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4/21/18 2:32 P

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If it wasnít for an article from Newspaper.com I never would have known my grandmother had a half brother who died in an army flu camp. No one spoke of him and I feel my grandma didnít even know she had a half brother as her father died when grandma was 5 or 6. In talking to cousins no one else knew of this either. It was a great discovery I made.

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4/21/18 2:10 P

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When Mom died, my sister prepared the obituary at the funeral home without the assistance of the rest of us. I discovered that they gave the wrong first name for my mom's family member. I was like...."NOO NO NO NO...we gotta get that fixed. MOM was majorly into genealogy records and research and SHE ESPECIALLY, would not want hers done wrong!"

So we called it in and luckily it was not too late. phew!

When DAD died, we literally listed EVERY SINGLE ONE of his descendants and their wives. He was proud of his family. We wished we would have done that for Mom's.

However, I warn you, that THIS kind of backfired for us, because one of my sisters had a stalker years ago (who served time in prison for it) , who must have seen the obituary and made contact again.
And here he would have had about 50 names listed! 40 of which were not around when he knew our smaller family.

nuts!

But still, we were glad we did it. Talk about a genealogy gem for someone in the future!

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4/21/18 12:01 P

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I have an ancestor that every thing was a question, from where and when he was born to his title. Everything I have on him comes from newspaper. And he isn't that far back. The first record I have of him is 1845 when he was a mayor.

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4/21/18 11:55 A

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Anyone who has been doing genealogy for a while has probably discovered the wizardry of searching old newspapers for our ancestors. Old newspaper articles are often the only place you can find out anything about a brick wall ancestor. With records being destroyed, lost, or not even kept over the centuries, you know by now that you cannot always rely on them to tell you what you need to know about your ancestors. However, plenty of people who never show up in any vital records have been mentioned in the newspapers of their area, and sometimes even in national newspapers. Even better, you will often find personal stories about your ancestors there, which is just as important as names, dates, and relationships.

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