Newspaper articles can offer loads of genealogical details about your
ancestors, but they can be difficult to track down. Use this step-by-step guide to get started on Journalism's Voyage West.
Newspaper articles can offer oodles of genealogical details about your ancestors, but they can be hard to get your hands on. Since the early 18th century, newspaper publishers across the United States have been churning out daily and weekly editions, and not always continuously—or under the same masthead. The sheer volume of newspapers can be overwhelming.
The Rural West Initiative at Stanford University shows you the scope of US newspaper publication with its Data Visualization: Journalism’s Voyage West site
. You can watch the expansion of newspaper production from 1690 to 2011, or see where in the country papers were being published at a given time. Then generate a list (drawn from more than 140,000 newspaper titles) of newspapers published in a time and place, and click to find publication dates and libraries holding old issues. Here, the author of How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers
how to use the Stanford site to track down those juicy details on your kin.