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?



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