THE UTAH DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS WEBSITE
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ABSTRACT: The Utah Digital Newspapers website is operated by the University of Utah Marriott Library and consists of scans of newspapers published in the state of Utah. Their goal is to digitize and post every issue of every newspaper ever published in Utah. It is free to everyone and is completely
searchable, so you can type in your name, or an ancestor's, and find every
newspaper it occurs in. They already have millions of pages of
newspapers online and many small-town newspapers are complete now. These have a wealth of local information about families there and their visitors. This class will show how
to search and download articles from the website. Some other states have similar programs. The notes for
this class and related articles, all with active links, are posted on
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
- Instructor is Donald R. Snow (email@example.com)
of Provo and St. George, Utah.
- The notes, and related information in other articles, are posted
, all with active internet links.
- Tips: (1) To put an icon on your desktop for these
notes, or any webpage, just drag the icon from in front of the
address in your browser onto your desktop. (2) To open a
link, but keep your place in these notes, hold down the Control key
while clicking the link.
- The problem for today: What is the Utah Digital Newspapers website and how do you use it?
- Began in the 1600s in the U.S.
- Are public records so they can be cited freely, unlike recent vital records which are not public
- Besides news articles, names in newspapers may be in vital records, obituaries, classified ads, legal notices, and many other places.
- A helpful compilation of U.S. historical newspaper links is the Ancestor Hunt Newspaper page -- https://www.theancestorhunt.com/newspaper-research-links.html
THE UTAH DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS WEBSITE
- Website is https://digitalnewspapers.org/ -- Sponsored by the Marriott Library at the University of Utah with grants from agencies and donations
- Has 3.5 million pages of Utah newspapers online now and working to
digitize evey issue of every newspaper ever published in Utah
- The "About" button (top cemter) gives the history and
acknowledgements about the entire project
- The "Papers Scanned" button (near top left)
- Shows newspapers scanned so far - 3.5 million pages
- Organized by county in the state, but see the Caveat
- Blocks are 10-year intervals from 1850 to 2020 and
bars in them show years of that paper done now
- To see later years use right and left
arrow keys -- no way to see the entire chart at
- For more info about a newspaper click its title
in the left column
- Caveat: use CTRL+F (for Find) and type in the
name of the newspaper you are looking for since the counties are wrong for many newspapers,
e.g. the Dixie State University student newspaper is
listed in Salt Lake County and the
Brigham Young University student newspaper
is listed in Box Elder County.
- Help button -- gives info on how to search and
how to download information
- Text is searchable due every page being OCR'd (Optical Character Recognized) -- OCR is mostly, but not entirely accurate
- Use quotes to find exact expressions, e.g. Eldon Snow finds 1000s of hits, but "Eldon Snow"finds the words in that order
- Be sure to try variants of the name, e.g. "Eldon Snow", "Eldon S. Snow", "Eldon Stafford Snow", "Snow, Eldon", etc.
- You can browse any papers that you want to and this will give you information about that area.
- It's usually helpful to download the pdf of the entire page, so you can work with it to clip the article you want on your own computer.
- Long articles can be cut into pieces and placed
side-by-side -- see notes and articles on my website
about how to do this
- Labeling articles -- use a system so you can find
it on your computer - My system is SurnameGivenNames(BirthYear-DeathYear)-
[ext]; dates are written in International Date Format YYYY-MM-DD so they sort chronologically -- see details in other notes on my webpage
- If you ever lived in Utah or had relatives that did, try searching for them, since most people will be mentioned in some newspaper somewhere.
- Newspapers are major sources of public information, including vital records, since newspapers are public and official vital records are not.
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