Sunday, February 13, 2011

Google News Archive Search

A terrific free online tool is the Google News Archive Search.

This feature from Google sometimes leads to citations in a paid subscription database, and other times leads to an image of the actual news article. After entering in the search terms Sandusky and Reber, I was led to this link, to a full text article about Sallie Reber's death. The article originally appeared in the May 7, 1885 issue of the New York Times. Sallie Reber was born in Sandusky, and went on to become a popular singer in the nineteenth century.

A search in Google News Archive with the words Sandusky and Newberry led to several full text articles about Spencer B. Newberry and his divorce from Ambassador White's daughter.

Other items I retrieved through Google News Archive Search were obituaries of family members, an article about a cousin who had polio in the 1950's, and several mentions of athletic and academic honors earned by my nieces and nephews. Experiment with Google News Archive Search with surnames and locations of your family members. You may find some interesting surprises!


PalmsRV said...

Just used the Google News Archive Search last night. Jim's family was from Pittsburgh and a Pittsburgh newspaper has free access.

The Reber story was absolutely riveting! Thanks for the link. Wonder what happened to the baby.


Dorene from Ohio said...

It has been a while since I researched Sallie Reber, but I think her sister raised the baby.

Dorene from Ohio said...

I found a photo of Sallie's daughter online at: