Today’s blog will list records associated with Newspaper. Keep in mind over that not every town, city, providence had newspapers. Look in surrounding towns, counties, states, regional areas and even counties that border where they lived. Boundaries change even in this day and age. They may have church bulletins, postings, or calling cards. Remember spelling didn’t matter in the beginning. I have created a list of articles or postings that we should look for in our ancestral search. Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Happy Family Researching.
Newspapers Articles, Church Bulletins, Calling Cards, Pamphlets or Booklets
Newspaper clippings of any life event:
Birth Engagement Marriage
Death Family reunion Surname family reunion
Adoption Notice Divorce notice Obituaries
Anniversary Milestones Biographies
Family Tales/Stories Foreclosures Bankruptcies
Home Selling Home Buying Gossip Columns
Business Advertisements Society Pages Court Notices
Auctions Yard Sale notices Probate Notices
Medical Breakthroughs Local News Criminal Convictions
Ship passenger arrival list Ship Passenger Departure list Graduation Notices
Military Acceptance notices Military Honors Honor Roll Notices
College Acceptance notices Cancer Walk/Run Participants Scholarships Walk/Run
AIDS Walk/Run Diabetes Walk/Run Heart Walk/Run
Any Sponsored Walk/Run Girl Scout Events Boy Scout Events
4-H Events Local Fair Events Old Home Day
I mention medical breakthroughs because your ancestor could have been the person who developed it. Maybe even on of the first to participate or have the procedure discussed. I know one of my ancestor’s had a skin drafting done in the early years. So look for those Medical journals as well as the newspaper articles.
So, how does one source themselves?
I will create an interview citation. I hope I meet the criteria that I learned these past few months while participating in Dear Myrtle’s Study Group 2 based on Dr. Thomas W. Jones book, Master Genealogical Proof.
- Genealogy Checklist: Newspapers, June Stearns Butka, In person, 7 May 2014, Damegussie.wordpress.com “Blimey, Where Did I put those Records,” 8 May 2014
- Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013), 6. [Book available from the publisher athttp://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/mastering_genealogical_proof ]
- Richley-Erckson, Pat, “Dear Myrtle’s” Mastering Genealogical Proof 2 Study Group, Google: Hang out on Air, Dear Myrtle, , “MGP2 Study Group-Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling Evidence, 13 April 2014, You tube file, Dear Myrtle You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BH2e1_hti8 : accessed 13 April 2014, minutes 1:57.30″