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Search Social Sections of Old Newspapers | Genealogy Clips #63

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Anything different that happened in town was considered news in the 1800s and early 1900s. Most newspapers had social sections to report on who was visiting who and from where, who was going on vacation, who was moving, who was a recent arrival in town as a new resident, and all kinds of other such mundane things. You can even find things like family reunions, wedding anniversaries, the details (including guest lists) of children’s birthday parties, and descriptions of social events that took place in town (even in private homes, including who attended). You can get all kinds of details on your ancestors’ personal lives from these news pieces., (both subscription sites), and the U.S. GenWeb project have extensive searchable collections of old newspapers from all across the country. They are well worth using to look for family history information…

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Will Moneymaker founded Ancestral Findings in 1995 and has been involved in genealogy research for over 24 years. The excitement begin when he started investigating the meaning of his entertaining surname.