A good morning

The fact that I still read actual newspapers every day marks me as over a certain age, for sure. I suppose old habits die hard.

But the joy of newspaper research never gets old. My problem is that they are also being digitized at a rate much faster than I can keep track of easily.

There’s a Table for That

My answer to that problem was to create a table (one of my favorite tools) to make my research more efficient. I subscribe to several newspaper databases, and my library cards also provide access to several more.

This table saves me precious time; perhaps you might find value in creating one for your own use.

Here are a few screenshots of the first three pages (click to enlarge):

As you can see, each geographic area of my research (either city or state) is highlighted in yellow. These are places where my ancestors lived.

I highlighted in blue my most frequently used newspapers, and I added to asterisk besides papers that are African American.

The Evening Star (Washington DC) newspaper in the very first row is a good example of how databases can have differences in coverage. This is especially important when I’m searching for obituaries.

This table also shows how only one database might offer access to a newspaper I need, for example, The Jackson Sun.

This is a work in progress, but I always want to share tips and tools with my readers. Next, I plan to add the newspapers from the Chronicling America database.

The longer I research family history, the more I appreciate anything that saves me time.



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