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All through my college courses, we were constantly told that Wikipedia was not an allowed source for information.  This must have stayed with me because I would never have dreamed of using Wikipedia for genealogy purposes.  So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon Wikipedia’s listing of online newspaper archives!

Broken down by country (and as in the case of the good ‘ole USA, by state), the list indicates if the newspapers are free or a pay service.  This is a valuable resource you’ll want to bookmark since it will continue to grow as more and more newspapers are digitized.

While you are there, you can also look over their listing of records used in genealogy.  This list is helpful to those who have recently undertaken tracing their family roots and are stumped on what types of records they can use for gathering information.

It goes without saying that just because you found it on the Internet, doesn’t mean it is accurate.  Wikipedia also offers information on the reliability of records and sources, another must-read article!