So many great tools online now. One of my favorites is searching historic newspapers.
Countless millions of historic newspapers all over the world are now revealing their secrets as they are being digitally published online. And that means they are much more accessible to family historiansif they know where and how to find them. That was the essence of Lisa Louise Cookes message in her presentation Tech Tools that Catapult the Newspaper Research Process given at The National Genealogy Society 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, on May 8th. Cooke is the host of The Genealogy Gems Podcast.
Cooke explained that historical newspapers are rich possible resources for family history information. In their forgotten pages, a determined sleuth can turn up birth, marriage, death records, maiden names, names of ancestors friends and relatives, insight into their long forgotten community.
And even photographswhich can also be insightful portals to the cultural or sociological content of an ancestors era. Cooke showed an old newspaper photo she discovered online of her mother as a young girl with two friends. Upon closer review, she realized they were dressed up mimicking famous personalities from the popular show Laugh-in from her mothers generation.