I have found articles about attempted murders, fathers pimping out their stepdaughters, men sued for not marrying their impregnated fiancees - you name it. And all of these articles were about my ancestors! What a bunch!
NONE of this information was based on stories passed down from living relatives (there aren't many left to talk to anyway!).
ALL of this information came from newspapers.
Now I am not talking about information that requires the Genealogical Proof Standard. These ancestors have already been evidenced as having the same "blood" as me. This is all about their STORIES.
So how did I find all of this stuff?
Well - there are three major sources of newspaper articles that require a subscription - Genealogy Bank, Newspapers dot com and Newspaper Archive. And they have tons of stuff that is valuable to access. And there are others - Fold3 and ancestry dot com for example.
But we also like FREE - don't we?
So here are some recommendations for upping your game vis a vis newspaper research of your ancestors:
1. Check out my post Researching Newspapers for Free - in it is a short video that shows you extremely useful sites, as well as 5 entries that contain hundreds of links to free newspaper research sites.
2. Check out my post Researching Newspapers for Free Using Google News Archive - in it is another short video showing you how to best navigate this site as well as covering a couple of anomalies that you wlll need to know to obtain the best results.
3. Join the Google+ Community "Genealogy and Newspapers" - this community has many members who are sharing their ideas about finding newspaper articles as well as sharing new sites that are available.