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"Finding Family in Online Newspapers: Tips From My Great Grandfather," presented by Janeen Bjork.

Thursday, December 19, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Lee County Genealogical Society Monthly Membership Meeting


Newspapers can provide a wealth of information to help you fill in gaps in your family history research. This presentation will explain how to find what you're missing (or you've missed) in your searches of online newspapers. Find out why you missed the items you missed, from someone who has found thousands of elusive items for her family, her students' families, and her clients' families. You'll learn what fee and free online newspaper resources are available, see the interfaces for those sites, and be ready to strike out on your own.

Janeen Bjork a TV researcher and genealogy teacher has been obsessed with the information historical newspapers contain ever since she found a story about the 1894 murder of her great-great-grandfather, William Strutz, in a Syracuse, NY newspaper. At last count, she had found over 130 different accounts of the tragedy, despite the murderer's or the victim's names being misspelled or misread by OCR (optical character recognition, the technology that allows newspapers to be indexed and searched online) in the majority of the newspapers. She'll share her search methodology via several case studies that illustrate how anyone (you!) can find and preserve family items from online newspapers.

Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Dr, Fort Myers, Florida

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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