Historical and recent newspapers provide a rich source of material relating to our ancestos. Notices like birth, death, probate, etc. can be found in newspapers published in the regions or areas where your ancestors lived. The following links will help get you started.
The value of Newspapers in your research. A guide for maximum success.
Chronicling America -  Historic Newspaper Pages from 1789-1963
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963, or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. This site is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. allows you to simultaneously search across thousands of articles using key words and phrases. The purpose is to make it possible to search all of the world's digital newspapers from one place and at one time. Currently 3,599,573 Newspapers — 3,771 Newspaper Titles