It will soon be easier to explore the stories of Lancaster County that LNP/LancasterOnline and its predecessors have been chronicling for 225 years.
By the end of the year, local archives dating to 1795 will be added to Newspapers.com, which boasts a searchable online treasure trove of more than 11,900 newspapers.
Caroline Muraro, president of LNP Media Group, said the change will “make the history of the county and what has been published in our paper of record much more accessible to everyone inside and outside the county.”
Previously, the oldest editions existed only on paper, she said. Many other years were on microfilm. And starting with the edition of Aug. 18, 1989, digitized records were available for a fee through LancasterOnline.com.
The Newspaper.com files will include all those records in one place, updated continually, Muraro said, and the “very defined process” of uploading the archives has already begun.
The one notable absence in the archives will be editions from 1794, including the first Lancaster Journal published on June 17 of that year. That’s because LNP doesn't have copies of those earliest editions.
Details regarding access to the LNP Archives hosted by Newspapers.com are still being worked out.
Newspapers.com is used heavily by people researching ancestry, Muraro said, noting surveys also show history is a key interest of LNP readers.
The search function is “very quick and very specific,” she said, noting that in testing Newspapers.com she came across a 1960s article in the Morning Call, of Allentown, quoting her mother-in-law, who had been in Chile during an earthquake.
“How else would I have ever been able to read that?” she said.