GETTING THE SCOOP ON YOUR ANCESTORS

FROM ONLINE NEWSPAPERS

2014 by Donald R. Snow
Sections of the Class Notes
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • How To Save Articles
  • Newspaper Websites and Searching
  • What's On The Supplementary Newspaper Notes
  • Conclusions
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    WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

  1. 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)  Creating icons, and  (2)  Saving your place in these notes
  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 from  http://www.evernote.com
    2. Save it as a file, a pdf, pdf, 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 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. Linkpendium -- http://www.linkpendium.com -- major listing of US newspapers in each state, county, and town
  13. BYU Library Newspaper Links -- http://sites.lib.byu.edu/familyhistory/ > http://sites.lib.byu.edu/familyhistory/periodicals/ 
  14. BYU-I Library Newspaper Links -- http://libguides.byui.edu/content.php?pid=9726&sid=80620
  15. Utah Digital Newspapers -- http://digitalnewspapers.org/ -- see timeline pdf of newspapers they have digitized so far -- http://digitalnewspapers.org/public/pdf/timeline.pdf 
  16. Library of Congress Digital Collections -- http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html -- and Chronicling America -- http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ 
  17. National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) -- http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/ 
  18. Wikipedia list of newspapers and links -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_online_newspaper_archives
  19. 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
  20. Newspapers ($) -- http://www.newspapers.com
  21. Newspaper websites with archives worldwide -- http://www.refdesk.com/paper.html 
  22. 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 you may be able to find the same article for free on other websites  
  23. London Times (Digital)-- see Godfrey Library on Supplementary Notes
  24. WHAT'S ON THE NEWSPAPERS SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES

  25. Links to many more newspapers, current newspapers, and articles
  26. Information about my file naming system for articles to form timelines
  27. More information about newspapers in genealogy 
  28. CONCLUSIONS

  29. Newspapers written at the time are a good primary source of information, stories, and data about our ancestors.
  30. More and more newspapers are being digitized and posted online, so check back often.