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Posted: 30 Nov 2012 8:28AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 1 Dec 2012 8:38PM GMT
Is ancestry digitizing these newspapers?

Are these the same newspapers as Ancestry already has that is included in our subscriptions or completely different ones?

Are they from newspaperarchive.com or from some other newspaper source that is already online? If so, which one?

I'm guessing ancestry is going to remove newspapers from their site and make it a separate subscription? Hopefully I'm wrong but ancestry is alway thinking up new schemes to charge more and and provide less.

http://ir.ancestry.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=724094
November 29, 2012
Ancestry.com Launches New Web Site Newspapers.com

http://www.newspapers.com/

https://www.facebook.com/newspaperscom

Re: newspapers.com

Posted: 30 Nov 2012 1:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
This brings up a question. Google has many newspaper that are nearly impossible to access. Has any one heard any thing about Google selling this large database?

Possibly the older newspapers to Ancestry where the there historical and genealogical data would be a better fit?


Re: newspapers.com

Posted: 30 Nov 2012 1:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
I would love to be able to search the Google ones again.

Once in a while I get a lucky hit there.

Re: newspapers.com

Posted: 30 Nov 2012 2:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
This interesting commentary was made by "Dear Myrtle"

http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2012/11/first-look-at-newspapersc...

Is this why I am finding more and more newspaper "hits" from ancestry.com are no longer available????

If ancestry is removing newspapers from us...do we get a reduction in subscription fees???

Re: newspapers.com

Posted: 30 Nov 2012 3:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
The sign-in page looks very like the archives.com sign-in page - not surprising since archives.com is also a member of the company now.

When I had a short-term archives.com subscription several years ago, they had some newspapers available - most of which were available for free on other sites, such as http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ from the Library of Congress.

Re: newspapers.com

Posted: 30 Nov 2012 6:37PM GMT
Classification: Query
A careful reading of the Agreement and the Terms and Conditions will show that the price of subscription covers whatever various databases are available online at any particular time during the period of the subscription with no mention that any database will be available during the full terms of the subscription - a subtle but vital difference.

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a reduction in subscription costs.

Re: newspapers.com

Posted: 30 Nov 2012 11:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 30 Nov 2012 11:43PM GMT
I wouldn't either. They've played their database and subscription games too many times to trust them at all.

I just want an answer from ancestry regarding my original questions.

Probably shouldn't hold my breath waiting for that either.

Re: newspapers.com

Posted: 30 Nov 2012 11:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Staff monitor some boards, but not so much this one. You're more likely (if at all) to get a response with a direct question to staff, rather than a post here.

Just a suggestion.

Re: newspapers.com

Posted: 1 Dec 2012 6:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
If their new Newspaper website works anything like their crappy one on Ancestry.com, I also wouldn't hold my breath about finding anything in it. Their newspaper search engine is for the birds, and believe me, birds could probably find a better way of getting decent results in any search than they can on Ancestry's anyway. This is just another way to milk money out of subscribers who THOUGHT they were getting a newspaper collection here on Ancestry, which is probably why they have never done anything to improve the way the search function works in their Newspapers.

Re: newspapers.com

Posted: 2 Dec 2012 2:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
I would be very leery about subscribing to the new Ancestry owned Newspapers.com after my experience with the former Footnote.com which became Fold3.com after Ancestry purchased it. The former Footnote.com was great and especially in the beginning the people were extremely helpful. When I first subscribed I was having trouble with searches and one of their people actually called me and walked me through the problem. Since being purchased by Ancestry and having the focus changed, their search options have changed dramatically. I did reup this year when my subscription expired but will not do so again as I cannot find anything anymore the way I was able to do prior to purchase by Ancestry.
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