Europe Free Online Historical Newspapers

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There are quite a bit of free online historical newspapers from European countries.  There are also some that are subscription-based.

This article will try and list many of the free ones. There may be some that you are aware of that are not on this list, so please weigh in in the comments.  But this is intended to be a “starter” list for those of you with European ancestors.  (Please be aware that a couple in the list below are free to search but require payment to see and download the image)

I would start with the Europeana collection, a collective of several dozen participating partners. There are over 10 million pages available (the list is below).

Some on these lists are indexed and full-text searchable, some are browse only; some have English translation capability, some do not. Some are easy to navigate while others may present quite a challenge.

Please note that these links to free newspaper research sites are accurate at the time of publication. Collection updates may occur (as well as dead links) in the future, both of which are out of my control. It is not the intention of the author (me) to maintain a complete or constantly updated list for all time. In other words, please don’t yell at me if this is not 100% complete and/or accurate forever.

Europeana

A collaboration of 23 member countries libraries and archives that makes over 10 million newspaper pages available for searching.

Austria

Belgium

Croatia

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Slovenia

Spain

Switzerland

United Kingdom


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