Dig into the past with digital

Ever tried to find a newspaper story or obituary from a decade or more ago?

Maybe you were digging for details about your family history or just curious about a past community issue or sports event.

The process was painstakingly time-consuming.

You’d have to go to the newspaper building or find a library and then sift through reels and reels of microfilm or a clip file where the paper had yellowed and the print was barely readable.

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That tedious task is no more. The Tribune’s newspaper archives have been digitized, put online and are now available with powerful search features at tribtown.com/archives.

The Tribune, in partnership with newspapers.com, has had more than 210,000 local newspaper pages dating back to 1896 digitized, and they are fully searchable and available for purchase.

You’ll be able to get access to the archive for a subscription fee or at the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour for free.

The big front-page headline in the June 24, 1941, paper was “Seymour may make change to Daylight Savings Time.” The Aug. 27, 1966, front page had plenty of news — “Armed robber manhunt continues near Houston,” “Twelve new teachers added at Brownstown Central Schools,” “Township Sesqui groups named for county event” and “Winners in Kiwanis essay contest named.”

On July 2, 1966, an ad proclaimed that the Elvis Presley film “Frankie and Johnny” was playing at the Majestic theater.

The online newspaper archive allows you to search in many ways — by newspaper, by topic and person, by date, by location — and has other features that allow you to explore newspaper pages in close detail.

With the archive viewer, you can download pages, clip articles and save, print and share what you find. A notification feature alerts you via email when something matches your saved search. In addition, you’ll be able to link to your Facebook account and save clippings from the archive to ancestry.com.

Once you sign up, you’ll be able to manage your account and establish a profile page that can put you in touch with people with similar interests.

You’ll have a couple of ways to access the archives.

One is through subscription fees. Cost of accessing The Tribune is $19.90 a month, or $74.90 for a six-month subscription. That fee also will get you access to other AIM Media Indiana newspapers — Brown County Democrat, The Republic of Columbus, Daily Journal of Franklin and Greenwood and Daily Reporter of Greenfield.

You also can go to the Jackson County Public Library and access The Tribune and the other AIM Media Indiana newspapers.

Dig into the past

Where: Tribtown.com/archives

What: Searchable digital archives of newspaper pages dating back to 1896

Cost: $19.90 a month, or $74.90 for a six-month subscription

This gives you access to The Tribune and other AIM Media Indiana newspapers, including The Republic of Columbus, the Daily Journal of Franklin and Greenwood, the Brown County Democrat and the Daily Reporter in Greenfield.