When doing your genealogy research, do you ever encounter a source in a different place? That’s what happened to me recently with The Courier Tribune, a Nemaha County, Kansas newspaper.
The Seneca Free Library had their newspaper collection digitized by Advantage Archives. The library home page contains a link to this collection of digitized newspapers. Several other public libraries have done the same. This includes Sabetha (Nemaha County), Kansas and Hiawatha (Brown County), Kansas.
Thus, when I followed an Ancestry hint for a marriage announcement in a newspaper, I was surprised to find this article in The Courier-Tribune (Seneca, KS) on Newspapers.com.
Curious about what newspapers from Nemaha County could be found on Newspapers.com, I started searching using the papers menu. A search for Seneca in the state of Kansas turned up seven different papers, including The Courier-Tribune.
A similar search for “Sabetha” and “Kansas” also turned up seven titles.
Continuing to search for the smaller communities provided even more titles that had been digitized.
The digitization of these early newspapers has been facilitated by the Kansas State Historical Society as part of their Kansas Digital Newspapers program. Through grants from the National Digital Newspaper Program, Kansas began digitizing their newspaper collection on Chronicling America. [list of Kansas newspapers on Chronicling America]
In 2013, the Kansas Digital Newspapers program partnered with Newspapers.com to digitize additional pre-1923 papers. This digitization of these pre-1923 newspapers has been completed with nearly 12 million pages available.
Thus all of the early Nemaha County newspapers are available on Newspapers.com. Kansas residents can access these Nemaha papers and all other newspapers from the Kansas State Historical Society collection for free by verifying their residency when logging in.