We have just added James M. Beidler’s newly published book to our circulating collection. The title of his book is The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide: How to Find Your Ancestors in Archived Newspapers. The call number of the book is 929.1072 BEIDLER, J. You would currently find this book in the “New Non-Fiction” shelving area of our library on the 2nd floor near the “Ask Us” desk. (As of the publication of this blog post, the book is currently checked out to me for review. Put a hold on the book for yourself.)
Chapters you will find in the book are:
- Chapter 1 – The Historical Role of Newspapers
- Chapter 2 – Records in Newspapers
- Chapter 3 – Vital Records and Life Events in Newspapers
- Chapter 4- Obituaries and Other Death Notices
- Chapter 5 – Understanding Newspaper Media
- Chapter 6 – Free Newspaper Websites
- Chapter 7 – Newspapers.com
- Chapter 8 – GenealogyBank
- Chapter 9 – Other Subscription Websites
- Chapter 10 – Seeking Out Other Newspapers
- Chapter 11 – Ethnic-Focused Newspapers
- Chapter 12 – International Newspapers
- Chapter 13 – Preserving, Collecting, and Citing Newspapers
- Chapter 14 – Putting It All Together
There are also Appendices on Newspaper Research Flowcharts, Newspaper Resources and Creating a Newspaper Chronology.
The digitization of newspapers has been one of the best developments for genealogy researchers that could have ever happened. Being able to search through online digitized newspapers allows researchers to discover things about their ancestors in a blink of an eye. Unfortunately, because the Optical Character Scanning (OCR) process of actually scanning the text and converting it to digital format is still not a 100% accurate process, quirky results can be seen with your search. I should know. I often discover results that look promising for me. I think I may have discovered something new about a KIERNA. Then I discover the information was indexed as a KIERNA for me to discover but upon looking at the actual data the name was mis-scanned and should instead actually be a KIERNAN. You may undoubtedly encounter the same problems with the names of interest to you. Don’t give up, keep looking and keep searching. Amazing results can be discovered about your ancestors!
I was able to discover an online review of this book by Thomas MacEntee who is a person of status in the genealogy field. Thomas recently presented a genealogy program to our genealogy participants at our library. It was the first ever webinar that I have offered as a genealogy program. Thomas knows his stuff on all things genealogy as well as all things “high-tech”.
With his permission I have been able to include the link to where I saw the review. Thank you Thomas!
You can find a review by Thomas MacEntee of this recently published book at:
I should have the book back on our shelves shortly for your own review and checking out.
Enjoy the book!
Schaumburg Township District Library