Newspapers are a valuable tool for filling in the
unanswered questions of our ancestors' lives. Where census records are
stark and impersonal, and public records may be lost through fire and
war, newspapers often provide us a window into the lives of our
ancestors that can be very illuminating and rewarding. Without an
index, however, they can be very time-consuming and cumbersome to use.
For this reason, many researchers use newspapers as a last ditch effort
to resolve genealogy mysteries, rather than as a first-rate method of
adding color to their ancestors' lives. It is my opinion, that a lot of
the pleasure to be found in family history research, is missed by using
newspapers only when absolutely necessary. In an effort to make your
search for them faster and more rewarding, I have abstracted and indexed
the high points of your ancestors' lives.
As valuable as the records are, it requires a lot of
time and tedious data entry to abstract newspapers for genealogists. I
am but one person armed with a laptop, a roll of microfilm and a lot of
passion for family history, so please be patient as I strive to build my
Click the Publications Link to see what books are currently available. Check back often as I am continually abstracting and indexing more volumes.
I am always on the lookout for my next abstracting
experience. So, if you'd like to voice an interest in a particular
County in Missouri, let me know by emailing me.
If you don't tell me what books you hope to find available on these
pages, chances are I'll never get around to that certain newspaper that
you wish you had time to read through yourself. Your opinion is very
important to me.
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