One morning this week, after you read the morning paper with your coffee, why not get a little history lesson and read a historical newspaper online too. Ancestry has a large historical newspaper collection and a growing number of free newspaper archives are turning up online. The New York Times is free for most years, as is the Chicago Tribune, and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Even if your ancestor doesn’t live in one of these locations, the coverage in these newspapers was international and you may learn about events in areas of the world where your ancestors were living. Once you find an event that you believe may have impacted your ancestor, use that as a springboard and research the topic more thoroughly through books, the Internet, local histories, and other newspaper articles. You can find links to more newspapers through Joe Beine’s Genealogy Research Guide and Cyndi’s List.
-Taken from ancestry.com