Newspapers are an incredible resource for genealogy. But with all of the mergers of newspapers over the years (not to mention those that have gone out of business), how can you find what newspapers were published in your ancestor's hometown when he or she lived there? Fortunately, there's a directory to help us out with finding old newspapers. Continue Reading
Researching an ancestor’s occupation is an excellent way to build context around him or her. Our ancestors spent a lot of time providing for themselves and their families, so taking a look at how they earned their living can reveal a lot about their everyday lives. Here are three sources to explore. Continue reading
Obituaries can be rich in genealogical details. However, finding them for our female ancestors can be tricky, especially if you’re searching in digitized newspapers. Here are 5 tips to help you find women’s obituaries.
1. Search for Her Husband’s Name
Married women were often referred to as Mrs. Husband Name rather than with her own first name. (This is especially true while the husband was still living.) Searching for an obituary for Mary Miller won’t work if the obituary names her as Mrs. Thomas Miller. Try searching for her husband’s name, including trying variations (like Jack for John or J. W. for John W.) Continue reading