I am working on scanning my old family photos.
This morning I took the next photo from the stack.
This is the photo of my parents and grandparents at their wedding in 1945.
I wondered what news articles were printed about their wedding.
I searched limiting my search to my dad’s name and the month/year of their wedding.
Keeping the search simple and narrowing it to just one month is a good way to quickly find the articles you want.
Since his name, Willard Kemp, does not appear often in print, I did not limit the search to only New Hampshire newspapers – the state where they were married – but instead searched all 50 states.
A search of GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives instantly brought back a hit.
Notice that the wedding took place in Laconia, New Hampshire – but the newspaper article was published in the groom’s hometown newspaper in Stamford, Connecticut.
By limiting the search by name and date – but not limiting the search by state – I was able to quickly locate this article.
What if I searched with a wider timeline?
So, I repeated the search using the date range January 1945 to April 1945.
This pulled in another newspaper article. Notice this one was published in a third state, Massachusetts, the following month.
This is a reminder that limiting your search by name, date and place can be useful – but by limiting your search too much you might miss out on an important article for your family history.