New Newspaper Records Online: New York State Updates for 2020

Historical newspapers are among the most useful and plentiful records you can find online. But with more and more coming online every month, it can be hard to keep up with the various websites that continue to add titles. 

To make things easier, we have rounded up some notable updates that have happened so far in 2020—read below for an overview of what's new and where to access it.

If you want a general overview of the major websites with New York newspapers, read our Guide to Online Historical Newspapers. To learn more about using newspapers for genealogy research, read our article Why Historical Newspapers are Crucial Genealogical Sources

Otherwise, read on for the most recent additions from around the web. 

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New Newspapers Online

NYS Historic Newspapers

This website—created through a partnership between the Northern Library Network and the Empire State Library Network—now has over 10 million digitized newspaper pages available with collections from all over the state. So far in 2020, they have added titles from the following New York counties:

  • Erie
  • Fulton
  • Lewis
  • Oneida
  • Orleans
  • Suffolk
  • Tioga
  • Warren
  • Washington

Visit the NYS Historic Newspapers website to view and search all newspapers. Click the county map on the home page to view all titles from a given county.

You may find the specific towns, papers, and years of coverage on The Ancestor Hunt blog:

Old Fulton New York Postcards

This well-known and massive site continues to add newspapers weekly. The Ancestor Hunt has a recent blog that lists all titles that can be found on this site, and notes which ones are new. Read Fulton Postcards Adds 80 New Historical New York Newspaper Titles for the exhaustive list.

Every county in New York is covered on Counties with new NY titles include:

  • Albany
  • Allegany
  • Broome
  • Cayuga
  • Chautauqua
  • Chemung
  • Delaware
  • Dutchess
  • Erie
  • Essex
  • Franklin
  • Kings (Brooklyn)
  • Livingston
  • Madison
  • Monroe
  • New York (Manhattan)
  • Oneida
  • Onondaga
  • Orange
  • Oswego
  • Otsego
  • Rensselaer
  • Schoharie
  • St. Lawrence
  • Steuben
  • Sullivan
  • Thompkins
  • Washington
  • Wayne
  • Westchester

As outlined in our newspaper guide, you may want to use, which is an alternate way to work with this amazing material. 

Good luck with your research!

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