Early 19th Century Vital Data from the National Intelligencer


The National Intelligencer and Washington Advertiser began publication 31 October 1800. In 1810, the Washington Advertiser portion of the name was dropped, and the paper continued as the National Intelligencer until 1869. It then merged with the Washington Express to become the Daily National Intelligencer and Washington Express, which ended publication 10 January 1870.[1]

In 1938, NGSQ began publishing abstracts of vital data published in that newspaper, organized first by year, then alphabetically by surname. Those abstracts continued to be published through 1975, becoming NGSQ’s longest running series.[2]

In 1976 the entire series was reprinted as Marriage and Death Notices from the National Intelligencer (Washington, D.C.), 1800–1850, NGS Special Publication No. 41,[3] which is now available as a searchable database on the NGS website.

Though many of these marriage and death notices concern those who lived in the vicinity of Washington, DC, and those of some national prominence, many others capture the vital events of those of little prominence throughout the country, like these from 1836:

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