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FultonHistory.com Uses dtSearch Online to Search Over 1.5 Million Newspapers and Historical Photos from Upstate and Central New York

“I searched high and low for a product that would handle PDF text with embedded images … I used the dtSearch hit-highlighting feature to highlight words seemingly right on the scans.”
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“Because of the potential for OCR errors when scanning old newspapers, dtSearch’s fuzzy searching is really important.”
FultonHistory.com has scanned in over one hundred and fifty years of newspapers into searchable PDF. Visitors to this publicly-available site can use dtSearch to search the entire collection — with highlighted hits appearing right on the scanned newspaper pictures. The site covers over 1.5 million searchable newspapers of the Upstate and Central New York region, spanning a large number of different newspapers.


“I searched high and low for a product that would handle PDF text with embedded images,” explains Tom Tryniski, the architect of the site. “I converted microfilm of the newspapers to 'hidden text' PDFs, and then used dtSearch to search the resulting PDFs. I used the dtSearch hit-highlighting feature to highlight words seemingly right on the scans.”  Added Mr. Tryniski: “Because of the potential for OCR errors when scanning old newspapers, dtSearch's fuzzy searching is really important.”

“I did a search for the Titanic, and instantly pulled up actual copies of newspapers from the original disaster in 1912,” said David Thede, president, dtSearch. “The results even spanned more modern coverage of the discovery of the underwater wreck. To instantly pull up such an historical reservoir is amazing.”

To search 150+ years of newspapers, as well as view other historical photos and postcards, please visit fultonhistory.com. Or contact Mr. Tryniski directly at tryniski@fultonhistory.com.
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