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newspapers for genealogists finding the details of your ancestor s lives

Newspapers for Genealogists: Finding the Details of your Ancestor’s Lives

Thomas Jay Kemp

NEFHC

Franklin, Massachusetts

23 March 2012

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Newspapers

5,850 & Growing! 1690-Today

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Newspapers

5,850 & Growing! 1690-Today

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Over 5,850 newspapers
    • All 50 states
    • 1690 to today
  • Over 1.1 Billion Records
  • Over 263,000 rare books & documents
  • Over 206 million obituaries & death records
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James Edwin Ayres (1817-1893) and his wife Ann (Ford) Ayres (1817-1901) are listed in the 1850 census for Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York.

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James Edwin Ayres (1817-1893) and his wife Ann (Ford) Ayres (1817-1901) are listed in the 1850 census for Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York.

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James Edwin Ayres (1817-1893) and his wife Ann (Ford) Ayres (1817-1901) are listed in the 1850 census for Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York.

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Hudson River Chronicle (Sing Sing, NY)

12 December 1848

Obituary notice for Lovina Ayres

born 7 August 1846

died 28November 1848

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Aberdeen (SD) Daily Herald. 10 December 1999, page 18.

  • Child’s name, date and place of birth
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Names of both sets of grand-parents
  • Names of the great grandparents
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“This is their third daughter”

  • “Mr. Monroe left about three weeks ago for a southern camp (Army), where he was called in the draft.”
  • Mrs. Monroe – formerly Miss Rhea Holtzberg – a teacher in the Butler City schools

Fort Wayne Sentinel. 13 April 1917. page 18

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Dallas Morning News

November 19, 1978

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Dallas Morning News

November 19, 1978

clues
Clues
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Name and location of the church
  • Date of the wedding
  • Where the couple will live
  • Names of the parents of the bride
  • Biographical information
  • Members of the wedding party
  • Pictures
philadelphia inquirer 29 jan 189533
Philadelphia Inquirer29 Jan 1895
  • Names, ages
  • Residence
  • Where married
philadelphia inquirer 29 jan 189534
Philadelphia Inquirer29 Jan 1895
  • Names, ages
  • Residence
  • Where married
  • 1st wife died, 14 months ago
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Philadelphia Inquirer29 Jan 1895
  • Names, ages
  • Residence
  • Where married
  • 1st wife died, 14 months ago
  • Married 63 years
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Philadelphia Inquirer29 Jan 1895
  • Names, ages
  • Residence
  • Where married
  • 1st wife died, 14 months ago
  • Married 63 years
  • Only death in family
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Philadelphia Inquirer29 Jan 1895
  • Names, ages
  • Residence
  • Where married
  • 1st wife died, 14 months ago
  • Married 63 years
  • Only death in family
  • # of children, grandchildren etc.
philadelphia inquirer 29 jan 189538
Philadelphia Inquirer29 Jan 1895

1880 Census

Garrett County, MD

philadelphia inquirer 29 jan 189539
Philadelphia Inquirer29 Jan 1895

1880 Census

Garrett County, MD

family reunions49
Family Reunions
  • Held at Oakland Park, Decatur, Illinois
  • Descendents of Jacob Garver of Switzerland
  • The American line of this family descends from Christian Garver, Jacob’s son, who immigrated to America in 1790
  • Christian Garver settled in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
  • David Garver came to Decatur, Illinois, in 1840
  • Other family members
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- He was from Hampton, NH - Left home abt. 25 years ago (around 1853) - Now abt. 50-60 yrs. old - He sailed on the ships Montezuma, William Thompson and Roman - He had sailed out of New Bedford, MA - He once sailed under a Master Allen - Others named: Rev. Mr. Butler of New Bedford, MA Mrs. J. C. Hardy of Haverhill, MA

Family Reunions

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- Sailor looking for his family: Peter Gennett - His birthplace: Albany, New York - Lost contact with his family 30 yrs ago (around 1841) - Father: John W. Gennett; kept a grocery story in Albany, naturalized Frenchman - long-time sexton of the only Chatholic Church in Albany - Mother: Johanna Henny (or Hennie); Scotch by birth, she was a native of Nova Scotia - Family: eight children - Cornelia, William, Peter, John, Edward, Frances, Charles and Henry - William: a cabinet maker; was deaf and dumb - Frances: was at the New York Deaf & Dumb Asylum

Family Reunions

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Reilly (Leitrim—New York)- Patrick Reilly left Carrickallen, Ireland, 13 years ago (about 1891) - He was last heard from 5 years ago (about 1899) - He was a motorman on a street car in NYC - Mother’s maiden name: Hagan - Sisters: Bridget and Mary - Brother: Edward, Butte, Montana (he placed the ad)

Family Reunions

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O’Mealy (United States)  - John O’Mealy left New York in May 1873 and has not been seen or heard from since - He was supposed to have gone to Texas - He was five feet nine inches tall, with medium complexion, brown hair, and blue eyes - Sister: Maggie, now Mrs. M. Coonan - Sister’s address: 624 Greenwich Street, NYC

Family Reunions

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Murphy (Canada—United States)- Sarah Ann Murphy left Perth, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada, in 1872 or 1873 - She would now (1904) be about 46 years old - She has dark hair and eyes, and is heavy-set - She might be in Almonte, Ontario - Sought by: W. E. McGwigan of 305 High Street, Salem, Oregon

Family Reunions

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Names and rank

  • Name of the camp
  • Ages
  • Information about other family members serving in the military
  • Illness
  • Names and localities of next of kin
  • Name of the funeral home
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Last Revolutionary War Pension granted in 1887 NH Sentinel 10 Aug 1887

Facts

Mrs. Mary Casey

of Washington,

Fayette County, Ohio

Husband: John Casey

Served Rev War: Virginia Line

Died 1845 – age 75

(Born abt. 1770)

“A few years prior..”

he married Mary Cox, then a girl of 16

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Military Records

Perry Republican (Perry, Oklahoma)

26 July 1917, page 1

military records65
Military Records

Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, New Jersey)

25 May 1921, page 1

military records67
Military Records

Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts)

31 July 1840, page 2:

passenger lists70
Passenger Lists

The Shamrock – 17 August 1816

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Biography & Photo/Image
  • Born April 26, 1826, in Lewisburg, Preble County, Ohio, the son of Samuel and Phebe (Willis) Freeman
  • Moved from Ohio to Illinois - nine years old
  • Homestead Act May 20, 1862, to take effect on January 1, 1863
  • “Company H of the Seventeenth Illinois Volunteers” stationed in Nebraska during the Civil War
  • “ordered to return to St. Louis” not in town when the land record office opened on January 2, 1863—but the Recorder of Deeds, James Bedford, agreed to accommodate Freeman’s situation and made an exception: he administered the oath to Freeman at midnight the morning of January 1st so that Freeman could leave to report to St. Louis as ordered
  • Married the “girl next door”—Agnes Suiter (1843-1931)—and they built their lives together there in Brownsville, Nebraska
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Probate & Legal Notices
  • Where: Cheshire County, NH – Probate Court
  • Administrator of case: Warren H. Jennison, of Walpole, Cheshire County, NH
  • Deceased: John Jennison, Jr., died in Walpole
  • Estate: of John Jennison, Jr., “is not sufficient to pay the demands due from his Estate”
  • Mentions “widow”
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Probate & Legal Notices
  • Property boundaries: gives boundaries in all four directions
  • Property size: 100 acres
  • Action: Warren H. Jennison, administrator of the estate of John Jennison, Jr., on February 17, 1876, asks permission to sell John’s entire real estate holding to settle his affairs
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Probate & Legal Notices
  • The heirs-at-law of the before-named John Jennison, Jr.
  • Must appear at the probate court in Keene “on the third Friday of March next
  • 17 March 1876
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Probate & Legal Notices

Commercial Advertiser

23 September 1828.

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Probate & Legal Notices

Idaho Statesman

15 July 1915

practical tips86
Practical Tips -
  • Try Surname Search First
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Practical Tips -
  • Try Surname Search First
    • Add first name
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Practical Tips -
  • Try Surname Search First
    • Add first name
    • Add year
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Practical Tips -
  • Try Surname Search First
    • Add first name
    • Add year
  • Try abbreviations
    • William
    • Wm.
    • Bill
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Can You Read This?

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Azanmig huh?

yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

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