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Chapter 4.

The Waukesha Freeman Newspaper.

 

The Waukesha Freeman and Waukesha Daily Freeman newspapers were located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The Muckleston family name, spelt in various ways, can be found in this newspaper between 1874 and 1947, although the source used (ancestry.com) does not have the full run of the newspaper.

 

Newspapers are invaluable in finding genealogical information about historical events in the lives of our ancestors. They supply all sorts of clues about vital statistics (birth, marriage, and death announcements), obituaries, local news, biographical sketches, legal notices, immigration, migration, and shipping information and other historical items that place our ancestors in the context of the society in which they lived. Newspapers record the day-to-day or even week-to-week happenings of local community events. They act almost as a diary for events that took place in a certain locality. Additionally, because newspapers are unofficial sources, even when they merely supplement the public records, they can provide much incidental information that is simply not recorded anywhere else. For example, a newspaper account of a marriage might indicate that it took place at the home of the bride's parents, perhaps even naming them; it might list the occupation of the groom, or indicate that the ceremony was part of a double wedding in which the bride's sister was also married. These types of details are not likely to appear on a marriage record at the local courthouse.

 

[Taken from "Chapter 12: Research in Newspapers," The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy by James L. Hansen; edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Incorporated, 1997).]