Search these database sites for yesterday's news.
The Web disseminates
up-to-the-minute happenings, but it's also a good source of yesterday's
news. Many large papers, including The New York Times <www.nytimes.com>,
offer archive searches on their Web sites. Typically, you'll get
an article abstract and a citation, and you can either download the
article for a fee or view it on microfilm at the library. Though you
might not think your Kansas ancestor did anything to justify a death
notice in the Times, you never know.
Look, too, for smaller
papers indexed, abstracted or digitized on library, genealogical
society or volunteer Web sites. A few examples: Newspaper Abstracts <www.newspaperabstracts.com>, Small Town Papers <www.smalltownpapers.com> and Utah Digital Newspapers <www.digitalnewspapers.org>.
Peruse sites for your ancestral state archives and area libraries and
historical societies, and type your ancestor's town or city plus
newspaper into a search engine such as Google.