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Historic Newspapers Online


Research online in these historic newspaper collections from around the world. Most include digital images of the actual newspapers as well as a searchable index. For search tips and strategies (putting in a name doesn't always work!), see 7 Tips for Searching Historic Newspapers Online.

See Also: Historical Newspapers Online - U.S. State Index

1. Chronicling America

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The Library of Congress and NEH first launched this digitized historic newspaper collection in early 2007, with plans to add new content as time and budget permits. The newspapers are fully searchable, and cover the years 1880 to 1910 in several states, including California, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Ultimate plans are to include historically significant newspapers from all states and U.S. territories published between 1836 and 1922.

2. Newspapers.com

I find myself using this newer historical newspaper site from Ancestry.com more and more as they continue to add additional newspapers at a fairly fast rate. The navigation and user interface is much easier to use and more social media friendly than most other newspaper sites, and you can subscribe at a 50% discount if you are also an Ancestry.com subscriber.

3. Newspaper Archive

Tens of millions of fully-searchable, digitized copies of historic newspapers are available online through NewspaperARCHIVE. Over 2.5 million new pages are added each month from newspapers primarily in the United States and Canada. NewspaperARCHIVE (or a portion thereof) can sometimes be found bundled with subscriptions to other genealogy Web sites such as WorldVitalRecords and Godfrey Memorial Library. Subscription, but with a free membership option allowing up to three newspaper page views each day. 

4. GenealogyBank

Search for names and keywords in over 92 million articles, obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements and other items published in more than 500,000 issues of over 1,300 historical U.S. newspapers. New content added monthly. Subscription required.

5. The British Newspaper Archive

This partnership between the British Library and brightsolid online publishing have digitized and scanned millions of newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection and made them available online, with plans to increase the collection to 40 million newspaper pages over the next 10 years. Available stand-alone, or bundled with membership to findmypast.

6. Google Historical Newspaper Search

Google News Archive Search was all but abandoned by Google several years ago but, thankfully for genealogists, they left the previously digitized newspapers online. Poor digitization and OCR makes all but the major headlines virtually unsearchable in many cases, but all can be browsed and the collection is entirely free.

7. Australian Newspapers Online - Trove

Search (full-text) or browse over 7 million pages digitized from Australian newspapers and some magazine titles in each state and territory, with dates ranging from the first Australian newspaper published in Sydney in 1803, to the 1950s when copyright applies. Newly digitized newspapers are added regularly through the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program.

8. ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Free through participating libraries/institutions
This large historical newspaper collection can be accessed online for free through many public libraries and educational institutions. Over 20 million digitized pages in PDF format can be searched or browsed for major newspapers, including The New York Times, Atlanta Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, the Hartford Courant, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. There is also a collection of black newspapers from the Civil War era. Check with your local library to see if they offer access to this collection for library members.

9. Footnote Historical Newspapers

Millions of historical newspapers from small towns and big cities across the United States are available as part of a paid subscription to Footnote.com. 

10. Ancestry.com Historical Newspaper Collection

Full text search plus digitized images make this collection of more than 16 million pages from over 1000 different newspapers across the US, U.K. and Canada dating back to the 1700's a treasure for online genealogy research. 

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