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3 Sep 2015

First Friday Genealogy Issue Sep 4 2015

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“First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane” is a free genealogy newsletter, written from my perspective as a genealogy librarian and archivist.

Available (you guessed it) the first Friday of the month, “First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane” contains tips and tricks for your family history research and highlights from this website, so you don’t miss a thing.

I care about genealogy from an archivist’s perspective, including using primary sources effectively, search strategies, archives news, and technology tips. Frequent topics include how to organize genealogy research, catalog family photographs, and simplify sources and citations. I also like sharing information on using iPads, iPhones, and Macs for genealogy research

There are lots of genealogy newsletters out there, so I want you to know that “First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane” is timed to inspire your weekend family history research. The September 2015 issue is out […]

28 Aug 2015

Partners Added to Digital Newspaper Program

Today’s post is about two new partners added to digital newspaper program.

Yesterday I put up a mammoth post on finding old newspapers that have been microfilmed or digitized by libraries and archives and are available for free.

There are two new partners who will be contributing to the National Digital Newspaper Program using grants from NEH to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and the University of Delaware to digitize newspapers from their states.  Forty states and territories have now participated in the NDNP program, along with the District of Columbia.  NEH and the Library of Congress are now two states closer to their goal of representing every state and U.S. territory in the open access historic newspaper database Chronicling America.

Awards have also been issued to state partners in North Dakota, Minnesota, Indiana, Idaho, Mississippi, Connecticut, California, West Virginia, Florida, and Puerto Rico to continue digitizing and uploading newspapers to Chronicling America.  You can read more […]

28 Aug 2015

Finding Old U.S. Newspapers

Interested in finding old U.S. Newspapers by state and for free?
From 1982 to 2011, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded the United States Newspaper Program (USNP) to locate, catalog, and preserve on microfilm newspapers published in the United States from the eighteenth century to the present.
The USNP supported projects in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each project was conducted by a single organization within a state or territory, usually the state’s largest newspaper repository. Project’s staff inventoried holdings in public libraries, county courthouses, newspaper offices, historical museums, college and university libraries, archives, and historical societies. Catalog records were entered into WorldCat. Microfilm copies of USNP newspapers are generally available to researchers anywhere in the country through interlibrary loan.
I’ve included the dollar amount of each state project, to reinforce the reality that access to information always requires funding. The dollar amount includes funds for planning, implementation, and continuation of multi-stage projects. The list provides the approximate number of titles and newspaper pages that were cataloged and microfilmed.

I’ve also included the lead agency in each state with URLs for their newspaper project Web sites. Please note, however, that not all institutions maintain a Web site specifically for their USNP projects.

(The links are current but if you find a dead one, use the comments section to let me know.)

Work continues to digitize selected United States newspapers through the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), in partnership with the Library of Congress. To view the NDNP digital resources at the Library of Congress, go to Chronicling America at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.

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ALABAMA

The Alabama Coalition for the Preservation of Newspapers (CPAN) was responsible for the production of over 19.6 million pages of newspaper microfilm in the state. The Alabama Department of Archives and History serves as the repository for CPAN master microfilm produced using NEH USNP grant funds as well as the microfilm members continued to produce after the end of the project. The project received $571,563 in NEH support.

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Web site: http://www.archives.alabama.gov/newsmicro/search.cfm

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ALASKA

The project has microfilmed 100,000 pages of such papers as the Forty-Ninth Star and the Esquimaux, an 1866 newspaper for men laying Western Union’s overland line. Included are handwritten newspapers from before the U.S. purchase of Alaska. The project received $650,190 in NEH support.

Alaska State Library

Web site: http://library.state.ak.us/hist/newspaper/newspaper.html

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ARIZONA

The Arizona project has microfilmed over 1,212,881 pages of newsprint from 57 towns in all 15 counties of the state. Titles preserved include the Williams News, the Arizona Record, the Copper Era, and El Sol. Holdings are searchable online by title, city, county, and subject. The project received $1,033,226 in NEH support.

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Web site: http://adnp.azlibrary.gov/cdm/otherresources/

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6 Aug 2015

Genealogy Gophers

Genealogy Gophers is my new favorite site. It’s a data aggregator that searches 80,000 digitized genealogy books by name and returns search results to you free of charge.
In the example above, I searched for my GG-grandfather, Hans Loe. Searching for Hans’s family is tricky because his birth patronymic was Christensen but his American surname (based on his Norwegian farm name) was Loe.

Genealogy Gophers sidestepped these details and delivered a screen full of results, mostly based in England. But the top hit was for a book in the Family History Library in SLC for a location in Norway called Eker [Eiker]. The title was distorted a bit by Genealogy Gophers not handling diacriticals very well. But a visit to WorldCat revealed that this book is titled A Genealogy of the Loe and Hoen Families from Østre Aker (Eker), Oslo City, Norway, Who Are Descendants of Hans Børgesen Loe Born in 1616. This title was written […]