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Re: What is the best paid newspaper site


My opinion is that GenealogyBank is the best choice of the 3 for African American research in general, because they have the largest collection of black newspapers in addition to tons of mainstream ones. And, they are very affordable. However, I don’t recommend you subscribe to any of them right now. What you should do is compile a list of the papers you are finding the most success in, and see how many are on those 3 sites—that should determine the best site for you. And even then, you may not find enough of them on a particular site to make it worth the financial outlay.


A genealogist who I believe lives in TN and has copies of microfilm of the Nashville Globe is Taneya Koonce. If I remember correctly, she’s talked about going to the Nashville Public Library frequently in the past so she may be in that area. See if she is interested in doing the searches there or at TSA; if not she may know someone who would. They should be cheaper than 10 bucks per obit/search. You can find her contact info on her blog site:

If you haven’t already, try to find local libraries or genealogical/historical societies to fulfill the requests—they will tend to be cheaper. For example if you were having TSA search their Pulaski, TN papers, see if the Pulaski Public Library has them.

Give Chronicling America another shot. But go to this site first: Kenneth Marks, the owner of this site just compiled a great list of black newspapers along with a very helpful video on searching the Chronicling America site. It may better equip you to be successful on the site. He also has videos on newspaper research in general and others organized by locality, including TN & SC.

Please be sure to ask us other questions related to newspaper research you have and hopefully we will be able to provide you with additional guidance. And out of curiosity, give me some of the primary towns/counties you are focusing your newspaper research in and time frames (1920s, 1900-1925, etc).


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