“Extra! Extra! Research All About It”: How Newspapers Enhance Family History

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The Thirty-ninth Annual Lancaster Family History Conference 

Imagine an intensely localized document created within the circumstances in which your ancestor lived. What was going on in the local community? What were your ancestors reading? What information did they have access to, shaping their own worldviews? Perhaps you’ll even find your ancestor listed, in a specific issue within a specific context, bringing the connection to life. Historic newspapers provide a valuable sense of the way our local communities functioned a century or more ago. Now more than ever, historic newspapers are becoming digitized and easily accessible to everyone everywhere.

Join us for a special week of family history activities focused around the theme of historic newspapers.

James M. Beidler will give the keynote address. He is the author of the newly published Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide as well as the writer of the “Roots & Branches” newspaper column and blog that he has produced weekly for 20 years. He also edits Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, and is a columnist for German Life magazine. Beidler’s also the author of two other commercially published books and is an instructor for the online Family Tree University.

Learn more and register at www.lmhs.org

April 19 2018


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