newspapers

  • Info in an Obituary

    Mar 11

      The use of obituaries is essential when doing your family history. Most of the time the information was supplied by a close family member. You want to try every newspaper in the area of where your ancestor did live when they died as well as their hometown. Families generally placed an obituary in one or more locations where the decease was ...

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  • New York Times ADS

    Nov 15

    All researchers quickly see the importance of locating newspaper articles whether they are trying to find information on ancestors or historical events. The newspaper has always been one of the best source of information at any given time period. Another great purpose of the newspapers are the advertisements (which help pay for the news producti...

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  • Pacific Coast Newspapers

    Oct 17

    An assortment of newspapers is still one of the best methods to uncover new information on ancestors. Just about everyone had their name in the local newspaper sometime in their life.   Birth, marriage and death announcements are the most frequent, but also just everyday happenings. The purchase of property, a new business opened up, the illness...

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  • Advertisements & Ancestors

    Oct 9

    Using vintage newspapers is great for locating an obituary on an ancestors, a good deal can be learned. However, generally the information from an obit was supplied by someone else - spouse, relative or friend. An another idea is to research in those family hometown or county vintage newspapers are advertisements. These were put in by the indivi...

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  • Illinois Newspapers online

    Aug 11

    The University of Illinois has placed some 45 different newspapers in the state of Illinois in a digital format and made it available online. It is equal to some 1,105,004 pages with 6,975,155 articles. It is free to search. Besides the public newspapers there are special newspapers such as trade papers for the entertainment business covering fr...

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  • British Newspapers Archives

    Jul 23

    Online are the British newspapers archives for most counties and time periods, with millions of pages done so far and adding more each month. Not only the regular news articles of events, but also are the Family Notices (births-marriages-anniversaries-deaths). The obituaries alone are so important to learning about a specific ancestor along with an...

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  • New York State Newspapers

    Jun 25

    The state of New York has a long history, being one of the original 13 colonies of the 1770s. So it is very possible you have ancestors who may have lived in some part of New York. Newspapers are one of the best sources for information on our ancestors, especially the local hometown papers. Available at the Fulton History web site are some 639 d...

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  • OCR – Scan to Text

    May 25

    It can be very useful to scan not just photos but some of the documents handed down by the family, placing them into digital format. If they are handwritten papers then scan as if it was a photo to preserve it. Any transcribing would be by reading it and then typing it out into a document. If the document is already in a typed mode, you can scan i...

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  • Pennsylvania Death Certificates 1906 to 1924

    May 11

    On Ancestry.com has just come available more than 2.4 million records along with images of the actual death certificates for people who died in Pennsylvania between January 1, 1906 and December 1924. Additional later dates for certificates will be added in the near future. Such records / death certificates by the turn of the 20th century had become...

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  • A True Account – ’12 Years a Slave’

    Mar 7

    All family researchers love to find an unusual story relating to an ancestor. Traditionally it is just family lore or legends as a source -- a source that could have many errors. One of the best places is if the event was ever documented in a newspaper of the times. From Hollywood movie makers, they recently produced the story of "12 Years a Sla...

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