Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: Accessing Connecticut newspapers

   We've all used newspapers as an alternative to vital records. But how do you go about accessing those newspapers?
   1. Visit news.google.com/archivesearch. A way to search the older postings on Google News, this search option probably provides the fastest way to search Connecticut newspapers. The statewide coverage of sites is spotty, but it does have The New London Day for the early 1900s. The ability to search names and towns is a huge help.
  2. If you live in Connecticut, you can access the Hartford Courant databases (the main state newspaper) through www.iconn.org.
  3. Looking for a 19th century newspaper? The Connecticut State Library offers a nice selections online.
  4. Still stuck? Contact the public library in the nearest large town or city. Chances are high they have microfilm of the major local paper - or can tell you how to access it.

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