Newspapers often chronicle issues that are important to a community and its people at any given period in history. Now that many newspaper archives are available online, they have become a readily available source of information for people who are curious about their ancestors and their family history. In recognition of Family History Month in October, Fort Bend County Libraries will present a special program, "The Black & White of It: Your Ancestors Are in the Newspaper," on Saturday, October 5, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the Meeting Room at the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City.
Genealogy expert Trevia Wooster Beverly will talk about the different ways to research newspaper archives, many of which can be found on microfilm at public libraries or on the Internet. She will also discuss the types of information that can be found.
"While most of us think about obituaries, we often forget that newspapers can also be the source of vital records, including birth, marriage, and death announcements," says Beverly, who also recommends searching legal notices, personal columns, advertisements, community news, and undelivered letters for additional details about ancestors.
Beverly is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), has served on the Harris County Historical Commission since 1995, and maintains active memberships in numerous archival, cemetery, historical, genealogical, and preservation organizations. She is past-president of the Texas State Genealogical Society and co-founded the Houston Genealogical Institute. She has been a member of the genealogy faculty at Angelina College since 1998. A native Texan, her interest in genealogy began with a 9th-grade English project.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2900 or the library's Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.