This bit of good news came to our attention this week from Amy Rudersdorf, manager of the State Library of NC’s Digital Information Management Program:

What newspapers were published in or near Brevard, North Carolina, in 1910? That’s a big question and if you’ve ever had to try to answer it, you know that you are in for a little research. Well, the Government & Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina just made that question, and others like it, easier to answer.

The North Carolina Newspaper Locator database, reflecting the microfilm holdings of the Government & Heritage Library, contains listings for nearly 2,000 unique newspaper titles dating from 1751 to today.  Free to all and of particular interest to North Carolina genealogists and historians, this database locates newspapers in time and geographic space. Users can search for titles by specific counties or those surrounding them, city, date or date range, or by a newspaper title itself.  Once a newspaper has been located, users may request the microfilm reels through their local library’s interlibrary loan service. We lend newspaper microfilm to libraries throughout the continental United States.

The power in the database lies in the ability to expand a county search to neighboring counties. For example, genealogists looking for marriage and death newspaper announcements may know where an ancestor lived, but that doesn’t mean finding the announcements is straightforward. The NC Newspaper Locator searches not only by city, but also automatically by county. And, it gives users the option to expand their search to all surrounding counties. This gives a researcher more time to spend perusing appropriate newspapers for family information.

So what about 1910 Brevard, North Carolina, newspapers? A quick search of the NC Newspaper Locator finds that the Sylvan Valley News was published in Brevard, in Transylvania county, from 1900 to 1916. Even better, at least five other newspapers were published in the North Carolina counties surrounding Transylvania in that same year (Asheville Gazette-News, French Broad Hustler, Waynesville Courier, Western Carolina Enterprise, and Western North Carolina Times).