Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dig old newspapers? Look no further...

Last week, I shared my findings from a new (to me!) website called Elephind.

Fellow genealogists will not their heads in agreement...sometimes, after hitting brick-wall after brick-wall, discovering an obituary, story, or social pages snippet mentioning a particular ancestor can be a genealogical gift.  Wrapped in a bow.  Sealed with a kiss! Context to add a little something-something to the names, dates, and places of birth on a paper tree.

Likewise, when I've taken a break from serious document searching, and I need a little inspiration, newspaper snippets are just the thing to get creativity flowing again. 

Have you ever heard of FultonHistory.com?  If not - CHECK IT OUT.  That's an order.  Fulton History has been on my radar...but I admittedly haven't spent time searching its archives.  Working completely from home, website founder Tom Tryniski has scanned over 22 million historic newspaper pages!  THIS ARTICLE was shared today via one of my favorite genealogists' Facebook page, and I was immediately inspired to give his search engine a check.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I usually start all new database searches using my husband's surname - Melvey.  Its uniqueness lends itself to near instant genealogical gold, as most results are usually related to his family.  Happy to report my first interesting find after just a few minutes of searching on FultonHistory:

Four Deer Find "Home Sweet Home" Best Place (date unknown - estimated 1910-1920).  St. Hilaire Spectator. Retrieved from http://www.fultonhistory.com.

 Trying to imagine Moorhead, MN townspeople "shooing" these four deer into freedom - elsewhere.  A cost saving measure aimed at eliminating funds spent on feeding deer in the Moorhead Zoo completely backfires...and now, the park commissioner (my husband's paternal great-grandfather) finds himself having to potentially ask for donations to feed the domesticated animals.  One of my favorite aspects of this article is the glimpse of compassion and empathy we can detect from his actions.  A fascinating peek into the life of an ancestor!

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