You can read all about your ancestors in these two historical newspaper digitization projects:
? Family who hail from the Land of 10,000 Lakes might show up in an archive of three late 19thand early 20th-century Winona, Minn., newspapers: the Winona Argus, Winona Daily Republican and Winona Republican Herald. (The home page lists all three papers, but the drop down search menu only includes the Argus and the Daily Republican.)
Get started at <www.winona.edu/library/databases/winonanewspaperproject.htm>. Before you get to the actual search page, you’ll have to indicate whether you have dialup or broadband service, and click through a few more steps. If you don’t use Internet Explorer (IE), you’ll also get a warning that the database works best with IE. (We had no problems viewing newspaper articles using Safari.) Then you can select an edition to browse, or search on a keyword plus a particular newspaper; date range or type of content (ads, articles or pictures). Click on the headline in the list of matches to open me article in a new window.
? The Colorado History Museum has digitized more than 75 historic newspapers from 20 Centennial State cities covering 1859 to 1923. Access the publications online at <www.cdpheritage.org> (click Search Newspaper Collection) using the same system as for the Winona project. You can browse by issue or date, or search by keyword.