Today’s guest post is about using the Google News Archive for German newspapers. German-language newspapers published in the U.S. can be important sources for obituaries and other information on German immigrant ancestors. My Germanic Genealogy teacher, Carolyn Thomas, of the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society, shares her insights on using the Google News Archive for German newspapers:
Besides the links to German-language newspapers in Chronicling America Nancy has shared, the Google News Archive has some German-language historic newspapers digitized and accessed by title at http://news.google.com/newspapers.
These were part of Google’s plan, unfortunately no longer supported, to digitize all extant historic newspapers. Some of us have benefitted greatly from the locations and newspapers with which Google began that effort.
For example, the following are German-language newspapers in Pennsylvania and Louisiana are available online at the Google News Archive for free:
Das Volksblatt – 1763 issues between 7 Dec 1871 and 27 Mar 1878
Freiheits-Freund – 1,741 issues between 21 Feb 1834 […]