18 January 2013

Newspapers -- a new site for genealogists to consider and a reminder of some older sites that are goodies!

Newspapers are an invaluable resource as we research our ancestors. Whether we are seeking an obituary, information on a court case, more knowledge about the community, etc, access to real-time “news” about people, places and events is critical to our understanding of your ancestors and their lives.

Just after Thanksgiving, Ancestry.com announced ...

November 29, 2012Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the launch of Newspapers.com, a powerful and affordable new web site designed to offer a historically rich collection of more than 800 U.S. newspapers dating from the late 1700s into the early 2000s.

Comprising more than 25 million pages, Newspapers.com offers a trove of historical and present-day newspapers ranging from the New York Times to treasured small town and local newspapers throughout the United States.

Interested users will find centuries of amazing news articles and photos now captured online when browsing hundreds of years of breaking news headlines, searching for information about an ancestor or reading how the media addressed moments in history like the day Charles A. Lindbergh flew over the Atlantic, the opening of Disneyland or news from the fronts during World War I and World War II.

Read the full press release here.

Though I have not personally used this resource, others in our community have posted reviews/comments about this newest digitized newspaper collection.  And, with a 7-day free trial (still being advertized as we post), you can try it out yourself. Please do share your thoughts about this newest newspaper resource with our research community!  

Other large-scale newspaper collections include and are not limited to: 

Don’t forget to search locally.  Many libraries, archives, newspapers and other institutions have digitized extensive runs of newspapers that are NOT to be found in the already-listed collections.

Have you used Newspapers.com?  What’s your reaction?

What is your favorite source for newspapers?  What is the best information you have found in a newspaper for your research?

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  1. I did check out newspapers.com. Already being a subscriber at genealogybank.com, I sat back and did a side-by-side comparison. After what I thought was fairly extensive search comparisons, it looked as though I was finding a bit more on genealogybank.com, but for the most part the content was similar.

    I've yet to decide if I'm going to add (or switch to) newspapers.com to my list of subscription services. I think they definitely deserve a look from anyone with an interest.

  2. A reader replied to the "best information" question with the following ...

    A: The birth announcement that follows, found from entering the family name "Moll" in the "Nachname" search box for "Familienanzeigen" at the Verein für Computergenealogie , and then opting for birth announcements (Geburtsanzeigen). The one for a then-as-yet unnamed son (Sohn) matched a date of birth and parental names I already had from family sources, but this German newspaper search engine brought me documentary evidence of the place of birth -- which until then had been in dispute. How many American newspapers would be running birth announcements for average citizens in 1834??

    Geburtsanzeigen und Anzeigen von Geburtstagsjubläen aus unterschiedlichen Regionen
    Nachname: Moll
    Vorname: Sohn
    Geburtsdatum: 09.04.1834
    Geburtsort: Perleberg
    Vater: Kaufmann F. W. Moll
    Mutter: Caroline Moll, geb. Burmeister
    Zeitung: Mecklenburg-Schwerinsche Anzeigen
    Ausgabedatum: 16.04.1834

    Birth announcements and announcements of birthday anniversaries from different regions
    Surname: Moll
    First name: "Son" [first-born, it seems]
    Date of birth: 09 April 1834
    Place of birth: Perleberg [Brandenburg]
    Father: Merchant/Grocer F.W. Moll
    Mother: Caroline Moll, born a Burmeister
    Register office:
    Newspaper: Mecklenburg Schwerin "News"
    Date of issue: 16 April 1834
    Edition number:

    Final URL: .

    Gordon Seyffert
    Altadena, California
    [email protected]

  3. A follow-up to the previous post, obviously Blogger did not like the URLs and so here are the two that are missing from above:

    1. Verein für Computergenealogie (should be) Compgen.de
    2. Final URL: (should be)

    Sorry to Gordon and the readers for that "technical issue!"