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22 August 2013

Days Beyond Recall

Is it possible that your ancestor's death or other event was mentioned in a newspaper decades after it happened? Some newspapers would regularly run a "days beyond recall" with items from year past--frequently 25 or 50 years ago. Could be that the original newspaper was not preserved, but the item was mentioned in one of these history-type columns.

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  1. My home-county newspaper has such a column. After reading an interesting happening, I often head for the library to read the whole story from the microfilmed paper.

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  2. I've had problems finding any family through GenealogyBank newspaper files.

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    1. GenealogyBank, like all the sites, doesn't have every newspaper. It's possible that they don't have too many for your areas of interest.

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  3. Good Tip! I've found annual remembrances in the personals..'SURNAME In loving memory of our father.. who died...'

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  4. My home-county newspaper also had a feature called ''do you recognize this farm?". There was a picture of a farmhouse and barn, usually a long shot or an unusual angle. Then the following week, the mystery farm would be identified.

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