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.
Every collection of online newspapers that has a search capability allows you to search just that one collection. You know this. But, Elephind takes it one step further and eliminates the geographical boundary - they allow searching of several of these geographically "bounded" repositories at one time.
Currently they have over 2,700 newspaper titles that they make available for searching. The largest two are from the National Library of Australia (Trove), and the U.S. Library of Congress (Chronicling America), and they include titles from Singapore and New Zealand, as well as many U.S, collections, including large collections from Texas, California, Virginia, Indiana and Pennsylvania. Certainly you could search each of these sites individually, yet a search of all at one time might be appropriate at times.
If you are interested in different ways to search old newspapers, you might want to check this out. They can be found at www.elephind.com. A very interesting concept and you can search all their collections for 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.