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Besides obituaries, newspapers are sources for birth announcements, social column notes and other news stories mentioning your ancestors—even if they weren’t prominent community members.
I still get nostalgic over my first big genealogy find, a 1924 Dallas Morning News article about my grandfather who grew up in an orphanage and was putting himself through college (you can see the article here). I discovered it by chance on GenealogyBank soon after the site launched.
Newspaper microfilm from the Arkansas state archives helped me fill in details (otherwise absent due to missing court records) about my grandfather’s arrest and trial for bootlegging.
- what type of information to look for in newspapers
- how to find and access papers most likely to mention your kin
- how to effectively search digital and microfilmed papers