Elephind.com is a website with a search engine that searches a number of newspaper collections. According to the website, 1,099,175 Newspapers are searched from 1,034 Newspaper Titles.

Quite a number of newspapers are made available in searchable digital format with a software called Veridan. Veridian makes it easy to search, view and interact with digitized newspaper collections on the internet. It was designed specifically to organize large digitized newspaper collections and make them easily accessible to anyone online. Most of the source collections that are searchable from Elephind.com are Veridian-based collections. Elephind.com uses the same search functionality built for Veridian software, so search results are fast, accurate, and relevant. Elephind.com is hosted entirely “in the cloud”, as are many Veridian-based collections.

The collections are as follows:


  • Trove (National Library of Australia)

New Zealand

  • Papers Past (National Library of New Zealand)
  • Upper Hutt City Library


  • Singapore National Library Board

United States

  • Boston College
  • California Digital Newspaper Collection (UC Riverside)
  • Cambridge Public Library, Massachussets
  • Chronicling America (US Library of Congress)
  • Door County Library
  • Kent State University
  • University of Richmond
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Missouri School of Journalism (Missouri Digital Heritage)

CLICK HERE to see a list of titles by collection (Click on the collection of interest).

I did a search across all the collections and got 313 results for a search on the surname “Meitzler.” All 131 hits came from newspapers within the United States – specifically 122 results from the Chronicling America (US Library of Congress) collection and 9 results from the University of Illinois collection. Neither of these collections have much of anything on my Metizler family, as the papers represented are not from the areas of the country where my Meitzlers lived. However, I certainly found some fascinating stuff, including an article from the Washington Times (July 08, 1908, Last Edition, Page 8, Image 8), about one Melvie Meitzler, who tried to kill herself, claiming abuse by her husband. Click on the illustration to see the article.

Melvie Meitzler

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