Monday, 26 January 2015

Newspaper Research

Following on from yesterday's blog post
- have you really looked everywhere?

What about newspapers?

After vital records such as birth deaths and marriages, most genies would say newspapers are also essential.

They are a great resource for:

  • Family Notices about a birth, death or marriage
  • Obituaries
  • Shipping Intelligence
  • General information about the places and times your ancestors lived in

They give context to the events around your ancestors life as well as contribute to the breaking down of brick walls. They can point you to the place where your vanishing family moved to:

Maybe you trying to find living relatives for a Reunion?

Find new pieces for your family history jigsaw
With Australia Day and Auckland Anniversary weekend being at the top of Down Under genealogists mind, you might find details of the crime your ancestor committed which led to their transportation or some other family turmoil that led to them moving down under as remittance men?

You might even find mentions of your families school prizes and sporting activities.
Online Newspapers bring the whole world to your door
If you you'd like to know more about using online newspapers for your genealogy and to up skill your techniques to find those genealogy gems once you get there, then why not join Thomas MacEntee and I this coming Saturday 31 January 2015 (Down Under time) Friday 30 January 2015 (Up Over time) for the latest in the Boot Camp series?
Targeted search techniques allow you to dig deeper


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