Subscribe FAQ Terms of Use
Certificates Courses Course Calendar Packages Correspondence Courses Registration Consultation Appointments
My Briefcase Help! How Do I? Talk to Someone
Virtual Learning Room Conferences Consultant Services Field Trips Lectures by Instructors Spotlight & News Links Forms Comments by Students Scholarships Partnerships
Faculty & Consultants Graduates Contact Us Our Background Galleries We Need Your Help
 

            Courses            
US: Newspaper Records
Description
Register (Fees/Dates)
Packages
Supplies
Other Info
 
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.

One studentís experience:
To hear a student discussion regarding their experience with this course, please click here. (This is a large file and may take a minute or two to download.)


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
Note about Web Addresses
Websites
 
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
 
Glossary
 
References
• 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 Eventsv
• 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
Websites
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
Websites
 
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
Websites
 
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
 
References
• Resources for Finding Online Newspaper Collections
• Selected Digital Newspaper Collections
 
Case Study
• Case Study Outline
• Case Study Information
 
 

   Copyright © 1999-2018, National Institute for Genealogical Studies. All Rights Reserved.   
1-800-580-0165