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 software has a very easy to use Simple Search and Advanced Search capability. For an index only database (no newspaper images), it has quite a bit of searching options if you use the Advanced Search feature.
The collection contains 650,000 records. I have used it and have found ancestor entries easily. As more and more newspaper collections get digitized, I think that users get spoiled and only search newspaper collections with images. But there are many online obituary indexes across the U.S. and the world that are very helpful. Yes there is an extra step or two if you want the actual obituary image from the newspaper, but having an index is way better than browsing page by page through thousands of newspaper pages on microfilm or newsprint.
This well presented index collection is easy to use and sizable enough that if you have Louisiana ancestors, you are likely to find them here.
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.