The purpose of this blog is to promote the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society by announcing upcoming events and reporting on past events. In doing so, I hope it will encourage all who are interested to attend any of our events and meetings, and share in our enthusiasm of genealogical research.
We had a very good turnout for our General Meeting on February 9, 2012. Janice Sellers gave a wonder talk on using online newspapers.
She spoke about why newspapers are helpful to genealogists and that you can find more than birth, marriage, and death information from them. Other types of information include school news, legal notices, business news, social news, and military news to list a few. She described the types of newspapers one can find from national, large local, small local, and ethnic papers.
She gave us a list of the online sources that are free to use at LDS Family History Centers: NewspaperArchive.com, Fold3.com, 19th Century British Newspapers, Ancestry.com, WorldVitalRecords.com, and 19th Century US Newspapers (through Godfrey). She gave us a nice list of other libraries in the area that have newspaper subscriptions, other subscription databases, free databases such as Library of Congress Chronicling America and the California Digital Newspaper Collection, and some portals such as Cyndi's List and Wikipedia to help you find other newspapers.
Lastly she gave us some database basics. In describing how searches work, we saw screen shots of the actual databases and the newspaper articles that she found.
It was a wonderful talk and I heard many people say upon leaving that they couldn't wait to get home and try some of it out.