July 9, 2001

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Genealogy Today Partners with The Olden Times

Genealogy Today ( is pleased to announce a joint project with The Olden Times aimed at establishing a searchable index of newspaper clippings for genealogists.

Established in 2000, The Olden Times scans makes scanned images of individual articles from original issues of 18th, 19th and early 20th century newspapers from around the United States. "Old newspapers are treasure troves of clues," explained Barbara Allen, the founder of The Olden Times. "The problem is that not many of them are indexed, at least not for the names of those of our ancestors who weren't rich & famous!"

Launched on the Genealogy Today web site in June, this index of over 2,000 clippings from The Olden Times is searchable by surname, state, year and type of article. "Barbara has put together a tremendous collection of priceless images for genealogists," commented Illya D'Addezio, owner of Genealogy Today. "I am excited to be able to make an index of this wealth of information available on our site."

"The index will include old news articles, birth, death and marriage announcements, legal notices, and advertisements," added Barbara. "Advertisements, an often overlooked resource, may help pinpoint exactly what kind of store your great-grandparents had. And, the news of a local fire may explain why your great-grand uncle picked up and moved to California."

"While many old newspapers may be safely preserved in microfilmed collections, you might have trouble finding any mention of an ancestor unless you already know of an event that might have been reported and the newspaper in which the item would have appeared. Now with the index at Genealogy Today, you can research all of your surnames in a matter of minutes."

To access the index, visit

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