It’s been a while since I have lived “at home.” I still have a subscription to my hometown weekly newspaper. Frankly, it gets read more quickly than the local newspaper printed in the town where I work. It is a great way to keep up on the local happenings, particularly who died, who got married, and who reproduced. And every so often the editor prints a “letter to the editor” from someone looking for relatives who used to live in the county where I was born and raised.
Of course, large metropolitan daily papers will not publish such notices, but a smaller, weekly newspaper just might. A letter briefly (very briefly) outlining your family member who used to live in the area may reach the attention of relatives or others who may know of your family. These people might not be genealogists or family historians per se, but upon seeing your letter it might jog their memory and one may contact you. The best part of all is the cost:
only a postage stamp and the time to create an actual letter (some papers might accept e-mail, but paper mail is less likely to get lost in an inbox).
Google searches, online yellow pages, and USGenWeb sites are great places to learn of such newspapers. And you can always post a message to the genealogy bulletin boards at RootsWebÂ to ask what newspapers are published and read in your area of interest.
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