We had a great time talking to people about the site at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City last month. We got to meet people, show them the site and to get their feedback and suggestions.
For most of the people that I spoke to, the first question they had was, “What do you have for [fill in the location]?” People had a place, and often a time period, they were interested in and wanted to know if we had newspapers that could help them.
There are a few different ways to see what we have on the site and each has its benefits. At the top of each page of the site you’ll find links to “Browse” and “Papers”, both of which will show you what we have for a particular area.
The Browse page let’s you start with a country, narrow to state, city and then date. It gives you a quick sense for what is available by location and is particularly helpful if you are interested in papers from a certain city.
The Papers Page
The Papers page lists all the papers we have alphabetically by title, but you can use the map on the left side of the page to narrow the list and just show papers from a give state. You can even add a date range to further narrow your list. Then you can search within just those papers or click on an individual paper to learn more about what we have for that paper.
In addition to the US papers we have, you’ll find a few from England and Canada if you click on “World” above the map.
Recently we’ve been working on a new set of pages that we hope will help showcase what we have for each state. We’re still trying to get them right, but you can have a look at them and let us know what you think.
Here are the states we currently have papers for with links to their pages:
So, for now we’re missing Hawaii, Vermont and Wyoming, but we’re working hard to get some good papers for those states.
We also have pages for a couple of non-US locations: Canada and England.
We’re adding millions of pages to the site each month, so if you don’t see what you are looking for today, don’t forget to check back later and be sure to let us know if there is a paper or a location you are interested in.