Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Check out the HistoryBeat pages from

Like many other geneabloggers, I received this information from

"We wanted to let you know of an exciting new partnership between Footnote and the largest newspaper publisher in the US, the Gannett Company. Gannett, publisher of 84 daily newspapers including USA Today, will be able to digitize their vast archives for the first time by working together with Footnote.

"Through this partnership Footnote Members will be able to access valuable historical newspapers never seen before on the internet.

"In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Moon Landing and Woodstock, we have kicked off our partnership by digitizing the newspapers covering those events. We have recently launched the first runs of Florida Today and the Poughkeepsie Journal (NY). Footnote will continue to digitize the full run of those newspapers including all of the Poughkeepsie Journal, which goes back to 1785.

"Visit our Moon Landing ( and Woodstock ( pages today and relive the 60’s man."

So I visited the pages and was rewarded with the Moon Landing page (two screens):

And for the Woodstock page (two screens):

On each of these pages, there is a description of the event, and a gallery of pictures and documents.

The reader can upload their own memories, stories and photographs.

The reader can also search the full collection of the Poughkeepsie Journal and Florida Today newspapers on I looked for "Knapp" in the Poughkeepsie paper and found articles from the 1850's.

Will digitize all of the newspapers in the Gannett collections? The list of Gannett papers is at If so, this will be a tremendous benefit to genealogy researchers. Unfortunately, they don't publish a San Diego area newspaper.


Taneya said...

this is excellent news!

geneabloggers said...

Thanks for mentioning the Poughkeepsie papers! I've been needing these for my McEntee/MacEntee lines as well as Freer, Krom and more!