Finding your family history in the news

Published: Monday, April 29 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

Ewell also suggests that people think about an individual in terms of 360 degrees. They had their own family, friends and neighbors whose progenitors might have more information. When Ewell finds connections between his ancestors and other people, he often looks for genealogists who have the same surname and contacts them, asking about their ancestors and possible connections to his own.

Kemp also has a few tips to offer. He warned about overloading Internet searches.

"Keep it simple," he said. "People have a tendency to want to put in everything they know about a person. Don't do that because a newspaper article might have abbreviated things."

He recommends entering in a surname and a rough coverage of years or putting in the most unusual part of a name to narrow your search. Ewell also suggested entering in the surname and location of the individual you're searching for.

"Genealogists are digging and finding things they've never found before," Kemp said. "It's an amazing day for genealogy."

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