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* Finding family activities with newspapers

The directories listed below will help you find the current owners of old newspapers from the time and place when the obituary or other article was published. If the individual spoke a foreign language, check to see if there was a newspaper in that language, too. Once you have located the current owners, you can request to search the appropriate copies. The current owners should be able to direct you in your search. In addition to looking for newspapers in a specific locality, check for ethnic newspapers that the family may have subscribed to.

Ayer Directory of Newspapers and Periodicals, available at most community libraries.

Winifred Gregory's American Newspaper, available at community and genealogical libraries.

The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) microfiche. The OCLC has a database of the U.S. Newspaper Program National Union List. You can access the OCLC at most university libraries and some community libraries.

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