28 December 2013

Old Fulton New York Newpaper Site Adds 1,000,000 Pages

A few days ago the Old Fulton New York Post Cards website announced that it would add 1,000,000 new pages to its already considerable inventory (26,108,000 pages - at last count). The new pages would include not only newspapers from New York State towns, but also from towns in states adjacent to New York. The pages would be loaded onto the site on 25 December 2013.

Well, I've been checking the page each day since 25 December and it seems that there will ultimately be Optical Character Recognition searchable pages from about 42 newspapers (this is based on the new thumbnail images loaded on the site's newspaper inventory page). Seventeen of the thumbnails currently have links to uploaded pages (one appears to be a duplicate). I can only surmise that the rest of the links are coming soon.

Tom Tryniski, the site's owner, has added newspapers from New Jersey, Connecticut, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. The following is a list of papers added thus far:

Angola, New York Record, 1871-1937
Angola, New York Journal 1952-1985
Hackettstown, New Jersey Gazette 1857-1962
Hackettstown, New Jersey Warren Republican 1885-1920
Duluth, Minnesota Evening Herald 1887-1922
Carrol County, Illinois Republican 1855-1858
Narberth, Pennsylvania Our Town 1914-1948
Owantonna, Minnesota Plaindealer 1863-1866
Saint Paris, Ohio Enterprise 1878-1891
Saint Paris, Ohio Dispatch 1950-1954
Saint Paris, Ohio New Era 1877-1893
Saint Paris, Ohio News 1892-1906
Saint Paris, Ohio News Dispatch 1881-1949
Wilton, Connecticut Bulletin 1937-2003
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Public Record 1870-1872
Biblical Record, North Carolina 1890-1917

In addition, Tryniski has added an unusual data set called "New York Western House of Refuge 1876-1960." The Western House of Refuge was the first state-supported institution in the United States for confining and reforming juvenile delinquents. If you believe there might have been a delinquent in your family's past, check the digitized pages. The pages are titled "State Agricultural and Industrial School." Entries for each inmate include name, date received, place sent from, offense, religion and country of birth.

Tryniski's site continues to astound with its freely available inventory. Enjoy!

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