Friday, July 6, 2012

Historical California Newspapers Online -- For Free!

The California Digital Newspaper Collection is word-searchable, online and free
In less than a minute, I had two dozen articles for just one branch of my Mother's family--just by typing in the surname.
The Collection has a "clip" feature that separates the article I'm interested in from the rest of the page (just right click on the article and a small drop-down menu will appear), adds citation information, and lets me print it.  The only thing I had to do was retrieve the page number from the original image to complete my citation. 
Take a spin around the website.  It's a stellar website for genealogists and historians.
P.S.  Be sure to look at items that are labeled "Advertisement."  In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, lists of births, deaths and marriages were published in the advertising section of the newspapers.  Yep, right along with the ads for corsets and Dr. So-and-So's Magic Elixir.

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