Though many don’t get print newspapers anymore, most local newspapers nowadays have an online presence.
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Many of these newspapers do print articles about historical and genealogical topics of interest. Many of these topics mirror themes such as Black History Month.
For example, my local newspaper the News & Observer (and yes, I still get a print copy – my morning cup of coffee is only good when I’m holding a newspaper in hand!) recently published these fascinating articles:
- Commentary: Freed from slavery, Lewis Hayden became a leader in Boston (13 February 2013)
- Portraits Stir Mystery (11 February 2013) (originally published in The Charlotte Observer as Who are these turn-of-the century Charlotteans?) (follow-up article published Names emerge from 1880s ‘mystery album’)
- From Slavery to White House (8 February 2013)
- Black History Month: The remarkable life of Lewis Hayden (6 February 2013)
In the past, I have found series of articles about landmarks, families, bits of history and more in this and other NC newspapers. You might find that someone writing for the newspaper in a community where your ancestors lived is a history buff and so is publishing articles like those above talking about history that might have relevance to your family history research.
If your local newspaper or a newspaper local to where you are researching has a neat history and/or genealogy-themed column or a tendency to publish articles about historical events, places and/or people, please do a shout out by posting a comment!
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