NEWSPAPERS IN FAMILY HISTORY

2014 by Donald R. Snow
Sections of the Class Notes This page was last updated 2014-03-31.
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    WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

  1. Instructor is Donald R. Snow ( snowd@math.byu.edu ) of Provo and St. George, Utah.
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  4. Newspapers started in the U.S. in 1690 (see Library of Congress website below) and are a rich source of genealogy data.  This class will discuss some ways of finding and using that information.
  5. WHY NEWSPAPERS ARE IMPORTANT

  6. PowerPoint with examples
  7. Obituaries and vital records such as births, marriages, deaths, divorces -- some newspapers give lists of vital records at end of year
  8. News articles and photos -- school, military, current events, both local and worldwide  
  9. Social and society columns
  10. Legal notices and public announcements 
  11. Historical information in newspapers like The New York Times and The London Times
  12. Classified ads -- e.g. "Search for Missing Friends" Irish ads in The Boston Pilot -- http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=263 
  13. Good sources of stories about people
  14. NEWSPAPERS ONLINE - FREE

  15. Linkpendium -- http://www.linkpendium.com -- major listing of US newspapers in each state, county, and town
  16. BYU Library Newspaper Links -- http://sites.lib.byu.edu/familyhistory/ > http://sites.lib.byu.edu/familyhistory/periodicals/ 
  17. BYU-I Library Newspaper Links -- http://libguides.byui.edu/content.php?pid=9726&sid=80620
  18. Utah newspapers
    1. Utah Digital Newspapers -- http://digitalnewspapers.org/ 
    2. Pioneer Library website -- http://pioneer.utah.gov/news/index.html
    3. Pioneer Library Research Guides -- http://pioneer.utah.gov/research/guides/genealogy.html
    4. Deseret News Archives - 1850-1987 -- http://www.deseretnews.com/archives -- To search Deseret News Archives you can also go to their current website -- -- http://www.deseretnews.com/utah -- enter search terms (upper right corner). click on pick arrow and select Archives 1850-1987, then click on the magnifying glass Search button -- not all back issues of the Deseret News are posted there yet 
  19. Library of Congress Digital Collections -- http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html -- and Chronicling America -- http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ 
  20. National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) -- http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/ 
  21. Wikipedia list of newspapers and links -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_online_newspaper_archives
  22. NewspaperCat -- http://www.theancestorhunt.com/1/post/2013/09/newspaper-cat-the-easy-way-to-find-where-the-online-newspapers-are.html and additional information and links at -- http://www.theancestorhunt.com/newspapers.html
  23. Online Historical Newspapers Website -- https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/
  24. GENUKI -- http://www.genuki.org.uk/ -- UK and Ireland
  25. RootsWeb -- http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/news/ -- Search all or by newspaper
  26. US GenWeb -- http://www.usgenweb.org/ -- Go to state > county > city
  27. Cyndislist -- http://www.cyndislist.com > Newspapers
  28. US Newspaper List -- http://www.usnpl.com/ 
  29. Internet Public Library -- http://www.ipl.org/
  30. Old New York newspapers -- http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html -- can search many old New York newspapers, including the New York Times; read the FAQ before using it 
  31. Small Town Papers -- http://www.smalltownpapers.com/ -- list of several hundred current small town newspapers with archives
  32. The Olden Times Historic Newspapers Online -- http://theoldentimes.com/index.html
  33. FamilySearch Catalog (used to be called the Family History Library Catalog) -- https://familysearch.org/ -- do keyword search for things like "newspapers utah" (without the quotes)
  34. Google Newspapers -- http://news.google.com/newspapers -- and Google News Archive -- http://www.google.com/archivesearch  (Wait for the search box to open.) -- also see more info about Google Archives Search at  https://support.google.com/news/answer/1638638?hl=en  and Google Newspapers at  http://www.davescomputertips.com/huge-archive-of-digitalized-newspapers/
  35. Michigan State U Guide to Historical Newspaper Databases -- http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/newspaperguide
  36. Illinois Newpaper Project (INP) -- http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/database.php-- has more than just Illinois newspapers
  37. California Digital Newspaper Collection -- http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc
  38. Quincy (Illinois) Public Library website -- http://www.quincylibrary.org > Reference and Research tab
    1. Historical Newspaper Archive -- many articles about the Mormons in Nauvoo
    2. US National Newspaper websites -- links to many current national newspapers
  39. Obituary searches -- http://www.legacy.com/ns/termsofuse.aspx
  40. New York Times photos -- http://livelymorgue.tumblr.com

    NEWSPAPERS ONLINE - COMMERCIAL (Some Are Free at FHC's)

  41. Genealogy Bank ($) -- http://www.genealogybank.com/ -- large collection of historic newspapers; can search and see snippets for free; claims that 95% of its newspapers are only on this website and not elsewhere
  42. Godfrey Memorial Library ($) -- http://www.godfrey.org/ -- free at FHC's -- includes the following:
    1. Newspaper Archive ($) -- http://newspaperarchive.com/Default.aspx -- claims to be the largest online newspaper archive, includes several New York City newspapers, including the New York Times archive through 1857-1909
    2. London (Digital) Times ($) -- http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/ -- also on Fold3
    3. World Vital Records ($) -- http://worldvitalrecords.com/ 
    4. Newspaper Archive and World Vital Records are also available in FHC's through the FHC Portal -- see the KnowledgeBase document ID 106761 --  https://help.familysearch.org/publishing/699/106761_f.SAL_Public.html 
  43. Gale Digital Collections ($) -- http://www.gale.cengage.com/DigitalCollections/ -- search "Products by Name" to see newspapers
  44. Newpapers.com ($) -- http://www.newspapers.com 
  45. Ancestry's Newspaper Collection ($) -- http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/default.aspx?rt=38 -- or go to Ancestry's Home page > Search > Stories & Publications > Newspapers & Periodicals -- free at FHC's
  46. The British Newspaper Archive ($) -- http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk -- commercial, but you get a few pages free
  47. Last Chance To Read ($) -- http://www.lastchancetoread.com -- 18th and 19th Century British newspapers
  48. Fold3 ($) -- http://www.fold3.com/ -- owned by Ancestry; mostly military records, but includes some newspapers -- free at FHC's
  49. World Vital Records ($) -- http://worldvitalrecords.com/ -- click on Card Catalog (right-hand side) > Newspaper Archive Collection -- free at FHC's
  50. Personalized Newspaper Gifts ($) -- http://www.simplypersonalized.com/newspaper-gifts/ -- sells newspapers of various dates, etc.

    CURRENT NEWSPAPER WEBSITES

  51. Newspaper websites with archives worldwide -- http://www.refdesk.com/paper.html 
  52. New York Times -- http://www.nytimes.com/ -- free registration, but they charge for some articles; starts with first NY Times in 1851 -- knowing the date and title you may be able to find the same article for free on other websites  
  53. Chicago Tribune 1852 - Present -- http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/advancedsearch.html
  54. Toronto Star -- http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/about.html -- free archives only goes back to 1985
  55. Los Angeles Times -- http://www.latimes.com/  -- free registration
  56. Salt Lake Deseret News -- http://www.deseretnews.com/utah -- To search Deseret News Archives enter search terms (upper right corner). click on pick arrow and select Archives 1850-1987, then click on the Search button (the magnifying glass)
  57. Salt Lake Tribune -- http://www.sltrib.com/  
  58. St. George Spectrum -- http://www.thespectrum.com/ 
  59. You may be able to find ethnic and trade-type newspapers, e.g. Polish language in Chicago and Carpenters Union newspapers in various places
  60. For links to early vital records in Utah newspapers see Don's class notes on LDS & Utah Records on http://uvtagg.org > Class Outlines > Don Snow's Listings
  61. ARTICLES ABOUT NEWSPAPERS IN FAMILY HISTORY

  62. Many newspapers are not online, only in paper, microfilm, microfiche format, etc. -- search  http://www.worldcat.org/  to see where located
  63. FamilySearch Wiki -- https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Main_Page -- do a search for something like "newspapers idaho" (without the quotes)
  64. Articles by Kimberly Powell and from About.com 
    1. "7 Tips for Searching Digitized Newspapers" -- http://genealogy.about.com/od/newspapers/tp/news_search_tips.htm?nl=1
    2. "Family History in the News" -- http://genealogy.about.com/cs/newspapers/a/news_research_2.htm?nl=1 
    3. http://genealogy.about.com/od/newspapers/Newspapers.htm 
    4. http://genealogy.about.com/od/historic_online/Historic_Newspapers_Online.htm
  65. US Newspaper Program --http://www.neh.gov/projects/usnp.html
  66. Readex Newspaper Archive -- http://www.newsbank.com/readex/index.cfm?content=343 -- Click on Digital Collections (upper left side) for Archive of Americana
  67. Dick Eastman on digitizing small town newspapers -- http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2011/11/savingourscom-dedicated-to-digitizing-small-town-newspapers.html
  68. British Newspapers 1800-1900
    1. British newspapers 1800-1900 --http://newspapers.bl.uk/blcs/
    2. Dick Eastman -- http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2009/05/british-newspapers-18001900-online.html

      CHALLENGE

  1. See if you can find a digitized newspaper online that mentions you or one of your ancestors or the town they lived in.
  2. If you have Utah ancestors, try searching for their names in the Utah Digital Newspapers.

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