How to Find Historical Obituaries

One of the main goals for genealogists in searching historic newspapers is to find obituaries. Obituaries are a gold mine of information. They provide death dates and locations, funeral and cemetery information and more importantly – information about the relatives of the deceased’s family and extended family. This family name information is often not found anywhere …

British Columbia Online Historical Newspapers Summary

British Columbia is one of the Canadian provinces that does have a single central online repository for searching historical newspapers. . Also, there are quite a few free publications available on other sites and there are collections available on subscription sites. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so …

Brooklyn Public Library Adds 55 Free Online High School Newspapers

The Brooklyn Public library just announced the successful digitization, and availability online of student newspapers from 55 Brooklyn area High Schools.  There are a total of 925 issues – some have short runs, but many have dozens of issues. You can read the full story at Get Some Teen Perspective With Digitized High School Newspapers From …

Use These 12 Special Keywords to Improve Your Newspaper Research Results

When entering our search criteria in the search box on an online historical newspaper site, we often focus primarily on the name of the target ancestor or family.  We might also search for a location or an address. or combine these with a name. My guess is that well over 90% of online newspaper searches …

Want Better Newspaper Search Results? Get an Attitude

If you’ve read any prior articles or tips regarding online newspaper research, then you know that the quality of the scanned newspaper as well as the OCR process dictate the quality of the search index. You need to realize that you are searching for combinations of letters, not words. And when you are using those …

What is the Difference Between an Obituary, a Death Notice, an Obituary Index and a Death Index?

In 2018 and 2019, I expanded the resources that I have made available on The Ancestor Hunt website. Besides free Online Historical Newspaper Links, I have added Obituary Indexes (which are found in the Obituaries tab above), and Birth, Marriage, and Death Record Links (found in the BMD Links tab above). It occurred to me that it …

Historical Free Caribbean Newspapers Online

For those of you who have ancestors/relatives from the Caribbean island countries, there are over 250 historical newspapers listed below that have been published over the last two hundred or so that may help you find some information and stories about them. Listed are only those that are available online. As always, there are many …

College and University Historical Student Newspaper Links in Canada

As you know, if you have visited this site previously, I have been presenting historical newspaper links to Free online collections in Canada over the past few years. To see all these collections, click on the Newspaper Links tab at the top of this web page. Since the college/university experience is a sizable part of one’s life, …

Why Use Proximity Searches When Searching Historical Newspapers Online

When researching historical newspapers online, we often have some basic capabilities used by most of the underlying search engines. For example, one basic search that all of the search engines have is to enter one or multiple words in your search box. For multiple words, the engine generally assumes that without entering search operators such …

Historical Shanghai Jewish World War II Era Newspapers Online

Prior to 1935 or so, I had approximately a dozen ancestors/relatives living in or around Berlin. As they were Jewish, their lives were already extremely difficult and about to become impossible.  In the next ten years (from 1935 to 1945), three were murdered in the concentration camps; one died of “natural causes” – he was …