Google announced last week that it has quadrupled its searchable archive of historical news articles, many of which are free to access.
Additions include the Halifax Gazette (dating as far back as 1753, as shown below), Sydney Morning Herald, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Village Voice, the Manila Standard, The Nation (from Thailand) and others.
When you search, you can specify keywords or phrases (such as an ancestor’s name or an event) to include or exclude, provide a date range, and opt to get articles written a particular language or from a certain newspaper.
You also can choose whether to see only articles that are free to access. (For matching articles in subscription-based sites, you’ll usually get to see the first few sentences.)
If you do a timeline search, you’ll get a timeline at the top of your results showing the numbers of matching articles by year. Adjust the timeline to see articles from a different time span.
Google doesn’t offer the option to download or save articles, but you can generate a link to share the article with friends.