I love using newspapers in my genealogy research! There are so many things you can learn about your family. We usually think of obituaries, but there is so much more!
Marriage notices, birth announcements, lists of who participated in community events, who ran for offices and lists of widows who received pensions are just some of the things found in the local paper.
It doesn’t make a difference whether your ancestor was rich or poor. Newspapers had to fill their pages. It’s not uncommon to discover who was visiting your family, who was at a party, or who was sick or injured.
What was happening in the community, state, nation and world had impacts on your ancestors. Learning about historical events, advertisements, and reading the want adds can help to understand put their lives into perspective.
I have written a few blog posts about the articles and information on my ancestors that I have discovered. I have learned about family mysteries, what they may have been eating for the holidays, where they went to school and what their activities were. When coming across the names of the enslaved I have been able to release their names.
Here are a few:
Now it’s your turn! What have you discovered about your ancestors in the newspapers?
You can participate in this month’s GeneaChat by writing a blog post telling us about your newspaper discoveries. Have you learned anything about what life was like for them or found a great story? Create e or share a previous blog post about your newspaper findings and add the link to your post in the comment section below. No blog? No problem! Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Remember that links to your posts and the comments you leave will be part of the February GeneaChat: Newspapers - Reporting on the Past Recap on February 27, 2018. Can’t wait to hear what y’all have to say!
Thanks for GeneaChatting!