MyHeritage U.S. Newspaper Collections are Growing!

By Sunny Jane Morton Premium


MyHeritage just released a new selection of Massachusetts newspapers: more than 6 million pages. If you haven’t been using the growing U.S. newspaper collections on MyHeritage, you may be missing out!

The U.S. newspaper collections of MyHeritage have been growing!

MyHeritage just added a new major collection to its site: Massachusetts Newspapers, 1704-1974. “One of our largest newspaper collections, this collection is a compendium of 6,072,877 pages in 239 newspaper titles published in various cities and towns in the state of Massachusetts from 1704 until 1974,” says a company announcement. “There is a particular emphasis on papers from Boston and surrounding locales.”

According to the site, this collection has been curated by MyHeritage via a partnership with the Boston Public Library. Most of the content, which spans the colonial era to the late 1900s, is available online only at MyHeritage. Boston papers alone include The Boston Globe, The Boston Post, The Boston Herald, The Boston American, The Boston Transcript, The Boston Record, The Boston Traveler, The Boston Courier, The Boston News Bureau…you get the idea!

Beyond Boston

A few years ago, MyHeritage posted its own searchable version of digitized newspapers hosted by Chronicling America, the free Library of Congress website. (The search technologies and results displays are different; I like MyHeritage’s better.) Then in late 2017, MyHeritage began posting new statewide newspaper collections. The first three to appear were the historical powerhouse states of New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. As a result, others quickly followed. Now nearly 30 states have coverage! Many include over a million estimated records each and some have significantly more (Ohio has 4.6 million and Pennsylvania a hefty 7.5 million).

Many of the MyHeritage state newspaper collections extend prior to the year 2000. This is notable because U.S. copyright laws protect newspapers before 1924, so many online collections don’t go past that. (Chronicling America hosts very limited digitized content past 1923.)

Certainly a nice perk of the digital newspapers on MyHeritage is their inclusion in the site’s Record Matches automatic hinting system. This feature is available with a Data or Complete subscription. If the site identifies a likely-looking match from your tree in a newspaper, you’ll consequently receive an alert and the chance to review it.

To learn more about finding your ancestors in old U.S. newspaper collections—whether it’s on MyHeritage or beyond—turn to James M. Beidler’s latest book. The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide is packed with tips, techniques and case studies. Learn to locate family vital events and stories in newspaper birth announcements, obituaries, news reports, legal notices, classifieds and more.

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