Ancestry Collaborates with Gannett to Digitally Archive More Than 80 U.S. Newspapers

The following announcement was written by Ancestry.com:

Cincinnati Enquirer the First Gannett Archive Launched with Over 4 Million Pages Online

PROVO, Utah, Aug 24, 2015 — Ancestry, the leader in family history and consumer genetics, today announced its collaboration with Gannett Co., Inc., the largest local-to-national media company, to digitize more than 80 daily newspapers across the nation. Newspapers.com, an Ancestry business unit, and Gannett will provide a historical newspaper viewing experience complete with full text search, clipping and sharing features. Together, they expect to deliver more than 100 million full-page images of historical newspapers in a simple, easy-to-use online archive.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Gannett to deliver newspapers from the past directly to subscribers’ devices, allowing them to step back in time and experience the news as it was happening on that day, from new babies and marriages to war updates and other major news events,” stated Brent Carter, senior director of business development at Newspapers.com.

Through this collaboration, more than four million searchable pages of The Cincinnati Enquirer were made available online. Newspapers.com and Gannett will begin the rollout phase of all public archives of more than 80 daily newspapers, including Detroit Free Press, The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Tennessean and many others to follow. Each archive will ultimately include every available page from the first date of publication up to issues from 30 days ago.

Each new archive will be accessible through an “Archives” link in the newspaper’s primary online navigation, mobile Web site and native mobile app. Archives will be updated on a regular basis with content from the previous month. Gannett digital subscribers will have access to the most recent two years of content included in full-access subscriptions. Complete archives will be available to everyone with an affordable monthly or annual subscription.

“This collaboration is a significant value add for our subscribers. We share a commitment to providing individuals with information about the people and events that shaped their history and are excited that this joint effort will unlock new ways for people to discover and share that information,” stated Maribel Perez Wadsworth, chief strategy officer at Gannett.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online family history resource with more than 2 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 16 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 70 million family trees to the core Ancestry websites, including its flagship site www.ancestry.com and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry.com offers a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, as well as the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, all of which along with its core Ancestry websites, are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the company’s control. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the company’s ability to add tools and features, and provide value to satisfy customer demand. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially is contained under the caption “Risk Factors” in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for Ancestry.com LLC for the period ended March 31, 2015, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 1, 2015, and in discussions in other of the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements.

About Gannett Co., Inc.

Gannett Co., Inc. GCI, -0.31% is a new kind of media company committed to strengthening communities across the nation. Through trusted, compelling content and unmatched local-to-national reach, the company touches the lives of nearly 100 million people monthly. With more than 100 markets internationally, it is known for Pulitzer Prize-winning newsrooms, powerhouse brands such as USA TODAY and specialized media properties. To connect with us, visit www.gannett.com.

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will The Commerical Appeal newspaper from Memphis,Tennessee be one of them ?I need information from July 6,1949 please advise…thanks

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    Are you looking for an obit or a particular article? I have access to Commercial Appeal microfilm at our local university library and can look something up for you. I can’t promise it in the next week or two, but I keep an ongoing list of microfilm lookups and will get to it in the next month or so.

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Detroit, Michigan? Well that is a rarity! I am so excited about this, especially because I am a world, plus member and get newspapers.com! I cannot believe that Detroit is finally included!!

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    I was so excited that Detroit was included I didn’t read the rest. It won’t be on Ancestry or newspapers.com … but pay additional through the Gannett website. Ancestry & newspapers.com are just paying to do it, since they have the software & scanners! I get the business deal for both sides … but why isn’t it also on newspapers.com ? Not complaining because getting Detroit records of any sort online is worth it to me since I do not live there anymore!

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Are they planning to limit themselves to one sample edition per day, or will they try to identify articles that are unique to the day’s different editions and include them all?

The Washington Post has several different daily Metro sections for DC and for parts of Virginia and Maryland. Many stories are not duplicated across editions, and these sections are where most of the human interest stories about individuals are run. In the ’60s, the Washington Star had several editions – an early evening, a ‘Final’, and a ‘Stocks Final”. If memory serves me correctly, both the Nashville Tennessean and Nashville Banner also had multiple editions. (I may be wrong. I usually didn’t care about much more than the comics in those days).

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Yeah, I just went to Newspapers.com. They have the Cincinnati Enquirer up to 1923 available but state:
“Access more recent years, 1923–2015, by subscribing to The Cincinnati Enquirer archive.”

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Great news considering how many papers Gannett controls. But I find the announcement very vague. Are they doing all years for all papers? Do newspapers.com subscribers, of which I am one, get full access or does one have to buy individuzl subscriptions for each archive?

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Pretty unclear!
I must have missed the article mentioning what access Ancestry.com subscribers would or wouldn’t have?????

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I noticed the same thing with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette a few months ago: Newspapers.com has issues up to a certain date and anything after is available at the Pittsburgh P-G’s own archive site (which uses the same interface as Newspapers.com). Three of my 4 grandparents and their ancestors were from southwestern PA so buying the additional subscription to the P-G Archives was worth the cost to me, but I understand the frustration of being “teased” by Newspapers.com, only to be sent to another site that asks for additional $$.

The sites offer monthly subscriptions for a modest amount (P-G is $7.95) which may sound like a lot when you’re just looking to grab that one obit or article, but it can cost that much to request the clipping from the local library’s microfilm department. Plus,the web archives are more convenient and you have a month to search for any other nuggets.

Still, it would be nice if Newspapers.com could offer us full collections. But I bet it would entail a substantial fee increase given that they have to share the revenue with the newspapers who own the content.

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I was disappointed that Google never moved forward with its initial plans to work with newspapers, but at least the digitized ones they bought are still there, including the Post-Gazette. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=gL9scSG3K_gC The newspapers.com interface works better than Google’s, but at least the issues are there to look for if you know your relative’s date of death.

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This is GREAT news for those of us from Detroit, going back 3 generations. I live in CA. and researching newspapers in Detroit has always been so difficult. I was so excited about your news today Dick, that I wrote a post on my own blog this morning, linking to this article.
http://www.michiganfamilytrails.com/2015/08/tuesdays-tipmore-detroit-michigan.html

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There is also the Library of Congress web site (and it’s free!):
Chronicling America, Historic American Newspapers
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
Each person would need to check out their own state to see if a local newspaper covers an area in which they are interested, but don’t limit it to one newspaper.

I found info on my relatives in three different newspapers in different parts of the state and verified one fascinating story I’d heard but couldn’t verify and there’s a newspaper blurb about it in a newspaper from an adjacent community. I’m just hoping the newspapers from the small communities where I was born and raised will be on there at some point before I’m too old (one of the papers alone covers over 115 years at this point). In a different state yet, I found blurb about the funeral of one of my gr-gr-grandmothers from the town adjoining where she was buried.

I don’t know what the arrangements are to get the papers online, but the LOC got the microfilm images from my state’s historical society. While the historical society is accessible to people who live in that area, those with disabilities and unable to travel find these newspaper sites invaluable.

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I wish the Des Moines Register would be one of the 80 to be digitized (back to the 1870s).

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