Wednesday, February 20, 2008


BEACON FLASH # 26 - February 2008

If you need to do some research for a writing project about a place, event, or era, there is a fascinating website that is collecting historical newspapers from all over the world. The site has a powerful search engine and I tested it on a person living in Victoria, British Columbia, from 1859-1892. I pulled up mountains of useful info about my subject, the town, and attitudes of the time. Searches deliver images of newspaper pages that have your keywords highlighted in yellow. Enlarging these pages does not degrade the text and illustrations. Magic!

Go to and sign up – it’s free. Then go for a test drive.