New “Archive” Search Engine Project

Diagram of the search engine concept (en)

Diagram of the search engine concept (en) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Would you like a Search Engine to scour the world’s history records in an attempt to unearth genealogical evidence and/or context? Well I would, so I am in the process of trying to build one. However, given my meager knowledge of the world’s online archives, I need your in making this Search Tool truly robust and useful.

Immediately below in the body of this Blog Post, you will find my initial list of 130+ archives planned planned for inclusion in this Search Engine. Here are the criteria I am using for inclusion:

  1. The Archive/ Database Site must provide historical and/or genealogical information. Newspapers, periodicals, databases, death notices, &tc. are all likely ‘suspects’.
  2. At least the initial or ‘teaser’ results must be made Freely available by the site(s) we search (even if the details are only provided on a for fee basis). Remember we are looking for clues under rocks and even a peak can be worthwhile. I know this will disturb some people and I apologize for that; but, I feel I would be remiss to exclude those tantalizing tidbits offered by providers of for fee material.
  3. The site(s) I search must be free of hate, bias, slander, you get the picture. I will make every effort to include only sites written, hosted and managed by civil, knowledgeable, folk.

And.. so it is with this plea I come to you:
“Give me your sites, your databases,
Your hidden data yearning to breathe free,[…]”

To send me your suggested sites for inclusion in this Search engine,

please use our Contact page.

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visit our Free Help page.

18th and 19th century British (England and Scotland) publications
Access Genealogy
African Heritage Project
African Journal Archive from Sabinet in South Africa
Alberta, Canada Newspaper Archives
Another Spanish newspaper archive
Arbeiter Zeitung
Assorted Bavarian German newspaper archives, with intermittent coverage from early 1700’s to 1945
Atlantic monthly magazine
Australian Digitized Collection
Australian Digitized Collection
Austrian Newspaper Archives
Automated Genealogy
Billion Graves
British Columbia Historical Newspapers, 1865-1995
British Library, India Office
British Newspaper Archives
Canada Gazette
Canadian newspapers and the Second World War
Caribbean Newspaper Imaging Project
Castle Garden
Chronicling America
Chronicling America (Library of Congress)
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
Compact Memory — Jewish Newspapers and Periodicals
Cyndi’s List
Daughters of the American Revolution
Dead Fred
Denmark Illustreret Tidende
Der Speigel
Deutsche Exilzeitschriften
Die Zeit Online
Eleanor Muehle Newspaper Archive, 1967-2006
Ellis Island
Estonian Newspaper Archives
Family Tree Now
Find a Grave
Finnish Historical Newspapers
Fitzrovia Community Newspaper Archive
Free Genealogy Search Engine
Freiburger Zeitung
French Newspaper Archives
Fulton History
Galway Advertiser
German Genealogy Server
Google News Archive
Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands Archives
Guild of One-Name Studies
Halton Ontario Newspaper Index 
Hamburger Abendblatt
Hebrew language newspapers
Hispanic Genealogy
Historical Newspapers Online
Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection
Internet Archive
Irish Newspaper Archive
Italian Genealogical Group
Japan Pre-War Newspaper Archives collection at Kobe University
Jewish Chronicle archives
La Gazette de France
La Stampa
Le Gazzette Bolognesi
Library and Archives Canada
Manitoba, Canada Newspaper Archives
Media History Digital Library
Mercure Francois
More 19th and 20th century Italian language papers
More from Switzerland
Nambour Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser
National Library of Australia Digitized Newspapers
NativeWeb Genealogy
NCSE: Nineteenth Century Serials Edition
Nechako Chronicle
New York Times Archives
New Zealand PapersPast newspapers
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nordic newspaper archives
Nova Scotia Newspaper Archives
Old Magazine Articles
Open Library
Our Ontario Community Newspaper Collection
Paper of record
Patriot and Grave Index
Preserve the Pensions
Prince George newspaper project
Saoirse, Irish Freedom Newspaper
Seventh-day Adventist Obituary Database
Singapore Pages
Six 18th and 19th century British (England and Scotland) publications
Small Town Newspapers
Special Editions of Canadian Newspapers
Swedish newspapers
Switzerland newspapers
Thailand Newspapers, WWII Collection
The British Colonist
The Burney Collection, 17th and 18th centuries
The Leeuwarder Courant
The Nation
The National Archives of Ireland
The Scotsman Digital Archive
The Spectator, 1828-2008
Time magazine
UK GazettesBritish Library Newspaper Archive
UK National Archives
UK Newspaper Archives
University of Heidelberg archive
US National Archives
USGenWeb Project
Utrechts Nieuwsblad
Vanderhoof, British Columbia
Villanova University Digital Library
Villanova University Digital Library.
Wainwright Star Chronicle
Welsh Newspapers Online
WorldGenWeb Project