Saturday, January 21, 2012

Arizona Family History Expo - Newspapers in Research

I had the opportunity to review  Bret Petersen's syllabus Using Newspapers in Research: You sNews.  I like to attend and review  presentations that I think I know quite a bit about - mainly because I always "re-learn" or find out new ways to research.  For example, I had forgotten about the NewsLibrary and the Library of Congress Historic Newspaper Collection Chronicling America websites.


He mentioned one of my favorites (due to my Illinois roots) the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection.  Genealogy Bank and  Newspaper Archive were also mentioned.  Another good jumping off point for locating newspapers is Cyndi's List - Newspapers

Bret also discussed sources available only at library's.  The Pima County Library has a subscription to America's Obituaries & Death Notices, America's News and Heritage Quest Online.  You will need a Pima County Library card to access the databases They also have a page containing hyperlinks to: 
  • Chronicling America — Search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922
  • Ebsco Image Collection — More than 400,000 photos, maps & flags
  • Newspaper Source Plus — Newspapers, TV & radio news transcripts
  • NewsBank — Arizona Daily Star & over 500 newspapers from across the country
  • ProQuest Newspapers — Arizona Republic
  • Tucson Local News Portal — An up-to-the-minute news feed, with local jobs and obituaries from NewsBank
  • The library at the University of Arizona, which is free to use onsite, has a subscription to Paratex which is a  19th Century Masterfile section of the website containing  over 60 fully searchable reference databases and indexes including pre-1925 newspapers, indexes, periodicals, books, patents and United States and United Kingdom government documents.  There are many other databases available that may benefit a genealogist but restricted databases are only available to students and faculty. The University of Arizona also has a vast collection of newspapers on microfilm and a genealogical book section.
  • My examples are those that benefit a researcher in Tucson.  The Arizona State University and the Maricopa County Library also have collections that would benefit genealogical researchers.  I am not  familiar with their collections but I am sure a simple internet search would yield similar information at these two facilities.  

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