Ahead of the Times: Texas Newspaper Research

crumbling newspapers
Crumbling original newspapers in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Newspapers were daily snapshots of our ancestor’s lives. Texas newspapers are no exception. Examine the broad spectrum and history of Texas newspapers for genealogical research. Methods, techniques, and strategies for obtaining those items of interest will be demonstrated.

Topics included are:

  • History of Texas Newspapers including an examination of the earliest newspapers in the Republic and state, and early newspaper men in the region
  • Texas newspapers as a research tool including Texas-specific news such as agriculture, cattle, oil, political issues (war, early statehood, etc.)
  • Examples of how newspaper items give clues to other records featuring a variety of mini-case studies from Texas newspapers
  • Strategies for obtaining newspaper items in Texas
  • Examination of Digitized Newspapers including the Portal to Texas History and other Texas digitization projects