New Resource for Newspaper Personals

New Resource for Newspaper Personals

Speaking of newspapers (see below), the webmaster behind the GenealogyBuff search engine has helped start a site called PersonalButPolite.com with transcribed personals columns from old papers. It's free to search or browse by place. The site's small, but you can submit your own transcriptions by e-mail. See the PersonalButPolite...

Speaking of newspapers (see below), the webmaster behind the GenealogyBuff search engine has helped start a site called PersonalButPolite.com with transcribed personals columns from old papers.

It’s free to search or browse by place. The site’s small, but you can submit your own transcriptions by e-mail. See the PersonalButPolite Update blog to keep track of additions.

Personals then were a far cry from today’s “man seeking woman…” ads. You could find short announcements of local residents’ comings and goings and births and deaths, as well as people looking for lost friends.

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  1. Great site! I am a contributor to this site and think that the idea is fantastic. So many times we keep our family research tied to dates and places and we miss the things that happened on a day-to-day basis. Bob Lunt is capturing these events at PersonalButPolite.com and making them searchable. He has tons of clippings and scans on his table, adding new columns on a daily basis.