Since its launch in 2014, New York State Historic Newspapers has provided free access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York’s unique history. This now includes 920 titles from all 62 counties comprising over 11.7 million pages of historical content. In these years, the content has been hosted on servers located in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York.
The site, sponsored by the Northern New York Library Network (its founder) and the Empire State Library Network with several institutional partners, gets millions of pageviews each month. To support that user base they have contracted with Veridian to build a new website to handle their increased content and traffic.
Veridian provides an online interface for searching and viewing newspaper content. In addition, Veridian will be introducing several new features, including: New search options including boolean searches; search term “boosting,” and fuzzy searching. Searching within X characters, date range limiting, and searching within target counties will remain in operation as well.
Outside of improved search functionality, a new set of features will improve the research experience on the site. A free account registration will allow visitors to view searches they’ve made in the past and the pages they’ve recently accessed, including saving results to a Private List which will allow note taking on the page.
NYS Historic Newspapers has a newsletter that will disseminate updates as they go through the process. Sign up by entering your contact info and clicking the box next to NYS Historic Newspaper Newsletter to learn more in the coming months about the estimated timelines, new features, and changes.
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Glenn E Holzhauser says
Have relatives born and died in ny
Wallace, patrick died kingston and Charles Fischer born 1850-60?