I decided to try out the seven day free trial of newspapers.com. I have always been very skeptical about these trial offers, but this one turned out to be a true seven day trial with no strings attached.
The website is well organized and easy to navigate. If you search by keyword or name, you will most likely always return way too many results. It is better to search by location to narrow your results. I found that once I narrowed by location, I was able to type in a name for that specific location and the search engine seemed to do pretty well in finding the name I was looking for.
Once you open up the paper, it will highlight the word you searched for so you don't have to look through thousands of tiny words. The website was very accurate in finding the words I was looking for. The bad part was that if you want to go to page ten and you started on page one, you can't skip straight to page ten. You will have to go one by one through every page (at least I couldn't figure out how skip pages).
I do think that there needs to be more papers available. My family is from Philadelphia and I just felt like they should have had more papers to search through (especially for a big city like that). I'm sure they are adding papers daily, but that what all the archive sites claim.
The price is normally around 79.95 annually, but occassionally they have specials. I DO NOT feel that anyone wants to pay that price just to search for newspapers. It took me 4 days to research all the papers I wanted. If you were a professional genealogist, you might pay that price, but I doubt it. A hobbyist is not going to benefit from that price. They need to have a one time price or pay by download price.
*** out of ***** stars
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