Newspaper Archives Great Source for Family History

In my last post I mentioned finding surprising news about my grandfather, James R West, in newspapers from New Mexico in the early 1900s.  I have done many newspaper searches before, but never using NewspaperArchive.com.

I found dozens of articles that I had not find searching other newspaper sites. Although there is a subscription fee, I am finding this source invaluable. So far, I have saved twelve articles about James West from the site with many more still to review and save.

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Interestingly, although I have never heard him referred to as Jim except by my cousin John, seeing his name as Jim West, as well as James West, in one of the articles that I found led me to start a new search under Jim West. Many more articles came up that were clearly about James. Remember to search in many ways for your ancestors in all document and newspaper searches.

Conducting more research on Newspaper Archive is my top genealogy goal at the moment. It is taking a lot of discipline to not start entering every ancestor’s name to see what I can find. However, I am determined to first pull every article about my grandfather that I can find and this in itself will take several sessions.

Happy searching!

Kathy

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2 responses to “Newspaper Archives Great Source for Family History

  1. caladyleo

    Kathy,

    Newspapers.com & FindAGrave.com have been very useful for my research as well.

    I would love to know through which line we are or other cousins are related. I believe it may be via Crittenden, Weaver, Hensley and/or Smith.

    Please do contact me at:
    caladyleo@cox.net

    Respectfully,
    Cousin Rene

    • Rene, I have not forgotten about you. I plan to carve out time in the next two months to follow up on many genealogy leads and cousin matches. In the meantime feel free to contact me. I will send my email to you.

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