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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

NewspaperArchive and Obituaries and Survivor Lists

Based on some recent successes, it appears that in addition to a new Viewer option (with a spiffy new toolbar), NewspaperArchive has added a boatload of new newspapers. I've hit pay dirt on one family that hasn't left much of a trail that I've been able to follow: The William Franklin Reid Family.

William married Margaret Elizabeth Booth and they had nine children that I know of. I haven't had much luck in stumbling across information and almost no luck with targeted searches. However, with the addition of the newspapers, I found two obituaries of interest. Specifically, the survivor lists gave me leads that I've been able to mine.

Margaret's obituary appears in The Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, Texas, 19 Aug 1960 on page 3. The list of survivors includes children:
  • Mrs. G. T. Smith of Lovington, NM
  • Mrs. Robert Evitt of Lubbock, TX
  • Mrs. Virl Kenney of Inglewood, CA
  • Jack Reid of Breckenridge, TX
  • Loyd Reid of Knox City, TX
  • Lelon Reid of Lake Jackson, TX
  • Ardell Reid of Yuma, AZ
With place names, I was able to start tracking the men. The survivors on Ardell's obituary (The Yuma Daily Sun, Yuma, Arizona, 9 Oct 1975 on page 1) proved to be most helpful.
  • Daisy Smith of Cresson, TX (Mrs. George Thomas Smith)
  • Arlene Evitt of Weatherford, TX (Mrs. Robert Evitt)
  • Gladys Keeny of Torrance, CA (Mrs. Virl Keeny (correct spelling))
  • Lloyd Reid of Weatherford, TX
  • Leland Reid of Lake Jackson, TX (Lelon is correct)
Between knowing where to look and being able to match the daughters to their husbands, I've been able to gather quite a bit of information on this family. I'll post family info later. I'm just too busy pounding out queries for everybody's name...looking for obituaries first and then anything else I can get my hands on. If you haven't checked NewspapersArchive lately, you might want to revisit it.

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