"The Press, Watson, is a most valuable institution, if you only know how to use it."
-- Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
Welcome to day ten of the 21 Day Genealogy Challenge! Today’s topic is researching your ancestors in historic newspapers. We tend to think of newspapers in terms of ancestry to mean announcements of birth, marriage and death. There is far more information available than that!
As a society, we worry that we put too much of our personal information out on Social Media. We long for the simpler times when people ‘just talked to each other.’ Believe it or not, times really haven’t changed too much. Like us, our ancestors were pretty social. It is amazing how much information people shared with one another in their local newspapers. Like modern day Facebook “check ins,” our ancestors reported when and where they were visiting, and what they were doing.
People reported their vacations...
|22 July 1919 New Castle, PA.|
as well as their parties.
|8 August 1933, Statesville Record and Landmark|
Articles such as these provide a plethora of information that may be useful in our research. Names and places are given which may help break through a genealogical brick wall you are struggling with. Not to mention, you get a glimpse into the every day life of your ancestor. How cool is that?
Check out the newspapers from your ancestor’s local area. By visiting their hometown library, you can access papers that have not been digitized. You can also check out the newspaper section on Ancestry.com or sites dedicated to newspapers such as Newspapers.com or GenealogyBank.com. Note that these site are membership sites that cost a fee. Within these sites, however, you simply enter your ancestor’s name, location and timeframe. Your local Family History library may have a free subscription to these sites, but call and ask them before visiting.
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History not shared is History forgotten!