Have you heard about the Newspapers.com™ Stories and Events Indexes? Using Artificial Intelligence (AI), we’ve trained computers to read through more than 900 million pages of digitized newspapers and extract everyday stories about your ancestors. These stories are now hints on your Ancestry® tree, and we’ve just completed all 50 states!
The Stories and Events Indexes come on the heels of the popular Newspapers.com™ Obituary Collection, launched in 2019, and the Newspapers.com™ Marriage Index Collection, rolled out in 2020.
How Does it Work? Did your grandfather score the winning touchdown in college? Did your great-grandmother win an award at the state fair? Imagine finding a story describing your ancestor’s Civil War service. People appeared in the papers for a variety of reasons. There are articles about family reunions, published records from family bibles, genealogical columns, town and county histories, community news, and more. Searching through newspapers is like peeking behind the curtain into our ancestors’ lives. We can discover stories that connect and help us discover more about their personalities, challenges, and triumphs.
As you receive hints for everyday stories on Ancestry®, you may discover lost family members and poignant family stories and even break through genealogical brick walls. The Stories and Events Indexes hints include indexed names, the newspaper’s name, and the date the article was published. An accompanying link also directs you to Newspapers.com™ where you can see the original newspaper image, clip the article, attach it to your Ancestry® tree, share it, print it, or download it.
With over 19 billion Stories and Events hints on Ancestry® (and more to come), you will likely find your family in the papers. Have you made any discoveries using the Stories and Events Indexes? Share them in the comments below and explore our entire collection of newspapers dating back to 1690 today on Newspapers.com™.