The Houston Herald is Digitized and Now Available Online for 1881-2016

The following teaser is from the August 8, 2016 edition of the Houston Herald.

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More than 83,000 pages of past issues of the Houston Herald are available on the publication’s website this week, marking the completion of a project that started last fall.

It is believed to be the most complete digital archive among weekly newspapers in the state.

The Herald has chronicled the history of the area since 1878.

The searchable collection begins in May 1881 and extends until this year. Users click the “archives” tab on the home page at houstonherald.com.

Searchable images show each week’s newspaper, and allows a user to complete a detailed search for information, save a clipping into their own scrapbook and share the information by email, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or embed the clipping on a website.

Read the full article.

Note that subscribers to the paper have access to the digitized data. Newspapers.com is hosting the data, so I expect to see it there.

Old Staten Island Newspapers Now Online

The following excerpt is from the June 27, 2016 edition of silive.com:

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Those who believe those “Print is Dead” rumors might want to reconsider.

The oldest Staten Island newspapers, like the Richmond County Advance, are now available at www.NYPL.org/SINewspapers in PDF format. There are more than 250 pages of scanned newspaper articles, going back to the 1890s.

“We are thrilled that this project brings together forward-thinking community partners like the New York Public Library, Staten Island Museum and the Staten Island Advance,” says Ed Wiseman, executive director of Historic Richmond Town. “Through this partnership you can point, click or swipe through thousands of local news pages from anywhere in the world. And the best thing —this trove of ‘current events’ is now totally searchable.”

Read the full article.

Ancestry Collaborates with Gannett to Digitally Archive More Than 80 U.S. Newspapers

Written by BusinessWire on 27 August 2015 – Ancestry announced its collaboration with Gannett Co., Inc. to digitize more than 80 daily newspapers across the nation.

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Newspapers.com, an Ancestry business unit, and Gannett will provide a historical newspaper viewing experience complete with full text search, clipping and sharing features. Together, they expect to deliver more than 100 million full-page images of historical newspapers in a simple, easy-to-use online archive.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Gannett to deliver newspapers from the past directly to subscribers’ devices, allowing them to step back in time and experience the news as it was happening on that day, from new babies and marriages to war updates and other major news events,” stated Brent Carter, senior director of business development at Newspapers.com.

Through this collaboration, more than four million searchable pages of The Cincinnati Enquirer were made available online. Newspapers.com and Gannett will begin the rollout phase of all public archives of more than 80 daily newspapers, including Detroit Free Press, The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Tennessean and many others to follow. Each archive will ultimately include every available page from the first date of publication up to issues from 30 days ago.

Each new archive will be accessible through an “Archives” link in the newspaper’s primary online navigation, mobile Web site and native mobile app. Archives will be updated on a regular basis with content from the previous month. Gannett digital subscribers will have access to the most recent two years of content included in full-access subscriptions. Complete archives will be available to everyone with an affordable monthly or annual subscription.

“This collaboration is a significant value add for our subscribers. We share a commitment to providing individuals with information about the people and events that shaped their history and are excited that this joint effort will unlock new ways for people to discover and share that information,” stated Maribel Perez Wadsworth, chief strategy officer at Gannett.

Wright Brothers Newspapers to Be Posted Online

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My father was proud of the fact that he was born before the Wright brothers made their famous “first flight” – being born October 11, 1903. He commented on it often. Of course, by December, the Wright brothers had made history, and dad hadn’t done much yet, but that’s beside the point.

The Wright brothers are not remembered for their printing business, but between 1899 and 1899, they printed a number of publications and newspapers. This was before they started their bicycle business.

“Special Collections and Archives in the Wright State University Libraries and the Dayton Metro Library have partnered together to create an online archive of the most complete run of Wright Brothers newspapers available to date. Both the Dayton Metro Library and WSU’s Special Collections and Archives house original issues of the Wright Brothers newspapers. By combining the two collections in an online archive, this valuable resource will be available in a readily accessible format worldwide.”

“…the Wright Brothers’ newspapers will be available in digital format on both Wright State’s CORE Scholar and on the Dayton Metro Library’s Dayton Remembers digital image site, thus making the newspapers accessible in not one, but two, online locations.”

Read the Wright State University announcement of May 11, 2015 about the digitization project.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Father & Daughter (my mom) Reunited After 43 Years

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Fifty-six years ago last month, a daughter was reunited with her father who she hadn’t seen for 43 years – not since she was less than 5 years old. That daughter was my mother, nee Virginia Cornett Feller. I was reminded of the reunion while searching for Meitzlers at Newspapers.com last evening.

The event is a bit hazy in my mind as I was only (almost) 7 at the time. However, I remember my mother leaving for a trip and being gone for a while. During the period mom was gone, I went to stay with my 1st-grade school teacher, Mrs. Aufderhaur, who, with her husband, lived in housing at Auburn Academy in Auburn, Washington. My mother’s meeting her father was a big deal for our family, and Neal Cornett (see photo below) became an integral part of our lives for the next 20 years. I thought it was cool to have a grandfather, something I’d never known before. I guess the press thought it was a big deal too, as the AP picked up the story and the news is found in various newspapers published around the country.

The article that caught my eye last night was published in the 26 March 1957 edition of the Greely Daily Tribune. What brought it to my attention again was that I just happened to buy an annual subscription to Newspapers.com while at RootsTech a few days ago. As a long-time Footnote.com subscriber, I was given a small discount on my Newspapers.com subscription. I’ve been very busy, and this was my first opportunity to search for relatives.
Marvin Neal Cornett - from Real Photo Postcard - taken between 1918 & 1930 based on the stamp box.
Newspapers.com allows for simple and advanced searches. I can search for a name, or by doing an advanced search, I can search for a specific place, and even limit the dates searched. I found that after doing my search, if I check the left-hand column I see a map showing where the name is found (by state), and below that, the number of entries found per state. I can see the hits for any of those states by clicking on their link. The results page shows a small teaser clipping of each hit, along with the name and place where the newspaper was published, as well as the day and date of the paper. Finally – the number of hits in that paper is listed.

Searches on Newspapers.com are free, and the results teaser often give the searcher enough information to know if that “hit” might be one that will expand their family history. Click on any of the links in this article to do a free search, and see for yourself how the info in the above paragraph might apply to your own family history.

On a personal level, a couple of the things that are nice about Newspapers.com is the “Clipping aspect of the program, allowing the user to “clip” the relevent portion of the paper and save it to a personal “Clipping” portion of the site. I can also save a clipping to Pinterest, which I’m just getting started with. My plan is to set up a Pinterest board for each of my family’s immigrants and their descendents. But that’s another topic!

Another thing that I did while at RootsTech was to establish an affiliate relationship with Newspapers.com, so if people click on my links to the site, and then happen to subscribe, I will receive a portion of the subscription fee. That’s the way affiliate relationships work. While not bringing in a lot of money, they do help to defray the expenses of producing GenealogyBlog.com.

Now… with that said, I’m going back to searching… I’ve found all kinds of things I’ve not seen before about my family, and I know there’s a lot more to come, for according to the website, there are currently over 38 million pages from over 1100 US newspapers, all dated from the 1700s–2000s to search.