Old Manchester, Connecticut Newspapers are being Digitized

Wouldn’t it be nice if ALL old newspapers were digitized and made available online? One genealogist is doing just that. According to an article by Jesse Leavenworth in The Hartford Courant web site at: http://bit.ly/2Sj0wMf:

Scrolling through newspaper microfilm last year with little sense of how long the search would take, Noreen Cullen remembered mumbling in frustration and “probably saying some bad words along the way.”

“I thought to myself, ‘This is 2018. Why am I still using microfilm?’” the Manchester native and genealogist said.

Front page of the Manchester Evening Herald, which was published for a little over a century before shutting down in 1991. (Manchester Historical Society)

To make life easier on herself and all the other people who want to mine their hometown history, Cullen started researching the digitization of two defunct local newspapers: the Manchester Evening Herald and the South Manchester News.

You can read the full story at: http://bit.ly/2Sj0wMf.

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Unfortunately it’s not available in the U.K. yet.

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There’s a company in the Thumb of Michigan digitizing the weekly newspapers of the small towns in the Thumb with the help of the local libraries. I’m waiting patiently until they do my ancestor’s location!!

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Wonderful! Through the determination of one woman, everyone will benefit from the digitalization of these newspapers. Kudos to Noreen Cullen.

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I seem to remember that Google once promised to digitize every newspaper, but the effort appears to have stopped a few years ago. Does anyone know whether they are still adding to their Google News Archive?

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I work in a small rural Indiana library and we have lots of undigitized papers on microfilm. The cost of getting them digitized is prohibitive for libraries such as ours and it is a shame because there is so much information in them helpful in doing research.

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It does not appear that the Manchester Historical Society is ever going to get the digitized newspapers ( Manchester Evening Herald & South Manchester News ) up and available??????????

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