On Day 31 of Family History Month, use Elephind for genealogy research.
Elephind is a free, historical newspaper site that is able to search across more than 3,000 newspaper titles at 25 institutions. The website has a very clean design and is easy to use.
Elephind includes titles from Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States. They have a specific list of titles from each country on their site. As well as institutions they are able to search (in the image below).
Elephind has some standard search features you'll want to use including:
using the OR search operator if multiple words don't need to be in the same search result
using the - search operator to exclude a word
would return mentions of "Madison" but not mentions of "James Madison"
this is helpful if you're searching for an ancestor, James Wells, and see tons of articles with someone of the same …
On Day 29 of Family History Month, use the Genealogy and Family History StackExchange for your genealogy questions.
StackExchange is a Q&A network for computer programmers that has expanded into Q&A for other topics, including genealogy and family history.
Anyone can read questions and answers on StackExchange, but in order to post questions or answers you'll need to be a registered user.
You don't have to be that heavily invested to benefit from StackExchange. I often go to StackExchange when I'm digitizing photos to remember the recommended file type and size. It's a great site for a quick refresher on various genealogy topics and is worth checking out.
If you become a registered user and want to post questions and answers you should understand more about the community. Registered users gain or lose Reputation or trust within the community based on how other StackExchange users rate their questions and answers. A higher repu…
The HathiTrust Digital Library is an online archive of content in and out of copyright. They receive content from Google, Internet Archive, Microsoft, and other partnering institutions. This is one of several digitized book sites that's useful for genealogy research.
You can search for an ancestor by surname or by collections. Searches can be made by Material type (book, periodical, etc.) or Language (many languages) or year range. Search for family names, genealogies, city histories, or family interests, like "Loyalists", for leads on those hard to find ancestors. After your initial search results, be sure to start a further digital search within the book.
A few helpful search tips:
Use quotes to search for an exact phrase "James Webber" or "Webber, James".
Use the wildcards * or ? to search for alternate spellings "James W?bb*".
Use Boolean searches AND or OR (capitalized) to include or restrict search returns.
Use a minus sign …
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