Ever spent hours while doing research wading through reels and reels of microfilm looking for information from old Ohio newspapers? Thanks to the Ohio Historical Society those days are numbered now that the Akron Daily Democrat and Marietta Daily Leader are among the first 13 historic Ohio newspapers to be digitized and uploaded to the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America Web site at www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica.

The Ohio Newspaper Digitization Project, a part of the National Digital Newspaper Program developed by National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, will enable the Ohio Historical Society to digitize 100,000 Ohio newspaper pages from 1880-1920. This is welcome news to blurry-eyed researchers and genealogists who scour microfilm of old newspapers for historic facts and clues to family histories.

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