Learn the best way to search for your ancestors at the top websites for digitized newspapers. This article contains a Genealogy How-To Video demonstrating how to find and search free newspapers online.
Newspapers rank among the top sources for information on key events in your ancestors’ lives. Birth and marriage notices, anniversary celebrations and obituaries provide facts that form the framework of your family tree. But newspapers also reveal stories you won’t find anywhere else. With a little luck, you might turn up articles highlighting your ancestors’ business successes and sports honors, or lurid details of scandalous affairs and criminal offenses. And now that many papers are online, you can search through millions of pages at once on free and fee-based websites, and get results in seconds. We’ll share secrets for discovering ancestors in the collections of top newspaper websites (including free options), as well as general search tips for using any online newspaper database.