Welcome to the Hunterdon
Republican Newspaper Project
***** NOTICE *****
Post: May 19, 2013
Just got out of hospital after 2 weeks to get me stable. Feeling great, but now 2 more weeks behind. Next update - June 1st.
Post: May 1, 2013
Still plodding through 1900 - I am now in October, taking a long time since now, both hands have numbness in the fingers which causes many errors! Probably take another month to finish since there are many new names to add to the new Index for the 1900s!
Post: February 11, 2013
Finally, 1899 is finished. I have had some medical issues, one of which is arthritis in the fingers of the right hand which slows down typing considerably. After a brief respite to play host to the IRS, I will resume with the new Century "The 1900s!"
Due to the increasing size of the Text File, the new Text and Index for the recently completed Year of the Hunterdon Republican newspaper, will be featured here, so that you do not have to search the Big Text to find just the last year's additions. I Hope this is helpful for the many frequent visitors!
The Year 1899 is now released and you may view just this Year (see below) or the full project - so far completed.
All Web pages have been updated and you may go to Project Details to see the Highlights of the various Years.
Click here to view the
Index for 1899
Text for 1899
Note: Each file takes at least 5 seconds to fully load before you can scroll. Use the Top Left, "Go-back" arrow to return here. See notes on the Index & Text Web pages to activate the Search function for these files.
See Project Details for update information
A repeat of my caution to all who believe the information herein is accurate. As I type the abstracts, I compare the spelling of names constantly with the Overall Index, the US Census Records and other sources. Both the newspaper and the Census records have numerous instances of names spelled differently, or dates that are off, especially the Death dates from Ancestry.com. So please be careful with your use of the information and be diligent when searching for the spelling of a name! If you find errors, please let me know and I will check it out and change the information. Email address at bottom of this page.
The Post for Sept. 19, 2011 is noted below for those visitors who did not visit the site recently. Please note the new format changes!
Posted: September 19, 2011, modified August 30, 2012
The Web site has been modified since August 2011. All completed Text files are combined into one easy-to-search Web page and the "recently completed" Text and Index are accessed from the top of this page.
The display of data has been changed. Please read the new instructions. In brief, the yearly text files have been combined into one document, you no longer have to open each year! The result is that the search engine is somewhat different. The Index files have been modified accordingly. You really only need to look at the Overall Index to see if your name(s) of interest are there and how they are spelled. Other indexes were created, primarily for my use, to check names and identities as the new yearly text files are typed. They are put up on the Web site, since they may be of interest to you!
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 project is now complete through 1899. 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 many years before all the abstracts are completed!
See Project Details for explanation.
Current Activity: Typing and indexing the newspaper, updating and modifying the Project Details and waiting for the remaining 2 reels of microfilm! Copies have now been located at the Hunterdon County Historical Society Library.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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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