Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ancestry doubles its newspaper collection - and it's FREE until 19 June

Suzanne Bonner on the Blog alerted us to the increase in the number of newspapers in the collection in her post " Doubles Its Historical Newspaper Collection."

The lead paragraph says:

"We doubled the size of our historical newspaper collection - adding a billion names and 20 million images. Different than census or other types of records, newspapers can add context through breaking news, gossip columns, entertainment listings, advertisements and much more."

The post also mentions that through June 19th, you can search the entire historical newspaper collection free. Check out the newspaper collection and see what interesting stories you can discover!

I looked at the Newspapers and Periodicals category on the Ancestry Search page, and saw that there are currently 1,235 newspaper databases. I don't know if that includes the newly added databases or not - a long list of new newspaper databases has not been added to the Recently Added or Updated List at

The news of the FREE access for the next week should be publicized to researchers everywhere.

UPDATE 6/13: An email received from Ancestry notes: Users will need to register as members of to access the free newspapers. This free registration does NOT require a credit card. Those registering for a free membership account will be asked to provide an email address.

UPDATE 6/13 later: An email from Ancestry notes that the newspapers were added or updated back on 30 May. My mistake - sorry! You would think that they would make the announcement when the new databases are added, not almost two weeks later.

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