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HIST170 (Duggan) Class Guide: Historical Newspapers and Obituaries

Plagues and Peoples in Human History


Newspapers are rich resources. They provide a glimpse of a community, cover major and minor events, provide information on people, contain listings of births, deaths, land transfers, and more.

In addition to searching for people, you can also search for time periods and events.

Historical Newspapers

Chronicling America Sample Search

Search for epidemic in Delaware and 1918

Newark Post. (Newark, Del.) , September 25, 1918, Image 1 (Image provided by University of Delaware Library, Newark, DE)
Persistent link: Library Edition Sample Searches

Searching for Bennet F Mayo, died 1900. Lived and died in North Carolina.

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"bennet f mayo"

Note, he is likely the same person as bennett f mayo, but with different spelling.

Searching for Ernest Robert Dickey

Found obituary:

The Daily Times-News
(Burlington, North Carolina)
01 Dec 1962, Sat  • Page 17

Then searched Ancestry Library Edition.

Found Death Certificate.


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