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Easy Access to Historical Newspapers

by on October 26, 2015

Longing to peruse articles in the October 3rd, 1895 edition of the Singaporean newspaper The Mid-Day Herald?  Is an article in the January 2nd, 1929 Columbia Missourian more to your taste?  Now you can find all types of historical newspapers, digitized, and searchable in one place. Elephind.com is providing the service and it’s free! According to the description on its website, Elephind.com allows you to simultaneously search across thousands of articles using key words and phrases.  “The goal of Elephind.com is to make it possible to search all the world’s online historic newspapers from one place. We aren’t there yet, but we are adding more newspapers every day.”[1]

With Elephind.com it is now possible for family historians, genealogists, and researchers to search historic digitized newspaper archives from around the globe. Elephind.com is much like Google, Bing, or other search engines but is focused on only historical, digitized newspapers. It enables you to search, for free, across many newspaper sites simultaneously, rather than having to visit each site separately. By clicking on the Elephind.com search results that interest you, you’ll go directly to the newspaper site which hosts that story. Many of the smaller newspaper sites are not well known and may be difficult to find with the usual search engines but are searchable from Elephind.com.

I decided to see if I could find any articles about Napoleon Bonaparte from the year of his death.  The search tips were very helpful.  The results not only show you text from the item but also a list of the publications and their geographical origin, making it very easy to discern if the item is what you need.  I was able to locate a small article about Napoleon in the November 17th, 1821 issue of the Sydney Gazette.

Elephind.com provides a wonderful resource for so many different types of research, both personal and professional.  Happy searching!

1. About Elephind.com.  Accessed October 26, 2015.

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