Search for Names AND Addresses!
Searching for people in the newspaper by name is a good place to start. But be sure to search for your ancestor’s address as well. By and large newspaper reporters and typesetters probably scored above average on their Seventh grade spelling test, but even those standout students would be more likely to struggle with a name like Krotoszyner than they would with the address, 995 Sutter Street.
Here are three articles, each telling about a member of the Krotoszyner family who lived in San Francisco in the early 1900s. Note that each of these articles use a slightly different spelling of the surname, but all have the correct residential address of the family at 995 Sutter Street. I was aware of the spellings of "Krotoszyner" and "Krotozyner" in the first two articles, but I'm pretty sure the spelling in the third article, "Krotozner," is not a variant I would have thought of. I'm glad I expanded my newspaper searching to more than just names!
It’s a great idea to search by name, but make sure you also search by your ancestor’s address as well. You never know what might pop up.
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Mary Kircher Roddy is a genealogist, writer and lecturer, always looking for the story. Her blog is a combination of the stories she has found and the tools she used to find them.