In 2008 Google started an ambitious project in an attempt to digitize the world’s newspaper collections. In 2011 they scuttled the project. However, the digital content they have is still available, and can be searched on Google Newspaper Archive.
The Archive covers over 2,000 historic newspapers, and goes back as far as the 1700’s. Newspaper are from the US, Canada, and Europe, and consists of over 60 million pages covering 250 years
While the Archive is still there, it can be a bit tricky to search. The good news for family historians, who love newspapers ,is that the entire Newspaper Archive can be searched using the Genealogy Search Engine. This search engine can be found on the Genealogy In Time Magazine Website at genealogyintime.com, or by clicking on the following shortened link http://goo.gl/p5leIi.
In addition to the news archive, the Genealogy Search Engine has indexed around 2.7 billion records from over 1,000 websites, and it continues to grow. You can subscribe to the online magazine to receive the updates to its collection.
Both the Genealogy In Time Magazine and the Genealogy Search Engine are free.