Manual Newspaper Searches May Still Be Necessary

Do not rely only on keyword searches to find items in digital images of newspapers. Some digital images can be difficult for the optical character recognition software to interpret correctly. The 1888 obituary in this death notice was located by a manual search based upon the known death date.

Take a manual look at the newspapers being searched by your keyword searches. The original images may make it easier to see why some things cannot be found with the index.

2 thoughts on “Manual Newspaper Searches May Still Be Necessary

  1. Bonnie

    Good idea, I haven’t tried that to find an obit of my gr-grandmother. I know when she died and where, but have no idea of where she is buried.

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  2. Monica

    Great tip! Searching the newspaper manually is how I found the marriage announcement for my great-grandmother. The page had been wrinkled or something, so the keyword searching couldn’t find it. They were also both listed by their nicknames.

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