Online Indexes

 One of the ways we learn about our past is by reading old newspapers. Newspaper articles provide us with information on what was happening in local communities. And to make that information accessible to the public, the Downingtown Area Historical Society has organized  the newspaper articles in our archival collection into two basic groupings: Family Files and Topic Files. Both sets of files include articles clipped by DAHS volunteers from local newspapers and pasted on 14 x 8 cardstock. The newspapers sourced include: The Downingtown News,  The Archive, The East Branch Citizen,  The Daily Local News,  The Downingtown Ledger, and the Community Courier, all of which covered the Downingtown area. 

The Family Files are comprised of articles about engagements, retirements, weddings, deaths, etc., about local people. The Family Files collection contains over 9000 names, and is constantly being updated. They primarily include articles from the 1970’s to the present. They also include some articles, which were clipped from earlier newspapers.
The Family Files Index is organized by the last name, and the first letter of the first name. Hence the cards often contain articles about several persons who have the same last name and the same first initial of their first name.  A third column, which has been added to the index, is called “family genealogy.” These files include miscellaneous information about a family. Some have family trees and printed material about a family copied from other sources.

The Topic Files include articles about local businesses, churches, government, schools and society.

To help people to find information on articles included in both sets of files, we have established two indexes. Each index provides basic information. More information can be obtained by contacting us or visiting us on Sundays, from 1-4.

For further information on any of the files in the index, please contact us at:

UPDATED 12/9/2017