The Maryland Historic Newspaper Index is a free, online index to historic newspapers covering the following areas: Maryland (Allegany, Garrett, Frederick, and Washington Counties), Pennsylvania (Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and Fulton Counties), and West Virginia (Jefferson and Morgan Counties). Currently, the online searches are for the years: 1845-1857 and 1860-1865.
The Washington County Free Library also sells a print or DVD which contains the complete index, “An Index to Hagerstown Newspapers, 1790-1865”.
“The Historic Newspaper Indexing Project began in 1980 as an aid to patrons researching Washington County history and genealogy. An Index to Hagerstown Newspapers is a multi-volume subject and personal name index to local and regional news published in weekly and semi-weekly newspapers in Hagerstown, Maryland between 1790 and 1890. The printed volumes covering the period from 1790 to 1854 and 1860 to 1865 are already completed and are on the open shelves at the Washington County Free Library (WCFL) in Hagerstown and in the Reference sections of the county branches. Microfilms of the original newspapers are available for the public’s use on the 3rd floor of the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher branch in downtown Hagerstown. The index covers these current geographical areas: Maryland (Washington, Frederick, Allegany and Garrett Counties); Pennsylvania (Cumberland, Adams, Fulton and Franklin Counties); and West Virginia (Berkley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties). The indexing has been done from Hagerstown and Washington County perspective.”