The Lady of the Scrapbook: A Newspaper Case Study

Mary Kircher Roddy, CG
Apr 8, 2022
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Speaker's Introduction
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Pay Attention to Context
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Newspaper Strategies
10m 56s
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Study Your Publication
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Analyze Your Clipping
3m 32s
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Pasted front and center on page 1 of my great-grandmother’s scrapbook was an illustration of a strikingly beautiful woman in an ostrich-plumed hat. Who was she and why was she there? No name, no date, no newspaper. Tiny bits of the page not glued down enabled me to discover clues to the paper’s likely date and possible location and allowed me to discover the identity of my mystery woman. This case study illustrates what to do with an unknown, undated clipping and how to determine its origins.

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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  1. GM
    2 years ago

    Excellent presentation. I have had similar scrapbooks with newspaper clippings to search for, and after years of searching and finally the newspaper was digitised on the Trove website in Australia. The methods Mary used to track the item were really thorough. Thank you for walking us through your process.

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    Theresa Marquess
    2 years ago


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    Jason Dougherty
    2 years ago

    Thoroughly enjoyable!

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    Peggy A Kehoe
    2 years ago

    Good advice on newspaper research and more. Fascinating story. Inspires me to research clippings in my gram’s scrapbook of clippings — pasted in an old textbook!

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    Lori Thompson
    2 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful ! I loved the suggestions for trying to lift a glued down newspaper clipping, I’m going to try that one.

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    Deborah Woodford
    2 years ago

    An outstanding presentation! This was my first time to hear Mary Kircher Roddy and I shall definitely look into her other presentations for Legacy! So much information, well organized, and a touch of humor to add to the experience!

  7. RM
    Renee Matthews
    2 years ago

    Absolutely terrific!! I am so tired after up all night, but that really held my interest. Great presentation.

  8. EN
    Elizabeth Niang
    2 years ago

    Fascinating presentation


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