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Obituaries hold a wealth of information. They can include information such as the names of parents, siblings, children, and spouses. You can also find information on where they lived and sometimes where they even worked. There are times during my research where all I am missing is a person’s death date, this is a great resource to find that information. Below are some obituaries I was able to find using both Genealogy Bank and Newspapers.com.
Did you know that you can sometimes find a wedding announcement in the paper? Some may be short blurb about the bride and groom and others may be a very detailed description of the wedding. These announcements can unlock clues to who your ancestor married. The name of their spouses parents, their parents or siblings and sometimes even Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Another item to look for is where your ancestor was married and the name of the church. That name can be used later when doing further research into church records.
Articles about our ancestors can tell us a wealth of information. For example, my Great Grandmother was adopted by her foster mother in 1924. I had no idea what happened to her foster father and why he was not listed on the adoption papers as well. During a newspaper search, I decided to type in his name and within a minute all of my questions about what happened to Otto were answered.
When searching the newspapers, we can come across articles that give us a clear picture of who our ancestor was or even an unknown fact about their life. It begins to paint a picture and form a stronger connection then just dates in a family tree. Some stories are sad tales while others can be uplifting. It can be a very powerful journey deeper into the lives of those who came before us.
If you find an interesting article or have a story to tell about a search you have done please share it in the comment section.
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