There are also sites that provide links to the four types of sites mentioned above - lists of online collections.
I am recommending the following sites that a researcher should bookmark because they are either outstanding online collections, or they are outstanding lists of online collections.
Of the four types that I mentioned above, I am only including totally free sites that do not require a visit to a library and/or do not require payment; and lists of online collection links.
My criteria are:
- The size of the collection or list of collections
- The frequency of updates
- Uniqueness of content
These are provided in no particular order, with the exception that mine is first, because... well just because!
Lists of Collection Links:
The Ancestor Hunt Newspapers! Page - U.S., Canada, and (some) World collection links
Bowling Green State University - U.S. Historical Newspapers
Bowling Green State University - Canada Historical Newspapers
- Bowling Green State University - World Historical Newspapers
- Can Genealogy Historical Newspapers - Canada Historical Newspapers
University of Pennsylvania Libraries - U.S. Historical Newspapers Online
Xooxle Answers - World Newspaper Archives
Cyndi's List - World Newspapers
Wikipedia - List of World Online Newspaper Archives
International Coalition on Newspapers - World Newspaper Digitization Projects
Free Newspaper Archives - U.S.
University of Illinois - Historical Newspapers Online (World)
Richard Heaton's Index to Digitalised British and Irish Newspapers Online
Library of Congress - Newspaper Sources on the Web
- Elephind - over 2,700 titles and 140 million items (newspaper pages/articles) from several countries
- Chronicling America - over 1,000 newspapers and almost 10 million pages from 38 states
- Google News Archive - over 2,500 newspapers from the U.S. and Canada
Old Fulton NY Post Cards - over 30 million pages from the U.S. (primarily) and Canada
- Trove - over 900 titles and 175 million articles from Australia
- Europeana - Over 10 million pages from 18 European countries
So try them out and you will find an abundance of historic newspaper collections and digitized newspapers. 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. Most of the collections listed above are added and updated frequently.
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 and collections will enable you to find the resources and ultimately the articles about your ancestors that you seek.