The guide to researching your family history.

Catherine Meades BSc DipGen QG
Cameo Family History

A series to lead you through the process of discovering your family’s story in simple steps, with some tips and tricks to help you through, round or over brick walls.

Part 10 – Newspapers

Many of our ancestors have appeared the newspapers at one time or another, these appearances often adding colour to our picture of their lives.

These newspaper entries may be as simple as an announcement of their birth, marriage or death or could be something more interesting.  For example, if someone’s death was subject to an inquest then there may be a report in a local paper.  Such was the case of my 2x-Great-Grandmother, who died as the result of a fall down the stairs at her home in Cullercoats in 1876.

You may also find reports of ancestors winning prizes in local shows or sporting fixtures, ancestors in business or bankruptcy or even ancestors in court – as victim, witness or accused!

Newspapers are becoming increasingly accessible as more and more are available online.  The British Library are digitising many of their papers, with thousands of pages added every week.  These are available online through commercial websites.

Local papers are also available in local libraries or county record offices and libraries may also provide free online access to online archives of national papers.

For more information on newspapers, including how to find them, together with previous articles in this series, see the Cameo Family History Website:

Next month: World War I Records

Catherine Meades BSc DipGen QG

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