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Day to Day News << Newspapers <<

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Day to Day News Guide

Newspapers-
Day to Day News
What's In Them Where to Find Them How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • Names
  • Dates


  • May also include:
  • Details of day-to-day life
  • Local events such as county fairs
  • Life events - births, marriages, engagements, deaths, etc.
  • Information about locally prominent families
  • Advertisements for local businesses
  • Local politics
  • Legal matters
  • Photos and/or sketches of people, buildings and events
  • Sensational events such as an unusual death or crime
  • Jury lists
  • Social details such as trips, visitors, illnesses
  • Editorials reflecting the times and local opinions
  • Ship arrivals
  • Local libraries in the area of interest
    State libraries, archives or societies and/or compiled sources for that locality as found in
    http://www.byub.org/
    ancestors/resourceguide/

    Other online newspaper resources

    General compiled sources such as the FHL Catalog:
    http://www.familysearch.org/
     Search/searchcatalog.asp

  • To better understand your ancestors' day to day lives
  • To find life event details (e.g., date of marriage)
  • To get a sense for products and prices of the day
  • To learn which events affected your ancestors' lives and how
  • To find images of people, buildings and events
  • To learn about a prominent ancestor
  • To find passing references to your ancestors (e.g., social details)
  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in family records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Newspapers episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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