Read 'Em or Weep: Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR (BONUS webinar for subscribers)

Mary Kircher Roddy, CG
Jan 8, 2016
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Introduction
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Chronicling America
4m 40s
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Google News
1m 24s
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Linkpendium
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CDNC
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FultonHistory
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Wikipedia
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XooxleAnswers
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Library Card
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Newspaper Content
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Common Surname Strategies
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Alternate Forenames
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Optical Character Recognition
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About this webinar

First, learn about free sites, subscription sites and lesser-known ways for identifying and locating newspapers. Also learn strategies on searching for common surnames and forenames, as well as how to overcome the numerous spelling mistakes in newspaper searching. After understanding the "intentional" ways a name might appear differently than expected, learn about unintentional mistakes that creep in due to OCR technology and how to allow for these (Roddy = Rocldv). Finally learn how spreadsheets can track spelling and OCR variants to make sure researchers perform a thorough and reasonably exhaustive search of newspaper records.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Mary Kircher Roddy, CG became interested in family history in 2000 in anticipation of her husband’s sabbatical at the University of Limerick in Ireland. While she didn’t learn everything about her ancestors while they lived there, she was hooked!
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    Marci Abraham
    1 year ago

    Fun to see how even an “old” webinar can turn up new clues! Seven years after this presentation, with lots of experience of my own with searching newspapers and understanding the pitfalls of OCR, I learned some great new tips! Thank you!

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