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Monday, January 26, 2015
Electronic Newspaper Clippings
I have been doing some exploring on Newspapers.com and have been making clippings. There is a function which allows the clippings to be attached to profiles at Ancestry.com. All of my clippings are also stored on my Newspaper.com account. Some of my clippings include a family reunion, marriage announcements, real estate transactions, birth announcements, and articles about club, sorority and youth group activities. These newspaper clippings are a wonderful window on the world of our ancestors. You should try it out!
One of my complaints is that the collection of digitized newspapers for certain communities is incomplete. For example, my grandfather’s brother, Paul G. Mayne, and his family lived in Leavenworth, Kansas. There were several articles which mentioned his daughter, Jane in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The papers where I would find his obituary in November 1962 are missing. Also missing were the papers from November 1971 where I would find his wife’s obituary. Also missing were the papers from 1954-1961 where I would have found cousin, Jane’s marriage announcement.
There is a fairly large collection of digitized editions for the Cincinnati Enquirer. The collection begins in 1841 and ends in 1923. My Mayne and Banford family members appear occasionally. Unfortunately, most of the obituaries date between 1930 and 1970 and those papers are unavailable at Newspapers.com. But there were a few articles about their activities prior to 1924. One search tip for this period prior to 1924 is to use the initials of the given names. For example, a few articles for my great grandfather, Joseph Hanson Mayne were found in the Cincinnati Enquirer by using “J. H. Mayne” as the search term. Here is an example:
One of the limitations of the attachment tool is that you have to attach the article to one person at a time. For example, the family reunion recap included the names of seven couples and seven single family members. My workaround was to use the print function to download a PDF image, save it as a JPG and then attach it as an image to Ancestry.com. The image attachment tool at Ancestry.com allows you to attach to multiple individuals. Here is the downloaded clipping:
A problem that I noticed on the Ancestry.com side of the connection is that all of the clippings are lumped under one link for each newspaper at Newspapers.com. Therefore you have to have a Newspapers.com account to see the clippings. However, if you attach the entire page rather than the clipping then there is a separate link for each page number. The downside of the links for each page number is that it only gives the name of the newspaper and a page number. There is no date on the link. Furthermore, if you have two newspaper pages from different dates with the same page number there is only one link per page number.
At times, I had trouble getting the clippings to save on Newspapers.com. I made repeated attempts on several different clippings and never could get them to save. My overall evaluation of the clipping function is that it is a great way to highlight and source newspaper clippings. I like how they are displayed and the ability to add a title to the clipping. They print nicely and you can create PDF or JPG files that include the source of the clipping. However, the way they are attached to the individual profiles at Ancestry.com seems clumsy at best. It forces others that view my individual profiles to have an account on Newspapers.com to view the clippings. I recommend that you attach images of the clippings to the profile at Ancestry.com rather than use the "Save to Ancestry" button.