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.
Several years ago Google embarked on a large project to digitize the world's books and newspapers. The result for newspapers is a site that many genealogy researchers have used for years - for free.
But Google being Google, there have been many changes in the collection and access to the collection. A couple of years ago they announced that they were no longer going to add newspapers to the collection. Then in December 2013, Google sort of announced that they were going to "cut off" access to newspapers published before 1970. I would encourage you to read the article and the forum entries in these two links - Google Help and Google Product Forum. There are mentions of pre-2003 newspapers as well as pre-1970 newspapers - a bit confusing.
The moral of the story is that you CAN search the collection at https://news.google.com/newspapers or
you can search search the pre-1970 archive via the main Google search engine by entering site:google.com/newspapers keyword in the search box, replacing "keyword" with the names or other keywords you are searching for.
So, although there have been recent changes that are not necessarily good for researchers, there are still about 2,500 old newspapers that are in the collection. That is a sizable collection that shouldn't be overlooked.
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.