National Digital Newspaper Program Awards Funding for Six States for Chronicling America Additions

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has just announced the 2020 awards for funding for additions to Chronicling America:
Maine State Library, Augusta, ME Award: $210,270
Digitization of 100,000 pages of Maine newspapers, dating from 1785 to 1963, as part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program.

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ Award: $251,536
Digitization of 100,000 pages of New Jersey newspapers, published between 1800 and 1926, as part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program.

University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD Award: $324,683
Digitization of 100,000 pages of Maryland newspapers published prior to 1963, as part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program.

State Historical Society of Colorado, Denver, CO Award: $224,914
The digitization of 100,000 pages from Colorado newspaper titles, published from 1859 to 1942, as part of the state’s continuing participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program.

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL Award: $254,700
Digitization of 100,000 pages of Alabama newspapers published between 1901 and 1924 as part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program.

Alaska State Library, Juneau, AK Award: $93,594
Digitization of 100,000 pages of Alaska newspapers published prior to 1963, as part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Here is a summary by state of the years that awards for funding have been made for each state:
Alabama – 2020, 2018
Alaska – 2020, 2018, 2016
Arizona – 2017, 2012, 2010, 2008
Arkansas – 2019, 2017
California – 2018, 2015, 2009, 2007, 2005
Colorado – 2020, 2018, 2016
Connecticut – 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013
Delaware – 2019, 2017, 2015
Florida – 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2005
Georgia – 2019, 2017
Hawaii – 2012, 2010, 2008
Idaho – 2017, 2015, 2013
Illinois – 2018, 2016, 2013, 2011, 2009
Indiana – 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011
Iowa – 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012
Kansas – 2013, 2011, 2009
Kentucky – 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005
Louisiana – 2013, 2011, 2009
Maine – 2020, 2018, 2016
Maryland – 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012
Michigan – 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012
Minnesota – 2019, 2017, 2015, 2011, 2009, 2007
Mississippi – 2017, 2015, 2013
Missouri – 2012, 2010, 2008
Montana – 2018, 2013, 2011, 2009
Nebraska – 2018, 2016, 2009, 2007
Nevada – 2018, 2016, 2014
New Jersey – 2020, 2018, 2016
New Mexico – 2014, 2012, 2010
New York – 2009, 2007, 2005
North Carolina – 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012
North Dakota – 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011
Ohio – 2018, 2016, 2012, 2010, 2008
Oklahoma – 2013, 2011, 2009
Oregon – 2013, 2011, 2009
Pennsylvania – 2012, 2010, 2008
Rhode Island – 2019
Puerto Rico – 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013
South Carolina – 2013, 2011, 2009
South Dakota – 2018, 2016, 2014
Tennessee – 2014, 2012, 2010
Texas – 2018, 2016, 2011, 2009, 2007
U.S. Virgin Islands – 2019
Utah – 2009, 2007, 2005
Vermont – 2014, 2012, 2010
Virginia – 2019, 2017, 2014, 2009, 2007, 2005
Washington – 2018, 2012, 2010, 2008
West Virginia – 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011
Wisconsin – 2019, 2017, 2015
Wyoming – 2019
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2,940 Free Online Naturalization Collections for the United States

Do you research naturalization records? No? Why not? Does the thought of going through paper files in dusty court basements turn you off?  Well – I’m here to tell you that it is worth it – and with recent digitization efforts – more and more original documents have been scanned and been made available via microfilm or online. 

Some of the larger subscription sites have also made some source documents available – as well as index cards that can lead you to the court that handled the proceedings.

If you wish to get educated first about all of these documents and the naturalization process and how it has changed over time – please read these terrific summaries:

Okay – now that you are educated and know that post-1906 there are 4 awesome documents that just drip with great information: Declaration of Intent, Petition for Citizenship or Naturalization, Certificate of Arrival, and the Certificate of Naturalization. Many of the online genealogy websites may not have all of these documents available, but do have indexes that are searchable – which has information regarding the court handling the proceedings. With this information, you might be able to track down some of the source documents.

Below is a list of links to each state’s links to their collections:

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

80 Million Historic U.S. Newspaper Pages Now Available from Advantage Archives

For the last 3 years I have been tracking the online collections made available by the Advantage Archives (formerly Advantage Preservation) company, who has contracted with several hundred libraries and other institutions across the U.S. to digitize and host their online newspaper collections.
These links have also been Incorporated in the state collection summaries found in the Newspaper Links page on this site. 
The most recent update from Advantage Archives totals 705 collections from 45 states (plus one Canadian province) and a total number of pages exceeding 80.2 million!

Some of the collections are small, but others have over 50 different newspaper titles. Although Advantage Archives gets the credit for making these available, much of the credit should go to the individual libraries, library systems, historical societies and other institutions, who do the really hard work of obtaining the funds via grants and other funding sources to digitize these old newspapers and make them available online for their patrons. In these times where funding for digitization of old newspapers from libraries, archives and other institutions is not easy to get, those of us who want to research our genealogy through newspapers and other documents owe a large debt of gratitude to the librarians and archivists who make all of this possible. The moral of the story is “Support your local libraries and archives!”
Here is a list by state and county of the online collections available to search for free:

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Georgia

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Manitoba

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Here is a list by state and county of the online collections available to search only in the library:

Alaska

  • Kodiak Island Borough – Kodiak

California

Georgia

Illinois

Iowa

Kansas

Maine

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Nebraska

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Dakota

Texas

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5,345 Free Online Canada City Directories

City and business directories are available online from all over the U.S. and Canada and are what I consider another important set of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

This activity of presenting links is a collaborative effort between The Ancestor Hunt and Miriam Robbins, who for years has made available the Online Historical Directories website, which presents links to directories of all types that are available online, including free collections as well as those available only via subscription. I wish to thank Miriam for her help in launching this category of records at The Ancestor Hunt.

So, what kinds of directories are available to the researcher?  Naturally city and business directories, but also telephone directories, and alumni, farm, lodge, rural, and social directories.

What can you find in these records? How about:

  • Full names, including middle names
  • Spouse name
  • Occupation
  • Widows, working women, and adult children at home.
  • Maps
  • Businesses (and index to advertisers).
  • Addresses and maps of churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, newspapers.
  • Whether a woman is a widow (including name of husband).
  • List of marriages and deaths of previous year.
  • Death date.
  • etc.

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching historical city and other directories:​

(Updated July 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)

Select your province of interest, and the links to free online directories will be listed for you to choose from.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

Free Online Canadian Territories City Directories

City and business directories are available online from all over the U.S. and Canada and are what I consider another important set of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

This activity of presenting links is a collaborative effort between The Ancestor Hunt and Miriam Robbins, who for years has made available the Online Historical Directories website, which presents links to directories of all types that are available online, including free collections as well as those available only via subscription. I wish to thank Miriam for her help in launching this category of records at The Ancestor Hunt.

So, what kinds of directories are available to the researcher?  Naturally city and business directories, but also telephone directories, and alumni, farm, lodge, rural, and social directories.

What can you find in these records? How about:

  • Full names, including middle names
  • Spouse name
  • Occupation
  • Widows, working women, and adult children at home.
  • Maps
  • Businesses (and index to advertisers).
  • Addresses and maps of churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, newspapers.
  • Whether a woman is a widow (including name of husband).
  • List of marriages and deaths of previous year.
  • Death date.
  • etc.

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching historical city and other directories:​

Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. Please make sure that you are signed in to FamilySearch, in order to take full advantage of the collections that are available.

(Updated July, 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)

Links to these free collections are presented initially with countrywide and provincewide collections, followed in alphabetical order by city or county. Please note that many of the counties no longer exist, but are now districts or regional municipalities. Generally, the publishing company is included in the reference to the collection, along with the collection title, and the date(s) of the directory:

Countrywide

Northwest Territories

Yukon

Nunavut

  • None

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free Territories Links, click on the category of interest:​​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories

Free Online Quebec City Directories

City and business directories are available online from all over the U.S. and Canada and are what I consider another important set of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

This activity of presenting links is a collaborative effort between The Ancestor Hunt and Miriam Robbins, who for years has made available the Online Historical Directories website, which presents links to directories of all types that are available online, including free collections as well as those available only via subscription. I wish to thank Miriam for her help in launching this category of records at The Ancestor Hunt.

So, what kinds of directories are available to the researcher?  Naturally city and business directories, but also telephone directories, and alumni, farm, lodge, rural, and social directories.

What can you find in these records? How about:

  • Full names, including middle names
  • Spouse name
  • Occupation
  • Widows, working women, and adult children at home.
  • Maps
  • Businesses (and index to advertisers).
  • Addresses and maps of churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, newspapers.
  • Whether a woman is a widow (including name of husband).
  • List of marriages and deaths of previous year.
  • Death date.
  • etc.

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching historical city and other directories:​

Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. Please make sure that you are signed in to FamilySearch, in order to take full advantage of the collections that are available.

(Updated July, 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)

Links to these free collections are presented initially with countrywide and provincewide collections, followed in alphabetical order by city or county. Please note that many of the counties no longer exist, but are now districts or regional municipalities. Generally, the publishing company is included in the reference to the collection, along with the collection title, and the date(s) of the directory:

Countrywide

Provincewide

Chambly

Eastern Quebec

Hull

Huntingdon

Laval

Longueuil

Montreal

Quebec City

Rive Sud (South Shore)

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Sherbrooke

Trois-Rivières

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free Quebec Links, click on the category of interest:​​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories

Free Online British Columbia City Directories

City and business directories are available online from all over the U.S. and Canada and are what I consider another important set of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

This activity of presenting links is a collaborative effort between The Ancestor Hunt and Miriam Robbins, who for years has made available the Online Historical Directories website, which presents links to directories of all types that are available online, including free collections as well as those available only via subscription. I wish to thank Miriam for her help in launching this category of records at The Ancestor Hunt.

So, what kinds of directories are available to the researcher?  Naturally city and business directories, but also telephone directories, and alumni, farm, lodge, rural, and social directories.

What can you find in these records? How about:

  • Full names, including middle names
  • Spouse name
  • Occupation
  • Widows, working women, and adult children at home.
  • Maps
  • Businesses (and index to advertisers).
  • Addresses and maps of churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, newspapers.
  • Whether a woman is a widow (including name of husband).
  • List of marriages and deaths of previous year.
  • Death date.
  • etc.

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching historical city and other directories:​

Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. Please make sure that you are signed in to FamilySearch, in order to take full advantage of the collections that are available.

(Updated July 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)

Links to these free collections are presented initially with countrywide and provincewide collections, followed in alphabetical order by city or county. Please note that many of the counties no longer exist, but are now districts or regional municipalities. Generally, the publishing company is included in the reference to the collection, along with the collection title, and the date(s) of the directory:

Countrywide

Provincewide

Chilliwack

Cranbrook and East Kootenay

Fraser Valley

Kamloops

Kelowna

Kootenay

Nanaimo

Nelson

New Westminster

Okanagan

Penticton

Prince George

Prince Rupert

Revelstoke

Rossland

Saanich Peninsula

Vancouver

Vernon

Victoria

West Kootenay

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free British Columbia Links, click on the category of interest:​​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories

Free Online Newfoundland and Labrador City Directories

City and business directories are available online from all over the U.S. and Canada and are what I consider another important set of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

This activity of presenting links is a collaborative effort between The Ancestor Hunt and Miriam Robbins, who for years has made available the Online Historical Directories website, which presents links to directories of all types that are available online, including free collections as well as those available only via subscription. I wish to thank Miriam for her help in launching this category of records at The Ancestor Hunt.

So, what kinds of directories are available to the researcher?  Naturally city and business directories, but also telephone directories, and alumni, farm, lodge, rural, and social directories.

What can you find in these records? How about:

  • Full names, including middle names
  • Spouse name
  • Occupation
  • Widows, working women, and adult children at home.
  • Maps
  • Businesses (and index to advertisers).
  • Addresses and maps of churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, newspapers.
  • Whether a woman is a widow (including name of husband).
  • List of marriages and deaths of previous year.
  • Death date.
  • etc.

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching historical city and other directories:​

Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. Please make sure that you are signed in to FamilySearch, in order to take full advantage of the collections that are available.

(Updated July 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)

Links to these free collections are presented initially with countrywide and provincewide collections, followed in alphabetical order by city or county. Please note that many of the counties no longer exist, but are now districts or regional municipalities. Generally, the publishing company is included in the reference to the collection, along with the collection title, and the date(s) of the directory:

Countrywide

Provincewide

Bell Island

Carbonear, Harbour Grace and The City of St. John’s

Corner Brook

St. Johns

Stephenville

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free Newfoundland and Labrador Links, click on the category of interest:​​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories

Free Online Prince Edward Island City Directories

City and business directories are available online from all over the U.S. and Canada and are what I consider another important set of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

This activity of presenting links is a collaborative effort between The Ancestor Hunt and Miriam Robbins, who for years has made available the Online Historical Directories website, which presents links to directories of all types that are available online, including free collections as well as those available only via subscription. I wish to thank Miriam for her help in launching this category of records at The Ancestor Hunt.

So, what kinds of directories are available to the researcher?  Naturally city and business directories, but also telephone directories, and alumni, farm, lodge, rural, and social directories.

What can you find in these records? How about:

  • Full names, including middle names
  • Spouse name
  • Occupation
  • Widows, working women, and adult children at home.
  • Maps
  • Businesses (and index to advertisers).
  • Addresses and maps of churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, newspapers.
  • Whether a woman is a widow (including name of husband).
  • List of marriages and deaths of previous year.
  • Death date.
  • etc.

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching historical city and other directories:​

Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. Please make sure that you are signed in to FamilySearch, in order to take full advantage of the collections that are available.

(Updated July 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)

Links to these free collections are presented initially with countrywide and provincewide collections, followed in alphabetical order by city or county. Please note that many of the counties no longer exist, but are now districts or regional municipalities. Generally, the publishing company is included in the reference to the collection, along with the collection title, and the date(s) of the directory:

Countrywide

Provincewide

Charlottetown

​Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

​For other Free Prince Edward Island Links, click on the category of interest:​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories

Free Online Alberta City Directories

City and business directories are available online from all over the U.S. and Canada and are what I consider another important set of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

This activity of presenting links is a collaborative effort between The Ancestor Hunt and Miriam Robbins, who for years has made available the Online Historical Directories website, which presents links to directories of all types that are available online, including free collections as well as those available only via subscription. I wish to thank Miriam for her help in launching this category of records at The Ancestor Hunt.

So, what kinds of directories are available to the researcher?  Naturally city and business directories, but also telephone directories, and alumni, farm, lodge, rural, and social directories.

What can you find in these records? How about:

  • Full names, including middle names
  • Spouse name
  • Occupation
  • Widows, working women, and adult children at home.
  • Maps
  • Businesses (and index to advertisers).
  • Addresses and maps of churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, newspapers.
  • Whether a woman is a widow (including name of husband).
  • List of marriages and deaths of previous year.
  • Death date.
  • etc.

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching historical city and other directories:​

Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. Please make sure that you are signed in to FamilySearch, in order to take full advantage of the collections that are available.

(Updated July 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)

Links to these free collections are presented initially with countrywide and provincewide collections, followed in alphabetical order by city or county. Please note that many of the counties no longer exist, but are now districts or regional municipalities. Generally, the publishing company is included in the reference to the collection, along with the collection title, and the date(s) of the directory:

Countrywide

Provincewide

Airdrie and District

Altario

Athabasca

Banff

Barrhead

Big Valley

Blackfalds

Bonnyville

Brooks

Calgary

Camrose

Caroline

Castor

Clive

Coronation

Crossfield

Crowsnest Pass

Didsbury

Drayton Valley

Drumheller

Eckville

Edmonton

Fort McMurray

Fort Saskatchewan

High River

Innisfail District

Leslieville

Lethbridge

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat and Redcliff

Northern District

Olds

Peace River

Red Deer

Rimby

Rocky Mountain House

Sherwood Park

Spruce Grove

Spruce View

St. Albert

Stettler

Stony Plain

Sundre

Sylvan Lake

Vegreville

Veteran

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

​For other Free Alberta Links, click on the category of interest:​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories