Many family history and genealogy researchers who are used to searching for articles about our ancestors in old newspapers have gotten spoiled with the increasingly robust online collections that are available for free.
But did you know that there are other quite large collections that are available via your local library or a library that may require a little bit more drive time?
One example of such a service is Accessible Archives. They have many titles that are searchable, depending on the subscription that your library has invested in.
Check out their availability at your local library, state or county library, or at a college or university near you to see if Accessible Archives is available. You will be glad that you checked out these resources that are free if accessed at a library..
Please be aware that one can obtain a subscription for personal use, but it is not free.
Here are some examples of what they have available with a link to find out the exact titles that are in each collection:
- African American Newspapers
American County Histories
- Mid-Atlantic – Parts 1 and 2
- New England – Parts 1 and 2
- The Southeast
- The Southwest
- The West
- Complete County List by State
- The Civil War
- Frank Leslie’s Weekly
- Godey’s Lady’s Book
- The Liberator
- The Lily
- History of Woman Suffrage
- National Anti-Slavery Standard
- National Citizen and Ballot Box
- The Pennsylvania Gazette
- The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue
- The Pennsylvania Newspaper Record: Delaware County
- The Revolution
- Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman
- South Carolina Newspapers
- Twelve Years A Slave
- The Virginia Gazette
You can view the titles at: http://www.accessible-archives.com/collections/#ixzz3y0WT9KOM
If you have a library card you might just be able to login and search from home.
Newspapers are being digitized at an increasing rate, so search the free sites online, invest in a subscription as well, but for sure - do not forget the old standby - your library.
Good luck and happy hunting!
For more free online (not library based) links for different states, provinces, and countries - please see the Newspapers! page on this website.