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Using Newspapers in Your Research

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In this program, we will explore how to use newspapers more effectively to research family history.  Using newspaper columns, obituaries, death notices, and articles, you can better piece together family ties during times when other types of records did not exist. Newspaper digitization is a new technology that we will discuss, as well. The Indiana State Library has the world’s largest collection of Indiana newspapers. If you would like to find out how to utilize this vast collection to help with your research, plan to attend this webinar.

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Using Newspapers in Your Research

  1. 1. USING NEWSPAPERS IN YOUR FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH Presented by Leigh Anne Johnson Indiana Division Newspaper Librarian Indiana State Library
  2. 2. TYPICAL USES FOR NEWSPAPERS IN RESEARCH Obituaries and death notices Articles Vital Records columns
  3. 3. ADDITIONAL USES Anniversary, engagement, and wedding announcements Legal notices Society columns Local news columns Photographs Articles related to current local and national events Advertisements for stores or businesses
  4. 4. PHOTOGRAPHS Surprising FindsSurprising Finds
  5. 5. ANNIVERS ARY
  6. 6. LOCAL NEWS COLUMN FROM BLOOMINGTONTELEPHONE MARCH 8, 1889 -Hospital news -Visiting or relatives in town -New babies -Job news
  7. 7. ADVERTISEM ENTS
  8. 8. STATE AND NATIONAL NEWS
  9. 9. SOCIETY COLUMNS
  10. 10. OBITUARIES AND DEATH NOTICES Usually, obituaries did not appear in newspapers often before the 1920’s There are exceptions, of course From the Lo co m o tive (Indianapolis) August 25, 1849:
  11. 11. PROMINENT CITIZEN IN WEEKLY PAPER Because Mike Sweeney was a State Senator, he was given a full obituary.
  12. 12. INDIANAPOLIS COMMERCIAL
  13. 13. OPTIONS FOR FINDING DEATH DATES Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014- available through Ancestry Library Edition Findagrave.com - photos of grave stones and possible obits Internet search- sometimes leads to newspaper citations or actual obituaries
  14. 14. ISL’S PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
  15. 15. ISL ONLINE DATABASES CREATED IN-HOUSE Indianapolis Newspaper Index, 1848-1991 Indiana Biography Index Marion County (Indianapolis) Death Index- from the Indianapolis Commercial Logansport Newspaper Index (1848-1855) New Albany Newspaper Index (1849-1889) Vincennes Newspaper Index (1804-1827) Indiana Marriages 1958-2015 Indiana Cemetery Locator Index
  16. 16. ISL SUBSCRIPTION DATABASES Ancestry Library Edition- the library version of Ancestry.com Genealogists Newspaper Search American Ancestors HeritageQuest NewspaperArchive ProQuest- Indianapo lis Star, 1903-present Fold3 Newspapers.com
  17. 17. DATABASES FROM OTHER LIBRARIES Indiana Genealogy Databases, Indexes, & Internet Resources by Co unty http://www.in.gov/library/3023.htm Example: Vigo County Cemetery and Obituaries  •Vigo County Cemeteries •Wabash Valley Obituary Index Marriage Records  •Marriage Record Database, 1818-1958 •Marriages, 1800-1810 and 1818-1830 Military •Military Index
  18. 18. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Indiana Newspaper Bibliography by John W. Miller (ISLI O16 M648i) Indiana Bio g raphy Inde x on website or in card catalog Indianapo lis Ne wspape r Inde x, 1 8 48 -1 9 9 1 -on website or in card catalog ISL’s Genealogy Division has a number of Indiana county newspaper indexes within their county collections.
  19. 19. INSPIRE
  20. 20. INSPIRE: A free set of databases for Indiana residents
  21. 21. INSPIRE
  22. 22. INSPIRE- NEWS AND HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS: McClatchy-Tribune Collection 90-day archive of 100 national newspapers Includes the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and Sacramento Bee NewspaperSource  Select coverage of about 10 Indiana papers  389 US newspapers HoosierState Chronicles Hundreds of historical (mostly pre -1923) newspaper titles from Indiana- digitized Does have OCR capabilities Now includes the Indianapo lis Ne ws , 1869-1920
  23. 23. HOOSIER STATE CHRONICLES
  24. 24. HOOSIER STATE CHRONICLES
  25. 25. SEARCHING HOOSIER STATE CHRONICLES Hoosier State Chronicles
  26. 26. IF I CAN’T VISIT THE STATE LIBRARY, WHAT CAN I DO TO OBTAIN NEWSPAPER ARTICLES?
  27. 27. REQUESTING ARTICLES Name, date of death or date obit appeared in newspaper, city, and title of newspaper of which you would like us to check. 5.00 per name for obituaries; Other copies $5.00 for 1-10 pages, each additional page, $.50 Articles can be emailed. Invoice sent by email, as well. We can also print out photocopies and mail them with an invoice.
  28. 28. ASK-A-LIBRARIAN
  29. 29. INTERLIBRARY LOAN FROM ISL (THROUGH YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC OR ACADEMIC LIBRARY) Loan up to 5 reels of newspaper microfilm for 6 weeks Arranged by and delivered to your local public library Free for patrons.
  30. 30. NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM AT ISL •Indiana County Newspaper Holdings Guides Indiana Newspaper Holdings Guides by County •Newspapers filed by City- A to Z -except Indianapolis •County Collections filed under County Seat- • Example- Hendricks County Collection films will be filed Danville •Original print papers- can be pulled if microfilm not
  31. 31. MICROFILM READERS/SCANNERS
  32. 32. HOURS Monday 8:00am-4:30pm Tuesday 8:00am-4:30pm Wednesday 8:00am- 4:30pm Thursday 8:00am-7:00pm Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm Please check our website (www.in.gov/library) for closing information. ISL is closed on all State and most Federal holidays.
  33. 33. QUESTIONS? Don’t forget to check out programs and events at the Indiana State Library! www.in.gov/library
  34. 34. THANK YOU! Leigh Anne Johnson Indiana Division Newspaper Librarian leijohnson@library.in.g ov

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