Now over 72,000 pages! Also: Searching tutorial now available online

This week the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project added close to 10,000 more pages to the Chronicling America database, bringing our total to over 72,000 Vermont historical newspaper pages available.

The Montpelier Watchman & State Journal issues are now available from 1836-1888, with issues through 1910 available with our next batch upload. These issues add to the wealth of historical newspapers we have already made available:

Windham County Democrat: 1837-1853 (scattered issues)

Rutland Daily Globe: 1873-1876, with 1877 forthcoming

Vermont Transcript (St. Albans): 1864-1869

Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro): 1836-1922

Burlington Free Press (weekly edition): 1836-1920

Rutland Herald: 1836-1854

Vermont Farmer (Newport, St. Johnsbury): 1872-1877, with 1870-1872 forthcoming.

We have several more batches in various stages of completion, and we are well on our way toward our project total of nearly 130,000 pages. This spring and summer, we will be adding more issues to Chronicling America from the Middlebury Register from 1837-1922, the Spirit of the Age (Woodstock, VT) from 1840-1909, the Caledonian (St. Johnsbury) from 1837-1884, and the Bennington Banner from 1888-1895, and 1903-1904.

There are so many historical treasures to be found in the pages of these newspapers. We recently published a tutorial that walks one through several types of searches in Chronicling America, and includes a number of interesting images from the pages of these papers. The tutorial, “Finding Great Stuff in Chronicling America and the VTDNP” can be found here, as part of our recently added Presentations and Tutorials page on the VTDNP website. On the Presentations and Tutorials page you can find information about the history and formation of the project, instructional information for searching, and technical information regarding the digitization of newspapers. We hope that this will be a useful resource for genealogists, researchers, and others interested in the VTDNP.

Happy searching!

Tom McMurdo

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