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Friday, August 7, 2009

A platinum find -- Historic Newspapers Online


For the past few weeks I have been looking for more digitized images of genealogical source material online. I felt like I had hit the jackpot when I discovered the Historical Newspapers Online, a comprehensive and current database of Websites with digitized newspaper images. The site is maintained by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and it is worth exploring by any genealogist. The extensive list of newspaper sites is part of a larger section of history databases available through the same University of Pennsylvania Website.

Some of the Websites are commercial and require a subscription, others are freely available. Some of the files are limited to PDF images, others have JPEGs. Through this site, I found ICON: International Coalition on Newspapers with another comprehensive list of international newspaper digitization projects with links organized by country. There was also an indirect link to the Library of Congress' Chronicling America, another major collection of digitized images.

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