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How best to use newspaper archives?
« on: Friday 04 January 19 04:15 GMT (UK) »
I've been researching my family history for a couple of years and now have a solid understanding of who's in my tree and their birth, marriage and death dates, where they lived, and their occupations, built up from a mix of Ancestry.com records, a good collection of handed-down photos, quite a few birth/death/marriage certificates, and a limited amount of rooting around graveyards and church records.

What I feel I am missing is much knowledge of their lives beyond that, such as any specific episodes or things they did.

Therefore I am thinking of subscribing to one of those online newspaper archives and trawling through those to see if any of them get a mention, but I'm skeptical that most people ever do anything to get a mention in a newspaper. I'd be interested to hear if people have found looking through newspaper archives for such individual stories of much help. Or are they more useful for just getting a general feel for what life was like in a specific town/county at a specific date?

Suggestions on good strategies would be much appreciated. I just suspect that it's the sort of thing that could consume a lot of time for little reward unless you have a disciplined way of going about it and know what to look for!

Thanks!

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Re: How best to use newspaper archives?
« Reply #1 on: Friday 04 January 19 04:43 GMT (UK) »
someone asked this question the other day and got some good replies.

Link to that thread

https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=805597.msg6643169#msg6643169

be warned, it leads you in directions you never thought possible!
currently concentrating on NUTCHER & MARSHALL families, Hampshire.
and family of Thomas ANDERSON a Tailor of Perth, Scotland

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Re: How best to use newspaper archives?
« Reply #2 on: Friday 04 January 19 05:35 GMT (UK) »
Try some of the free online newspapers first.  And try Google book search, too.  Even very ordinary people make into the newspapers and into books.
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr

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Re: How best to use newspaper archives?
« Reply #3 on: Friday 04 January 19 13:42 GMT (UK) »
Not meaning to hijack the thread but does anyone know of any British Newspaper Archive offers at the moment? I had a deal with it last year for 3 months and found it very interesting. With other subscriptions i can't really afford to pay full price at the moment.

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Re: How best to use newspaper archives?
« Reply #4 on: Friday 04 January 19 13:59 GMT (UK) »
Not meaning to hijack the thread but does anyone know of any British Newspaper Archive offers at the moment? I had a deal with it last year for 3 months and found it very interesting. With other subscriptions i can't really afford to pay full price at the moment.
Can you access one through public library membership?

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Re: How best to use newspaper archives?
« Reply #5 on: Friday 04 January 19 14:03 GMT (UK) »
I access Gale Newspaper Vault and The Times at home via my local County library website and my library card.   :)
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