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# Thursday, January 17, 2013
Climbing Back into the Genealogy Saddle
Posted by Diane

I’m back here at Family Tree Magazine after being on maternity leave long enough to forget my computer password and have no idea which issue I should start working on.

But I didn’t forget all about genealogy. Monday was our practice day at the sitter with Norah and her big brother, so I used my “me time” to go to the library.

Courtesy of the Kenton County (Kentucky) Public Library’s Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index and Northern Kentucky Genealogy Index (you can search both free online, then email yourself a list of results), I have a long list of newspaper and record look-ups about my maternal relatives. It's been on my to-do list for a shameful length of time.

Since I only had a couple of hours at the library, I prepped by organizing my lookups according to the newspaper and date (for articles) or the church and volume number (for church records). That way I’d be able to find all the articles on one roll of film, then move right on to the next. I also highlighted the most important items so I’d be sure to get to those if time ran short.

Even though I knew where the library is, I checked out the visitor info onlinee (good thing— the regular lot was closed due to construction). I couldn’t find the details about making copies, so I gathered up change and singles just in case. Turns out I should have brought a flash drive for the microfilm reader that makes digital copies. Live and learn. 

The librarian showed me the newspaper and church record microfilm, gave me a refresher on the microfilm readers and changed my dollars for dimes (required to make paper copies). I got all my priority articles and one church record in the two hours. I wrote the newspaper or record title, date, volume number, etc. on each printout.

As a woman on a mission, I only glanced at the rest of the local history collection. Oh, the time I could spend there if I had all day.

Now, I’m reading the newspaper articles and trying to sort out who’s who and how (or whether) they’re all related in this big family full of Josephs, Bernards and Marys. Every time I read in an obituary that the deceased was survived by “a wife and children” or see a married woman identified as “Mrs. Joseph so-and-so,” I want to pull my hair out. Names! I NEED NAMES!

So I’ve still got some work to do. In the mean time, I’m glad to be back with you!


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Thursday, January 17, 2013 11:44:09 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [6]
Thursday, January 17, 2013 11:08:32 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I love using newspapers in my research. Many of the obituaries in the early 1900s are very informative with many cousins of my ancestors being named. The thing I like the most about newspapers though is stories you can find out that are not just names and dates. I found out my ancestor was badly bitten by a dog when she was seven or eight.

Sadly to find these stories easily the newspapers need to be digitized and an every word index generated. Mote and more are being digitized every day, but not fast enough for my appetite for looking into newspapers.

Regards, Jim
Hidden Genealogy Nuggets
Friday, January 18, 2013 3:59:04 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I love using newspapers in my research too. I found out that a great grand uncle, who owned a hotel and a monument business in Reno, Nevada, also was a co-owner of a laundry service too. There are so many things that you can find out that are not in census records, legal documents and stuff like that. You can find out who visited who and when and all that good stuff.
Jeff
Friday, January 18, 2013 9:46:24 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hi, Diane. Welcome back!
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Friday, January 18, 2013 12:26:07 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Thanks:)
Diane
Friday, January 18, 2013 6:43:29 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Welcome back, Diane! Hope you and baby are doing well.
Monday, January 21, 2013 6:47:47 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Best wishes to you and your baby! So glad you are back, you now have a whole new perspective on genealogy from a personal standpoint! Regarding old newspapers, I have been fortunate to find several articles and stories of my moms' family in old microfilmed issues back to the 1860's; this is a treasure that has filled in the human side of my tree..please give my best wishes to Allison also and the other staff of your EXCELLENT "family tree" magazine. sincerely, jim turner
jim turner
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