A press release came out from Footnote.com about some new newspaper records that they are getting from Gannett.
“We wanted to let you know of an exciting new partnership between Footnote and the largest newspaper publisher in the US, the Gannett Company. Gannett, publisher of 84 daily newspapers including USA Today, will be able to digitize their vast archives for the first time by working together with Footnote.
“Through this partnership Footnote Members will be able to access valuable historical newspapers never seen before on the internet.
“In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Moon Landing and Woodstock, we have kicked off our partnership by digitizing the newspapers covering those events. We have recently launched the first runs of Florida Today and the Poughkeepsie Journal (NY). Footnote will continue to digitize the full run of those newspapers including all of the Poughkeepsie Journal, which goes back to 1785.
At first I got excited thinking that maybe Footnote might be adding the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and even the former Times-Union. So I started doing some checking. The press release mentions two newspapers that are currently on-line. It took some digging on Footnote and what I found out was that the available Florida Today is only Jan. 1969 to the end of Jan. 1970. Only 13 months! I was even more excited about the Poughkeepsie Journal as I have ancestors that lived in that region. Currently available is July 1802 – April 1807; Jan. 1854 – April 1857 and finally all of 1969. Not exactly a lengthy collection. So will the D&C ever be on-line? Maybe; but don’t expect it anytime soon. For now the best collection of Rochester newspapers on-line is at Fulton History.