Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Lost Newspapers

 If a community you are studying lost their newspapers, try searching the entire state for mentions of the name of that newspaper, you can often find snippets of local news that were reprinted by neighboring communities. For example, you may find details of a devastating storm or a local bank failure. All of these events impacted our ancestors even if the story doesn’t include their name. You can also find a mention of a family member this way as well. Another useful strategy is to search newspaper in their state querying the name of their town with their surname.
July 1, 2024

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One comment on “Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Lost Newspapers

  1. Kathleen Weddle Sizer says:

    Yes, check other cities close by or even national papers. My distant uncle in 1873 killed a man for love of the man’s wife. It hit the national papers from San Diego where it happened to New York, etc. Apparently my uncle had his father or sister bring in a book that he had laced with Morphine. He ate the pages and died of a drug overdose the day before he was supposed to be hung for murder, having been found guilty. This made national news.

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