Devon Noel Lee
Use Keywords in Newspaper Research to Find Genealogy Gold
Are you struggling to find genealogy gold in newspapers? Try using keywords in your newspaper research. By searching for places, names, and topics, rather than a specific person, you can find some amazing details to enhance your family history.
Where to add keywords in newspaper research
When using Newspapers.com, you simply add your keywords, rather than a name to the search box as shown below.
Enter your keywords in the search box.
For other platforms, look for a keyword field or ‘search for these words’.
Press search and explore the results you receive.
Types of keywords to use in newspaper research
Besides searching for a specific person, keywords can help you learn more details about their world. Search for specific facts about the individual you are researching occupations, addresses, and associations.
Watch this video on YouTube.
Video on How to Use Keywords in Newspaper Research
In this video, I show you step by step how I discovered stories about my family and client projects.
Keywords About Associations
Consider using specific names of churches and clubs and organizations your ancestors belonged to. Try the following
“Holy Cross” for a Catholic Church
“Swan Club” for a male association
“Eastern Star” for a female association
Keywords About Occupations and Businesses
When you know the occupation or business name of an ancestor, try a search like one of these:
“Townley Police” to find articles about a relative who worked as a police officer.
“Long Pharmacy” for information about a family-owned pharmacy
Keywords About Life Events
Events happened in our ancestor’s life. The Ancestor Hunt has some great tips for finding obituaries and birth announcements using phrases like “born to” or “beloved.”
There are other keywords for events in your ancestor’s life that you can employ:
“Frohnauer divorce” found a divorce court filing for a Frohnauer male.
“Anne Lange” “Anne Lange ship” picked up the ship that transported passengers from German and England to the United States of America.
“Birth Kentucky” -- picked up an article about birth statistics in a local
“Birth girl” -- picked up stories about births in a location
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Start Researching Newspapers with Keywords
Start researching searchable newspapers using keywords. If you find another keyword that others should use, share that in the comments section so we can add it to our list.
If you find a cool story on Newspapers.com, be sure to transfer that clipping to Ancestry.com.
More Newspaper Research Tips and Tricks
If you want to continue learning about how to use newspapers in your genealogy research, read or watch the following:
Write About A Day in the Life of Your Ancestors Using Newspapers
The Basics of Using Newspapers.com for Genealogy Research (video)
Newspaper Research for Genealogist (video playlist)
For more about newspaper keyword combinations, check out these articles:
Use Keywords in Newspaper Research to Find Genealogy Gold (you are here)
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From Birth to Death: Researching Your Ancestor's Vital Events Using Newspapers
Traveling Ancestors: Using Newspapers to Follow Your Relatives' Movements