Sometimes you have to cut up the newspaper item in order to make it fit better on the tree.
Newspaper columns are narrow and long and fit the news print page but are not easily displayed on a family tree profile page.
I like to cut up the news column and rearrange it to fit a more square format.
I include both the original long version and the cut and paste square screen print, because the people who will be looking for the item in a newspaper should know how it originally appeared in the newspaper.
If the newspaper item had a picture of the person (s), I will clip the picture and use it for the family tree.
All three items: the original long column, the square cut and paste item and the portrait will be included in the Family Tree gallery file. I will also include on all the items a detail description of the item with dates, place and links back to the newspaper web page. In this way if someone just picks up one of the items and not all three they will still have sufficient information to get back to the original newspaper web page. There is nothing more frustrating than to see an obit or family picture without any information about where the original item can be found.
I hope this posting gave you some more hints on how to use a newspaper items on you family tree.
Jose A. Munoz, M.Ed
This is the text file I created using the info off of the newspaper obit; this has the links to the tree and to the original newspaper..
Civi War Veteran Dies
Robert W Spang
age 64y 4m 19d
born: abt 1846 Reading, Pennsylvania
died: Jan 3, 1910 Reading, Pennsylvania
father: Daniel Spang
mother: Mary (Young) Spang
widow: Mrs. Della Spang
[Cordelia Dora Filbert – (1868–1910)]
one (1) son: Charles R Spang – Reading
Isaac Y – Reading
Harry – Reading
Mrs. Emma Holten – Reading
Mrs. Lizzi Van Horn – Reading
Sallie Spang – Reading
address: 138 North Eleventh St
native of Reading, Pennsylvania
worked at: P&R shops
later worked at: Westinghouse Manuf. Co.
at Wilmerding a suburb of Pittsburg
even later worked as boss of a gang
at the locomotive shops of Reading Co.
retired from there seven years ago (1903)
Civil War Vet
served in Company B. 93d Regiment
was at battles:
Seven Days Fight
and many others
retired electrician and machinist
Find A Grave Memorial# 19603556
Burial: Charles Evans Cemetery
Tree Created to hold obit:
Robert W Spang obit 1910 – Reading Penn – Family Tree
Reading Eagle – Jan 3, 1910
See to left of this link: