U.S., Newspaper Birth Index, 2005-2015

This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) contains recent birth announcements from hundreds of online newspapers. While the title suggests that U.S. newspapers alone are covered, a cursory examination of preliminary search results revealed that some newspapers from Canada, Scotland, and England are also included (albeit to a lesser extent than American newspapers).

Search result provides an abstract (no images available) that may include:

Name
Gender
Birth Date
Residence
Parents
Siblings
Newspaper location

I was curious as to how extensive coverage is for each of the years covered by this collection, so I did the following year-by-year search:

SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR: 2005

Results were as follows:

2005—262
2006—429
2007—708
2008—3,346
2009—27,391
2010—18,328
2011—13,758
2012—9,815
2013—10,554
2014—3,902
2015—630

As you can see, coverage is best for the years 2008-2014.

I also did a few searches by geographic location, and there is coverage for some cities and towns in Illinois and Missouri.

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