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A Land Patent is Just the Beginning

If your US ancestor obtained a federal land patent‚ remember that there is documentation of how and why he obtained that patent–probably at the National Archives. If your ancestor purchased the land on some type of cash or credit sale‚ the file probably won’t contain a great deal of information. But if he obtained it […]

Newspapers can be a huge treasure trove into the life of your ancestor.  You May even discover things that you never knew about your ancestor.  This May lead to other discoveries.  You May learn that your ancestor was the County Commissioner or he was on the School Board from 1911-1914 or perhaps your great Aunt Louise was the Chairman of the Stutsman County ND Art Society in 193.  Or you might find a wedding announcement in 184 in the Boston Herald of your great grandfather.  Only the lady on the photo is not great grandma!   A year later a birth announcement of a great uncle.  Wouldnt that be a surprise   You could then trace that line out and you might find living cousins you never knew about.  Just think of the possibilities.

We do a free newspaper search with any obituary search for the month of the obituary and a free obituary search with any newspaper search for that month. In order to get a more complete search of your ancestors life you would need to order a complete newspaper search which would include the obituary search for free.  This includes a broader range of your ancestors life and more specific dates as per your specific requests.  This is the best value!




There are other searches besides obituaries that you can do in a newspaper that are helpful in finding information on your ancestor.  These searches include but are not limited to the following:

  • Birth announcements and christenings – Not commonly reported in nineteenth-century newspapers birth announcements placed in local newspapers gradually became popular in the early 1900s.
  • Wedding vows and anniversary announcements – News of nuptial agreements usually appeared in columns of local news or sometimes in a separate listing of marriage announcements. Reports range from brief mentions of marriage licenses applications to full accounts of the wedding ceremony. Major wedding anniversaries – twenty-five fifty or more years of marriage – often warranted a newspaper mention.
  • Society news and local gossip – Most newspapers had a column for residents to submit local news that might be of interest to others. This would often include such tidbits on area residents as birthday announcements illnesses job promotions wedding announcements visitors to the community and other news of a more personal nature.
  • Public announcements and advertisements – Livestock farm equipment and even personal property were often sold at public sales which might be found listed in small classified advertisements. Advertisements and announcements concerning insolvent debtors forced land sales professional services runaway slaves and missing relatives are also particularly relevant for the genealogist.
  • Legal notices – Some judicial actions such as proving of wills land sales for payment of taxes divorce proceedings proving of heirs and the settlement of estates cannot be concluded without public notice. Local newspapers are often a good source for such legal announcements.
  • Transfers of real estate – Local columns often kept area residents informed on who was going and coming in the neighborhood. More recent newspapers usually list real estate transactions in the classified or legal notices section.
  • Unclaimed mail lists – Periodically published by smaller newspapers these are lists of letters often sent by anxious relatives which went unclaimed at the post office. Useful for potentially identifying ancestors who pulled up stakes and moved to a new location.
  • Church announcements – Many churches submitted lists of new members baptisms confirmations and other church news to local newspapers for publication.
  • Military news – Items about hometown boys and girls heading off to war along with news when they wrote home commonly found their way into print.
  • School news and activities – School news often found in the local news column might include lists of students who made the honor roll awards won by area students school board minutes school events and detailed coverage of annual graduation ceremonies.

Our library includes newspapers back to 1690.  Obviously we do not have every newspaper ever printed but there is a good chance that if your ancestor ever his the newspaper we will find them.   We recommend this search over just an obituary search on most cases as often times it will yield so much more…including an obituary.  There are some cases when a facility will charge a fee up and beyond our fee for an obituary.  These cases are rare.  Our researchers will notify you and this fee must be paid before you record can be retried.    The good news is it means that our search has found your record!  Remember what you are paying for is for our staff to search for your record and 99% that will include the retrieval of your document.  1% of the time a library has your record and will not let go of it without paying their copy fees etc.  If there is another source we will use that one as to not add to your costs.

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Discounts for multiple orders: Order four or more of any of our Record Lookups within a 24 hour time and our staff will deduct 15% from the records cost. Records already marked as On Sale are not eligible for the discount but will count towards your minimum of four records.

Shipping and Handling Charges: Shipping will only be charged for items that are mailed. Charges are based on domestic addresses. Orders to international addresses will be charged any additional shipping charges.

Please Note: You can contribute to the thoroughness and success of this search by providing as much information as possible about your ancestor and his or her relatives. Sometimes the form will ask for more information than you are able to provide. If thats the case simply leave the space blank. Record searchers must have some parameters to perform a search. At a minimum you must estimate dates and places of events. Although it takes more time than filling in this form you might want to send a pedigree chart family group record or other details or instructions that might help get the best results. Its more convenient and faster to send additional information by e-mail. Many customers prefer to save time by sending GEDCOM files containing information pertinent to a search as attachments to their e-mail messages.

Record searchers are not responsible for nor can they guarantee the presence or absence of an ancestors name in any record. When employing a professional record searcher you are paying for the time involved in performing the search not the results. By providing accurate detailed information you will help record searchers distinguish your ancestor from others with the same name.



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