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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407344131 Monika

    The best old newsWe are ralley lucky to be living in a digital age. Why? You now have millions of pages of historical newspapers available to you (many at no charge) whereas in the past, you would have had to visit certain libraries and spend a lot of quality time viewing the archives and microfiche readers.Here are some great places to begin your search of newspapers from the last century and beyond.Newspaper searchesChronicling America: Historic American newspapers This free site allows you to search by date and keywords, as well as view newspaper pages from 1860-1922. It’s free because Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).NewspaperArchive.com They say they’re thea0world’s largest online newspaper archive, this site offers millions of newspaper articles from 1759 to the present. Paid membership is required to access records, but you can search for free to see if any helpful info is available.Newspaper Abstracts This website is comprised of newspaper abstracts and extracts, contributed by people to help others with the same interests expand their research.Google News Archive Google has quietly assembled a great search tool for historical archives linking you to both free and paid results. As a bonus, their search can automatically create timelines to show selected results from relevant eras.

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      If its important dh will tell me. I don’t read, watch, or lstein to the news. I used to get my news from my grandma because all she did was sit there and watch the news all day.