Newspapers: Early Social Media

Newspapers are an often forgot resource to family history seekers. Accessibility is an issue, but local libraries, newspapers.com and Chronicling America are a few access points. I recently lucked up while searching for "J.W. Dial" on newspapers.com. (Tip: put your ancestor's name in quotation marks to search for their exact name - "J.W. Dial", "Dial, …

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Elizabeth Jane Hays Dalton Boyd

Elizabeth Jane Hays went by Jane and was a "granny woman", according to descendants; she delivered babies in the small, rural community of Iron City in Wayne County, Tennessee. She was born on May 2, 1845 in Iron City to John Marshal Hays and Sarah Sallie Pigg Hays. At the age of 14, Jane married William Birt …

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