Free Lance-Star back to 1920, and made them word-searchable!!!! http://news.google.com/archivesearch/advanced_search . The value of this to anyone doing local history, or the family tree, cannot be overestimated!
If you are interested in working with the old newspapers of