5 Ways I Search The Fulton Newspaper Site

I have been 3 days, yes 3, searching through the Fulton Newspaper site. Here are some key ways I made some fantastic discoveries.

If you do not know about the Fulton site it is created, maintained and added to by one guy, ONE GUY. Its official name is Old Fulton NY Postcards and contains over 43,000,000 newspaper pages from mostly the USA, with some from Canada. I also discovered another page on the site that contains hundreds of historical documents covering both countries. After spending some time searching on the site I have some tips that may help you along.

Here is where you will start searching Screen Shot 2018-09-26 at 7.57.13 PM

The “All of the words” has a drop-down menu,Screen Shot 2018-09-26 at 7.59.24 PM

With “all of the words” selected type in your search.

Tip #1 Use brackets around the name you are searching for and add in a keyword, you can use a second name like a wife’s first name or maiden name. Example “Thomas McMahon” CullitonThe search will find all instances of the name in quotes and the other name has to show up on the page.

Tip #2 My favorite though is to search for locations. I did a search for a family that had connections to Buffalo but they were from Delhi, Norfolk, Co., Ontario. Voila, I found a mention of a marriage for William McMahon of Delhi, Ontario.

McMahon - McNerney Delhi, Ontario

McMahon-McNerney wedding Buffalo Courrier June 11, 1916

Notice how the search parameters are highlighted? Makes it so nice for finding where the name is mentioned on a page.

Tip #3 Do you know where your family was living in New York? If not have a look in a Street Directory and find the house address. When you have the address try a search for it. This time change your search parameters to “the exact phrase”. Newspapers often gave the address of the people they were writing about.

I found John Lindsay when searching for his home 140 Chenago street. It turns out John was one of the owners of the Queens Hotel in Toronto before moving to New York. John was married to my great grandmother’s sister Margaret McMahon.

Lindsay Buffalo NY Evening News 1927

John Lindsay obituary, Buffalo NY Evening News 1927

Tip #4 What about an occupation? I knew my 2x great Aunt Elizabeth McMahon worked for Hengerer store, I did a search for the store name and McMahon and I found this clipping.

McMahon Eliza Buffalo Evening News Jan 27 1932

Buffalo Evening News Jan 27, 1932

A name search can also reap rewards, you will need patience when scanning all the results, I promise it will be worth it. I discovered I am not the only one searching the McMahon boys who were in Philadelphia. This article indicates that Margaret, their Aunt, was looking for them back in 1919.

McMahon Philadelphia PA Inquirer 1919-2

Philadelphia PA Inquirer 1919

Tip #5 Search names and add the word probate or will. Probates were reported on regularly and can be a wonderful lead to more genealogical information.

Culliton, Marg Niagara Falls NY Gazette 1953 May

Our ancestors were a mobile bunch so searching far and wide for them or more distantly connected relations may be the nugget you need to find unexpected links.

All in all, time well spent and I wish you happy hunting!

  9 comments for “5 Ways I Search The Fulton Newspaper Site

  1. September 27, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Always good to learn about more newspaper sources! Thanks for the search tips.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. September 28, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Great research advice! Isn’t this site the best?

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 28, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      It is amazing what one person can do! And newspapers are one of the best resources for genealogists.

      Liked by 1 person

      • September 28, 2018 at 8:53 pm

        Absolutely! They’re the resource I rely on the most; for me, it’s all about the story. And it turns out my ancestors LOVED sharing their stories in the newspaper.

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      • September 28, 2018 at 8:56 pm

        Stories didn’t pass down in abundance in my family so newspapers are key for me.
        Newspapers give so much meat to an event, what they were wearing, who was there, the details are fantastic. Makes me a little concerned about how people will find the stories on us in 100 years with the lack of local reporting in newspapers nowadays.

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