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The California Digital Newspaper Collection is a project of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) at the University of California, Riverside and contains thousands of images of California newspapers-full text searchable.
The following newspapers from Illinois (and other areas) are online at the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections at the University of Illinois.
There’s one search lesson in this image and another lesson as well. This reference my great uncle is indexed as Newport Ufkes (in an index created by OCR technology). Why it didn’t end up as Ufkes Newport is probably because the comma was interpreted as following the last name. This makes the point that first and last name indexes created using OCR technology can easily be a little off–because of the automated process.
The Ufkes at the left end of row three is my great uncle and at first I didn’t think the man the picture referred to looked like him. Then I read the text more carefully. Row 1 was the top row, not the bottom row. When I counted row three using the top row as row 1, the image looked like a younger version of the man I knew.
It’s all about perspective.
My email tells me that many aren’t aware of how to view the unindexed materials on FamilySearch. One has to get past that screen with the search box. Searching by name won’t bring up the unindexed records.
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On the left hand side will be geographic links you can use to narrow your search results.
Ebay can be a great way to connect with your past and not just by searching for surnames or locations. Try searching for the names of school, churches, and other institutions in your relative’s life.
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Ancestry.com does have flexible searches that can be made more exact by checking the various “exact” buttons on their search pages. However, it seems that there is not a way to search for “John Henry” and only John Henry–without including “Henry John,” etc.
While names can be twisted around in records and it is advantageous to include this first and middle name switches, there are times when a searcher wants a search to be precise.
Putting “John henry” in the keyword at Ancestry.com does not appear to solve the problem either. My communication with Ancestry.com indicates that the problem has been passed on to the “search team.”
Those who have ancestors who lived in France during the time of the Republic (or regions controlled by France during that time), may wish to visit this page on the French Republican Calendar on the FamilySearch Wiki.