Remember to check the local libraries in the areas where your ancestors lived to learn if they've published online digital versions of historic area newspapers. Not all libraries are part of organizations such as Chronicling America and not all newspapers are available through Google News Archive, Ancestry, or MyHeritage.
If you are a frequent user of the library's website, bypass a Google search, and go directly to the library's website, you may not be aware that the library has published OCR versions of local newspapers. Libraries don't seem to announce historic newspapers as a major feature.
Once you've checked your ancestors' local library for online versions of historic newspapers and found nothing, check again at a later date. Libraries continue to add and update resources.
I've found newspapers to be a great resource when searching for ancestors. There are plenty of times that the information is not accurate but more often than not, the news articles I find give me more information than I previously had and lead me to other resources to further my knowledge of my ancestors.
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