newspapers

  • Finding an Ancestor

    Oct 19

    Everyone needs some ideas on looking for their ancestors on the family tree. The following a few ideas in approaching each ancestor you are looking for. Always do a complete investigation using local hometown newspapers of your ancestors' names. Not just obituaries, but also look at society articles, news topics, club news, advertisemen...

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  • Published USA Newspaper Obituaries from other Countries

    Oct 9

    Yes, that sounds a bit unusual but American newspapers because of large local ethnic local population found it profitable to publish obituaries on individuals who lived and died in another country. A good example was Boston, Mass., who had a large Irish population in the mid-to-late 1800s. They have a listing of those who died in Ireland, e...

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  • Cause of a Person’s Death

    Jul 19

    One item you would like to include in your family history is what each ancestor died of (if possible to locate). To help here are some ideas of how and where to look. Start with any family Bibles. Listed would be when a person died but also might be what they died of. Next see if there was an obituary in the hometown newspaper, include...

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  • Overlooked Sources of Family History

    Jun 9

    Family history and the tree is not just name and dates and locations, there should be information on the person themselves, their occupation, hobbies, interests, and achievements. Where is find some of that type of information is by using some of the following. Learning when the first of a family branch arrived in America is very impo...

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  • Newspapers Across the States

    May 11

    Using vintage or even more current or recent newspapers from home states and counties of your ancestors are very invaluable. Especially decades ago, it was very common in medium-sized and smaller towns and counties to place all types of information in the newspaper about its citizens. Never pass up checking neighboring counties or areas th...

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  • Collection of News Articles

    Apr 25

    Always an excellent resource in compiling your family history is the use of local hometown newspaper articles. It can be a short one sentence on a family member visiting friends or an engagement, military service, etc That is it … you never know what might be found. One individual whose service in the military during World War One I was research...

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  • Newspapers – Unusual Lady Listings

    Mar 23

    This month for Women's History or any month is good to make an effort to learn more about your female ancestors. There just might be some fascinating events and activities connected to grandmothers, great aunts, or gr gr grandmothers. Newspapers have always been an excellent resource. That is because women have NOT just been 'housewives'. Many hav...

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  • New Collection of Databases

    Feb 27

    A big collection of newspapers from across the state of Georgia are now available from the Digital Library of Georgia. These are search-able articles which can be viewed free online from the Georgia Historic Newspapers database. With nearly 54,000 pages of newspaper articles going from 1780s to more recent times – 1990s. The dates vary on the reg...

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  • Ordinary Ancestors – Also have Stories

    Feb 23

    You have compiled the family tree (or at least most of it) and you have names, BMD dates, locations, children, occupations and any military service of your ancestors. However, the most important of all to is locate any information which could be part of their life history. You are putting some 'flesh' to your ordinary ancestors because each does ha...

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  • Mobile Phone App for Searching

    Jan 13

    Most family history researchers are familiar with 'Chronicling America' newspaper collection covering from 1789 to 1963. Using one's mobile phone (smartphone) has developed into an important instrument in research. There is an app titled 'OldNews USA' which can help you locate the newspaper articles and stories from Chronicling America using your s...

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