Newspapers are the chronicles of life in a community. The size of that community is determined by the scope and interest of the publication and by the population which that newspaper serves. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, focuses on financial and investment news and serves a specific niche, while the New York Times has a global news scope and provides information for readers with many different interests. Other publications may confine their focus and content to a narrower audience. This might include the Christian Observer, America’s oldest Presbyterian news publication that dates back to 1813. Let’s look at where and how you can glean valuable information from some major online newspaper collections.
Modern genealogists are fortunate to have at their disposal so many newspapers that have been digitized and indexed. Many of these are available on the Internet in various places.
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