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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Guide to genealogy and reference information

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Publication of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette dates back to 1786, when the Pittsburgh Gazette became the first newspaper published west of the Allegheny Mountains.

 Archives of the paper -- and others that merged to become part of the Post-Gazette -- are available through different media, including microfilm, paper clipping files and electronic archives, depending on the dates of the material sought.

This page describes what material from the Post-Gazette archives is available, at what locations and in what media.


Post-Gazette History

Over the years, the newspaper has undergone several name changes.

  • 1786 to 1828: The Pittsburgh Gazette
  • 1828: Pittsburgh Gazette and Manufacturing and Mercantile Advertiser
  • 1829 to 1866: Pittsburgh Gazette
  • 1866 to 1900: Commercial Gazette
  • 1900 to 1927: The Gazette-Times
  • 1927 to present: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For a complete history of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and its predecessor publications, click here.

Accessing Post-Gazette archives: Where to find what

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Selected links: Western Pennsylvania history and genealogy Web sites



The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Department is the Pittsburgh area's primary resource for regional genealogical research, and offers the broadest access to material from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and its predecessor newspapers, from 1786 to the present.

At the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, researchers can access past issues of the Post-Gazette from 1786 to the present in different media, depending on the dates of the material sought.

  • Much of the newspaper material is available on microfilm.
  • The Pennsylvania Department has extensive clipping files for newspaper and other materials; however, some years or specific newspaper issues are missing.

For more information, contact the Pennsylvania Department, (412) 622-3154.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offers access to its archives dating from 1920s and 1930s to the present, under the following conditions.

1920s/1930s to 1990/1993:
The Post-Gazette has paper clipping files dating to the 1920s/1930s catalogued by topic or name, housed at the Post-Gazette offices in Downtown Pittsburgh. The public is not allowed direct access to the Post-Gazette's paper clipping files, but the Post-Gazette will conduct research upon request for a fee. For more information, please send e-mail to or call (412) 263-1619.

1990/1993 to present:
The Post-Gazette electronic archives contain comprehensive content from the Pittsburgh Press from 1990-92, when it ceased publication, and from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from January 1993 to the present. To access the online archive, please visit NewsLibrary at and select Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Back copies of print editions of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette are available for the past 11 months for the daily paper and the last six weeks for regionally zoned editions. For details, please visit's back copies page.

Types of genealogy-related information currently published


As a public service, the Post-Gazette publishes a daily listing of recent deaths in the region. Those listings from 1998 to the present are available online by using's search function on the home page. Prior to that date, recent deaths listings are available for a fee through the archive service. Detailed death notices are published daily as classified advertising and are available at:

News obituaries on individuals of note are published regularly at the discretion of Post-Gazette editors. News obituaries published from 1998 to present are available on by using the search function. In-depth obituaries published before 1998 are available for a fee from the archive service.

Marriage licenses/divorce decrees -- Listings of marriage licenses and divorces decrees are published daily in the print newspaper as classified advertising, but are not currently available online.

Engagements/Weddings/Births/Birthdays -- The Post-Gazette currently publishes notices of engagements, weddings, birth and birthdays every Tuesday as classified advertising. The current week and the previous week's advertisements are available on at: Prior to that, they are available through back copies of the print newspaper over the past 11 months.

Real estate transfers -- A listing of real estate transfers in Allegheny and surrounding counties is published each Saturday in the print editions of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but this data is not available currently online.

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