Newspapers are great primary sources for the researchers and both of these projects are free services. Prior to the digital age researchers had to slog through binders of clipped articles, microfilm, or through the actual newspapers. Now researchers can use keyword searching to conduct research across multiple papers. I quickly found the The New Paltz Times (1860-1919) where I focused my efforts – it was an invaluable source for information about the burying ground I was looking for.
Newspapers are also a great resource for genealogy, often richly documenting a community’s births, marrriages, and deaths. In some cases, newspapers are the only resources documenting someone’s existence, in others they can tell deeper stories about dry research “facts.”
There’s one more newspaper source that shouldn’t go unmentioned. Chronicling America, a project of the Library of Congress, is also a free online searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers – and they have just posted their 10 millionth page.