How & Where to Research Newspapers for Genealogy and Family History

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Newspapers are some of the best resources for genealogists. In this episode we’ll talk about what is in them and where to find them. Many of them are free to search!

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0:00 Intro
0:54 What can I find in newspapers?
5:26 Where can I read old newspapers online?
6:10 Newspapers on Ancestry
7:10 Benefits of Ancestry’s newspaper indexing
8:49 Handout information
10:12 Does come with
11:21 Overview
11:42 FamilySearch Newspapers
12:08 Google News – Free Newspaper Archives
12:25 Google Books
12:55 GenealogyBank Newspapers
14:20 NewspaperArchive
14:49 Internet Archive –
15:12 Europeana World Newspapers
15:29 FindMyPast
16:05 MyHeritage
16:26 ChroniclingAmerica – Free Newspaper Archives
16:58 Is there a universal newspaper archive?
17:19 FamilySearch Wiki trick
19:02 Where to learn more
19:45 Outro

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Kimberly Engelkes says:

Don’t forget to check your local library’s online genealogy database subscriptions and genealogy newspaper resources. Also, local historical societies can have amazing digitized hyper local newspapers.

Sharon Noble says:

I love obits. Found a lot of relatives that way. All my older relatives have passed so I can’t ask.

Thank you also for teaching about the FAN . I was able to find how and where my grandparents met and married. It answered many questions! Thank you!

Patty H says:

Thanks! I don't have a newspaper service. Laurel County, KY isn't digitized, so I have put off subscribing to one. I have purchased transcribed newspaper excerpts for Laurel County, which has been helpful, and interesting! Thanks for all of your tips, Connie!

Paula Seiple says:

I have had great on-phone help with Genealogy Bank.

Kathryn Williams says:

The main one has been the newspaper on the National Archive of Wales Website. Papers past in New Zealand and Trove In Australia. All are free to use.

cheri cle says:

I found an interesting court case in the papers for the wife of one of my great, great uncles, where she had been previously married and divorced. The circumstance around that marriage was that she had sued that man for reneging on their engagement and she was with child. A judge ordered him to marry her or face imprisonment. And so they married, had one other child and then divorced.

Kathy Astrom says:

Another category of info published by newspapers were unclaimed letters at the post office. I’ve been able to track a few ancestors using that.

Leesa Ryder says:

Since I live in Texas I have numerous articles on family members through The Portal to Texas History. One of my favorites to search. The suggestions you have given in this video prompts me to get back at on newspapers.

Kathy Astrom says:

I’ve relied on local newspapers to track my great great grandmother Carrie. First, a university (which is always a great place to look for newspapers, btw) in Michigan linked to a local paper that gave me most of the story of her first divorce and the bitter custody dispute, including her attempt to flee to Canada with her girls when she lost them to her ex. I then used snippets from the paper to put together a pretty convincing theory that she bribed her ex, first with money then land, to get custody of first the girls and then her boys. The county clerk has no records going back that far, so the newspaper is my only source. Then her media coverage picks up again nearly 20 years later when she moved to Montana, ran and then sold her farm in gold mining country to own and operate a restaurant in a brand new town (with favorable reviews in the paper), as well as began developing a presence in the state’s Spiritualist community, which is also reported. After the mines began to dry up, she and her newest husband moved to Oklahoma City, where she hits the press again when her trance medium readings get her arrested for illegal fortune telling in 1920! Her appeal, which was obviously aimed at getting the appeals court to rule on whether Spiritualism was a religion, ended up being reported in newspapers around the country, as far away as the NYC Evening World. She and her husband, a “divine healer,” advertised their services and her home-based church throughout the 1920s. Finally, her obituary is what got me started on researching her, even though it just hinted at the rich tapestry of her life.

Lisa Knox says:

I have a relative that murdered a woman in 1935 in Paducah, KY, fled (because he was not mentioned as having been caught, went to trial, etc.), and I found buried in a Canadian National cemetery in Montreal in 1973. I had had this info for a while and got the idea to simply contact the cemetery; they sent his burial info and it was him! Apparently, he served in the Canadian Army and lived out the rest of his life there; he even was even an amateur boxer in the 1940's. I've never been able to piece together how an African-American man was able to do so. I asked some people at an Canadian-American genealogical society in Vermont and they were stumped. Any suggestions?

Deb Beb says:

My two favorites are the same as yours, Connie. And some real gems have come by searching for the person's residence in the newspaper. In all cases, but especially where it might be almost pointless to search the name (like John Smith) due to the hundreds or thousands of results, searching the home address (like 379 Arch) in relevant newspapers can produce some great results.

Graham Ogden says:

Great video and very informative as always – keep them coming.

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