New Ottawa County, Oklahoma Book Tuesday, Feb 28 2012 

Hot off the Presses!

Now available for sale,  Fredas L. Cook’s latest published book in his ongoing effort to preserve history as well as make it accessible:

Newspaper Microfilm Mining in Northern Ottawa County, Oklahoma, Volume 1, by Fredas L. Cook, 2012. 174 pages, 8.5×11″, softbound book, ISBN 978-1-936091-20-1. This first volume of a new series contains information from The Commerce News (1916), The Douthit Independent (1917), The Quapaw World (1917-1918), and The Quapaw Mining Herald (1919) and contains lots of information allowing a glimpse into life in northeast Oklahoma just after the turn of the nineteenth century. This fully indexed book encompasses everything from family information to advertisements and talk about the weather!

Gregath Order Information AD2444-$30.00

Click here for book information page from publisher.

June 2009, V8#6: Genealogy Friday, May 29 2009 

Newspapers Reveal Towns And Ancestors’ Past

The hometown newspaper offers valuable and unique insight into the life of a community.  Within its pages, the story of the town and its citizens is revealed.  The citizens are our ancestors.

Details of an ancestor’s life are often found only in the newspaper.  Besides obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, peruse the gossip columns, society and lodge news, letters to the editor, legal notices and sports page.

Small towns and weekly newspapers are often the best.  They contain more personal local news and less state and national.  This is great for the genealogist.

Newspapers are also an excellent source for local history.  Sometimes, they are the only source.  Editors tend to have “their ear to the ground” and know what is happening.  Their articles on local events, politics and news may be the only record available or maybe the articles will suggest avenues for further research.

The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) maintains the largest collection of Oklahoma newspapers.  The collection is not only the largest but also the most complete collection in the state.  It is estimated that they own over 90% of all newspapers published in Oklahoma.  The collection consists of over 4,000 different newspapers.  The newspapers are on 35,000 rolls of microfilm.

To learn if the society owns a particular newspaper consult the newspaper database found on the society’s web site —http://www.okhistory.org/research/collections/newspapers.html.

In 1998 a paper listing of the collection was published.  Titled Index of Oklahoma Newspapers, the newspapers are alphabetized by title and by county.  The Family History Room at the Lawton Public Library owns a copy of this index.  These newspapers are not available through interlibrary loan.

Copies of articles from the newspaper collection are available.  The fee is $10 for Oklahoma residents.  OHS members receive a 10% discount of copy costs.  To order, the “Newspaper Order Form” must be completed and submitted.  Download the form at www.okhistory.org/research/forms/newspaperform.html.

(This information was taken from Paul Follett’s column Tree Tracers published in the Lawton Constitution on May 19, 2008.)

February 2004, V3#2: Marketing Monday, Jan 26 2009 

Paid Advertising:

Display advertising can work to ones advantage. National advertising is well worth the effort and cost.  A one column, one inch long display advertisement in a genealogical magazine that is circulated nationally or internationally will usually bring a good response.  Depending on your target audience, display advertisement has been known to bring more interest then the same information placed in the classifieds or even marketplaces.  Advertising rates are usually published in each issue and can vary greatly from publication to publication. The same advertisement may be placed in target newspapers and topical (genealogy, Civil War, hobby, geographically targeted, etc.) magazines. 

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This section is drawn from our online marketing advice at http://gregathcompany.com/marketing.html 

May 2003, V2#5: Marketing Sunday, Jan 11 2009 

Press release tip – Article should answer the 5 W’s: who, what, why, when, and where.

April 2003, V2#4: Marketing Friday, Jan 9 2009 

Prepare (and send) press releases to all media (newspaper, radio, TV, etc.) within the area as you are completing work on the manuscript, again when they are being published, and after to cover such events as signing parties, etc.

March 2003, V2#3: Marketing Friday, Jan 9 2009 

Paid Advertising

Some newspapers may still have “personal” columns which are usually widely read.  Sunday editions are the most popular.  They are usually sold on a “per word” basis and are more reasonable than the display type advertising.  Depending on the type of book you publish, this can be an effective avenue.

December 2007, V6#12: Genealogy Wednesday, Jan 7 2009 

Two UK Newspapers Now Available Online

The “Guardian,” a famous UK newspaper, and the “Observer,” the world’s
first Sunday newspaper, are going digital.

So far, issues of the “Guardian” from 1821-1975 and the “Observer”
from 1900-1975 are available. In early 2008, both of the newspapers
will be online in their entirety (from 1821 for the former and 1791
for the latter). Both newspapers are searchable. Searching is free,
but you must buy a timed access pass to view entire articles.

Visit the “Guardian” website for more information:
http://archive.guardian.co.uk/Default/Skins/DigitalArchive/Client.asp?Skin=DigitalArchive&enter=true&AW=1194298449025&AppName=2

Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 7 November 2007, Vol. 10, No. 45

September 2004, V3#9: Genealogy Sunday, Jan 4 2009 

Many people when researching forget to use reference materials in concert.  While this sounds strange, sometimes it doesn’t even cross their minds.  Example: Found the ancestor in the census but that year doesn’t have everything you want (or you prefer more than one documented source) – look in other state, county, and local records as well as local newspapers.  Could they have belonged to a local church or (fraternal) organization?  Don’t leave these out of the search!