GETTING THE SCOOP ON YOUR ANCESTORS

FROM ONLINE NEWSPAPERS

©2015 by Donald R. Snow

This page was last updated 2015-11-16
Go to  Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group Home PageDon's Class Listings Page , or  Don's Supplementary Class Notes Page .

    WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

  1. Instructor is Donald R. Snow (snowd@math.byu.edu) of Provo and St. George, Utah.
  2. See  http://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html  for these and the NEWSPAPERS SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES.
  3. Tips:  (1)  Desktop icons (Drag icon to desktop), and  (2)  Saving your place in these notes (Hold down CTRL key)
  4. U.S. newspapers started in 1690 and contain vital records, news articles and photos, school, military, current events, both local and worldwide, stories about people, society columns, legal information, and even classified ads
  5. Example -- Warren Ladd read his own obituary in the morning newspaper -- The Lowell Sun 30 Dec 1893 -- http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/11220376/
  6. The problem for today:  How to find information in online newspapers and how to use it.
  7. HOW TO SAVE ARTICLES

  8. Things you can do with articles
    1. Save the reference and link in a program like EVERNOTE (free) from  http://www.evernote.com
    2. Save it as a file, a pdf, jpg, etc., using a screen capture program
    3. Link the website to a person in your genealogy database and on FamilySearch Family Tree.
  9. Screen captures -- FastStone Capture 5.3 (last freeware version) is a good screen capture program -- http://www.aplusfreeware.com/categories/mmedia/FastStoneCapture.html -- many features, even does scrolling windows
  10. My file naming system to find items and form timelines of people's lives -- see details on the Supplementary and Screen Capture notes on  http://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html -- use the freeware program EVERYTHING from  http://voidtools.com/  to find, show, organize, and sort them chronologically from anywhere on your computer
  11. NEWSPAPER WEBSITES AND SEARCHING

  12. FamilySearch Wiki has more than 9,000 articles with "newspapers" in the title; good article on US Newspapers -- https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Newspapers -- new pilot project on FamilySearch called "Zoning" to see which articles ought to be indexed
  13. Linkpendium -- http://www.linkpendium.com -- major listing of newspapers by country, state, county, and town
  14. Elephind -- https://www.elephind.com/ -- links to newspapers world-wide
  15. BYU Library Newspaper Links -- http://sites.lib.byu.edu/familyhistory/ > http://sites.lib.byu.edu/familyhistory/periodicals/ 
  16. BYU-I Library Newspaper Links -- http://libguides.byui.edu/content.php?pid=9726&sid=80620
  17. Utah Digital Newspapers -- http://digitalnewspapers.org/ -- see pdf timeline of newspapers they have digitized so far -- http://digitalnewspapers.org/public/pdf/timeline.pdf 
  18. Library of Congress Digital Collections -- http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ , and  http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html
  19. National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) -- http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/ 
  20. Wikipedia list of newspapers and links -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_online_newspaper_archives
  21. NewspaperCat -- http://www.theancestorhunt.com/1/post/2013/09/newspaper-cat-the-easy-way-to-find-where-the-online-newspapers-are.html and additional information and links at -- http://www.theancestorhunt.com/newspapers.html
  22. Newspapers ($) -- http://www.newspapers.com
  23. Newspaper websites with archives worldwide -- http://www.refdesk.com/paper.html 
  24. New York Times -- http://www.nytimes.com/ -- free registration, but they charge for some articles; starts with first NY Times in 1851; knowing the date and title of article you may be able to find it for free on other websites  
  25. London Times (Digital) -- available through Godfrey Library -- see  NEWSPAPERS SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES
  26. WHAT'S ON  NEWSPAPERS SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES

  27. Links to many more newspapers, current newspapers, and articles
  28. Information about my file naming system for computer files of articles, etc., to be able to find them and form timelines
  29. More information about newspapers in genealogy 
  30. CONCLUSIONS

  31. Newspapers written at the time are a good source of information, stories, and data about our ancestors.
  32. More and more newspapers are being digitized and posted online, so repeat your searches.