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I realized how important old newspapers are to genealogy when I stumbled across this
1924 article about my grandfather on GenealogyBank:
What a find! The article has so much “what was he like?” detail that I wouldn’t have
found elsewhere. So I wanted to share some resources from contributing editor Rick
2011 Family Tree Magazine cover story on researching ancestors in online
In the article, Rick provides a chart with the essentials on 15 large online historical
newspaper collections—some free, some by subscription or with society memberships,
some available through libraries—including:
Century US Newspapers
- Accessible Archives
- Chronicling America
- Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876
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- New York Times Archive
- Old Fulton NY Post Cards
- Paper of Record
- World Vital Records
He also notes where the sites’ collections overlap, and offers some advice on finding
other, smaller collections of newspapers:
Your public library might provide online access to newspaper databases or have historical
papers on microfilm. Check at the reference desk.
Portals that can link you to more online newspaper archives include Cyndi’s
List, Free Newspaper
Historical Newspapers and XooxleAnswers:
Search the Library of Congress Chronicling
America newspaper directory for microfilmed papers you can order via interlibrary
of state archives for their newspaper holdings, which may be available for loan
to your local library.
2011 Family Tree Magazine also has articles on using published family histories,
researching English roots, finding cultural and ethnic heritage organizations, tracing
ancestors in Chicago and Portland, Ore., using Mocavo.com and more. The issue hits
newsstands next week, but you
can order it now from ShopFamilyTree.com.
For even more help finding ancestors in old newspapers, check out Family
Tree University’s Newspaper Research 101 class.