Some times your ancestors made it into the pages of news papers and these stories are so full of details and information. They are content to our ancestors lives. Some articles even may contain a picture of them. This question of where to look for Mexican Ancestors in News papers recently came up and I only provided a very short answer. I then realized that it needed a more complete answer and this post is the result.
I’ll be clear, you might search and not find anything as was the case with my own family but who knows your family might be different and you might actually find them. The only wrong thing you could do is not even try to search for them. I realized how important newspaper stories could be a few months back when I was doing research for client and I hit a gold mine of information regarding their ancestors. The newspaper was from the El Paso area and their family moving to the city was a big deal that made it into the papers. Then you see that they quickly became part of the social sphere for El Paso and thus appeared on the news paper often.
Many clues that I found there helped take the research to a specific location in Mexico to research for birth and marriage records.
I will list the Newspaper resources that I know of, but let me advise you I am sure there are many more out there and if you find them let me know about them to include them here.
Free Newspaper Resources
- Chronicling America is a Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages.
Visit Website: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
Google Newspapers Archives
- Contains thousands of Newspapers world wide and has many of the newspapers for border states of the United States.
Visit Website: http://news.google.com/newspapers
The Portal to Texas History
This is one of my favorite websites due to the amount of research and historical information that i have been able to find. I have even found several articles about my wife’s family.
Visit Website: http://texashistory.unt.edu/
- Elephind is a search engine like Google, but it is designed for searching historic digitized newspaper collections. According to it’s website it currently searches more than 140 million newspaper items from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere.
Visit Website: http://www.elephind.com/
Other Available independent Newspapers
Paid Newspaper Resources
- I have personally used paid for this Genealogy Bank and I have found great information. They have a seven day free trial.
Visit Website: http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/
- This is another paid service that might be able to help you out. Unfortunately I have not tested it out and have yet to do it, but listing it here since I have heard great things about it.
Visit Website: http://www.newspapers.com/
I hope that the above list of places to search for your Mexican ancestors helps you get started in this area of genealogical research. I just wished that more Mexican Newspapers would be digitized but who knows what the future holds. Another thing that I do not want to leave out and highly recommend, is to search your local library for any newspapers from Mexico. You never know what you may find. An example of what I am talking about is to check out Yales “Historical Newspapers from 19th century Mexico“.