Finding your ancestors in newspaper articles is in my opinion – an art, not a science. You must be clever and resourceful to get around the quality limitations in old newspapers
A “feature” of older newspapers is the use of the hyphen. Hyphenated words were often used heavily to save space and due to the limitations of fixed-width type.
Below is a link to a QuickSheet that contains a description with examples, of the benefits of searching for hyphenated words in your online searching of old newspapers.
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