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US: Newspaper Records
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This course will introduce you to newspapers as a genealogical resource; from an introductory overview of newspapers, and a look at the history of American newspapers to accessing newspapers online. A look at how you may already be using newspapers will be examined. The different kinds of information, from basic vital record details to local news and historical or biographical items will be discussed with emphasis on how to get the most genealogical information by knowing what types of news items will have what kinds of facts and what may require additional research. Finally you will be introduced to the different ways to find and access newspapers including interlibrary loan, newspaper morgues, microfilm, and online.

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Module 1
Note about Web Addresses

Introduction to US Newspapers
  • What Can Your Find In Newspapers?

    A Look at the History of American Newspapers
  • Preprinted Covers
  • Advertising
  • Serial Stories

    Are You Studying or Perusing the Paper?

    Understanding What You Are Reading
  • Abbreviations
  • Date Conventions
  • Miscellaneous Other Terms

    Using Indexes, Transcripts, and Abstracts

    Citing Newspapers
  • Print Edition
  • Transcripts and Abstracts


  • Internet Resources

    Module 2
    Vital Statistrics In Newspapers
    Overview of "Vital Statistics"

    Death Notices and Obituaries
  • Death Notices
  • Obituaries
  • Funeral Notices
  • Memorials
  • Official Lists of Dead

    Marriage Announcements
  • Engagement Notices
  • Marriage License Notices
  • Marriage Announcements
  • Elopements
  • Wedding Anniversaries

    Birth Announcements

    Module 3
    Miscellaneous But Valuable News Stories

    Local News
  • Family News
  • Voter Lists and Tax Lists
  • Jury Lists
  • School News and Events
  • Social News and Events
  • Society News and Events
  • Church News and Events
  • Fraternal Organization News and Events
  • Political Meetings
  • Gossip

    Biographical Sketches and Historical Items

    Legal Notices
  • Land Sales to Pay Taxes or Creditors
  • Estates and Heirs
  • Court Trials
  • Court Notices
  • Divorces

    Public Announcements
    Shipping and Business News

    Module 4
    Finding Newspapers
    Strategies for Finding Newspaper Titles & Collections

    Bibliographies, Union Lists, and Directories
  • Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media
  • History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820
  • American Newspapers 1821-1936, A Union List of Files Available in the United States and Canada
  • Other References

    Library of Congress
  • Newspapers in Microform
  • Chronicling America

    Libraries, Archives, and Societies
  • Early American Newspapers Project

    County Histories and City Directories

    Finding Aids
  • Print Materials
  • Internet Resources

    Case Study
  • Case Study Outline
  • Case Study Information

    Module 5
    Specialty Newspapers

    Ethnic & Religious Newspapers
  • Ethnic Newspapers
  • Religious Newspapers

    Miscellaneous Specialty Newspapers
  • Military Newspapers
  • Labor Papers

    Finding Aids
  • Ethnic Newspapers
  • Religious Newspapers
  • Military Newspapers
  • Labor Newspapers

    Module 6
    Newspapers on the Internet

    Newspaper Research Online
  • Types of Available Resources
  • Indexes
  • Transcripts and Abstracts
  • Digital Images

    Searching Digital Images
  • What is OCR?

    How to Conduct an Effective Search
  • Common Challenges
  • Putting It Into Practice
  • Be Creative & Experiment
  • Search vs. Browse
  • Chronicling America
  • GenealogyBank
  • NewspaperArchive

    Citing Online Newspaper Resources
  • Online Images
  • Web Editions
  • Online Abstracts & Transcripts

  • Resources for Finding Online Newspaper Collections
  • Selected Digital Newspaper Collections

    Case Study
  • Case Study Outline
  • Case Study Information


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