Twenty-Two Million Newspaper Pages and Growing

There’s an excellent article about Tom Tryniski’s website posted at the March 5, 2013 edition of is one of my very favorite websites – one that has allowed me to gather all kinds of interesting information about my Meitzler families in New York State. Currently, I get 754 hits on the name “Meitzler.”

According to the article, the site is now up to 22 million pages. It’s OCR indexed, so searching is easy. Just enter the key words (like a surname) in the search box on the upper right-hand side, and you’re off and running… Following is a teaser from the article.

One computer expert working alone has built a historic newspaper site that’s orders of magnitude bigger and more popular than one created by a federal bureaucracy with millions of dollars to spend. Armed only with a few PCs and a cheap microfilm scanner, Tom Tryniski has played David to the Library of Congress’ Goliath.

Tryniski’s site, which he created in his living room in upstate New York, has grown into one of the largest historic newspaper databases in the world, with 22 million newspaper pages. By contrast, the Library of Congress’ historic newspaper site, Chronicling America, has 5 million newspaper pages on its site while costing taxpayers about $3 per page.[*] In January, visitors to accessed just over 6 million pages while Chronicling America pulled fewer than 3 million views.

Fourteen years ago, Tryniski, a retired engineer, launched his website after a friend loaned him a collection of old postcards of Fulton, New York, the town where he’s lived all his life. He decided to scan and share them online with his neighbors.

Read the full article and watch the video.

Thanks to Jim Epstein, Producer at Reason for the heads-up.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

1 thought on “Twenty-Two Million Newspaper Pages and Growing”

  1. I found the site search at Fulton cumbersome–here’s my tip: just use Google with your search terms, plus Works pretty good for me.

    But even with that issue, the work he’s done is marvelous. It helped me uncover some of the hidden history of my family.

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