Saturday, February 1, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- A Day in the Life

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  What were the newspaper headlines the day one of your grandparents or great-grandparents were born?

2)  Use any newspaper provider (Chronicling America ( is FREE) to find the headlines.

3)  Tell us who your subject was, when and where they were born, and tell us three or four headlines on the front page of the newspaper for that date.

4)  Share your finds on your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or on your Facebook page.  Please provide a link to your work as a comment to this post.
Here's mine:

My grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer, was born 2 November 1891 in San Diego, California.

Here is the front page of the San Diego Union for 2 November 1891 (accessed on

The headlines on the front page were:

   Captain Fitzallen Gets a Probably Fatal Shot in the Body
   An Unprovoked Assault on a San Miguel Rancher
   M.S. Root Deliberately Shoots an Undefended Man
   A.S. Isham and Mrs. Crittenden Witnesses to the Dreadyl Affair - Root in Custody

    Brazil seeking Closer Commercial Relations with America

   Captain Schley's Letter to Secretary Tracy
   He Tells of the Insults Heaped on the Americans
   Dragged Unconscious to Jail with a Lasso
   The Steamer Charleston's Narrow Escape From an Engagement with the Esmeralda

   Charles Smith Ends His Unhappy Life in San Quentin

   Interest in Mexico Over the Passage of a New Law
   Sanguinary Fight Between an American and Two Mexicans
   The Home of the Prince of Wales Burned
   A Hackman in the Streets of Panama Burned to Death by an Electric Wire

   Play a Prominent Part in Sunday's Irish Meetings

Nothing too exciting, but plenty of "if it bleeds it leads." They sure fill up the paper with print!  
The War in November 1891 was with Chile in South America!  


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Janice M. Sellers said...

Not much was going on in Jersey City in 1903:

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine!

Liz said...

Here's mine:

I ended up having to use a small town newspaper that is mostly gossip and nonsense. No "real" news at all, it seems.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's mine. Ironic that my grandfather worked for Western Union and the day he was born Western Union was going to be sued: