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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 7, February 15, 2009, Article 24

FEATURED WEB SITE: THE NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE

This week's Featured Web Page is an suggested by Dick Johnson, who writes:
While it is not a new site for numismatic research, it was new to me. This week I learned about NewsPaperArchive.com.

It is a subscription service ($72 / year $12 / month) by which you can access 2,402 American newspapers in their database (completely searchable). Over the 241 years covered in this database the names of newspapers have changed with mergers and acquisitions, resulting in 3,306 different titles in 806 cities.

The site claims some impressive parameters: over 3.24 billion names, and over 1.08 billion articles. You can search among its 100.3 million pages.

I asked a good friend and savvy internet researcher, Dan Lynch, for his opinion on this site. "Find a library that subscribes to this service and use it there. Or try Google News Archive to be sure that you can't get what you need for free."

"Also, itís possible that a subscription to WorldVitalRecords.com may actually include a subscription to NewspaperArchive.com as part of their overall offering and be a tiny bit cheaper. I donít recall what is or isnít included in their service."

Dan's latest book, just published, is "Google Your Family Tree; Unlock the Hidden Power of Google" is extremely useful in researching people and a sample of his researching acumen. Dan is an authority on Ellis Island as a genealogical resource and a consultant to The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, as well as internet sources FamilyLink.com and FindMyPast.com in London. His website is www.GoogleYourFamilyTree.com. Mention my name when you contact him.

I have been writing about numismatic research in E-Sylum for six years. Since our readers are interested in numismatic literature it is a service thankfully provided by our Good Editor to include useful information for the writers of that literature. My first such article was on Accessing Original Material and appeared in the November 4, 2001 E-Sylum (vol 4, no 45, art 8). Still good advice today.

Perhaps you have uncovered a resource on the internet useful to your numismatic research. Please share that with others of us who could also find it useful as well. That is exactly what I did recently in the December 31, 2006 E-Sylum (vol 9, no 53, art 9) when I uncovered Historical Directories of the British Empire.

The number of professional numismatic researchers in the field may be small. As one of the requirements for the job as Director of Research at Medallic Art Company in 1966 I had to prepare a report for my boss, William Louth, MACO president. Titled "How To Do Numismatic Research," it was heavily annotated by lists of handbooks for students of term papers. Best I could list at the time.

We have advanced eons beyond that today. We have the most useful tool for extracting needed information from all the data has gone before us. And a lot of that data is on the internet. However, we need to keep up-to-date on how to access it. Pass on to The E-Sylum any you use.



NewspaperArchive.com



Wayne Homren, Editor

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