Piecing Together Your Ancestor’s Life with Newspapers – An Interview with Stephen Wendt

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In this episode, Stephen Wendt shows us how we can uncover stories about our ancestors and learn more about them as people simply by gleaning old newspapers. Also, learn how to create an inspiring outline to guide you as you write your family history.

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Feature: Using Newspapers in Genealogy (04:08)

In his new article, professional genealogists Stephen Wendt says that old newspapers “make the seemingly impossible, possible”. In this episode he shares his experience of that firsthand, as well as some of his best tips for successfully finding newspaper articles.

Read Case Study: Using Newspapers to Reconstruct an Ancestor’s Story by Stephen Wendt

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Learn what newspapers can do for your research in this case study, in which they help reconstruct a long-forgotten ancestral history.

Family History Home: The Power of Outlines in Writing Family History (14:17)

Writing your family history might seem daunting, but a really good outline can help make the job much easier. In this episode Family Tree Magazine Digital Editor Melina Papadopolous explains how to get started creating an outline that can lead to a really interesting story.

Read How to Create an Outline for Writing an Interesting Family History by Melina Papadopolous in the May / June 2023 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

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If you want to write your family history but don’t know where to start, a good outline can help. Here are some outline examples and tips to get you started.

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