This Week in History- April 8- April 14

What do black holes, World War I, and the Iowa Hawkeyes all have in common? The answer is important historical events that happened during this week in the past! Using content from Advantage Archives and their various partners, I have provided a diverse spread of historical events that happened during this week, years ago. Not […]

From Shelves to Screens: Why Libraries are Embracing Community History Archives

The Challenge of Accessing Physical Archives In our fast-paced world, time has become one of the most valuable resources we possess. It is a precious commodity that, once spent, can never be regained.  In the context of libraries and institutions housing historical records, time is particularly crucial. The process of searching through physical archives can […]

This Week in History- April 1st – April 7th

From exploring space to civil rights leaders being assassinated, this week in history brought not only memorable tragedies but also local stories that aren’t often talked about. This week not only am I providing you with some fascinating historical information, but also even more in-depth search tips. I learned a lot this week on how […]

This Week in History- March 25 through March 31

This week is full of fascinating and impactful events, including a few of my favorites. With the assistance of Advantage Archives, I was able to dive deeper into these events and learn more about the first-hand reactions and thoughts following their occurrence. Between assassination attempts, fires, and nuclear explosions, this week in history provides a […]

Guest Blog Series: Use Nicknames in Newspaper Research

In many genealogically related documents (especially newspapers and census records), nicknames were frequently used, as those names were more often used than the “formal” given name of the person. Your search index database is not smart enough, for example, to interpret ‘Sadie” for the formal given name of “Sarah”. Thus, you will need to use both names separately in […]

This Week in History: March 18th – March 24th

Sydney Vaughan is a student at the University of Iowa majoring in Communications, and minoring in History. Sydney has previously used the Community History Archives to complete projects for her University level courses, and kindly agreed to write a weekly guest blog for us. She will be covering both the events of “This Week in […]

Guest Blog Series: Find Better Genealogy Results With Abbreviations

Kenneth R. Marks is the founder of The Ancestor Hunt, a comprehensive resource dedicated to assisting individuals in the exploration and discovery of their ancestry and family history. With a passion for genealogy that shines through his meticulous work, Marks has transformed The Ancestor Hunt into a cornerstone for amateur and experienced genealogists. We are […]

The Importance of Consolidating Your Digital Archive Collection into a Community History Archive

Having all of your digital content in one spot creates a holistic view of your community’s past. The Community History Archives platform was designed to provide your community with a freely searchable archive that has no reoccurring fees.   Accessible and Searchable One of the most significant benefits of consolidating your digital archives into a […]

Do you want your community’s history to be free to access?

Advantage Archives has partnered with over 1,000 communities to provide FREE digital access to 100,000,000+ images and counting. Is your community history not available for free? Contact your local library, schools, and historical/genealogical society and have them reach out to us so we can provide your community with FREE digital access to your local history. […]

Preserving Memories and Enhancing Research: The Importance of Digitizing School Newspapers

At Advantage Archives, we understand the profound value of community history. School newspapers, often an overlooked treasure, form a significant part of this rich tapestry. As we move further into the digital age, the need to preserve these documents becomes increasingly crucial. Here’s why digitizing your school newspapers not only safeguards your community’s history but […]

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