Fact Sheet Niles' Register
Cumulative Index, 1811-1849
(The Weekly Register, Niles' Weekly Register, Niles' National Register)

General Information
Available Formats: BiblioLine Subject Category: U.S. & World History
Dates of Coverage: 1811-1849 Update Frequency: Semi-Annually
Number of References: 275,052
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Niles’ Register – also known as The Weekly Register, Niles’ Weekly Register, and Niles’ National Register – was a newsweekly founded by Hezekiah Niles in 1811.  It was published by Niles or his successors until 1849.  It covered both the United States and the world.  The Register was famous in its own day for its comprehensiveness and reliability – it was routinely cited as an authoritative source of information in courtrooms and legislatures – and it has since become a standard source of information for historians and genealogists.   It is available in major public and academic libraries either as bound paper volumes or in microform.

The Cumulative Index to Niles’ Register permits researchers to locate pertinent articles in the more than 30,000 densely printed pages that make up the work.  The index is organized under easy-to-grasp library-style headings.  References are expressed in terms of volume and page – as in volume 45, page 34.  This is all that is needed to look up a reference in either the paper or microform forms of the work, both of which are organized by volume. Most entries also include dates of publication.

More than 24,000 individuals are cited by name in the Cumulative Index, and names have been standardized so that one can find a reference to Henry Clay, say, by searching for that name – even if the textual reference is actually to "Mr. Clay,"" the Secretary of State," "H. Clay," or whatever. Similary, the names of places and  things have also been standardized so that one can find references to, say, "Argentina" or "cigars" even if the text refers to "Buenos Ayres" or "segars."

More than 7,100 full-text articles are embedded in the index and will be retrieved automatically (along with index entries) in response to an appropriate search. The Cumulative Index is updated at six-month intervals by the addition of at least 500 full-text articles per update. Click here for an update history.

Niles' Register: Cumulative Index, 1811-1849 is copyright W.H. Earle, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,2007, 2008. It is offered by NISC by permission.

Further Information

-            Click here for a general article about Niles’ Register (from the Journal of the War of 1812)

-          Click here for a detailed publication history of Niles’ Register

-          Click here for an article about the creation of databases from historical periodicals (from Key Words)

-          Click here for a sample from the Cumulative Index (entries for New Jersey)

Subject Coverage
U.S. and World History, 1811-1849
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