Genealogy is everywhere in a newspaper: even in the social columns, as in the following example.
Briefs, Locals, Chatter—social columns have different headings in newspapers around the country.
They often are just quick notes—passing comments, really, giving locals an update on the activities of their friends and neighbors in the community.
- Names: Marion Monroe, along with the name of her sister’s husband, her father and her brother.
- Places: Biloxi, Mississippi, where Marion’s sister lived; New Orleans, Louisiana, where Marion and her parents lived; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and Corpus Christi, Texas, where her brother had been stationed.
- Details: Marion’s father was a judge in New Orleans; her brother was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Engineering Corps; the Monroe family lived on Philip Street in New Orleans.
Genealogists, like any detective, gather clues and track down all possible leads to learn everything they can about the target person.
Search newspapers thoroughly for your ancestor: read every clue.