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Finding your ancestors in old newspapers Dave Moriarty Genealogical Computer Society of Georgia Saturday Feb 12, The Roswell Family History Center.

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1 Finding your ancestors in old newspapers Dave Moriarty Genealogical Computer Society of Georgia Saturday Feb 12, The Roswell Family History Center Roswell, Georgia

2 Finding your ancestors in old newspapers STRATEGY 1) Select a place and time of interest for one or more ancestors 2) Determine what newspapers were published then and there 3) Identify which ones, if any, are searchable online or locally 4) Search for your ancestors information… a. via free/low-cost on-line or local sources b. with free/low-cost help from others c. via more expensive high-probable-yield sources 5) Visit remote newspaper archive, if necessary

3 Finding your ancestors in old newspapers MEDIA METHODS on-line telephone microfilm paper 1) News search engines x 2) Request library help x x 3) Browse newspapers x xx

4 Finding … old newspapers - Sources Library of Congress Newspapers Chronicling America: Newspaper Directory DIRECTORY DIRECTORY Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers FULL TEXTFULL TEXT

5 Finding … old newspapers - Sources Galileo Newspapers DeKalb Library PortalDeKalb Library Portal Georgia Newspaper Project LIMITED TEXTLIMITED TEXT NewsBank ObituariesFULL TEXTFULL TEXT

6 Finding … old newspapers - Sources NewsBank Newspaper Resources NewsLibrary Newspapers ( ) FULL TEXTFULL TEXT GenealogyBank Historical Newspapers ( ) FULL TEXTFULL TEXT

7 Finding … old newspapers - Sources Google News Archives ( ) FULL TEXTFULL TEXT Footnote's Historic Newspaper Archives ( ) FULL TEXTFULL TEXT

8 Finding … old newspapers - Sources Godfrey Memorial Library NewspaperArchive ( )FULL TEXTFULL TEXT Times of London ( ) FULL TEXT FULL TEXT

9 Finding … old newspapers - Sources Selected Newspaper Archives AJC Historic Archives ( ) FULL TEXTFULL TEXT NYT Archives ( ) FULL TEXTFULL TEXT Brooklyn Daily Eagle ( ) FULL TEXTFULL TEXT Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise ( )FULL TEXTFULL TEXT Irish Newspaper Archive ( )FULL TEXTFULL TEXT

10 Finding … old newspapers - Sources Ancestry.com Newspapers FULL TEXTFULL TEXT Family History Center Catalog CATALOGCATALOG FreeNewspaperArchives Highbeam Lexis-Nexis WorldVitalRecords

11 Finding … old newspapers - Sources The United States Newspaper Program A cooperative national effort among the states and the federal government to locate, catalog, and preserve on microfilm newspapers published in the United States from the eighteenth century to the present. Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Technical assistance is furnished by the Library of Congress.National Endowment for the HumanitiesLibrary of Congress

12 Finding … old newspapers - Sources Open Access Book The fourth estate: contributions towards a history of newspapers, and of the liberty of the press (1850) Author: Hunt, Frederick Knight, Publisher: London D. Bogue Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT

13 Finding … old newspapers - Sources How to Find Your Ancestor in an Old Newspaper Bringham Young University Broadcasting Family History in the News How to Find & Use Newspapers for Genealogical Research Kimberly Powell, About.com Guide

14 Finding … old newspapers - Sources Historical Newspapers Online University of Illinois WebsiteUniversity of Illinois Website International Coalition on Newspapers Newspaper digitization projectsNewspaper digitization projects Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers BlogBlog World Association of Newspapers wikipedia Website wikipediaWebsite WikiPedia: NewspaperNewspaper WikiPedia article: History of newspapers and magazinesHistory of newspapers and magazines WikiPedia article: List of the earliest newspapersList of the earliest newspapers

15 Finding an old news article: concluding tips Be systematic & plan your search step-by-step Search free and low-cost datasets first Search online, call, or visit distant local & specialty libraries Explore online lists & discussion groups for newspaper sources and help Incorporate quotes, stories, poems, lyrics, pictures in your histories Cite relevant sources in your work Enjoy the hunt!!! Youre going to find something very interesting!

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