March 28, 2013

Small town Newspapers -- Read the social items

Many small town newspapers reported the comings and goings of locals, perhaps an item about their dog running away, what they served their guests for dinner.  Those things do add up to a broader picture of the times, local traditions and your family plus their neighbors.

But an item like this from Catskill, NY can prove most helpful.

                          Leonard Hopkins of NYC was a recent guest 
                                   of his sister Mrs. Harry Allchin

Not only does it provide her maiden name, but links her with a brother.

As more and more small papers are being digitized, stay on the lookout for these tidbits regarding the families you are researching.

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