Websites new to our list for 2021 are indicated by an asterisk (*). Sites marked with a dollar sign ($) require a subscription or other payment to fully take advantage of their content; otherwise free sites that have some sort of premium tier or paid add-on have this noted in the write-ups.
The best bet in free newspaper collections remains this Library of Congress project, now topping 17.5 million digitized pages from 3,000-plus newspapers from 1777 to 1963. (Want to search newspaper photos instead? Check out another LOC project, Newspaper Navigator.)
Not just newspapers—collections also cover censuses, historical books and government publications—this subscription site (rates vary) nonetheless specializes in “old news.” You can search more than 13,000 titles plus 260 million obituaries, most unavailable elsewhere online.
Ancestry.com’s entry in the digitized newspaper field claims to be the largest, with more than 633 million pages from 20,000 titles. Full access, including 446 million more pages licensed from publishers, costs $149.80 per year; basic subscriptions cost $89.90 per year.