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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 08:45 AM

More relevations about my grandfather from more than a century ago.

Strictly via www.newspapers.com

I discovered that in 1906, his home was burgled.

The next year, his store was robbed by a member of "The Black Hand".

The year thereafter, he filed for bankruptcy.


Prior discoveries included he registered to marry two women within four years (1900 and 1904), marrying the latter, my grandmother and jilting the former. She later sued him for breach of promise (to marry) as by being jilted, she was "damaged goods" and unlikely to find a husband.

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Reply More relevations about my grandfather from more than a century ago. (Original post)
no_hypocrisy Jul 2017 OP
bobbieinok Jul 2017 #1
No Vested Interest Jul 2017 #2
no_hypocrisy Jul 2017 #3
No Vested Interest Jul 2017 #4

Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 08:52 AM

1. Great

That you have neen able to learn so much about your family history.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 01:19 PM

2. I too have used newspapers.com as well as genealogybank.com for newspaper articles

when re my ancestors.
Found an article and photo re my grandfather's second wife whose name etc. were never spoken of in my family. Also details of the drowning of two separate men one in a river and another in Great Lakes when a ship went down due to shifting cargo.

Re my Michigan ancestors, I found articles about what we would now consider everyday life. They lived in a smaller city, where visiting out-of-town relatives and broken ankles were noted in the newspaper; also mentioned a relative that found a large honeycomb in a tree.

These stories give flesh to the bare bones names we have in family trees.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 06:17 PM

3. Is genealogybank.com better or the same as newspapers.com?

Thanks!

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 18, 2017, 12:41 AM

4. Frankly, it's been too long since I used them to answer you definitively.

I think a lot depends on what states and cities you're looking in.
I still get emails from genealogybank.com telling of new additions, but I think the cities I needed have already been added and newer additions did not serve me well, but, obviously, they may be perfect for another.

Since it's been a while, I don't recall the specifics of newspapers.com.
Due to recent happenings in my family's life, my active genealogy searching has been curtailed, but my son has picked up a lot on his paternal side.

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