National Endowment for the Humanities Launches Chronicling America Data Challenge

The NEH has launched an interesting contest that I believe may be of interest to genealogists. The Chronicling America site is used extensively by genealogists. What kinds of genealogy projects would fit within the guidelines of the contest? Following is the news release from the NEH.


WASHINGTON (October 28, 2015) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today launched a nationwide contest, challenging members of the public to produce creative web-based projects using data pulled from Chronicling America, the digital repository of historic U.S. newspapers.

The Chronicling America database, created through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, provides free digital access to ten million pages of historically significant newspapers published in the United States between 1836 and 1922.

In a competition posted at, NEH encourages contestants to develop data visualizations, web-based tools, or other innovative web-based projects using the open data found at Chronicling America.

“Chronicling America is an invaluable resource that preserves and makes available to all the first draft of America’s history,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “We at NEH would like to invite hackers of all ages to put their talents toward uncovering and presenting the many treasures to be found in this remarkable collection.”

Entries should uncover trends, display insights, explore a theme, or tell a story. For example, entries using the Chronicling America newspaper data could:

  • Show how local news covered the baseball World Series
  • Trace the development of the motion picture industry in the United States
  • Follow the enactment of amendments to the Constitution
  • Analyze coverage of historic political campaigns
  • Map the travels of a president across the country using local news coverage
  • Show changes in advertising logos or newspaper mastheads over time
  • Track the price or adoption of consumer goods through history
  • Explore tourism in different locations in the United States
  • Examine how Thanksgiving was celebrated in various regions of the country

The Library of Congress has developed a user-friendly Application Program Interface (API) to explore the data contained in Chronicling America data. Entrants must use this API to access the data, but are welcome to use existing software or tools to create their projects, or combine Chronicling America data with other datasets.

NEH will award winning entries $5,000 for First Prize, $3,000 for Second Prize, and $2,000 for Third Prize. NEH may award up to three separate K-12 Student Prizes of $1,000 each. In addition to cash prizes, winners of the contest will be invited to Washington, DC in September 2016 to present their work at an annual National Digital Newspaper Program meeting at NEH headquarters.

The contest closes on June 15, 2016. NEH staff will review entries, and will send the top submissions to a panel of expert judges. NEH will select a judging panel consisting of three outside experts, chosen for their achievements in the humanities and digital humanities. Contest winners will be announced in July 2016.

All contest details, including eligibility and submission requirements, are available at

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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.

Newspaper-300pw, 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

Through this collaboration, more than four million searchable pages of The Cincinnati Enquirer were made available online. 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.

644,000 New Records & Newspaper Articles At FindMyPast

The following is from the June 26, 2015 FindMyPast Friday Announcement at FindMyPast:


Australia Convict ships 1786-1849

Containing over 188,000 records, Australia Convict ships 1786-1849 date back the ships of First Fleet and include the details of some of the earliest convict settlers in New South Wales. These records are made up of five separate sets of musters and indents held by the the State Records Authority of New South Wales. They do not cover every convict who arrived in Australia on those early ships as many have been lost or scattered to other places. Indents records were used in the early settlements to keep track of the convict population while musters lists of who was on board a ship were taken at the port of embarkation.

Each record contains a transcript and a black and white image of original documents. Indents can include a variety of information about individual convicts such as their native place, details of their offence and sentence, a physical description and details of their family members. Musters usually only give a name, date and place of trial and sentence. Musters were also taken after disembarkation.

Australia Convict Conditional and Absolute Pardons 1791-1867

Containing almost 27,000 records, the Australia Convict Conditional and Absolute Pardons 1791-1867 list the details of convicts who built new lives in New South Wales. The records list the details of pardons by the Governor and date back to the earliest days of the colony. Pardons were generally handed out to convicts serving life sentences but in the earliest years of the colony the Governor had the power to grant both free and conditional pardons as rewards for good behavior, for special skills or for carrying out special duties or tasks. Conditional pardons meant that a convict was free as long as they stayed within the colony, known as “Government limits”. Most convicts received a conditional pardon. Absolute pardons meant that a convict’s sentence was completely remitted. They were free with no conditions and could move beyond the limits of the colony or even return to Britain.

Each record contains a transcript and an image of original documents. As well as listing the names of pardoned convicts, the records also include the name of the ship they arrived on, the term of the sentence they served , any additional notes, and details of their release.

New South Wales Registers Of Convicts’ Applications To Marry 1825-1851

New South Wales Registers Of Convicts’ Applications To Marry 1825-1851 contains over 26,000 records. Convicts in Australian penal colonies were actually encouraged to marry as Governors believed that marriage and family life were good for both the morality and stability. Convicts who did marry could apply for tickets of leave or pardons as well as assistance in establishing a household. In the early years of the colonies, many convicts married even if they had wives or husbands back home. The Governor had to give permission before any marriage could take place and copies of the banns would be sent by the local clergy to the Colonial Secretary.

Each record contains a transcript as well as an image of the original document. The registers list the convict’s name, the name of their spouse, their profession and the length of their sentence as well as the sip they arrived on and when they were given their freedom. Some approved marriages did not go ahead so you might find more than one successful application for your ancestor.

Victoria Prison Registers 1855-1960

Over 7,000 records have been added to our collection of Victoria Prison Registers 1855-1948. The new additions are taken from the Central Register of Female Prisoners, held by the Public Record Office Victoria. The register kept a record of prisoners that passed through Pentridge prison in Coburg, Victoria. Pentridge was built in 1850 and was the central prison in the Melbourne region from about 1860. Each record includes a transcripts and scanned image of the original registers and many include mug shot photographs of individual’s prisoners.

They list fascinating details about not only the prisoners’ offences, sentences and incarceration, but also biographical information such as their name, date of birth, country of origin and occupation. Remarks on the register may also include the name of the ship on which the prisoner arrived if they were not born in Australia.

Sligo Workhouse Admission and Discharge Registers 1848-1859

Containing of over 9,000 records, the Sligo workhouse registers 1848-1859 consist of handwritten registers taken by the Sligo Union workhouse, one of three workhouses in the County Sligo. Levels of poverty in Ireland were far higher than in England and the workhouse was often an inescapable part of life that would have touched many, if not most Irish families. They were designed for the most destitute of the poor who could not support themselves. Conditions were harsh and inhuman. Inmates were stripped of their dignity, they were no longer a person but instead a pauper inmate.

The records pre-date civil registration and will be valuable resource to those with Sligo ancestors given the lack of 19th century census material available in Ireland. Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original document. The registers list the names of new arrivals and details including their age, occupation, religion, any illnesses or infirmities, family members, local parish, their condition on arrival (usually describing clothes or cleanliness) and when they were discharged or died.

Clare Poor Law Unions Board Of Guardians Minute Books

Containing over 63,000 records, the Clare Board of Guardian Books were taken from the Kilrush and Ennistymon unions, two of eight poor law unions located in County Clare. The minute books recorded weekly reports on the number of inmates, new arrivals, births, deaths and discharges. They also recorded expenditures including food supplies and salaries as well as the number of inmates receiving medical treatments.

Each record contains a transcript and an image of the original handwritten minutes. The amount of information contained in the image can be considerable. The minute books recorded what was said at each meeting of the Board of Guardians, including correspondence and contracts but also individual cases that came before the Board. These include the day-to-day running of the workhouses, disciplinary matters concerning both staff and inmates, individual case histories, foundling children’s fostering and upkeep and the hiring of foster mothers and wet nurses.

Irish newspaper update

Over 308,000 new articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers. Substantial additions have been made to Saunder’s News-Letter, a title that dates all the way back to 18th century Ireland and now contains nearly 950,000 fully searchable articles.

The entire collection now covers over 175 years of Irish history (1748-1924) and contains over 9.1 million articles from 72 national, local and regional titles from every province and major city in Ireland.

North West Kent Baptisms

Nearly 2,000 new records have been added to our collection of North West Kent parish baptisms. The new additions were transcribed by the North West Kent Family History Society and cover the parish of Southfleet.

Each baptism includes a transcript of the original parish record. The amount of information listed may vary, but most records will include the child’s name, date of birth, date of baptism, place of baptism, mother’s name, father’s name, father’s occupation, residence and any additional notes.

North West Kent Marriages

Over 500 records have been added to our collection of North West Kent parish marriages. The new additions were transcribed by the North West Kent Family History Society and cover the Parish of Southfleet.

Each of the records includes a transcript of the original marriage record. The amount of information listed may vary, but most transcripts will include the couple’s names, date of marriage, place of marriage, marital status, whether they were married by banns or licence and any additional notes.

North West Kent Burials

Over 1,500 burial records have been added to our collection of North West Kent parish records. These new additions were transcribed by the North West Kent Family History Society and cover the Parish of Sothfleet.

Each of the records includes a transcript of the original burial record. The amount of information listed may vary, but most records will include the deceased’s name, burial date, place of burial, residence, age at death, description and any additional notes.

Prisoners of War 1715-1945

Over 71,000 fascinating Prisoner of War records containing the details of American soldiers captured during the War of 1812 have just been released in partnership with the National Archives. The new records form the second phase of the wider Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection, the first phase of which was launched in April with the release of over 43,000 World War 1 records. The records are taken from British Foreign Office, Colonial Office, Admiralty and Air Force papers held by the National Archives.

The latest additions record the details of Danish, French, Prussian and American prisoners captured by British Forces during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. They reveal when and where they were captured, where they were held and many include full physical descriptions such as hair, colour eye colour, build, complexion and any distinguishable marks. Records were also kept of their provisions and the supplies they received for example blankets, clothing, beds, etc. Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original handwritten document. The amount of information in each record can vary depending on the type of document and the amount of detail recorded at the time of the event.

British Newspapers

Over 2.8 million new searchable articles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers. The latest additions include 3 brand new titles, the Cornish Times, Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, Tadcaster Post, and the General Advertiser for Grimstone, as well as substantial updates to 37 existing titles.

The total collection now stands at over 124 million articles and 341 unique titles, covering 245 years of British history (1710-1955).

New “Historic German Newspapers Online”


I spent much of the day searching, translating and printing items from online German newspapers and books. Up until now, I had no idea that so much was available! I’ve been using GenealogyBank and for my research for years, but honestly, I had no clue as to the wealth of historic German-language materials available to me. We all know how valuable U.S. newspapers have been for our research. Well, it works the same way with the Germanic stuff. What was particularly exciting was finding Conrad Meitzler of New Orleans in the 1840s was from Kriegsfeld, Pfalz (Bavaria at the time), the same small town that my great-grandfather, Karl Meitzler, emigrated from in 1849 or 50. I’ve tried to find his origins for years. Puzzle solved… Now – how is Conrad related to me?

Late in 2014, a new book was published titled “Historic German Newspapers Online.” Written by my friend, Ernest Thode, the volume reveals information on over 1900 German-language papers that are found at numerous public, private, and commercial websites. It’s been a busy Winter, and I didn’t get around to studying his book until this week. It now set me off on an adventure that’s not likely to end for a long time.

Most of the papers cited are from Germany and the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, although there are papers cited from as far afield as China and Oklahoma. Citations range from large papers to small, from dailies to weeklies, national papers to local papers, even trade papers, government papers, and occupational papers for saddlers, railroad men, gardeners, bookbinders, and tailors. A single site hosted by the Austrian National Library, for example, has digitized millions of pages in hundreds of titles from Austro-Hungary, with the years 1700-1875 now almost fully digitized, as are World War I newspapers from 1914-1918. Hundreds of other websites are hosted by libraries, universities, museums, and institutions, many with English language interfaces.

As with U.S. research, the genealogical information you can find in these online newspapers is almost limitless. They include notices of births, marriages, and deaths. These vital stats are found in civil registrations, baptisms and wedding announcements from churches, intentions to emigrate, trade news, lists of pupils, appointments to office, promotions, transfers, retirements, deaths, estate sales, lists of hotel guests, and a multitude of everyday notices.

Using the book turned out to be my key to sources I’d never considered before. To find this information in Thode’s book, There are 3 steps – Look for your place of interest in the “Places” section (Pages 19-128) to see what papers are online for your area of interest; then in the “Titles” section (Pages 129-233) find a general description of the paper’s coverage and a citation to the website. Finally find the citation website addresses that are located on pages 11-18. You’ll be amazed at the range of information available to you online in German-language newspapers!

Ernie’s new book is broken up into 4 sections as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Key-Site-URL List
  • Part A: German-language Newspapers Sorted by Current County, Place of Publication, and Title
  • Part B: German-language Newspapers Sorted by Title, Dates and Key

The papers are from the following countries (the number representing the number of titles):

  • Argentina (1)
  • Australia (3)
  • Austria (228)
  • Belgium (8)
  • China (3)
  • Crimea (1)
  • Croatia (7)
  • Czech Republic (43)
  • Egypt (1)
  • England (1)
  • Estonia (3)
  • France (64)
  • Georgia (1)
  • Germany (1162)
  • Hungary (18)
  • Israel; France (1)
  • Italy (25)
  • Latvia (8)
  • Liechtenstein (8)
  • Luxembourg (6)
  • Mexico (1)
  • Montenegro (1)
  • Namibia1 (1)
  • Netherlands (1)
  • Norway (1)
  • Poland (147)
  • Romania (10)
  • Russia (18)
  • Scotland (2)
  • Serbia (1)
  • Slovakia (2)
  • Slovenia (11)
  • Switzerland (33)
  • Tanzania (3)
  • Turkey (1)
  • Ukraine (6)
  • United States (62)
  • Unknown Place (9)

Ernest holds a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a Master’s degree in German from Stamford. He has taught German and English, translated genealogical documents, and was a local history and genealogy librarian for 21 years. He is also the author of the popular book, The German-English Genealogical Dictionary, as well as a number of other works.

Order Historic German Newspapers Online at the FRPC website.

FamilySearch Adds Over 37.9 Million Indexed Records & Images to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, South Africa, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch Logo 2014

FamilySearch adds more than 37.9 million indexed records and images to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 24,405,544 indexed records and 1,244,622 images from the US, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 collection; the 801,893 images from the Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798–1906 collection; and the 38,322 indexed records and 687,456 images from the Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world ís historic genealogical records online at .

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581–1919 – 0 – 16,882 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588–1909 – 0 – 224,761 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582–1914 – 0 – 1,295 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541–1912 – 0 – 153 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798–1906 – 0 – 801,893 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1580–1920 – 0 – 187 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1913 – 0 – 57,710 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582–1910 – 0 – 56,139 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Newfoundland Census, 1935 – 0 – 9,509 – New browsable image collection.

Canada, Newfoundland Census, 1945 – 0 – 7,457 – New browsable image collection.

Canada, Newfoundland, 1921 Census – 0 – 8,415 – New browsable image collection.

Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt Kreisarchiv, City Directories, Citizen Rolls, Residence Lists, and School Directories, 1700–1933 – 0 – 58,139 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 17,770 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Baja Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 24,503 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 3,075 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 -0 103,502 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Escuintla, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 2,355 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877–2006 – 0 – 1,486 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 17,993 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 9,848 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Jalapa, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 42,552 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Jutiapa, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 36,732 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Petén, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 713 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 41,022 New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Quiché, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 70,397 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Retalhuleu, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 550 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 63 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, San Marcos, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 16,730 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Santa Rosa, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 97,101 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Sololá, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 70,746 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Suchitepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 1,312 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Zacapa, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 18,271 – New browsable image collection.

Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Mungkid, District Court Records, 1985–2013 – 0 – 18,256 – Added images to an existing collection.

International, Current index, 2001–2014 – 591,417 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

Italy, Mantova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1496–1906 – 0 – 543,918 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865 – 38,322 – 687,456 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Pescara, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1865–1929 – 0 – 61,597 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Reggio Calabria, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1896–1943 – 0 – 101,272 – New browsable image collection.

Luxembourg, Church Records, 1601–1948 – 0 – 272,699 – New browsable image collection.

South Africa, Transvaal, Estate Files, 1950–1993 – 0 – 191,580 – New browsable image collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 386,819 – 386,819 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection, 1985–2011 – 0 – 5,755 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Delaware, Marriages and Marriage Licenses, 1713–1894 – 5,490 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

US, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953 – 277,734 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Minnesota, Clay and Steele County Obituaries, 1865–2006 – 185,214 – 29,539 – New indexed records and images collection.

US, United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 – 24,405,544 – 1,244,622 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, United States Passport Applications, 1795–1925 – 932,030 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891 – 1,447,421 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, New York, Records of the State National Guard, 1906–1954 – 724,527 – 732,949 – New indexed records and images collection.

US, Texas and Arizona Arrivals, 1903–1910 – 0 – 4,528 – New browsable image collection.

US, Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905–1927 – 76,069 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Wisconsin, Milwaukee Passenger and Crew Lists, 1922–1963 – 0 – 8,049 – New browsable image collection.

Finding Family in the Newspapers – Book Bundle – 30% Off


Locating family in newspapers is always fun and rewarding. This bundle is made up of two popular items dealing with locating family in the papers – one by Lisa Louise Cooke, and the other by William Dollarhide. Family Roots Publishing has discounted the bundle by 30% for 2014 Christmas sales, making it only $20.93 (Reg. 29.90) (plus $5.50 p&h)

This bundle is made up of the following books:

Limited to quantities on hand (less than 50), so order now! Sale ends Midnight PST December 24, 2014 or when FRPC runs out of stock, whichever comes first.

The New York Times Ad Transcription Project – Using the Madison Tool


The New York Times has created a database / digital image project in which they plan to use tens of thousands of volunteers to find, tag and transcribe ads from historic newspapers.

I signed up for the project and immediately began finding what the system thought were most likely ads, and marking them as to whether they really were – and if so, were they single or multiple ads that were shown. Later I switched to Tagging. In that mode I would look at an ad, write in the company name and using a drop-down menu, I’d check what type of product the ad was for (such as: books and publishing, clothing, etc.).

A third choice which I haven’t done yet is to Transcribe the Advertisement.

The following is from their website.

The New York Times archives are full of advertisements that give glimpses into daily life and cultural history. Help us digitize our historic ads by answering simple questions. You’ll be creating a unique resource for historians, advertisers and the public — and leaving your mark on history.

Get started with our collection of ads from the 1960s (additional decades will be opened later)!

Read about it at the New York Times website.

Thanks to the National Genealogical Society for the heads-up.

British Newspaper Archive Reaches 9 Million Pages

The following news release is from Amy Sell:

There are now 9 million historical newspaper pages to explore at The British Newspaper Archive ( after the website reached a major milestone this week.

Product Director Ian Tester commented, ‘We’re thrilled to have reached 9 million pages and have already started chasing the next big milestone. Customers tell us that they’re making amazing discoveries every day, whether they’re researching their family history, the First World War or the history of their local area. Our focus on local titles means that you can find stories from all around the UK and with the recent addition of more Irish titles, we’re becoming a more useful resource all the time’.

The British Newspaper Archive has grown massively since it was launched in November 2011. 282 British and Irish newspaper titles are now online, covering 1710-1954.

45 newspaper titles added so far this year
Thousands of pages are added every week, so coverage will just keep getting better. More than 2 million pages and 45 new titles have been added to The British Newspaper Archive so far this year, including the Daily Mirror, Daily Record, Dublin Monitor, Lancashire Evening Post, London Evening Standard and Sports Argus.

Register for free at to receive monthly updates about what’s being added to the website.

Vote for the newspapers you’d like to see online
Is there something you’d like The British Newspaper Archive to digitise? You can now suggest titles and vote for other people’s suggestions on the website’s feedback forum:

Detroit News Archival Materials Moving to the State Archives of Michigan

If you have Detroit-area ancestry, you’ll be interested to know that The Detroit News is moving their archival collections to the Michigan State Archives. These collections include items that Michigan researchers will want to check out. The following teaser is from the October 20, 2014 edition of


As The Detroit News packs up for the move to our new Fort Street location Friday, staffers have been poring through treasures and oddities from almost 100 years of producing journalism at 615 W. Lafayette Blvd.

Think of it as a cross between “American Pickers,” “History Detectives” and “Hoarders,” if the latter show featured a 141-year-old newspaper instead of someone’s elderly, pack-rat uncle.

The good news is that much of our archival material will be available for the first time for the public to see and use as research, because the bulk of it is going to the state Archives of Michigan, and is being digitized and preserved for our access, and the future.

One of the most interesting tools for genealogists and historians will be 2 million typed index cards that Pulitzer Prize winner David Ashenfelter said are “worth their weight in gold.”

Read the full article.

The British Newspaper Archive Starts Digitizing 8 New Titles

The following news release was received from Amy Sell:

More than 8 million newspaper pages from 1710-1954 are now available to search at The British Newspaper Archive (

In the last month, the website has started digitising the newspaper archives of eight new titles. These cover England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and include the London Evening Standard, Glasgow’s Daily Record and the Northern Whig.

The first years from the following new titles have been added to The British Newspaper Archive:

· Biggleswade Chronicle, covering 1912
· Daily Record, covering 1914-1915
· Lake’s Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser, covering 1864
· London Evening Standard, covering 1860-1862 and 1866-1867
· Newcastle Evening Chronicle, covering 1915
· Northern Whig, covering 1869-1870
· Surrey Comet, covering 1854-1857 and 1859-1870
· Watford Observer, covering 1864-1865, 1867, 1869-1870

You’ll find more information and links to these new additions at

Old Ohio Newspapers Added to the Chronicling America Collection Posted by the Library of Congress

The following is from the July 14, 2014 edition of The Columbus Dispatch:

Democratic Northwest and Henry County News Headlines

A fascinating collection of Ohio’s historic small town newspapers has been digitized and added to the Library of Congress “Chronicling America” website

The Ohio History Connection said the [searchable] newspapers were digitized with a $248,600 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The latest editions will join 40 other papers, and 200,000 pages, published between 1845-1922…

Read the full article.

The following newspapers were added:
Carroll Free Press, 1836, 1841-1858;
Jackson Standard, 1853-1858, 1866-1888 and Jackson Daily Standard, 1873-1874, 1880-1881;
Lower Sandusky Freeman, 1849-1849, Freeman, 1849-1850
Fremont Weekly Freeman, 1850-1853;
(Napoleon) Democratic Northwest, 1881-1894 and Democratic Northwest and Henry County News, 1894-1897
Plymouth Advertiser, 1853-1855.

London & Northern Ireland Military Newspaper Editions from World War II to Debut On Stars and Stripes’ Online Archive


Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 05, 2014 Stars and Stripes first launched its digital archive in 2008 with over 1.0 million newspaper pages spanning 1948 through 1999. Fittingly, the World War II editions will begin to become available on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Originally established in London in 1942 for American military service members, the newspaper staff arrived on the Normandy beaches as part of the D-Day landing. Beginning June 6, editions from London (1942-1945) and Northern Ireland (1943-1945) will be available at Stars and Stripes Newspaper Archives, created in partnership with

The newspaper followed the Allies’ success up from Africa and across Europe into Germany, where its European headquarters is now in Kaiserslautern. Over 30 different editions were produced during the World War II. The Africa and Mediterranean editions (including the invasion of Italy) are planned for release in September 2014, followed by the editions through the end of the war, which are expected to release in December, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

Read the Ress Release at the PR Web site.

Thanks to for the heads-up.

Georgia State University Library Completes Digitization of “The Signal,” the Student Newspaper


Georgia State University Library announced the completion of the digitization of The Signal, Georgia State University’s student newspaper. The digitization included the previous incarnations titled The Technite, The Evening Signal, and The Junior Collegiate. Two Thousand One Hundred Thirty Five (2,135 issues) totaling 34,456 pages, were scanned, described with metadata, and uploaded to the library’s digital collections. Check it out.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

8 Million Newspaper Pages Online at The British Newspaper Archive

The following is from Amy Sell with DC Thomson Family History:


You can now explore 8 million newspaper pages at The British Newspaper Archive ( after the website reached a major milestone today.

While adding editions of the Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Cheshire Observer and The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, the counter on the homepage ticked over to display 8,000,000 pages.

Double the amount available at launch
The amount online has doubled since the website launched with 4 million pages in November 2011. The time period covered now stretches from 1710 – 1954 too, much broader than at launch.

If you’ve tried searching for a person, event or place before without success, it’s well worth trying again now. Visit to try a search for free.

More added all the time
Thousands of pages are added every week, so your chance of finding something amazing increases all the time. 825,000 new pages have already been added so far this year.

You can see a list of the newspaper titles that have been added or updated in the last 30 days at

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership project between the British Library and DC Thomson Family History (formally known as brightsolid online publishing). From November 2011 to 2021, up to 40 million pages from historical newspapers across the UK and Ireland will be uploaded to the website

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection.

FindMyPast Adds New York Marriage & Death Notices from Newspapers


FindMyPast has just announced the addition of marriage and death notices from New York City newspapers. The records cover the years 1835-1880, and come from three key newspapers of the time:

The Brooklyn Eagle,

The New York Herald and

The New York World.

Click on the link to search the database.

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