Unfortunately, most new newspaper researchers go to an online site, enter a surname in the Basic Search box and hope.
That does yield results but often it is either too many results or too little and they are not targeted. There is a better way.
The key to success is to get educated. And one can short circuit the learning curve if you take advantage of readily available resources. These resources can expedite your learning and help you find more pertinent ancestor articles much more easily.
Here is just a sample of 6 easy ways to speed up your learning curve without a large investment in time or travel:
- YouTube - a search for genealogy newspapers yields over 2,000 results. That gives you lots to choose from and watch.
- Webinars - there are plenty to choose from, but you will need to search for them. Three recorded webinars available to you by this author are:
- The COMPLETE Chronicling America Tutorial and Guide
- 75 Techniques to Research Historic Newspapers A to Z
- Cyndi's List - A large number of resources of many varied subjects related to newspaper research
- The Genealogy and Newspapers Facebook Group - If you join that community you can keep apprised of collection news and some tips, dependent on the posts from all the members.
- The Google Plus Community entitled Genealogy and Newspapers
- Bobbie's Your Guide to Using Newspapers for Genealogical Research - many links devoted to learning as well as searching
There are others, but these can get you a lot of information to help you find your ancestor stories faster and better. Start with this list and you just might become a pro!