Newsworthy Technology

Newsworthy Technology

Search these database sites for yesterday's news.

The Web disseminates up-to-the-minute happenings, but it’s also a good source of yesterday’s news. Many large papers, including The New York Times <www.nytimes.com>, offer archive searches on their Web sites. Typically, you’ll get an article abstract and a citation, and you can either download the article for a fee or view it on microfilm at the library. Though you might not think your Kansas ancestor did anything to justify a death notice in the Times, you never know.

Look, too, for smaller papers indexed, abstracted or digitized on library, genealogical society or volunteer Web sites. A few examples: Newspaper Abstracts <www.newspaperabstracts.com>, Small Town Papers <www.smalltownpapers.com> and Utah Digital Newspapers <www.digitalnewspapers.org>. Peruse sites for your ancestral state archives and area libraries and historical societies, and type your ancestor’s town or city plus newspaper into a search engine such as Google.

The following database sites, available through libraries or by subscription, offer access to newspapers big and small:

Accessible Archives <www.accessible.com/about/aboutaa.htm>: Check for availability through a library, or you can subscribe for $59.95 per year. Among Accessible Archives’ offerings are The Pennsylvania Gazette, The Liberator, and The African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century collection.

Ancestry.com Historical Newspaper Collection <ancestry.com/search/rectype/periodicals/news>: Accessible with a $155.40-per-year US Deluxe membership, this collection boasts 16 million pages from more than 1,000 newspapers in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
 
Chronicling America <chroniclingamerica.loc.gov>: Search newspapers from 1860 to 1922 and two dozen states in this free Library of Congress site. Also use the directory to find titles published where your ancestor lived. 
 
Footnote <footnote.com>: Search newspapers from across the United States, plus the London Times, at this subscription site.

GenealogyBank <www.genealogybank.com>: A new player in online news, GenealogyBank offers individual subscriptions for $19.95 per month. You get access to 500,000-plus digitized issues from more than 1,300 US newspapers starting in 1690.

Newspaper Archive <www.newspaperarchive.com>: This database claims more newspaper issues since 1759 than any other service. You can join for $71.40 per year, but check to see if the service is available free at your library.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers <www.proquest.com/products_pq/hnp>: Available at subscribing libraries (and sometimes remotely through their Web sites), this database grants access to nine major papers including The New York Times (from 1851), Chicago Tribune (from 1849) and Los Angeles Times (from 1881).
 
From the February 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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