27 May 2014

NGS 2014 Family History Conference – Session T219 – Tech Tools That Catapult the Newspaper Research Process into the Twenty-First Century

Another in the series on sessions I attended at the NGS 2014 Family History Conference.

T219 Tech Tools That Catapult the Newspaper Research Process into the Twenty-First Century, Lisa Louise Cooke, Syllabus page 177

We love newspapers.  They are sometimes the only source of data, as well as color, about a person we are researching.

As someone who has done a lot of newspaper research, online and offline, my biggest (though not only) takeaways from this talk were:
2. Learned about www.NewspaperMap.com (check it out)
3. Encouraged to use the free Web clipper for Evernote (which strengthened my resolve about using Evernote; another in this series talks about a presentation on Evernote that I attended)

I had previously been introduced to the Stanford Newspaper Data Visualization website from the perspective of seeing the big picture of newspaper growth over time -- The Growth of Newspapers Across the U.S.: 1690-2011. I just hadn’t thought to use it as a visual means to identify where newspapers were located for a locale I was researching; imagine me slapping my forehead when I heard about this.  Even though the State Library of North Carolina has a neat newspaper locator tool, it doesn’t have a visual component and it doesn’t help me when dealing with border communities.  On this map, I can see newspapers at a certain time (say 1829 – see image above) and in the case of NC, I can also see what newspapers were published in VA, SC, TN and GA which may have relevance to the NC locales I am researching.

The associated syllabus pages provide lots of details about sources for information about extant newspapers and also Lisa’s Top 5 Newspaper Tips.

Editor’s Note: This session was NOT recorded.  Hopefully a friend attended the conference and you can learn more!
Editor’s Note: This series is not presented in any particular order.

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