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* Finding a maiden name with newspapers

Both wedding announcements and obituaries normally list a woman's maiden name. The most interesting part about looking up obituaries and wedding announcements is that you may also find a picture of the individual.

The directories listed below will help you find the current owners of old newspapers from the time and place when the wedding announcement or obituary was published. If the individual spoke a foreign language, check to see if there was a newspaper in that language, too. Once you have located the current owners, you can request to search the appropriate copies. The current owners should be able to direct you in your search.

Ayer Directory of Newspapers and Periodicals, available at most community libraries.

Winifred Gregory's American Newspaper, available at community and genealogical libraries.

The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) microfiche. The OCLC has a database of the U.S. Newspaper Program National Union List. You can access the OCLC at most university libraries and some community libraries.

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