Friday, February 16, 2018

When less is more--Newspaper Searches

While you are searching for your ancestors in newspapers, don't miss out on finding them by failing to search for them under the initials of their given names.  My paternal grandparents lived in Old Hickory, TN from 1920s up til about 1950.  My Grandfather, Thomas DeWitt Cooke is usually listed as T.D. Cook in the Old Hickory social news column.  His father, William Green Cook is listed as W. G. Cook and in some cases Wm G Cook in real estate transfers, community news, and family celebrations.  Of course, there is a bit more involved in verification so that you can be sure you have your man(or woman).  See the example below from a paragraph which listed persons in attendance at a birthday celebration. 

The Daily News-Journal, (Murfreesboro, TN) 16 Mar 1938, Wed,  Page 3
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