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Newspapers on Microform

Newspapers are a great source of valuable information to the family history researcher. While the listing of vital records such as births, marriages and deaths are the most commonly helpful, newspapers also reflected the day-to-day lives of our ancestors and the environment they lived in.

"Newspapers on Microform" (3 vols) tells which issues and what newspapers were published near the town and the time period your are searching in order to identify the correct newspaper and it can be found on LDS microfilm #1145942. If none exist, then check for newspapers from the county seat. When you find a newspaper you are interested in, read the source code that is a "key" to where the microfilm is available. From the source code determine the name of the organization that has the microfilm and make arrangements for an interlibrary loan request at your local library.

If you cannot find a copy of "Newspapers in Microform", then contact the state historical societies and ask them about availability of old newspapers from that state being on microfilm. Also contact the current newspaper operating in the city or county where your ancestors lived. Many newspapers maintain their own archive or library of past issues and if you are fortunate, they have preserved copies of the other newspapers in that same area. The local library or state archive may also have microfilm of the newspapers you are seeking and those would be available to you from your own local libary on the intra-library loan program.

Since locating the local newspapers of the past can be difficult, first step would be to consult the published county histories to learn the names of the newspapers for that area. There are several reference books that lists newspapers, Winifred Gregory's "American Newspapers 1821-1936-A Union List", published by H. W. Wilson Co., New York, 1937 and "Ayers Directory of Publications", published by IMS Press 1983. If you find the particular town you are searching did not have a local newspaper, check out the nearby towns or counties as they may have been serving that area. Newspapers must be searched page by page which is a very time consuming venture. They do not have indexes such as genealogy books have. If you have a time frame of your ancestors, your search can be narrowed down to those years. Rural newspapers typically include gossip columns arranged by townships so if your ancestors were primarily within one township, then your reading time can be greatly reduced if you are willing to accept a small risk of passing over some info by only reading the township columns.

Remember, when doing your research, be sure to bring plenty of paper and pencils for your notes. Document your sources and most importantly, prepare yourself as newspapers contain both sad disappointments and joyous surprises.

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Cannot find your ancestor's military information and you know he was eligible for military duty in the Civil War? Yet you cannot find any information about him on any of the muster rolls and there is no indication of where any records for this ancestor may be. Remember, many men were rejected from Civil War service because of illness or injury. Medical records of drafted and rejected men are at the National Archives, group record #110. They are arranged by Congressional District as of 1863. Data may include residence, occupation, age, place of birth, physicial characteristcs or reasons for rejection.


Looking for info: PATRICK NOLAN b. 3/15/1823 Ireland, d. 1/1/1893 IA. Md: ELIZABETH CONNAUGH b. 3/12/1826 Ireland, d. 3/2/1903 IA. Daughter: LAURENCE NOLAN b. 1850 (?) Ireland, d. 3/27/1897 (?) IA. wife: ANNIE O'HERN.

JAMES GRIMES and MARTHA JERRELL. Daughter: EMMA GRIMES b. 11/30/1864 IA d. 4/21/1941 IA. Married 8/19/1885 ALONZO FITZ RANDOLPH b. 12/1864/65 (? where) d. 1937 (? when) IA.

OLIVER HAWKINS and NANCY JONES. Daughter: MARTHA HAWKINS b. 5/9/1821 IN, d. 11/16/1893 (? where). Married 12/30/1838 IN: JONATHAN FITZ RANDOLPH b. 1821 OH, d. 5/24/1858 IA.

Looking for Isaac Edward (I. E.) SCROGGINS. Last known whereabouts DeWitt, Arkansas Co., AR, in 1918. My uncle's grandfather---the family would like to know when and where he died.

Can anybody give me the address for an genealogy trip to England? I'm interested in going next year. Jean Cobb

Sawtell(e) of Maine late 1700's and early 1800's. Family Thomas SAWTELL went to New York, Niagara Co., then to Lapeer Co., MI by 1837 via Ontario, CAN. All SAWTELL(E) info sought with other spelling variations.

Looking for any and all FRANCO family members out there-whether Spanish, Cuban, French, Italian or Sicilian. Hope to find Anthony August Franco, of Veneto, Italy and other relatives. ANDERTS arrived via UFO? John (b. 19 Aug 1859), Stephan (b. 6 Dec 1866), Joseph (b. 25 Jan 1876) & parents, Wenzeslaus (b. Mar 1833) & Eva Thell (b. 17 Apr 1833) from Apetlon, Burgenland, Austria (formerly Banfalu, Moson, Hungary). If not, how?

Helen Elizabeth Alice (JANCZURA) Eick was born in Salzburg/Strasbourg and came to Meriden, New Haven Co. CT. She married 03 Oct 1918 Charles Arnold Eick in Durham, Middlesex Co. CT. I NEED her family, European origins.

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Looking for family of REV JOHN E SHANNAHAN born may of 1850..Hagerstown, Md...sisters name CATHERINE SHANNAHAN m THOMAS JOYCE..lived in Pa....Fr.John was paster St. Michaels parish Galena, Ill until his death 10-2-1928...SLC

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Searching for any info on Andrew Arthur Frields, b:07Sep 1860, Audrain Co, Mo. d: 03Jan1918 Carnegie, OK Marr Madora Francis Gilbert 30Nov 1882 children - Ray Elven; Monta Frank, Beulah Vanine, Ruth LaDora.

Researching HOLL / HOHL /HULL origins, PA and points sout First proven ancester John m. Catherine Beck, Lancaster co, son Isaac b1803

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Looking for the parents, sibs of John Franklin Hafer, b. 1839, PA, md Mary Jane Smith, b. 1840, PA. Settled in Arkansas by 1873. Four children: Charles, b. 1866, OH, Myrtle Estelle, b. 6 Dec. 1868, OH, George, b. 1870, IN, Willie, b. 1873, AR.

Looking for any info on George & Susan (SMITHERS) MCCLEARY. They were from the Macomb, IL area and moved to Rock Island, IL.... George b. 1859 Akron, OH and Susan b.1859 Macomb, IL. Her family may have come from VA or KY.

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Looking for the Parents of Volney Wallace,married Elizabth (Hoyt ?) 9-7-1837 in lasalle Co., Illionois. He appears in the Illinois Census 1830, Possible 3 Fathers. James or Joseph Wallace of Taxewell Co., or James Wallace of Peoria Co.

Need proof of parents of Ansel Watrous IVES b 11 Jul 1823 in Lawsvelle PA d 10 Apr 1915 Oshkosh WI. I show Ansel Wilmot IVES & Electa Beaman DODGE, but his death cert show Caswell & Kesiah IVES.

Looking for George Madison Hamilton Born 10/25/1810 Green or Orane Co. N.Y. 5/2/1844 md Mary Ann Whitmire Milton, Santa Rosa Co. Fl. had 12 children here in Fl. (have the names if needed) died 11/2/1876 Milton, Santa Rosa Co.Fl.

Looking for William H. Wilson family, Wife and children. his father Colonel Henry Wilson U.S.A. and Henrietta Innerarity of Pens. Es.Co. Fl.

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