These treasures can be found either via online searches or by browsing microfilm and/or newsprint at libraries and archives.
On this website, I have written profusely about researching old newspapers, and have also kept readers informed as to online links that can be accessed to find ancestor articles - mostly for the U.S. and Canada, but from time to time, links to collections from all over the world.
I don't pass judgment on the features and quality of these online collections, because I leave that up to the reader to decide.
But in the interest of informing readers about collections that I feel are noteworthy, I will be highlighting some of these collections in this series.
The underlying software used is by Digital Library Consulting, called Veridian - the folks who also house the Elephind search engine, which can search many multiple collections at once.
One of the reasons that I like this collection and software is that it provides a user the ability to "pay it forward." We know that depending primarily on the quality of the source material, whether newsprint or microfilm, as well as the capabilities of the OCR process, that the resultant text that is included in the search index may be in a word - "terrible".
This site provides the ability for the user to correct the text that is used for searching. See on the right side of the header image above where it says "Top Text Correctors"? These are users who have actually changed the text that resulted from the OCR process, thus improving the index for future researchers. The user has to be registered, and I have contributed some text improvements myself. It is the nice thing to do, especially since researching this collection is free.
This is why I am choosing this collection as the "Online Historical Newspaper Collection of the Day".
For information about how to best perform newspaper research, and thousands of links to free online collections throughout the world, check out the Newspapers! page on The Ancestor Hunt website.