Lesson 10 is all about searching old, historic newspapers at the library! (When I say "library" I include archives and educational institutions).
Many family history and genealogy researchers who are used to searching for articles about their ancestors in historic newspapers have gotten spoiled with the increased number of online collections that are available for free. And many have invested a few dollars (and other currency) in subscriptions to online sites and collections.
But did you know that there are other quite large collections that are available via your local library or a library that may require a little bit more drive time?
One example of such a service is Readex. They have a few thousand titles that are searchable, depending on the subscription that your library has invested in. I won't comment positively or negatively on their capability or functionality. Just try Readex and other library based sites to expand your research. (Disclosure: I do not have any affiliation with Readex/NewsBank - I am using them as an example of library-based services)
Here are some examples of what they might have available with a link to find out the exact titles that are in each collection:
Now, these are online collections that are available only at the library.
And guess what - libraries do have microfilmed newspapers and original newsprint. Since less than 20% of all old newspapers have been digitized (author's estimate), do not forget to use these two sources as well.
So, get out of your PJ's and get in your car and go to your library or other institution that have these types of resources available - AND if you have a library card you might just be able to login and search from home!!!
Do not forget to browse microfilm and original newsprint as well. Does it take more time? Indeed it does. But these two sources may be the only ones that have an article of importance to you.
Newspapers are being digitized at an increasing rate, so search the free sites online, invest in a subscription as well, but for sure - do not forget the old standby - your library.
A couple of useful resources are the Newspapers! Page on this website (which has links to over 12,000 online historic newspapers from all over the world), as well as some Recorded Webinars - all intended to help you become the best researcher you can be!