What’s more fun than finding our ancestor’s names in a newspaper article? Whether it’s a wedding announcement, a birth announcement or an obituary, these records can be tremendous genealogical gold mines.
Newspapers are all about what’s going on in a specific moment in time. And, the good thing is, that newspapers have been being printed since before we were even a country separate from England.
There has always been difficulty in obtaining Detroit newspapers online. The Detroit Free Press isn’t digitized or available on Genealogy Bank or Newspapers.com.
Currently on Genealogy Bank you have access to these newspapers for Detroit.
Weekly Detroit Free Press 1886-1887
Right now on Newspapers.com there are 36 newspapers for Michigan. None of them for Detroit.
HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS!!
According to a newly released blog post by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter the Gannett company is about to digitize more U.S. newspapers, INCLUDING THE DETROIT FREE PRESS.
“Through this collaboration, more than four million searchable pages of The Cincinnati Enquirer were made available online. Newspapers.com and Gannett will begin the rollout phase of all public archives of more than 80 daily newspapers, including Detroit Free Press, The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Tennessean and many others to follow. Each archive will ultimately include every available page from the first date of publication up to issues from 30 days ago.”
So, standby all my fellow Detroiters, there is hope on the horizon. Since I live in California and my family goes back 3 generations in Detroit, this is fantastic news. I was born in Detroit, as were all my siblings. Could there have been birth announcements? I’m so excited to find out what treasures I can find.
One more thing. The Online Historical Newspaper Collection of the Day on The Ancestor Hunt blog is Michigan Digital Newspaper Portal.
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