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.
Most people who perform historic newspaper research in America should already know about this site. But there are some features that many are not aware of. Proximity searches are a nice feature as well as choosing the source language. And the browsing capabilities are quite nice and easy to use. Did you know that you can search the U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690 Present and find out where over 150,00 titles are held, i.e. which library or archive? So if you don't have access to a specific title online, this database will tell you where the newsprint or microfilm is stored so that you can do an offline search. You can also narrow the titles by ethnicity, state, county and city, as well as date range and several other characteristics.
This collection and its software are one of the most nicely presented free online collections available. This is well worth your time if you are searching for articles about your American ancestors. Titles are added every month. I just wish it would grow faster, but like all other digital collections it is a function of funding.
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.