Another valuable online database is now complete. The following announcement was written by the Pikes Peak Library District:
The Pikes Peak Library District Special Collections, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, recently completed the entry of its entire local newspaper card index into its Pikes Peak NewsFinder online index. Nearly half a million cards, indexing news stories, obituaries and other vital records from the Colorado Springs Gazette, 1872 through 1999, were transcribed by a dedicated group of volunteers and PPLD staff members during the past decade. Members of the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society provided much support and volunteer time on the project.
Pikes Peak NewsFinder is one of the largest, free-to-access, newspaper indexes available on the Internet, with more than three-quarters of a million citations, many of which link directly to the full-text articles. Those not currently linked can be ordered, free of charge, directly from the index. Nearly 20,000 articles to date have been ordered by patrons from across the United States and many foreign countries.
The Pikes Peak NewsFinder contains citations to articles from several historic and contemporary Pikes Peak area newspaper titles held on microfilm at PPLD, as well as to the Colorado Springs Death Registers. Indexing continues on a daily basis for the Colorado Springs Gazette, the city’s principle daily newspaper. The Pikes Peak NewsFinder currently includes nearly 800,000 citations and the online index has been visited more than 460,000 times since 2004.
The Pikes Peak NewsFinder can be accessed through the website of the Pikes Peak Library District - http://more.ppld.org:8080/SpecialCollections/Index/article_search.asp.