Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I hope that you enjoyed my daily updates in December.  For 2018, my goal is to post at least twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday.  I do, however, have a significant backlog of obituaries and death notices and plan to post daily in January until I’m caught up.  After that, the content will become more varied again.

In addition, one of my goals for this site for the coming year is to write more about how and why I am so engaged in family history research.  I’d like to start with newspaper research, since I do so much of it. The historic newspaper articles that I have transcribed here add so much detail to the lives of the people that I’m researching.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite free newspaper sites that I have used to compile the material that you find here:

California Historic Newspaper Collection

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections

Historic Oregon Newspapers

Historic New York Newspapers

Chronicling America, from the Library of Congress

The Lake Orion Review (Michigan)

The Cass City Chronicle and Cass City Enterprise (Michigan)

Historic Quincy Newspapers (Illinois)

Happy hunting!

2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Do you have saved newspaper info on descendants which is not yet appropriate to post? Or do you leave all that for the next generation of researchers?


    1. There are a few things I’ve found that I’m hesitant to post, in particular one instance where a family member killed someone in a bar fight given that it wasn’t that long ago and some of the participants are still living. (If it had happened in 1872, I would feel differently.) I’ve also found a couple of articles where individuals are quoted using racial slurs, and I’ve deleted the slurs. I recognize that some language used to be acceptable in polite society 100 years ago, but there are some words I don’t want to ever appear associated with my name, even in an historical context.


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