Public Details of Private Records?

One of the reasons newspapers are valuable resources for genealogists is because they are hard to “close” once they have been published. Court cases may be sealed, but a newspaper reference to that court case is “out” forever. A birth certificate may be sealed if there is an adoption, but if the baby’s birth was in the local newspaper–it is still there.

If there’s a record you cannot access, ask yourself what you are trying to find out or discover and are there other records that may provide that same information?