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I think that all of these newspaper services have the same short comings whether it's or to some extent, It's really hit or miss in terms of coverage for any given researcher. I'm reminded of a term I see a lot on internet postings,YMMV, or "your mileage may vary". Rarely are they worth the price of an annual subscription unless you are generally researching the area to gain insight into what was generally going on in the area. I was a brief subscriber to and found a wealth of information on the people I was researching in the Benton Harbor, MI newspaper. I'm not sure I needed more than a month to gather all of the relevant information that I was seeking but the information that I found, was invaluable. There were other tidbits of information from Anniston, AL where they had a "Colored News" section and a marriage record published in a Dallas paper, a divorce published a Chicago paper but otherwise not much outside of the Benton Harbor newspaper for me. Recently, I found that one of the local libraries carries and that carries the New Orleans Times-Picayune (1837-1988). It's an absolute goldmine of genealogy information for anyone researching New Orleans or the nearby river parishes. Now prior to 1960, the coverage for African-American obituaries was very spotty it seems to mostly be ministers (I got a lot of ministers in my family). It's a great newspaper, and if you grew up in New Orleans you can be sure that your name appears in the paper at some point because they publish everything. All sorts of public records, marriages, divorces, deaths at local hospitals, high school graduates, college graduates, sports, bankruptcy's and lawsuits. It doesn't seem like the public records are covered 100% but a lot of them are there. Like, I've not found another paper on their service that I find nearly as useful or with the coverage range.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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