You may remember me mentioning my bootlegging great-grandfather, who was a guest of a Texas penitentiary for nine months before Gov. O.B. Colquitt pardoned him. You also may have read about my struggle to find his trial records.
So Im pinning my hopes on newspapers. Ive set aside time during September’s Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Little Rock to search Texarkana newspaper microfilm at the Arkansas History Commission (Texarkana straddles the Texas/Arkansas border).
I created a list of titles to check using the Library of Congress Chronicling America newspaper directory.
Your ancestor didnt have to be the subject of a criminal trial or gubernatorial pardon to make the news. Newspapers also reported on births, marriages and deaths ; graduations; townspeoples comings and goings; local gossip; local clubs and organizations; businesses, events and more.
Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems will show you whats in old newspapers, how to identify which ones may have information on your ancestors, and all the tips and tricks for finding and searching newspapers online.
The webinar is July 29 at 7 p.m. EDT, and costs $29.99. Your registration includes access to a recording of the presentation and copies of the slides. Learn more and sign up on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.