A fantastic free resource that has helped thousands of genealogists is about to stop being updated. I speak of the Google Newspaper Archive. Google has been scanning old newspaper from microfilm and even running them through an OCR so that they are searchable. And I’m not talking about the big papers. I am talking about the little towns and areas with local papers all the way back to the 19th century. This has been an incredible resource for finding obituaries and stories about ancestors that appeared in the papers. It was a great way to avoid paying for NewspaperArchive.com or other sources.
The archives of several hundred newspapers will continue to be available at news.google.com/archivesearch, but Google is “no longer accepting new microfilm or digital files for processing,” a Google spokesperson confirmed in an email to Mashable.
I know that I found a lot of great information in these archives. It might not be the easiest way to search and sometimes the OCR process doesn’t catch everything, but it sure beats having to go across country to a library and dig through microfilm. Have you used Google’s newspaper archive with any success?