Newspapers report all the major events in our lives: births, marriages, deaths, political events, business and sports news, criminal offenses and even local gossip. Few sources provide a better insight into our ancestors’ daily lives than newspapers. Until recently, you had to browse microfilm to find articles mentioning your ancestors, but online newspapers now make it easy to search through millions of pages at once.
GenealogyBank, $69.95 per year, has one of the largest online collections of American newspapers. They include more than 6,100 titles from all 50 states, and date from 1690 to the present.