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Newspaper Abstracts Update
Finding Our Ancestors In The News!
As we ring in the new year and look forward to finding those elusive
ancestors, I would like to take a moment to look back on the past year and
the happenings at NewspaperAbstracts.com. 2004 brought much needed
improvements to the site and the way that news items are contributed, making
it possible for news items to be online within minutes instead of weeks or
months. No longer was it necessary for county and state coordinators to
painstakingly hand-code and upload web pages, now it is being done by the
simple use of an online form that allows coordinators to immediately post
the news item to the site. We also welcomed dozens of new contributors and
coordinators to our Newspaper Abstracts family and with their help grew by
nearly 3,900 news items in a single year! There are now over 14,765 news
items from all over the United States, Canada and Ireland, available free of
charge on the http://www.NewspaperAbstracts.com website.
I would like to take this time to publicly thank all of the county and state
coordinators, along with the site contributors, for their dedication in
consistently submitting news items to allow this site continue to grow and
provide the visitors with such a wonderful resource. Without their generous
donation of time and news items, Newspaper Abstracts would not have grown to
be the wonderful resource that it is, and for that we are all very grateful.
Call For Volunteers
Are you looking for a project? Have a spare hour or two a week? We are
always looking for volunteers to assist us with the site. While some
counties and states have thousands of news items available, others are quite
bare. Newspaper Abstracts is a personal site, run entirely by volunteers
that relies on individuals like you to help it grow and continue to be such
a wonderful free resource for researchers all over the world.
There are many ways you can help:
Transcribers – Don’t have any news items of your own to submit, but you
would still like to help? Several coordinators have stacks of newspapers
that need to be transcribed and submitted to the site. Coordinators are
always looking for volunteers to help them transcribe copies of news items
to be placed on the site. If you can help, please email
Barbara(a)NewspaperAbstracts.com and a coordinator will contact you shortly
Contributors – Do you have news items that may be of benefit to others?
Want a place to post them but don’t want to coordinate a county? Then this
is for you! Request a free account (see below) and you can easily place
your news items online and help other researchers in their search for their
County Coordinators – Do you have a county or two that you find yourself
doing a lot of research in? As a county coordinator you can share your
knowledge of the area and the news resources available to other researchers.
Volunteer to coordinate a county (see below) and help it grow with news
State Coordinator – Do you like to manage projects? Are you familiar with
researching in a particular state? As a state coordinator you can help the
site grow by submitting news items, assisting county coordinators and
sharing your knowledge of news in your state with other researchers. If
this sounds like you, volunteer to coordinate (see below) a state and meet
thousands of helpful researchers in the process.
Country Coordinator – Currently we have news items from the United States,
Canada and Ireland. If you would be willing to take on another country and
help it grow, email Barbara(a)NewspaperAbstracts.com and we can work out the
To request a contributor account or to coordinate a county or state,
complete the short form found at:
Recent Additions to the following counties at
Alaska - Fairbanks North Star, Outer Ketchikan
Alabama – Washington
Arizona – Yavapai
California – Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Marin, Mendocino,
Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo,
Santa Clara, Shasta, Solano, Trinity, Tulare, Yolo, Yuba
Canada - Nova Scotia, Ontario
District of Columbia
Iowa - Fremont, Polk
Illinois - Adams, Brown, Champaign, Fulton, Logan, Morgan, Peoria, Pike,
Sangamon, Schuyler, Tazewell
Indiana - Floyd, Vigo
Kansas - Greenwood, Shawnee
Kentucky - Jefferson
Massachusetts - Suffolk, Worcester
Maryland - Frederick, Montgomery, Washington
Missouri - Buchanan, Jefferson, Livingston
Montana - Silver Bow
New Mexico - Grant
Nevada - Washoe
New York - Brooklyn, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, New York, Niagara
Ohio - Ashtabula, Athens, Brown, Butler, Franklin, Harrison, Highland,
Hocking, Holmes, Sandusky, Scioto, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Trumbull
Oklahoma - Oklahoma, Tulsa, Woods
Oregon - Wasco
Pennsylvania - Adams, Bucks, Crawford, Philadelphia, Washington
South Carolina - York
Tennessee - Campbell, Carter, Knox, Sullivan
Texas - Bexar, Harris, Shackelford, Throckmorton
Virginia - Henrico, Warwick
Vermont - Chittenden, Rutland, Washington, Windham
Washington - Cowlitz, Lewis, Thurston
Wisconsin - Dane, Dodge, Door, Iowa, Ozaukee, Sauk, Trempealeau, Walworth
West Virginia – Mercer
Have a Wonderful New Year,
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