Finding and Using Historic Newspapers
will be presented by Billie Stone Fogarty. Before radio and television, much less the computer and iPod, newspapers were the primary source of communication for our ancestors. They were read (or listened to) from cover to cover sometimes over and over until the next edition arrived.
It is not clear when information about people in the community began to dot the pages of local newspapers, but it was certainly a gift for genealogists. Newspapers allow us to glimpse into the daily lives and social customs of our ancestors and give us detailed information about our ancestors and their family relationships. They can help us break through genealogy “brick walls” and can help us find the “stories” of their lives.
A former history teacher, Billie Stone Fogarty now instructs genealogists on researching their family history, both in the classroom and on the lecture circuit nation-wide. Based in Oklahoma City, she has had extensive research experience in Washington, DC, at the National Archives, the national library for the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Library of Congress. Other research sites have included libraries, courthouses, cemeteries, and archives in many states.
Actively involved in genealogy since 1979, Billie served the Oklahoma Genealogical Society as President for 7 years, the Genealogical Speakers Guild as President for 4 years, and served on the Board of Directors of both the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Oklahoma Historical Society. She has extensive experiences in the genealogy field.
This program is hosted by FamilySearch which allows our participants to view the class on the Gainesville Library Branch's large screen TV. This program is free and open to the public.