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Ancestry.com Digitizes 50 Years of AP Stories

11.19.13

Working tirelessly over several years to complete the project, Ancestry.com today revealed a brand new section of their websites devoted to historical news reports. In collaboration with the Associated Press, Ancestry.com has digitized more than one million AP stories, in their original wire copy format, from 1937 to 1985.

“We are thrilled to announce this collaboration with the Associated Press to bring its name and subject catalog online,” said Quinton Atkinson, Director of Content Acquisition for Ancestry.com. “It represents a fantastic set of material for our family historians who are researching the news of an era, and gives incredible historical context for the world their ancestors lived in.”

The new catalog features more than 2 million name records to help Ancestry.com members better research their family history. The AP stories complement the 12 billion-plus existing records on Ancestry.com, providing stronger historical context during research. The record digitization also helps AP reporters and researchers more quickly and easily search through publication history.

“The collaboration with Ancestry.com has enabled us to bring AP’s historical news microfilm and its card index not only to the family history community but also to AP journalists, who value their organization’s rich archival record,” said Valerie Komor, Director of the AP Corporate Archives. “And AP World offers a rare view into the workings of this 167-year-old news cooperative.”

Visit www.ancestry.com/ap to browse the archives.

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Source: Ancestry