When you find an item in a newspaper that has a picture of the person, make sure to grab the whole item not just the picture or not just the story.
Above we see that Charlene Doris Dupper has been named “Miss Spokane 1971”, and we see some biographical information about her and her family.
born: 1950 in Spokane
father: Oscar E Dupper
address: W 446 Eighteenth
grad of Whitworth College BA and MA
Girls Federation president
We clip the item and put them on a Family Tree so others can get the information.
Tree Created on Ancestry.com to hold newspaper item:
Charlene Doris Dupper – Miss Spokane 1971 – Family Tree
Link to the Ancesty.com tree:
We clip her portrait off of the news item and put it on tree:
Because we have dates, places and names we are able to create a tree that gives us many hints.
We find her father in a City Directory which has her mother’s name.
We are able to find her in a high school year book which has more pictures of her.
After we have picked up many records, we look for family trees that have her on their branches.
We notify the tree owners about the newspaper item and about the tree we created. These family trees give us new information such as full death dates so we are able to use those dates to find obits; like Maggie Werner Dupper.
So you see we are able to create a well documented tree from a small item in the newspaper.
We were also able to contact five (5) different trees.
Callahan/Senftner Tree – owner: CallErick
McGrath family tree – owner: Amcgrath0325
Petersen – Suessmuth in 2015 – owner: longtimer48
Silbaugh Family Tree – owner: Jolene Silbaugh
Smiley_Hamm and Wenning_Weber v2 – owner: lizsmiley
Link to newspaper item:
Spokane, Washington – Spokane Daily Chronicle – Dec 14, 1971 – Tuesday
Link to Obit:
“United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012,”
Family Search : — https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVSS-XZS3
I hope this post has given you some information and some hints about creating family trees.
Jose A. Munoz, M.Ed
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