Posted by Ancestry Team on November 18, 2013 in Collections, Website

We are excited to announce a collaboration with the Associated Press that makes fifty years of news stories–in their original wire copy format–available online today.

Available at, the voluminous card catalog of names and subjects links to more than two million records and more than one million AP stories spanning 1937 to 1985, a resource which took several years to prepare and digitize.


For subscribers, the collection of AP stories adds a whole new dimension to the family history experience. Stories complement family trees and genealogical records on with period news coverage that provides historical context to the times, places and people Ancestry members are researching. members will be able to search for stories by name, and then click through to view a digitized copy of the full AP story. Stories can also be searched by subject and by date.

AP card index

The digitization of the AP stories will simplify the research process not only for members, but also for AP journalists. Reporters and news researchers can now bypass the legacy card catalog and accompanying microfilm for a searchable set of online databases that can be accessed anywhere in the world. In addition, the project has made available a set of internal AP publications dating back to 1904, including the staff magazine AP World, which began publication in 1943.


  • Quinton Atkinson, Director of Content Acquisition for “We are thrilled to announce this collaboration with the Associated Press to bring its name and subject catalog online. It represents a fantastic set of material for our family historians who are researching the news of an era, and gives incredible historical context for the world their ancestors lived in.”
  • Valerie Komor, Director of the AP Corporate Archives: “The collaboration with has enabled us to bring AP’s historical news microfilm and its card index not only to the family history community but also to AP journalists, who value their organization’s rich archival record. And AP World offers a rare view into the workings of this 167-year-old news cooperative.“

For those wishing to search the AP archives on, they may do so by visiting For those looking to start researching their own family history, please visit


1 Comment

  1. Helen Hand Williams

    My Grandmother, Carrie Hill, came to California by Wagon train from Marrietta. Ohio. Carrie Hill, born in 1872.

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