10 December 2014
I couldn’t believe it when I realized that I apparently haven’t written about this website before – I’ve been using it for years and it’s a real gem! I always think of it as the Old Fulton New York Post Cards website, yet I only ever research “Newspapers” on it! Though the interface is very simple, what you can find is amazing. It currently includes over “28,300,000 Historical Newspaper Pages from the
USA & Canada” though by far the majority of the newspapers are from . New York
|Love this image of the staff (of one)!|
I often put a name, location, and a year, each term in quotes in the search box to fine tune my searches. I sometimes will put a newspaper title (once I determine which one really interests me). I’ve searched using addresses, surnames, whatever I think it might take and I have found some really neat newspaper notices that have told me when someone died, married, lived, worked and much more.
Read more about Tom Tryniski’s wonderful & FREE-to-access project via these two articles:
· Amateur Beats Gov’t at Digitizing Newspapers: Tom Tryniski’s Weird, Wonderful Website (Jim Epstein, reason.com, 5 March 2013)
· A Retiree Digitizes 27 Million Old Newspaper Pages in His Living Room (and Libraries Fight to Catch Up) (same author & publication, 18 May 2014)
Both pages have a video link which describes his work and the video is also available directly you YouTube.
This website is an excellent example of what one person can do.
Want to contribute to contribute to his efforts? You can do so via PayPal or with used “working” hard drives.
Editor’s Note: Always be creative when searching online digitized newspapers. Love Hate Relationship with OCR -- So much digital content now available though accessing can still be a challenge
Editor’s Note: Another story about “what one person can do” Do-it-yourself book scanner preserving Pittstown PA history one page at a time!
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