National Digital Newspaper Program Now to Include Newspapers from the Earliest Days of America’s Founding

Historical Newspapers

Want to read how an 18th-century newspaper covered the inauguration of George Washington? How about learning what issues divided Congress in the early 1800s?

*Image from The Washington times., May 06, 1894

Going back into early American history is now possible due to new digital content that has been added to Chronicling America, the open access database of historic U.S. newspapers that is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

The newly available digital content is from 18th-century newspapers from the three early capitals of the United States: New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. At nearly 15,000 pages total, these early newspapers from the earliest days of the country are part of the database because of an expansion of the chronological scope of NDNP. The program is expanding its current time window of the years 1836-1922, to include digitized newspapers from the years 1690-1963. The expansion will further the program goal of capturing the richness and diversity of our nation’s history in an open access database, which anyone can use.

NEH recently awarded grants to cultural institutions in four states that will participate in NDNP for the first time: Alaska, Colorado, Maine, and New Jersey. There are now 43 states and one territory participating in NDNP, approaching the goal of having all states and territories represented.

“The more we expand the reach of Chronicling America, the more possible it will be for members of communities across the nation to see themselves and their history represented, regardless of where they live,” said NEH Chairman William Adams. Continue Reading →

Ancestry.com Book Updated for 2016

Unofficial Guide to ancestry.com

Back in 2014 I wrote the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com. Since that time Ancestry.com has made several changes to the website, some cosmetic, some more substantial.

A few months back I wrote three brand new chapters for the book in order to bring it totally up-to-date with the latest on the Ancestry.com site. If you haven’t purchased the book yet, I can assure you that it’s up-to-date. Now, the finishing touches are being applied to the companion Workbook. Although the Workbook won’t be released until mid-January 2017, I notice that it’s already available on Amazon for pre-sales. If you use Ancestry.com, I think you’ll find both of these books deserve a place in your genealogy library.

The Workbook is divided by topic, with each chapter containing sample real-life searches, search strategies, and other resources that are applicable to the chapter. I’m just now doing a final Author run-through and am happy to tell you that I think the book looks great (ok, I know it’s my book, but I still think it looks great!).

If you have any questions about the updated version or the upcoming Workbook, give me a shout and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.  Thanks!  ***Keep reading to learn about the Ancestry.com MEGA Collection.***

Do You Need Even More Information about using Ancestry.com?

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  5. Become an Ancestry.com Power User, Digital Download
  6. All About AncestryDNA, Digital Download
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  8. Ancestry.com Cheat Sheet, Digital Download
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  10. How to Use Ancestry.com Filters, Video Download
  11. Errors on Ancestry.com: Why They Happen & How to Correct Them, Digital Download
  12. How to Search the Ancestry.com Card Catalog, Digital Download

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