Monday, January 20, 2014

Historical AP Archives Now Online Thru

This release announcing a new database is provided by

     "(Provo, Utah) – November 18, 2013
–, the world’s largest online family history resource, is proud to announce a collaboration with the Associated Press that makes fifty years of news stories–in their original wire copy format–available online today.
     “'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 “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'
     "A vailable at, the voluminous card catalog of names and subjects links to more than two million records and more than one million AP stories spanning 1937 to 1985, a resource which took several years to prepare and digitize.
     "For subscribers, the collection of AP stories adds a whole new dimension to the family history experience. Stories complement family trees and genealogical records on with period news coverage that provides historical context to the times, places and people Ancestry members are researching. members will be able to search for stories by name, and then click through to view a digitized copy of the full AP story. Stories can also be searched by subject and by date.
     "The digitization of the AP stories will simplify the research process not only for members, but also for AP journalists. Reporters and news researchers can now bypass the legacy card catalog and accompanying microfilm for a searchable set of online databases that can be accessed anywhere in the world. In addition, the project has made available a set of internal AP publications dating back to 1904, including the staff magazine AP World, which began publication in 1943.
     “'The collaboration with 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. '
     "For those wishing to search the AP archives on, they may do so by visiting "

If you want to find the database on your own, from the Ancestry home page click on the "search" tab and then select "card catalog" from the dropdown menu. Enter "AP" in the title box and you should get it. Also, this database is available whether you have a personal subscription to or whether you are using the Library Edition.

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