TIP OF THE WEEK – DO YOU REMEMBER THIS ELEPHIND TIP?
Elephind, is a the Search Engine for Historical Newspapers. Many genealogist love the Library of Congress – Chronicling America – historical, digitized newspapers website, but have you heard of Elephind.com? Their goal is to search all the world’s digitized, historical newspapers from one place at one time; it’s similar to the idea behind Travelocity.com with the airline industry.
Elephind currently is at over 200 million items from over 4,300 newspaper titles worldwide. That is far more than what you will find at Chronicling America. In fact, Chronicling America is one of the sites Elephind has covered. Also like Chronicling America, Elephind is adding volume almost daily.
At the website for elephind, start with the Search Tips.
The “proximity search” is particularly useful. An example, using this syntax “Jane Doe”~4 in Search will find for you :
•Jane E Doe
•Jane Elizabeth Doe
•Elizabeth Jane Smith, nee Doe
But it will exclude something like “Jane and Sally found a young, frightened doe in the woods”.
Elephind.com will be a good addition to your arsenal of historical newspapers websites and someday it might become the only one you will ever need.