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Re: The Cleveland Gazette
In Response To: Re: The Cleveland Gazette ()

~Could you share with us the sequence/steps you took to finding the death notice? I'm not asking you to go back 8 years, but particularly I am curious as to your search pattern. Was the Gazette a first stop or did you start out with a local white paper? I assume that the tombstore assisted in narrowing down the search range?
The eight years would be fun. Okay I will spare you the details.

After I sign in I type the surname in the "Start Your Search Now" blue box. I use a broad search by only typing in the surname because I am really looking any news about family members in several cities around Ohio; the Cleveland Gazette is wonderful for collecting news in that manner.

After the first results come back for Historical News Papers, Newspaper Obituaries, Social Security Death Index and Historical Documents, I click one of these choices to focus on the set of records I want to view.

Let's say in this case I click "Historical News Papers." It usually brings up at least one copy of the newspaper abstract where the surname is or might be. If I include other information (see bottom of this paragraph) the query will return matches for the items I requested when those terms are within one or two words of each other.

I always scroll near the middle to bottom of the page where it says "Refine Your Search." I refine the search by choosing the state(s) I want to include in the query. I also have several options to search using a forename, include keywords, exclude keywords and or a specific date(s); some of the time for example ,I try to exclude the word "goings" because that word is usually meant as a verb. Names like Goins can give a multitude of false positives.

After I have chosen all the terms, included or excluded terms, I use the "Begin Search" button for results.

Because the Cleveland Gazette covers several cities in Ohio, I have been able to find a multitude of relatives in the same column for different cities. It gives their name and where they lived. Some of time one family member goes from city in which they reside to the city of another relative which helps confirm what I have documented with the U.S.Census schedules. I confirmed that my 2nd great grandfather who lived in Mount Vernon, O. and a brother just one year older than him who happen to live in Canton, O. went to their youngest brother's funeral in Massilon, O. Furthermore the deceased's wife's sisters with their married surnames came to the funeral from Pennsylvania. I was glad to get the married surnames of the sisters and from when they came.

-What is "Old Reliable"; is it the name you are giving to the Gazette?
I believe the publisher or its readers gave it that nickname.

-Did you do any searches on "Ladies Court" yet?

You are reading my mind.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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