GeneaChat: Reporting on the Past – Recap – What are Y’all Saying?

GeneaChat: Newspapers-Reporting on the Past-Recap-What are Y’all Saying?

This month we have been sharing our experience with newspaper research. There is so much beyond finding obituaries.
So, what were y’all saying?

Dawn Williams-Kogutkiewicz said:

I found an uncle by marriage was a bootlegger! He was a bootlegged margarine during the depression!

Terri O’Connell writes:

I have found so many things in the West Virginia Newspapers that cover the life of my grandparents (and their young children). An aunt had been burned by scalding hot water on the porch of her maternal grandmother. When I found the article, I called my grandma to ask her about it. She told me that she did not know this had made the paper. Great Grandma Edith had been washing her front porch with the water and her granddaughter somehow got to the water. The burns were so bad that the granddaughter was taken to the hospital. Grandma said the smell of the burns were so bad she could not even go into the room to comfort her daughter (grandma was pregnant again and obviously she had a very sensitive nose).

I also found an article where my Grandfather went to the local police station to get his drivers license.

My favorite story is of Uncle Clem who was accused of being a horse thief (a few times). Clem was Grandma’s uncle. The horse owner, I believe is my Grandfathers Uncle (still trying to prove it). I have not blogged about this story because I use it in one of my lectures.

I also found information on 2x great grandmother Nettie’s activities in the Order of the Eastern Star, I blogged about that here:

To me, newspapers are like watching a soap opera. Instead you get to read them.

What have you discovered in newspapers?

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Until next time,
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Cheri Hudson Passey

About Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer and Speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching though her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Born in South Carolina, Cheri has roots in the state for many generations. Her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy has helped tell the story of these ancestors and her research process. You can contact Cheri by email or by visiting her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy. Cheri Hudson Passey writes the Modus Operandi column for Going In-Depth Magazine.

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