Family historians will naturally gravitate towards records of General Registration and census returns when tracing nineteenth century ancestors. These, of course, provide an essential backbone to any family tree, and a framework from which to work.
It is always interesting to “flesh out” that family tree however, and newspaper records can be a really excellent resource. As well as including birth, marriage and death notices, full obituaries may be found, detailing an ancestor’s life. As well as this, advertisements could give clues to businesses which were run by our predecessors, or even if they were caught breaking the law. The results of local quarter and petty sessions were regularly reported on, and it is certainly interesting to see what type of offences were reported by the local newspaper.
One of our genealogists has traced her own family in newspaper records, the results of which can be viewed here. From wife abandonment to stealing turnips, newspaper records offer a varied and interesting view of our ancestors lives!