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Vicki’s note – Update from WI Libraries for Everyone – this is one of the major databases that we use for searching for (non-Beloit) historic newspapers at the Beloit Public Library.  I use it a lot for my own research for my family, and for others.

It is still available for free on our Homepage, through Badgerlink in Wisconsin.  Other States have different ways to access it, as each state chooses whether to pay for access (to this and other databases) for their citizens.

The only thing I found for Illinois so far is this:

The Illinois History –Digital Imaging grants expand access to electronic collections through the Illinois Digital Archives database maintained by the Illinois State Library (thru Jesse White, the Secretary of State. To view the collections and other historical artifacts, visit the Illinois Digital Archives website at http://idaillinois.org/.

We will just have to get used to using it a different way.  If you have not used historic newspapers in your family sleuthing, I recommend that you try this out.  I will be using it again soon to see how the new method works.

WI Libraries For Everyone:

Access Newspaper ARCHIVE

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Access NewspaperARCHVE PDF View Discontinued

Posted: 21 Jul 2017 09:11 AM PDT

Friday, July 21, 2017

After September 30, 2017, in Access NewspaperARCHIVE, you will no longer be able to view an article as a PDF. But don’t worry, you will still be able to download newspaper pages as PDFs.

The PDF viewer is being discontinued because PDF images are much larger than the JPEGs, taking a considerable amount of time to download and also putting a massive load on Access NewspaperARCHIVE’s servers. Additionally, Adobe Viewer is a third party platform which means Access NewspaperARCHIVE has no control over how the end product is displayed to the user.

After the transition away from the PDF Viewer, you will still be able to download in 2 easy steps.

1. Click on the envelope in the toolbar.

2. Select Save as PDF.

Written by:
Kara Ripley, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning


WPLC Announces – More Historical Content Added to Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers

Vicki’s note – more local historic newspapers on-line.



WPLC Announces –

More Historical Content Added to

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers


More than 100,000 pages of early newspapers from six Wisconsin communities can now be discovered in the Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers. The Belleville Public Library, Black River Falls Public Library, Dwight Foster Public Library, Eager Free Library, Prairie du Chien Public Library and Stephenson Public Library worked together with BadgerLink, the Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) to add this content to the Archive.

Wisconsin residents can now access the following titles through BadgerLink:

  • Belleville Recorder 1887-1923
  • Badger State Banner 1868-1926
  • Banner Journal 1931-1938
  • Evansville Badger 1898-1906
  • Evansville Enterprise 1895-1911
  • Evansville Review 1899-1932
  • Evansville Tribune 1899-1908
  • Jackson County Banner 1867-1868
  • Jefferson County Union 1870-1918
  • Prairie du Chien Courier Press 1852-1922
  • Marinette and Peshtigo Eagle 1871-1896

These titles join the list of historical newspapers added to the Archive in 2016 thanks to an LSTA-funded pilot project. To explore the full collection, visit the Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers.

The Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers is an ongoing collaboration of WHS, WPLC, WNA, and BadgerLink. For more information about how your library can participate, visit http://www.wplc.info/newspapers.

Five Resources For Finding Early Immigrants to the US

(Vicki’s note – Family Tree Magazine article Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Five Resources For Finding Early Immigrants to the US

Posted by Diane Haddad)Pilgrims

Looking for early immigrants to America, before passenger lists were required in 1820? Try these resources, which you’ll learn more about in our online workshop How to Find Your Ancestry Before 1850, May 16-22:

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s: This index by P. William Filby and Mary K. Meyer compiles information from a variety of records. It’s in print at many libraries and searchable on Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com and through HeritageQuest Online (available at many libraries).

(Vicki’s Note – including through the Beloit Public Library homepage “Beloitlibrary.org” which has HeritageQuest and several other Badgerlink for Genealogists resources. Badgerlink is paid for by The state of Wisconsin, so only available on Wisconsin computers, or elsewhere if you have a Wisconsin Library card.  Other states/countries will have similar database resources from their public libraries)

Early passenger lists: A few early lists exist. For example, Philadelphia passenger lists from 1729 through 1808 (with a break during the American Revolution) are transcribed in Pennsylvania German Pioneers by Ralph B. Strassburger and William J. Hinke, and the National Archives has microfilm of some early lists for New Orleans and Philadelphia lists.

Land records: The colonies of Virginia and Maryland made land grands to those who sponsored immigrants. The patent or headright would name those transported.

Naturalization records: In the Colonies, non-English immigrants had to swear oaths of allegiance as part of the citizenship process. The US passed its first naturalization act in 1790. These records have sparse information but may include the date, ship name and port of departure.

Newspapers: Articles might announce new arrivals or carry notices of those seeking missing immigrants. Using a digital newspaper site such as Chronicling America, Newspapers.com or GenealogyBank can save you hours of scrolling.

How to Find Your Ancestry Before 1850 also covers the 1790 through 1840 US censuses (which name only heads of households), tax records, “cluster” research, and other strategies and records for researching early Americans. See a workshop program at FamilyTreeUniversity.com.

We are grateful for the DPI newspaper content on Badgerlink, Especially The Beloit Daily News

(Note from Vicki – this is a copy of the emails that I recently received, and sent, about the (BDN) Beloit Daily News microfilm archives.

You may express your gratitude also to DPI Martha Berniger that we will still be able to get access to older Beloit Daily News newspapers,

even though we will no longer receive BDN microfilms as of October 2015.

There is also a procedure at the end on how to access, on-line, current and older articles and issues (from 1996 on) of the BDN with your computer.

We have the pre-October 2015  BDN microfilms, and they will all still be available to use in the Beloit Public Library building.

In addition, soon I will be purchasing any other non- BDN historic newspapers in microfilm to use at the Library.

Some of those newspaper dailies or weeklies were only published for a few months, so we will have a great overall resource for you to use.

It may be worth searching again for Beloit WI ancestors, even if you have looked before, and not found something.)


Hi Vicki

Please let the folks at DPI know that you appreciate the newspaper content on Badgerlink.

They are the ones that keep the newspapers available as a resource.

Martha Berninger is the contact at DPI: Berninger, Martha F. DPI-RLL Martha.Berninger@dpi.wi.gov

Thanks for sharing your support for the newspaper content….and let me know if you have any additional questions.


Beth Bennett
Executive Director
34 Schroeder Court
Suite 220
Madison, WI 53711
Wisconsin Newspaper Association
Direct Line: (608) 283-7621
Fax: (608)-283-7631
Cellular: (608) 609-2299


Dear Martha,

Thanks to the folks at the Wisconsin DPI.

The staff at the Beloit Public Library,
Residents of Rock County,
And persons (worldwide) interested in Beloit Wisconsin history, current happenings, and genealogy appreciate
the newspaper content on Badgerlink for Beloit Daily News and other Wisconsin newspapers.

I find this resource irreplaceable as the co-founder and monthly program coordinator
of the Stateline Genealogy Club at Beloit Public Library, and as part of the Reference Desk staff.

We are grateful that you keep the newspapers available as a resource.
Below is an email that I sent out, which points out the important role this resource has especially now,
And in the future.

(email I sent to BPL staff and Beloit College in Oct. 2015):

After decades of BPL and Beloit College being the archival repository,
the Beloit Daily News will no longer be paying Proquest ($1,500 annual)
to send Beloit Daily News microfilm for
Beloit Public Library or Beloit College Library,
as of Oct. 6, 2015 (?)

There was a cost increase.
There was always a 6 month delay, and no indexes after 1915 (except year 1968).

I have been investigating BDN options since then, before, during, and after vacation.
On-going, BPL will have the following 2 complimenting databases, instead of microfilm:

1) We had just started a 3 month trial with a (2016) $950 annual subscription to
Newsbank.Inc for digital copies of the Beloit Daily News
from 1996 up to the current date, with daily updates.
These are the earliest digital newspaper records available for BDN.
There are only selected articles (including Obits),
not the whole archival newspaper pages
– no photographs, want ads, businesses, or minor articles.

But you can do a key word and/or date search option.
Additionally there is a digital collection of 29 America’s News magazines from (some) 1991 on.

You can get to the NewsBank-Beloit Daily News 1996 to Present
database on our BPL homepage >
“Discover, Investigate, Grow” > “Genealogy and Local History” >
NewsBank-Beloit Daily News 1996 to Present

[Note the Newsbank.Inc database is only available on-line with you using your Beloit Public Library card, on within the Library building.]

2) I just got the email below notifying us of the additional
“WNA” Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s BDN database,
available free for WI residents through Badgerlink.
It will be the equivalent of whole page microfilmed BDN,
but in a keyword/date searchable, digital form.

Without this, we would not have the photographs,
or complete archival BDN newspapers.
Most other Wisconsin newspapers are available there also.
Select “Beloit Daily News”, and also limit by date or keyword.

There is a 6 month delay, and the BDN’s is only available
on this database back to Feb. 2005.
The early digital issues are very faint.
The more recent ones are good.

You can get to the “WNA” Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s
BDN database on our BPL homepage >
“Discover, Investigate, Grow” > “Genealogy and Local History” >
“Badgerlink for Genealogists” >
“Find” > “Newspapers” >
(the big red WNA button at the end of the list)
Wisconsin Newspaper Association Digital Research Site“.

Both databases together will be better than microfilm.

Vicki Hahn

Ebscohost Badgerlink “HeritageQuest” webinar Wednesday, April 15, 1:00 p.m.

MyHeritage Library Edition: Delivering a Powerful and User-Friendly Genealogy Research Experience in the Library Setting

Hosted by EBSCO

This webinar will provide libraries with information and tools to help patrons get the most out of their genealogy research with the MyHeritage Library Edition. Join us on Wednesday, April 15th at 2:00pm EDT (11:00am PDT) to learn more about the record collections included in the database, our easy-to-use search engine and record viewing tools, family history research tips, and features that make the MyHeritage Library Edition such a valuable genealogy resource for your patrons.

When: Wednesday, April 15, at 2:00pm EDT (11:00am PDT)
Where: Online WebEx session (Hosted by EBSCO—Register below)
Presenter: Ross Bloom, B2B Account Manager, MyHeritage

Topics to be covered:
• Overview of the database’s extensive U.S. and international record collections
• Searching and viewing records – how to generate the best results
• Key benefits of the MyHeritage Library Edition for libraries and patrons

Register Now

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This is the free genealogy and census database on the Beloit Public Library homepage – “beloitlibrary.org”

Try out the Fold3 plus 30-day trial on the Beloit Public Library homepage!

 We have a 30-day trial of “Fold3 Plus” on the genealogy page of the Library website until mid December 2014. See:
“BELOITLIBRARY.ORG” > “Discover, Investigate, Grow” > Genealogy and Local History” >”Fold3 Plus”.

You must use the user id and password that are supplied on that page.

Our gift to you.

Come to the Stateline Genealogy Club where we will be using “Fold3 Plus” to learn how to do genealogy research  on the Revolutionary War Period with Katherine Kemnitz this Friday, November 14 from 10 – noon in the Computer Classroom.
This is  genealogy database that we are considering adding to the databases that the Library pays for,
if we could get organization(s) to underwrite the subscription fees.
Let us know what you think of it.
Meanwhile have fun using it in your genealogy searching, and you can see if it is a database that you want to purchase for yourself at home.
Don’t forget the Genealogy Databases that we already have, “Ancestry.com” (Library Edition – to use in the building), and “Heritage Quest” on Badgerlink for Wisconsin residents.  These are also on the same homepage location.


November Trial of Genealogy Online informational databases for Illinois Residents – “Try It! Illinois”

Suggestions from Ron Zarnick from Blog
Posted on 21 October 2014 by Thomas MacEntee
Did you know that many states, like Illinois, provide their residents at home access to online informational databases like Try It! Illinois?

Do you live in a state that provides its residents with access to various online research databases? Here in Illinois, each October and November, Illinois residents are given FREE trial access to ILLINET through a program called Try It! Illinois. ILLINET is the Illinois Library and Information Network which is a consortium of over 5,000 libraries in Illinois.

Here is how TryIt! Illinois works, according to their website:

Try-It! Illinois offers the staffs and library users of the more than 5,000 ILLINET member libraries the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois.

How Do I Sign Up for TryIt! Illinois?

You must be an Illinois resident to be eligible for the at-home trial of TryIt! Illinois. Click the link in the sidebar that reads “Please send me the login and password” and then fill out the form with your name, address, zip code and the name of your Illinois library that you use. Once submitted, you should receive an email with the login and password information.

The idea behind TryIt! Illinois is so you can sample and evaluate the various databases available. After the trial, some of these may be available through your local library either in-person or through an at home login. I know that for me, through my Chicago Public Library card, I can access many databases at home including some ProQuest offerings such as the Chicago Tribune Historical Archive.

What Databases Are Available?

The full list of databases available with TryIt! Illinois 2014 are listed here. For genealogists, there is a gold mine of items available – many are from the Gale-Cengage Learning series such as 19th Century British Library Newspapers, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, etc. Also included is Ancestry Library Edition and many EBSCO and Sage Publications databases.

Other States with Similar Online Resources

Several other states offer similar online databases for research such as BadgerLink for Wisconsin residents. Many of these sites require proof of state residents, a library card from a public library within the state, and they also may verify your IP address and check that you are accessing the site from a location within the state.

Also, if you live in a city or town with a university or college, see if they offer access to residents through a library card program. The benefits may include the ability to access research resources online from the comfort of your home or office.

NOTE – Wisconsin residents can use Badgerlink for free anytime.  There is a link on the Beloit Public Library homepage “Beloitlibrary.org”.