The Southern Illinoisan is a newspaper based in Carbondale, Illinois, that reports on events taking place in the town, states Newspapers.com. The city of Carbondale is home to Southern Illinois University and has been referred to as the intellectual center of the area.
The Southern Illinoisan was founded in the late 1940s through the consolidation of the three local papers, The Daily Free Press, Murphysboro Daily Independent and Herrin Daily Journal, according to Newspapers.com. This consolidation took place as the area transitioned from a railroad town to an economy centered around its university. The paper's history and local focus make it a potential resource for those tracing their genealogical heritage to the region.