Newspapers are a huge body of published materials that can help you find interesting stories about your kupuna. Newspapers provide critical and interesting genealogy information about the life of the ancestor you are researching such as birth, marriage, and death notices, obituaries, and news reports. In Hawai'i, newspapers were first published in 1834 and continue to be published today. There are 3 key databases to find newspaper articles.
Indexes help point you to the information you are looking for. For genealogy research, indexes will point you to obituaries and in some instances articles about your family if any of them made the news. Not all the papers are indexed and the coverage of newspapers indexed varies by island and is very limited.
Many libraries have print and microfiche clippings files of newspaper articles about various individuals. These files are usually in filing cabinets and are called biographical research files, vertical files, or a clippings file. Check with your local public library to see if they have any. Below are three key clippings files. The first two are available online and the last one is available on microfiche at UHM Hamilton Library.
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