Happy July 4th: Enjoy Free Access to U.S. Newspapers Until July 8, 2018

Here is an extract from the MyHeritage Blog:

In honor of July 4th, we are delighted to announce FREE access to all U.S. Newspaper collections on MyHeritage’s SuperSearch™, for a limited time.

From July 3, 2018 through July 8, 2018, we are providing free access to all 33,591,658 U.S. Newspaper records – no data subscription required!

Newspapers are essential resources for genealogy and family history research. In addition to providing birth, marriage, and death notices, society pages contain stories rich with information on persons of interest, as well as various community activities and events.

Search our U.S. newspaper collections on SuperSearch™

The U.S. Newspaper collection currently holds newspapers from the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, Maine, New York, Kentucky, Indiana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Delaware. In addition to the newspaper collections organized by state, we are also providing free access to Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, 1836-1922 collection. This collection encompasses 10,186,650 pages drawn from newspapers throughout the entire United States from 1836-1922.

The full article is much longer. You can read all of it at: https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/07/happy-july-4th-enjoy-free-access-to-u-s-newspapers/.

4 Comments

Happy 4th, everyone! This afternoon is so hot & humid I am staying indoors in my airconditioned recliner, listening to the thunderstorms roll by outside – free daytime fireworks while I am looking up people on this free site. Dick, thanks for the tip!

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Thanks as always for the heads-up! I’ve been through historical newspapers elsewhere many times before but today I am finding lots of things I had never seen before (and I’m just getting started).

Suggestions for MyHeritage to make this experience even better:

*Search results should be able to be returned in date order, rather than randomly. “By year” is helpful but not by much.
•Searched text is currently tightly highlighted in pale purple but one must still zoom into the page and scroll all around trying to find it. I would suggest larger and more obvious yellow highlighting or auto-zooming into the highlighted text by default
•Black and white newspapers don’t need to be presented as color (RGB) JPEGs. Put these up in grayscale and save everyone involved lots of bandwidth

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David Paul Davenport July 5, 2018 at 12:38 pm

The first of the newspaper collections provided by “My Heritage” is Chronicling America, a free website maintained by the Library of Congress. It can be accessed 24/7 every day of the year.

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It would be hugely helpful if the MyHeritage site would provide an index of the newspapers (and/or the cities in which they were published) in their collection, by state. That way, a searcher could more easily target a specific area.

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