I suspect many of you begin your day like I do, browsing through my local newspaper over breakfast. I know some of my ancestors did the same thing. I can remember my grandparents coming to visit and poring over every item in the newspaper, exchanging sections, and discussing items of interest. In a letter he wrote home during World War I, my grand-uncle requests that my great-grandfather send him copies of the local newspaper to read while he was stationed in France.
These days we not only have the current news available online, we can travel through time and read the same news that our ancestors sat down and read over their morning joe. Ancestry.com doubled the size of its Historical Newspaper Collection last year and it includes not only newspapers from the U.S., but also from Canada, England, and Scotland.
Next time you sit down and browse through the local news, take a few extra minutes and browse through a local paper from an ancestorâ€™s era. If their hometown paper isnâ€™t available, look for the newspapers of nearby towns or larger cities. Theyâ€™ll still carry the same national stories and discuss the latest trends, and you may run across stories relevant to your ancestorâ€™s lives.