Chronicling America is a Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. An NEH award program will fund the contribution of content from, eventually, all U.S. states and territories.

Newspapers can be an excellent source of data for the determined researcher. Among the local news items, a family historian may find vital statistics information in birth notices, marriage notices, and obituaries. These are particularly useful for periods predating public record keeping of vital statistics, or when the public records have been lost or destroyed. Also noteworthy are the social columns that give attention to news of a personal nature, such as anniversaries, graduations, promotions, and reunions; legal notices, concerning probate proceedings, divorce cases, and estate or tax sales; advertisements, or wanted notices for missing persons, which often include personal details, last known whereabouts, and the intended destination; and special editions or columns commemorating local historical events. It is important to keep in mind that newspapers are a secondary source of information, and details are somewhat inaccurate.

 

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