Court proceedings, police activity, probate, bankruptcy, sport – even garden parties. Old newspapers expose every aspect of life as it really was. Old newspapers are a real treasure trove. Revealing the real lives of our ancestors. From transported convicts, crime reports, births, deaths, obituaries and marriages.
What can you expect to find in newspapers?
- Crime reports
- Birth, marriage, death and funeral notices
- Announcements of life events
- Social news
- Activities of clubs and organisations
- Legal notices, such as those from court cases
- Police statements
- Local events and coverage
- Advertisements and business notices
- Major local events, such as fires and floods
How old newspapers help you?
- Life events data, such as birth, marriage and death notices are the basics for family history.
- Local news can provide a lot of detail, especially about relationships and residence of various family members. This sometimes picks up lost links or branches of a family who stayed or moved. It may also account for a youngster who was born and died between census enumerations.
- Many snippets of information are buried in the advertisements and legal notices.
- Marriages, death notices and other short items
- Notices of sale of land, bankruptcy, dissolutions of partnership which could give clues to a change of financial status.