Here is a step by step guide to finding years available online for Chemung County Newspapers on NYS Historic Newspapers. I have also included some other search strategies for local newspapers.
We currently have 1891-1907 of the Elmira Gazette online through NYS Historic Newspapers.
To view a full list of Chemung County papers online, please click on Chemung County in the NYS map.
To the right of the page, you will see the titles and the years the title was in publication. Question marks are often used if it is unclear when the paper ceased publication.
This is due to many assorted reasons. If you would like to see a list of the issues digitized and available online right now, please follow these steps:
First, from the Chemung County Page, click on the title you would like to see.
In this case, we are selecting “The Elmira Gazette.”
On the right of the page, you will see a thumbnail image of a newspaper and a little calendar icon with a prompt that says “Browse: calendar view.”
The “Calendar View” prompt is clickable.. Please click on it. That will take you here: http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83030949/issues/
On the left side of the page, you will see “Issues For: [YEAR}.
The year for the Elmira Gazette starts at 1891.
You can click on the year and a drop-down box will appear which shows you all the years online that are available.
In this instance, you will see that the years available digitally for this title go up to 1907.
For researching the Star-Gazette online, the Star-Gazette website has an archives function. This is a personal subscription page that does cost money to view the full articles. However, one can still lookup things on the site and get thumbnails of articles complete with date and page number without paying to subscribe.
To find the Star-Gazette Archives feature, go to their home page, https://www.stargazette.com/ and click on “Archives.” This will take you here: https://stargazette.newspapers.com/?xid=983
The Star-Gazette is also available online through a paid personal subscription through newspapers.com.
Institutional subscriptions that include digital access to this title are available through ProQuest, but run upwards of $4,000 per year for access.
This proves to be unsustainably cost-prohibitive for the Genealogy Department to offer to patrons.
We offer full-text of the Star-Gazette on microfilm to patrons who come in to research.
They can procure dates and pages numbers from the Star-Gazette archives site, or from searching the newspaper index through the library StarCat catalog.
To search for local history articles on the StarCat catalog:
1. Go to the StarCat page: http://starcat.stls.org/client/en_US/default
2. Type in keywords, or the [LastName, FirstName] of the person you are searching for.
3. I typed in elmira airport. I got to this link with all the newspaper results for the airport:
4. To limit your search to just newspaper articles, click on “Newspaper” under “Material Type” in the left-hand column.
We also offer a distance research service to out-of town researchers. The directions on how to do this can be found here: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/submit-a-research-query/
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on this or any other matter.
All the Very Best,
Genealogy and Local History Librarian
Steele Memorial Library
Chemung County Library District
101 E. Church St.
Elmira NY 14901