Accessible Archives Makes Searching For Records Easier With New Site Design and Global Search Feature

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by Whitney Ransom,

Accessible Archives, one of’s partners, recently launched a new site design and also implemented a new global search feature. I have been searching on the site today, and I think it is great: very clean, slick, and easy to use.

Once you are logged into the search, you can search the database in a variety of ways. For example, you can search using a word index such as Find words between____ and ___, or you can browse each article page by page. Plus, you can search by publication name, publication date, or by collection. Accessible Archives’ search features also keeps a history of your searches.

Another nice feature is that you can type in a word, such as “Smith” and view this keyword in context of the article, or you can view the entire article. It’s great!

Accessible Archives has a wide variety of archived historical information from the 18th and 19th centuries. All of the Accessible Archives’ collections are available at including the American County Histories to 1900, The Liberator (1831-1865), The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective, The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue Chester County (1809-1870), The Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800), African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century, and Godey`s Lady`s Book (1830-1885).

Happy Searching!

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