The fact is, that there are several sites that already have a long list of newspaper links that are available for free online historical newspaper research. So rather than create yet another list, I will provide here a number of sites that already provide such lists. These are provided in no particular order, with the exception that mine is first, because... well just because!
These are not online collections - they are lists of online collections.
- The Ancestor Hunt Newspapers! Page - U.S. and Canada collections
- Xooxle Answers - U.S. State and Local Newspaper Archives
- Cyndis List - Newspapers
- Free Newspaper Archives - U.S.
- University of Pennsylvania Libraries - Historical Newspapers Online
- Research Guides - Directory of Historical Newspapers on the Internet
- Bowling Green State University - U.S. Historical Newspapers
- Bowling Green State University - Canada Historical Newspapers
- University of Illinois - Historical Newspapers Online
- U.S. News Archives on the Web
- Miriam Robbins' Online Historical Newspapers Website - Worldwide links
- Richard Heaton's Index to Digitalised British and Irish Newspapers Online
- Library of Congress - Newspaper Sources on the Web
- Wikipedia - List of Online Newspaper Archives
- International Coalition on Newspapers - Newspaper Digitization Projects
So try them out and you will find an abundance of historic newspaper collections. I will leave it up to you to judge the accuracy and completeness of all of these. In my opinion, none are perfect, including my own list, but some are far better than others and more up to date.
Keeping all of these links current with all the emerging new sites and updates is a Herculean task, especially with the myriad of digitization projects underway all over the world.
Hopefully the use of these lists will enable you to find the resources and ultimately the articles about your ancestors.