After all, no matter the endeavor we undertake in our genealogy and family history research, the goal is to get as competent as possible so that we discover all that we can about our ancestors, isn't it?
So let's boil it down to a few actions that you can take to actually improve your skills, shall we?
- Join a group of fellow researchers who trade research hints as well as links to online sites and other pertinent info. In these groups you can ask questions and get help if you are stuck. For example the Facebook Genealogy and Newspapers Group or the Google Plus Genealogy and Newspapers Community have well over 4,000 members just like you who are using newspaper research for genealogy. Join them and collaborate.
- Read about the basics of newspaper research, such as OCR, scanning, and search tips - what to do and what not to do. I have written a manual and for a very small investment can be yours to download in pdf format. This can be found in An Introduction to Researching Historical Newspapers Online. In other words, educate yourself.
- Online research is easier than going to a library or archive to view newspapers, either as an original or microfilm. But don't limit yourself to just online research. Get out of the house and see what else is available for you.
- Stay abreast of the tens of thousands of online links and hundreds of collections across the world. A list of links can be found in 15 Huge Lists of Free Online Newspaper Collections for Genealogy
- I have said this before and will say it again - "Plan your research and research your plan." Undisciplined research will not get you optimal results.
A few steps to improve your skills and find more ancestor articles. Isn't that the main objective?