“I’ve been having a ball finding articles about my family.
The biggest find for me … was discovering my gr-grandfather’s uncle in Congressional records as well as in newspapers.
He had left home as a child and didn’t return home again until after his father died.
It was reported in the newspapers that his elderly mother (my gr-gr-gr-grandmother!) almost went into shock after not seeing him for nearly 37 years. GenealogyBank gave me great insight into his life as a fisherman turned world traveler and the names of his children that he had with his Russian wife and his locations in Russia and Japan back in the 1800’s! How cool is that???
I can’t wait to see what papers you will put up next.
Keep up the great work!
Have a great weekend!”
Catherine “Casey” Zahn
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What will you find?
This week I found an article about the estate sale for my first cousin, Thomas Huse (1742/43-1816).
It was published in the Newburyport (MA) Herald, 16 July 1816.
Everything was being sold – his household effects; a covered sleigh; ox cart, an ox wagon; an eight day clock, a share certificate in the Merrimack Bridge, a grindstone and various tools.
It would be great to have these items as family heirlooms.
Was that “eight day clock” a Grandfather clock? Apparently most “eight day clocks” in that day were Grandfather or banjo clocks.
My Grandfather Huse made a banjo clock that still hangs in my uncle’s home in New Hampshire. Who knows, maybe Thomas Huse made the clock that was sold in his estate sale.
Thomas Huse owned a share of the Merrimack Bridge – that was one of the first suspension bridges built in America. The original was built in 1792 and it was replaced in 1810 with a wrought iron suspension bridge designed by Judge James Finley.
I think of my family and ancestors as “regular” people and I don’t expect to find them mentioned in newspapers but now that I’ve found hundreds of articles about them, I see how “local” papers used to be.
These old newspapers show us clearly who they were and how they lived their lives. You just can’t find this level of detail in any other source – newspapers are a terrific tool for genealogists.