• Devon Noel Lee

Traveling Ancestors: Using Newspapers to Follow Your Relatives


Suitcase representing discoveries about ancestors traveling recorded in newspapers

Historic newspapers frequently discussed the comings and goings of their citizens and visitors. Discover newspaper keyword combinations that can help you track your ancestors' movements.

Newspaper clipping from Ontario, Canada
Clipping from 1 Aug 1914 in The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa, Canada

Newspaper Keyword Research Combinations for Travel

Use these search terms to quickly research in online historical newspapers to find genealogy gold in old newspapers. Each surname is linked to a Newspapers.com article featuring that surname combination.

To learn more about these newspaper research keywords, watch this video.

video Traveling Ancestors: Using Newspapers to Follow Your Relatives' Movements

Newspaper Keyword Research in African American Newspapers

Viewers have asked, "Do these keyword combinations would work in African American newspapers?"


If the newspaper is digitized and searchable, YES, you can use these keyword combinations in African American newspapers.


The trick is to not necessarily limit which paper your research by location.


Newspaper clipping from African American Newspaper
Clipping from 31 Jul 1926 in The Pittsburgh Courier

While the following article discusses Mrs. Minnie Stewart's arrival in Harrisburg, Virginia from Prospect, Virginia, the newspaper was The Pittsburgh Courier from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg and Pittsburgh are 250 miles apart!


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