Using Newspapers to Enhance Your Genealogical Search
April 29, 2014
An abundance of genealogical information can be found in newspapers, but many genealogists only think of newspapers to find obituaries. However, obituaries are not the only type of information you can find about your family. Maybe your father was the star quarterback on his high school football team. Maybe you have a famous ancestor that was a celebrity or politician like Harry Truman. Since the Midwest Genealogy Center is located in President Truman’s hometown, I just had to mention one of Independence, Missouri’s most famous citizens. Perhaps your ancestor was more infamous like the outlaw Jesse James. Newspapers can be a great source of information that will give you a glimpse into your ancestor’s life and the town where they lived. As any genealogist will tell you, genealogy is more than just names and dates.
The most complete newspaper microfilm collections available at MGC are the Kansas City Star and the Independence Examiner. However, MGC does have selected dates for other Missouri cities like St. Joseph and St. Louis. We also have selected newspapers from other states. On our webpage, you can find a complete listing of the newspaper microfilm. It is also possible to order newspaper microfilm from another library through interlibrary loan, but title availability and charges vary, so please see a staff member if you are interested in ordering microfilm. MCPL also provides access to a number of newspaper databases.
Besides obituaries, what have you discovered about your family in old newspapers?
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