Gannett newspapers are to be digitized: Color, detail of ancestors’ lives.

Gannett newspapers are to be digitized: Color, detail of ancestors’ lives.

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One of my favorite sources for my genealogy research has been Newspapers.com. Now I learn that all Gannett newspapers are to be digitized by Newspapers.com, which is owned by Ancestry.com.

 

I also use books and e-books for the same purpose, but I do trust old newspaper articles much more because for the most part, they are timely and likely more accurate, come by through interviews with actual individuals involved.

This may not be the case with books, especially those written decades or even centuries after the fact.

Some of what I feel are my best articles on this site were possible because of some information I found during my research from old newspapers.
These include:

Gannett newspapers are to be digitized
Gannett newspapers are to be digitized.

 

According to the Daily Blog:

America’s local newspapers are a unique historical resource, providing a window into the daily doings, attitudes and prejudices of ordinary people across the decades, in some cases as far back as the mid-19th century. However this archival resource typically haven’t been available to most people outside the newspapers’ own offices and a few select libraries — until now.

Gannett is joining forces with Ancestry, a service that allows users to trace their genealogy back in some cases for centuries, to digitize the archives for over 80 daily newspapers owned by Gannett across the U.S. The digital archives, consisting of over 100 million pages, will be available for viewing on Newspapers.com, another Web site owned by Ancestry. […read more]


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