A Perfect Example Why You Should Search for Photos Online

As genealogy researchers, we aspire to see what our ancestors looked like – what they wore, their surroundings, where they lived, etc. Sometimes the names of the individuals are cited in these photo archives and sometimes not.  So as another benefit we may find additional ancestors with the same surnames, even though the photo itself […]

College and University Historical Student Newspaper Links in Canada

As you know, if you have visited this site previously, I have been presenting historical newspaper links to Free online collections in Canada over the past few years. To see all these collections, click on the Newspaper Links tab at the top of this web page. Since the college/university experience is a sizable part of one’s life, […]

Why Use Proximity Searches When Searching Historical Newspapers Online

When researching historical newspapers online, we often have some basic capabilities used by most of the underlying search engines. For example, one basic search that all of the search engines have is to enter one or multiple words in your search box. For multiple words, the engine generally assumes that without entering search operators such […]

Historical Shanghai Jewish World War II Era Newspapers Online

Prior to 1935 or so, I had approximately a dozen ancestors/relatives living in or around Berlin. As they were Jewish, their lives were already extremely difficult and about to become impossible.  In the next ten years (from 1935 to 1945), three were murdered in the concentration camps; one died of “natural causes” – he was […]

Find Old Obituaries from Canada

This article has been updated and is more current (with more links).  The current version is Free Online Canada Obituaries and Obituary Indexes. Please use this new link.

Chronicling America Adds Crowdsourcing

Chronicling America, through its new labs.loc.gov capability, is adding crowdsourcing of historic newspaper cartoons and photographs, which will allow users to provide captions for these images. From the announcement of this new feature, entitled “Beyond Words”: “The Library of Congress today launched labs.loc.gov, a new online space that will host a changing selection of experiments, projects, events and […]

6 Best Free U. S. Online Historical Newspaper Collections

I have been an historic newspaper research addict for a long time. In the past several years I have decided to ratchet up my interest and share what I have learned through newspaper research-related blog articles, huge link lists, as well as video tutorials. ​The link lists for each state in the U.S. can be found at […]

A Revealing Interview With Advantage Preservation’s COO Jeff Kiley

I started focusing on newspaper research several years ago, after I discovered that for genealogy purposes, old newspapers could give me interesting information about my ancestors’ life stories that I had no other way to discover. What I also found was that historic newspaper research was not a mainstay research tool for the majority of […]

Virginia Announces Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Online Newspapers

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Newspaper Project have collaborated to make available online, many newspapers published in Virginia from the various Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps throughout the state from 1934 to 1941. The complete announcement of the new collection is available at VNP ANNOUNCES THE CCC. Here is a list of the current Virginia […]

Australia Free Online Historical Newspapers

There are quite a bit of free online historical newspapers from Australia. Most of the links listed below are for totally free access. This article lists links to many online collections. There may be some that you are aware of that are not on this list, so please weigh in in the comments.   The huge national […]