Last week, I wrote about Trove. This week, I am going to write about the other sites with online newspapers.
The main two others sites I use for newspapers in Australia are the Herald Sun Tributes and the Ryerson Index. I also occasionally use Newspapers.com.
Other newspapers have online archives, but they are usually just for the last few years at the most, while the Herald Sun Tributes go back longer. The Herald Sun Tributes has death and funeral notices. The earliest one I have come across so far is from 2004.
The Ryerson Index is only an index, and doesn’t have actual notices, but I use this to determine if there were additional notices that haven’t been included in the Herald Sun Tributes, or if there were any notices in other newspapers. At this stage of my genealogy do-over, the newspapers I have found that have death, funeral or probate notices for my family include The Age (Melbourne), The Courier Mail (Brisbane), The Daily Mercury (Hobart), the Bendigo Advertiser, and the Shepparton News. All of these newspapers have websites, which include recent death notices, but they didn’t have the notices I was after. I will need to go the State Library to view these. Not all newspapers have been digitised, and due to copyright there isn’t much available from 1955, so this is one of the occasions when you need to visit one of the State Libraries or the National Library of Australia to find out more information about your family.
This is a subscription site, and it doesn’t have much from Australia. It includes The Age (Melbourne) from 1854-2000, The Sydney Morning Herald (1831-2002), The Sydney Mail (1919) and the Hamilton Spectator (1860-1919). These newspapers are also available on Trove up to 1954, so I would only recommend using Newspapers.com for articles in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald from 1955. This site is more useful when researching families from the United States and Canada.