Search for your ancestors in historical newspapers with the tips and techniques in this guide. Inside, you’ll learn how to use Newspaper.com, GenealogyBank and other online newspaper databases to discover your family history and learn about your ancestor’s life and times.
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- Tips and techniques for finding crucial genealogy records in newspapers, such as birth announcements, obituaries and even news reports
- Step-by-step guides for using popular online newspaper databases such as GenealogyBank and Newspapers.com
- Case studies that will put information found in newspapers to use
Excerpt: Sample Tips
Here are some tips you’ll find in The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide:
- Remember to fact-check. While obituaries and other records related to death can help with research in many ways, they can often include incorrect information or omit data that might be considered embarrassing to the deceased or the survivors. Be sure to use obituaries in conjunction with other genealogy records to ensure the document is accurate.
- Distinguish between “historic” and “historical.” You’ll note that we talk about “historical” (meaning “of past events”) newspapers as opposed to “historic” (meaning “famous or important in history”) newspapers. Some of them may be “historic,” but they are all “historical.”
- Find patterns. When “browsing” images of unindexed/unsearchable newspapers, look for consistent formats, such as marriages always being found on the second page.
The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide ends January 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET.