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# Thursday, August 30, 2007
Search Newspapers Free Until Sept. 6 on World Vital Records
Posted by Diane

Genealogy database site World Vital Records will provide “increased access” to the collection of NewspaperArchive.com, the largest online subscription newspaper database.

By “increased access,” World Vital Records webmasters mean they’re extracting vital information in newspapers dating from 1759 to 1923, resulting in half a billion records, and making it searchable on the World Vital Records site.

The first release of the NewspaperArchive.com data—40 million records—went up Aug. 27, and data for more titles were posted today. World Vital Records gives 10 days of free access for each site addition, so start searching.

After 10 days, databases are available with a World Vital Records subscription, which costs $49.95 for two years.

Find the data on World Vital Records’ Browse Databases page. For now, you have to search each title individually. You can search by name, place, year and keyword, and results are linked to (supersized) images of the original articles.

Update: Based on the comments, it looks like some are having trouble accessing the free newspaper databases in World Vital Records. To review: Each new database is free for 10 days after World Vital Records adds it. After the 10 days are over, you must subscribe to access that database.

To find the free content, use this link: http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/recentcontentlisting.aspx. Next to each database listed on that page, you can see how many days of free access remain. Click a database to search it. You don't have to register with the site to search it, or to view the results of your search.


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Thursday, August 30, 2007 9:55:47 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [9]
Thursday, August 30, 2007 4:36:03 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Just tried it and it does NOT work for me. Is this an aol problem?
J
Thursday, August 30, 2007 4:57:06 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Perhaps I'm doing it wrong but it doesn't work FREE for me either!
Juanita
Thursday, August 30, 2007 5:29:21 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi,
Hmmm, it's working for me. Make sure you're clicking the newspaper titles listed under "Newspaper Archives Collection" (it should appear on the upper right of your screen if you use the above link).

If this still doesn't work, try clicking the "View all Databases in the Newspaper Category" link, which takes you to a page with every newspaper title in World Vital Records--not all are in the Newspaper Archive Collection. Then scroll down the list and pick out the ones that say "free for 7 (or however many) more days."

The last option is to go to World Vital Records' home page and click the link to view all recently added databases. All those have some free time remaining, but it's harder to tell which are from the NewspaperArchives collection because you'll only see the newspaper title.
Diane
Thursday, August 30, 2007 6:17:22 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Anxious to try and see if it is available free for 10 days. I currently subscribe to Family Tree magazine.
Mary Porter
Thursday, August 30, 2007 8:09:51 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
not very free they wanted to seel a $49. or $79. subscription
richard
Friday, August 31, 2007 8:09:15 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
To clarify, all the World Vital Records Databases are not free. Those databases added within the last 10 days are free. For a few more days, this includes various newspaper titles from the NewspaperArchives collection.

This is World Vital Records' method of introducing you to the rest of its databases, and naturally, hoping you'll buy a subscription to the site.
Diane
Friday, August 31, 2007 1:51:55 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Not free at all when you require a sealed commitment for a subscription. A lot of BS if you ask me. Another ploy to gain memberships and $$$$$$$$$$. Thanks but no thanks
Dan Draper
Friday, August 31, 2007 2:40:53 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I tried it and it isn't free. It asks for money.
Linda Hess
Friday, August 31, 2007 3:09:42 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
All sites cost money to run and to provide access to records. The free portion (I'm assuming) gives you a chance to see if it is a service you are interested in and then for deeper access, you can subscribe to it. $49.95 for 2 years seems pretty reasonable for the service.
Greg
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