Welcome to the Hunterdon
Republican Newspaper Project
CONTENTS: Selected Items containing the names of people who had a relationship with Hunterdon County, NJ. Newspaper published: 1856 to 1953.
***** NOTICE *****
POST: November 19, 2013
Digital images for the Year 1907 are completed.
Post: November 1, 2013
New and Repeat visitors, PLEASE READ:
All visitors, please note: I am now collecting data on the number of visitors and the number of visits. I do NOT know your identity, only how many visits and where you live! There are 2 or 3 of the frequent visitors who seem to be unable to keep their computers connected to the Website, since some have opened it many times in one day! I can only guess that instead of using the "Go Back Arrow" on the top left of your page display, you are clicking on the "Red X" on the top right of the page display when you want to close out a page - instead you are closing your browser! Please be careful!
For the month of October, 2013, 80 visitors made 250 visits. I sincerely appreciate your interest in the information on this Website and it encourages me to continue to provide you with access to this information.
If anyone is having a problem with accessing or keeping open the Website, please Email me at the address noted at the bottom of this page!
Also, if you have an item of interest about Hunterdon County, such as the name of a business [like Fulper Pottery, a sawmill, or feed mill, etc.], which may not have a person's name in the item, please let me know and I will include them. As you should know by now, I am only putting up items with a person's name, who has a connection to the County!
NOTE: The last 2 reels of the microfilm were received on Nov. 1, 2013. My thanks to the New Jersey Archives, at Trenton, NJ., for providing them. The issues during the early 1900s were only 4 pages and it required on average about 20 images with a digital camera to capture the "items of interest." I recently obtained the images from Jan. 26, 1950. The newspaper was 18 pages and it took 171 photographs to collect all the "items of interest!" Needless to say, I will continue the consolidation process and do the 1950s in chronolgic sequence. I now anticipate that the project will be completed in about 4 years!
Greetings to the new and old visitors. The new format for putting up just the digital images that contain information on people who had some connection to Hunterdon County continues. It definitely speeds up the process of providing you with access to the newspaper. It takes about 2 weeks to process the raw images into the condensed form for each year of the newspaper.
If you are new, please take the time to read all the background information on this page and the Digital Images page.
See Project Details for update information
If you are a new visitor, please take the time to read the material on this page and in the Project Details.
If you are returning and have read "all the good stuff!" you may go directly to the Index and continue your searching. The abstract phase of the project is now complete through 1900. After this date, Digital images will be put up whenever one month is completed. There will be no Index of Names for this phase of the Project! You might want to periodically check the Project Details to see if there are any notes added since your last visit!
This project remains under development and will take a few years before all the digital images are completed!
See Project Details for explanation.
Current Activity: Consolidating items from the master digital images onto separate pages for each week of the newspaper.
The Project started in October 2007 and is now opened for genealogist, historians and whoever wants to browse these pages. Please read the background information on this page and the Project Details page so that you will have an understanding and appreciation for this work-in-progress!
The project is strictly a voluntary effort on my part to get the news of yesterday onto the Internet so you can find something of interest about our ancestors!
My Great-great Uncle apprenticed on the Hunterdon Gazette and went on to work on a newspaper in Mobile, Alabama: William B. HUGHES [d. 15 Nov. 1886]. Two of my Great Uncles apprenticed on this newspaper - the Hunterdon Republican - and were newspaper men until their deaths in the 1930s: George C. HUGHES & Lester B. HUGHES. This project is done in their memory.
Once you have checked out the background information, I know you will want to get to work searching for your ancestors. Start with the "Index Files" to see if the persons in whom you are interested appear there. Follow the directions which will lead you to the "Text File" where the abstracts of the newspaper items will be found.
The second phase of the project is the addition of the digital images of the microfilm. Go to the Digital Images page for details.
I hope you find as much useful and interesting information about your ancestors as I have found out about mine!
The Hunterdon Republican newspaper started publication on Oct. 15, 1856 and ceased on June 11, 1953. The office and print shop were always located in Flemington, New Jersey, USA. Although the newspaper was intended for all of the county, much of the news was centered on the town of Flemington and surrounding area, especially during the 1900s. The Project Details section gives highlights of the newspaper's history.
After abstracting 2 years (1928 & 1930) in order to debug the process, format the material and test the display, I put up a tentative Web page in 2007. Now after getting most of the newspaper on digital images from the microfilm and abstracting & indexing many years, a new display format was developed and is now available for you to review. I would appreciate comments to help improve your navigation around the site. I did some extensive investigations for a search capability to aid your research and decided to use the built-in search menu that Adobe Acrobat has incorporated in their PDF file format. Details on the Index and Text pages.
You will need the FREE Adobe Reader to view the Index and Text files on this site. Get it at: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
Although the progress of adding new information will be somewhat slow, please come back periodically to review the new features and new abstracts that will be added until the project is finished in ?? years! As noted above, start with the Index Files and then go to the Text Files. After 1900, go to the Digital Images page and continue your investigation through the 1900s. This is where you will hopefully find the missing piece of the puzzle or perhaps the answer to that 'brick wall' you have been trying to knock down.
Many people and organizations have helped to make this project possible. I would like to thank: Amanda Philipp of the Hunterdon County Library who facilitated lending the microfilm of the newspaper to me at my home in Florida. I could not have started without the microfilm!
The inspiration for the project is partly due to the efforts of Dennis Sutton who abstracted early issues of the Hunterdon County Democrat [Takes about 10 seconds to download.]. My initial intent was to start with 1900 and continue, but when I scanned both newspapers for items on my ancestors, there were differences. Thus this project started with the first issue in 1856.
The late Al Sinclair, Webmaster of the Hunterdon County Genealogy Resource site, worked with me on the Hunterdon Gazette Project and has provided technical support when I needed it.
Roxanne Carkhuff of the Hunterdon County Historical Society was also most helpful during the 6 years it took to complete the Hunterdon Gazette Project, and she has answered several of my queries regarding the Hunterdon Republican newspaper.
John Kuhl, Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the H. C. H. S., has kindly offered his help in looking up in the original newspaper issues, missing or unintelligible information found on the microfilm copies. As this information is obtained, the corresponding text will be updated and put-up to the Internet. This activity started in May 2010. Thank you John. Because of the large number of text obliterations, I now have the second microfilm copy, purchased from the Archives in Trenton, NJ, which relieves John of this responsibility.
You may contact me by email with your comments and questions. I would like to know about any corrections you find. Please click the email link below. The Subject line should be: huntrepnews.
And, please note!
I DO NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS
so put all your comments in the body of the email!
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William Hughes Hartman, Sr., Webmaster
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