Brenda Johnson, Pavlov, Bergen discussed on Extreme Genes
I gotta tell you. I started the new year on the right note. I went to go to bed. Let's like January third was a Thursday, and it was ten thirty. And and kind of like the Pavlov's dog. I wanted to see if I could find one last something before I went to bed, and I found a little article on newspapers dot com, and then I thought okay. Well, I'll I'll go find it again in the morning now that I know it's there wasn't anything of great significance. But I figured I'd I'd capture it, and I would save it because I love newspaper stories for family history. And then as I was logging off I got a glimpse of what the paper was this was found on wh-what. Wait a minute. What it was the Bergen record of northern New Jersey. Now, this is my father's hometown newspaper. And I've been looking for that paper to be digitized for years. And so I went back to it. And I started searching it and by two fifteen in the morning. The next morning I had found. Sixty four articles concerning my dad, and his brother, and my grandparents and great aunts and uncles and finally my body just says shutdown. No, more names, go to bed at which point. My wife was very upset with me because it was it was really late and the next day. I found fifty more articles. So is absolutely incredible. And that's why I figured we gotta talk to Brenda Johnson today. She is a project manager with legacy tree Genealogists and Brenda. You just did a blog on this whole subject, and it's fantastic. It's one of my passions. You think about all the stories that are in the digitized newspapers now, and it keeps growing, and you know, when you think about it. There is a difference between genealogy and family history family history, incorporates genealogy, which is basically putting your tree together and making sure that it's all accurate and documenting it, but family history incorporates so much more the photographs and the audio recordings and the home movies and the stories and so many of them come from newspapers. And sometimes it's a little hard to coax those stories out of those sites. And I thought we talk a little about that today about when you're not finding articles, you know, should be there. So with the newspapers viewer used to going and looking for a bitch worries. And most of that's been indexed by individuals looking for those victories in reading it and typing it it is. But if you go to the newspaper sites that are out there, most of the indexing. This Dan there is by character recognition. Typing it in for example. I had an article on my great, great aunt who passed away in Australia. And when you look at what the text airs our next to what it actually says in the article, I would say seventy five percent of the words are not start. Right. So you have to just keep trying different words when you do the search to be able to pull out some of these stories, especially the older newspapers. Yeah. That's really true. I've found a few tricks that have really worked for me. And I bet you've done some of these two first of all I've tried to narrow it to a certain timeframe certain year to year, and then I'll put in for instance, in quotes, just a street address. And maybe the name of the town right on the outside of that. Because hopefully, if they were living at that address, it will pull up stories about them where the name itself might be too common and bring up too many, or maybe the name is not registering, and it's bringing up to few or not bringing up some that it. Should bring up. So I put in the street address in the town, sometimes I'll put in just a last name, an occupation or an interest or something that might make the news or put in misspelled versions of the name commonly misspelled, of course, with Fisher, you'll often have a C in it as opposed to not the C, which is, of course, the way God intended it. So so anyway, that's how I search, and it brings out a lot more things. But it takes a lot more time. And also you'll put in for instance, the the first name in the middle name initials instead of the full name. So my dad William hardy Fischer would be w h Fisher and put it in that way. There's so many ways you can put in a name and get a result. They were actually setting the type back then so they wanted to take and make it as succinct as possible to try to, you know, just have the initials not full names for the women. It was always MRs. So and so I would say one of the main things that you want to consider when you're looking. For things. Also, the outer is a great idea. But you might also want to take him look for events that have happened in your family. So a death is a good example. We had a client where there was a fire in the history. So they knew that their relatives had passed away from this fire. What they didn't know and was found an article was this woman actually died a hero. And they cheat stood between her children in this fire to protect them when paraffin wax exploded. So it had more details. The details they had on what happened? Whether what really happened at what time period was this. And where it was early nineteen hundreds in the US. Yeah. You know, these fire stories are incredible and often these things will just bring tears to your eyes as you read them as if it just happened yesterday, and you consider what people endured, and that's the beauty of the newspapers. You know, we talk so much about DNA now and properly. So however newspapers to me is what really puts flesh on the bones as we figure out who are people are. And I found so many stories in fact in this recent hall of over one hundred and ten articles I found the reference to my dad's marriage to my half sister's mom back in nineteen thirty five even a birth announcement in my half sister the following year, which is really exciting to me. My best case came from my own great-grandmother house away from suicide back in nineteen twelve and newspaper article actually had her suicide note. So while nobody in the family through the years talked about it ever and everybody's gone by the time. It comes to me. I had in her words what was going on. And so the world to actually have that. That is really interesting. Yeah. Well, and I've found stuff over in Great Britain. I've mentioned recently about an eighteen eighteen article where a church parish. There was looking for my third great grandfather because he had abandoned his family of five and they were looking for him, and they were offering a reward because at that point the church was now taking care of them. And it was obviously his responsibility, but he pretty much disappeared. We never saw him again. But it was fascinating to see that. And understand why I saw his wife remarrying sometime later, but never found his death record, and it truly shows that he disappeared. Yeah. And that you couldn't find a death records. And she was a widow like they actually know. He just move someplace else. You can understand a lot of the records. You see? Well, you know, there's so many sites, and I don't know how many people consider that. It's really a good thing to subscribe to many of them as much as anything.