Happy New Year! We’re so excited for what’s to come in 2019, but we wanted to pause a moment and reflect on all we accomplished in 2018. Last year we:
- Added more than 5,000 new papers
- More than doubled the number of titles in our archive
- Added more than 120 million pages
- We’re adding 10-13 million pages each month
- We now have nearly a half a billion searchable pages – making us the largest online historical newspaper archive
In 2018 we continued to increase our international newspaper titles from Canada, England, Scotland, and Wales. We’ve also added Puerto Rico. Plus, we added new papers from the following states:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Our archives have unlocked roadblocks in family history research and provided a unique tool for those searching for historical and academic data. Did you make an incredible discovery this year using Newspapers.com? Tell us about it! From our team to you, Happy New Years!
22 thoughts on “2018 in Review: Over 5,000 Papers Added!”
By Ralph Finch
Those of you old enough to remember newspapers will remember how little kids would stand on corners hawking the latest paper for … 3 cents?
And I remember how many people will ask me where I get my research material. The answer: More sources than I can count. From around the U.S., and any place the prints in English.
But one source I often use is “Fishwrap, the official blog of newspapers.com, and for a modest yearly fee. (When I worked at a real newspaper for 45 years, we knew that no matter how successful we were, the day after is was printed it was … at the bottom of a birdcage. .
The follow is edited from Fishwrap:
“We’re so excited for what’s to come in 2019, but we wanted to pause a moment and reflect on all we accomplished in 2018. Last year we:
Try Fishwrap. Type in a day, a topic, a city’s name, and you might come up with something important to your family’s history. (Or the time that grandfather Remus was arrested for horse-stealing.)
Personal ads in newspapers of yesteryear was where it was at to see and be seen …. the social media of that era!
Thanks to Newspapers.Com, I have found a great deal of missing family info. Finding a great-grandmother’s obit, I learned that she had a brother. None of us alive knew that.
As a researcher for a small town historical society, I couldn’t possibly recount all the valuable information I have found. Thank You all so much!
I love this site. I have found obituaries of several ancestry family members and my great grandfather drowned in the Arkansas River I found a story about it on the front page of the paper and his obituary inside of the paper. Found out things I did not know about his death.
I would like to find out more info about my family. We are from Salem NJ and the paper was the Salem Sunbeam and papers in that area. South Jersey. It’s not on your list of papers yet. I hope that you can get it soon. It’s disheartening I can get other people’s family information, obits, stories, etc. but not my own.
I also would like more Salem Co, as well as Cumberland Co news.
Why no Wyoming newspapers? I could really use some Wyoming content. Are they locked up somewhere?
likewise Australian newspapers. I’ve had no luck with searches for ancestors thus far and questioning my sub.
I absolutely could not have gotten as far as I have gotten in my family research without newspapers.com. An obituary is such a valuable source of information, one that has enabled me to move my research in many directions. I rely on newspapers.com.
I have found several obituaries, school pictures, marriages, news articles of relatives, etc. Thanks for all Ancestry.com does to help us with our own Genealogy.
I have had a subscription for a long while to newspapers.com. Thank You. Since Family Search added the memories tab – in 2018, I started alphabetically in my genealogy program to add corrections – and clean up errors – I have been adding Obituaries and other notable articles into the Memories file – for my family and collateral lines included, especially for those early years.
PLEASE newspapers for Bangor Maine 1900 -1950
What New Hampshire papers do you carry?
I try to use newspapers where records can’t help – to this end, more papers from the 1920’s and beyond are not helpful. Would really love to see more newspapers from the 1800’s, particularly in the South – Virginia, SC, GA, KY, and AL. It seems like the coverage in the NE is much better than in the South and midwest.
I was surprised to find a brief snippet about my Dad being promoted to a new position and what that position was. The most interesting thing was, we were no longer living in that city. We had moved about 1 1/2 years before-to the place where he was promoted. Thanks, Newspapers.com for providing these old newspapers for us to find.
I would like to see newspapers from Greene Co., Louisa Co., and Albenarle County, Virginia. Most of my family roots are there.
So far, I’ve found this resource more directed at the United States. Places like Papers Past is a better source for historic New Zealand newspapers which also reached out to Europe for some of their content and it’s free to search and link to. I have no real family history in the US and I don’t think I’m willing to part with the money just yet until the resources for other nations is as vast.
Of all the news papers you accumulate you have disregarded the country to the south that has historical significances to the USA especially the Southwest development.
You have selected Puerto Rico (PR) a US territory and disregarded Mexico which has a much larger role with the US than PR both politically and economically. When the majority of Latino’s in the US is comprised of a serious majority are Mexican Americans and immigrants you think News Papers would select Mexico historical news papers for review. As a history and political scholar you must include Mexico news papers at least from the late 1800’s to 2016.
Can you list the newspapers, and edition years, which have had their death notices excluded?
One of my favorite things about old newspapers is looking at the old advertising. It can really give a sense of what the common day was like for people, and what was “in.” Sometimes I find myself looking for a specific topic and then just “flip” through a complete days paper. Doing this can really take a historical event and put it into a daily context.
I totally agree. I’ll never forget looking at papers dating from the Battle of the Bulge — to see how all-consuming the war was on the home front, to see all the deaths and missing-in-actions, reports from men in prison camps, etc. It was very moving. Also, looking at papers from the past, especially 18th and 19th century newspapers makes one really appreciate the access to information we have now.
I am amazed at how little I can actually see on Newspapers.com. When I do a search and attempt to open one of the results, I get a pop up box requesting I purchase an add-on to a subscription I have paid for. When I decline it goes back to search results. So, if I pay some more my subscription will work?
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