Double Helix Model by Watson and Crick


People that are interested in genealogy and family history research have all become familiar with the fact that now certain scientific evidence for ancestors and certain other relatives may be proven through the use of Genealogy DNA testing.  By studying the Y-chomosome of males and the mtDNA chromosomes in both males and females certain evidence becomes incontrovertible.

We as publishers of this blog at www.Old-Newspaper-Articles.com are also genealogists, so it seems only right that we use the resources of our primary sponsor to go and look up information on the early reporting of DNA studies in the archived newspaper database that we promote with pride.

Watson and Crick:

James Watson and Francis Crick are credited as being the co-discoverers of the doubler helix in the 1950′s and so by going to our account and doing a keyword search for Watson, Crick, DNA and helix, we find a great many newspaper articles with those search terms.  Then wanting to read some of the earlier newspaper reports about DNA in old newspaper articles we limited the search returns to between the years of 1950 and 1968, and did find several relevant articles to read.

One of the earliest articles that we found was published in the December 7th, 1953, El Paso Herald-Post on the front page, titled: “Proposed Chemical Formula Major Step in Solving the Mystery of Life.”

The article goes on to say, in part, “One of the fundamental problems of living matter is the way life is handed on – that is, how the molecules that carry on heredity are duplicated within the cells.”  “This sort of chemical is the essence of life.”

It goes on to tell how James Watson and Francis Crick collaborated in London and Cambridge University to discover the double helix and to start cracking genetic codes that show how we carry certain gene sets from both parents in each and every human and living thing that grows through cell expansion and splitting.

One of the Worlds Most Important Substances:

Continuing, “Many lines of evidence indicate that DNA is the carrier of a part, if not all, of the genetic specificity of the chromosomes.  Thus it is the chemical of the genes, the actual transmitting agent of all characteristics of the parents to their off-spring.  It is one of the world’s most important substances.”

We would encourage the genealogy bug in you to send for a DNA testing kit and get in on the fun and excitement of locating direct and distant relatives through a combination of good old fashioned genealogy research and link it all together through DNA science.

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Newspaper Database

by admin on July 17, 2011

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For some, a newspaper database sounds a little strange. How could you form a database out of a stack of old newspapers?  Thanks to the digitization of the newsprint some years back, the formation of a database is now possible.

At first, the databases that were being established were quite small. It was not for a lack of material, just a lack of digitized material. What has helped to propel the movement to scan and post old newspapers on the internet and enter them in databases is the need to preserve them.

Just like back in the 1960s and the introduction of microfiche to save the old papers. The paper itself was deteriorating so photographing the pages and making this database of history open to the public became the norm. In effect, history has been preserved on the 50 year old microfiche, which is simply a process of scanning the images into a new medium.

The libraries and publishers all had their own private databases of material up until the invention of the internet. These collections were open to the public, but to view the material you had to physically visit their location. With the internet, the scanned material is now being posted on the web so access by the masses is simpler.

The posting of all the old newspapers and other documents on the internet has made acquiring knowledge about the past vastly easier. The only complaint from genealogist, historians and other researchers is not that the information is not accessible, but that it is scattered across the web.

This is where the privately assembled database like Newspaper Archive became popular. This site has taken many different sources of material and brought them all together in one place. This way, less time is spent searching for the right site and more time reading the old data.

If you are in search of a newspaper database, try Newspaper Archive. They have collected billions of archived data from around the world and have made them available to all of their members. No longer are researchers scouring the internet for information. They can find most of what they need right here.

Note that this largest collection of old newspapers is a subscription database, however you may

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You might want to check out some other newspaper data bases online:

Data Visualization: Growth of Newspapers Across the U.S.: 1690

The data in the visualization come from the Library of CongressChronicling America project, which, according to its web page, is a “long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers

Publish Date: 07/11/2011 17:25


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How to Find Old Job Ads

by admin on October 15, 2010

Knowing how to find old Job Ads is an increasing item people are in search of with the internet. Many things can be learned by those in search of them. This includes the state of the economy, what types of business were in demand and how the job market in general was doing.


Old Job Ads from 1930

Currently more and more job seekers are looking towards the internet for employment. What most job seekers are not aware of is that this is the same source that old job ads can be found.

The jobs that were posted by business in the past used two major sources to fill their vacancies. There were window ads and newspaper ads. The window ads were just a description of the vacancy on a piece of cardboard that have long be disposed of.

The ads that were placed in the newspapers are still available as historical documents. They can be found at the place they were printed like the newspapers historical archives departments. Many of the public libraries also saved certain publications that reach back over 100 years. In most cases because of the area needed to store the original papers became so great, the documents were first transfers to microfiche.

Microfiche copies take up less storage space, but a person would still need to travel to the site of their location to review their contents. With the expansion of the internet, most places have decided to transfer the documents in their possession this new media format.

The publication of these documents on the web has allowed more people to research their content with greater ease. If you know of what publication that has the ad you need, more than likely you can find it at their webpage. For more variety the public library sites can be used but this still has a limited selection.

For the greatest selection that can be found is at old newspaper membership sites. There are a few that have downloaded over 1 billion pages of historical documents that can be viewed in the privacy of your own home. This is how to find old Job Ads in the greatest number can be found in one place. What is really nice is that this kind of access can be had for just pennies a day.


War Newspaper Articles

by admin on October 8, 2010

The war newspaper articles have been written ever since the publishing of news began. This is because of the part of human nature to be interested in the unfortunate pain and suffering of others. The second leading interest of people is when they are involved in a just cause that is part of causing pain and suffering to an enemy, which is what war is.

Until the Tet offensive by the North Vietnamese, the US papers were reporting how great the war effort in this south Asian country was going and it continued for a short period of time after this event. There was even a quote from General Westmoreland, “the enemy did not win any major battles in Vietnam in 1967” and further boasted “We should expect our gains of 1967 to be increased manyfold in 1968”.

This was reported in the Tucson Daily Citizen on March 22, 1968. The story and the war were already out of favor with the American public and this story, though a major development in the war, was buried on the 24th page of the paper. Little did anyone really realize, it was the beginning of the end of the war in Vietnam.

On the bottom of the front page of the same newspaper on the same day, was the headlines “Another Great Marine Victory, From the Halls of Montezuma to Bloody Streets of Hue”. The death count was America 150, the enemy 1800. This was a battle in the streets of Hue which the America marines came fighting in and took control. When needed, the city was bombed by aircraft and shelled by naval cannons.

As evidenced by the different tone of these two stories and their placement, the upbeat conquering made front page news while the reality of the situation was buried on page 24. This is the way war newspaper articles were printed over 40 years ago, and this is still occurring today.

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Old Death Notices Online

by admin on October 5, 2010

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The reason to look at old death notices varies from person to person. One fact does remain the same and that is they are historical records of people that have lived and died.

Since the end of the Civil War, obituaries have included a more detailed account of a person’s life and death. This has transpired into a historical record of a person’s life. In some cases, it is the only written document of their life.

In the past 150 years, the obituary notices in the newspapers have started to include more than just a person death. This brief notice has expanded to where they worked, their spouse, and surviving family members. For those individuals that are searching their ancestral past, this is a wealth of information.

Further information has also been included, in many cases, to indicate where the person was born and who their parents were. This data can also be used to trace the migration path of a family across the country. Since many death certificates were not issued from the civil war until the 1930s, the death notices in the local papers are the only specific evidence of the mass migration that occurred with the opening of the west at the turn of the last century.

Genealogist in the past had a difficult time tracing the family tree because many of the records were only kept in local libraries. Luckily, there was an effort to transfer all paper documents to microfilm 50 years ago. This compressed many of the old local papers and saved them from being lost to time.

Today, the microfilm has been digitized and made available on the internet. Some papers have their editions that date back to the 1700s, available for all to review online. This includes the old death notices that the modern genealogist find as an irreplaceable resource for their research.

Take advantage of the Free Trial offer by clicking HERE or the banners on the right.  You will have instant access to many millions of death records online.

If your university or school subscribes to LexisNexis Acedemic then you will be able to search for old death notices or obituaries on their system by using it at school.

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Historical Newspapers for Research Projects

by admin on September 12, 2010

When you have a research project you will find that historical newspapers are the most helpful resource.  you must consider that anything in the past is history and the lists of events that are considered to stand out are dependent on who is asking the question.

Everyone in the world remembers the moon landing, the end of WW I, WWII, and the Vietnam War, along with the death of Elvis and John Lennon.  History has always unfolded before the public and was recorded in the newspapers. This can be relived in every edition ever published.

Not all historic headlines are as well remembered as the earlier ones stated, but they were front page news at the time. Like on August 17, 1955 with “Ex-POW’s Trial May End Today”. This was the record of Sergeant James Gallagher and his suspected murder of 3 follow prisoners in a North Korean POW camp.

Also on that same day, was the report that one of the top 10 fugitives on the FBI list was captured. This was when the Pennsylvania State Troopers snagged Charles (Little Mosco) Falzone at his home. Once again, a criminal that just was not very smart.

This was also the day that Hurricane Diane hit the South Carolina coast with 98 mph winds. High tides and pounding surf had most residents on the coast searching refuge inland.

Just one year later on the same date, all the headlines were filled with who would be the second spot on the Democratic ticket for the elections. The number one slot was Adlai Stevenson. He claimed he would fight all the way to get into the White House. We all know he failed.

With some of the old newspapers only 8 pages long, the stories are limited. But others that were up to 56 pages printed each day, the history is endless. Just pick a day in the past and you will find historical newspapers have the answers you need.

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News Paper Articles About Hitler

by admin on July 16, 2010

There are numerous news paper articles about Hitler going back in time, most of them starting from 1930s, and onwards. In these reports were the signs of what was to unfold on history’s doorstep. An ominous sign was reported by the Appleton Post-Crescent on April 17, 1931.

Hidden behind the headlines, on page 29, was an article out of Munich, Germany titled “Hitler’s Protographs in Demand in Germany”. Yes, the misspelling of photograph was printed.

As a recap in history, Hitler was a corporal during WWI in the German army. In 1923, Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party that attempted to take over the German government with their notorious “beer hall putsch” coup.  He was sent to Landsberg prison for a 5 year sentence. He only spent 9 months before being released.

While in prison, he turned 35 and had a lavish party that included over 30 people coming to the prison to help him celebrate. His right-wing politics and German nationalism had won him many friends in high places. One of these people was WWI hero, General Erich Ludendorff.

In 1924, the prison warden wrote a memo about Hitler. In it, he described Hitler as always being sensible, modest, humble, and polite to everyone.

Fast-forward to 1931, and his photograph was in demand. Hitler had become the face Germany wishes to see. Only pictures and etchings of William II and President von Hindenburg were more numerous of any living German.

Ironically, the headline of this same day was “Kidnapped Brewer Found In Illinois”. This was the abduction of the president of Blumer Products Company. Also on this day, France was the first country to recognize the new Spanish Republic while offering the Spanish royal family police protection.

This was just one of the many news paper articles about Hitler that was available to warn the world of what was about to unfold. Unfortunately, the story was buried until too late.


Old News Articals

by admin on July 9, 2010

With old newspaper articals, the past does more than come alive. It brings back a spring in the step of those that were there. This is when the story that is being read leads the reader to be reminded of other related events that occurred at the same time in our elders’ lives. For many grandfathers, this is the time when they would break out a story about their youth, and how life was 60 to 80 years ago.

Before long, the stories from the greatest generation that ever lived will only be found in old newspapers. This is because time catches up with all of us and we must pass the torch on to the next generation.

Times have a way of changing how things are done. What is considered an old news paper article now was fresh news at one time. At the turn of the last century, the news in the paper was current. The farmers that lived in rural America would get a copy on their weekly trip into town. That night, the father and mother would gather the children around the fireplace or kerosene lantern and read the current events of the world to their children.

Today, all a person has to do to find current events is to turn on their computer and any events from all corners of the globe are accessible to them. With such access, the modern reporter no longer has any trouble filling up their columns with news events. This is dramatically different than the dilemma reporters faced a century ago.

Front page stories back then would include who was invited to the local socialite’s house for dinner, and wedding announcements. Included in the stories would be the complete lists of those that attended these events.

You can really see how times and our lives have changed when you read old newspaper articals from our past.  If you are a historian or family history researcher the single most valuable tool you can have in your arsenal is a subscription to the world’s largest newspaper article database.

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Civil War Newspaper Stories

by admin on June 28, 2010

The Civil War newspaper stories from 150 years ago are more readily available today than they were at any time in the past.  This is due to advances in media, and the accessibility of old newspapers online.

Today, Americans hear about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq from the televised news reports that show videos and pictures of what is actually happening in these faraway lands. During the Civil War, all there was were newspaper war correspondents that had their reports published in the newspapers.

On April 9, 1862, the New York Times had the headline “The Seat of War in the Southern, Eastern, and Mountain Parts of Virginia”. The top half was a map so the public could get a visual grasp of the situation. Along with this map is a description of the rebel and union army positions, and the retreat routs that are open to the rebels.

The reports of troop movement were accurate but delayed by 12 days. This was due to the time it took to deliver the reports from the field to the home office of the newspaper.  On March 28, 1862, the departure of General Porter’s division from Alexandria down the Potomac River to the fortress Monroe was described.

There were 36 steam and sailing vessels that moved the troops on the river. The weather was not good and the conditions of the roads were bad upon their arrival. The mood of the troops was high despite the thoughts of engaging the enemy nearby. The troops that were involved were the 4th Michigan regiment, Elm City, State of Maine, and Knickerbockers.

This is how the Civil War newspaper stories were reported over 150 years ago. In sharp contrast to the price of a paper today, back then it was only 2 cents.

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The newspaper articles written about World War 1 bring to life the grim reality about the first time the entire world was in a conflict with itself. This was a period in history before political correctness was taken overboard and graphic details were included.

Back at the turn of the last century, the war of words was fought in publications. This was the only medium available at the time. Unlike today when there is a direct telephone line running between the major leaders’ offices, back then most communication was done publicly in the papers.

During the turbulence leading up to the declaration of war in 1914, there are many good examples. One of the better ones is a published interview with Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, who was the German Chancellor at that time, about his conversation with Sir Edward Goschen, the British Ambassador to Germany.

In that last meeting on August 4 1914, the German Chancellor described England’s treaty with Belgium, in which the neutrality of Belgium was guaranteed, as a “scrap of paper”. This was not taken very well in England and within hours of this conversation England declared war on Germany.

This entire episode was the reaction after Belgium refused to give the German army safe passage through their land so they could invade France. This was documented in a letter the German government wrote to the Belgian Government on August 2, 1914. In this letter, it was described how France was going to push through Belgium to invade Germany and the German government was prepared to stop them in their tracks.

What is really nice is that all the letters involving this incident were published for the world to see. The world then took sides, not because of who they thought was right or wrong, but for which side’s victory would be most beneficial to their respective governments.

This is just one series of newspaper articles written about World War 1. As they say, the rest is history.  Click on one of the banners for more information on your own subscription to the largest newspaper archive in the world.


Newspaper Headlines for Historical Events

by admin on June 12, 2010

With newspaper headlines for historical events, the past can be relived. In some cases, the events that are reported are celebrated for years to come. This includes Independence Day, and when the first man walked on the moon.

Other stories that have made headlines in the past are sometimes forgotten about until there is a link to the present times. Such an example is with Jack Harrison’s death on June 10, 2010. Jack was the 98th man in the list of 200 escapees from the famous Great Escape from the Stalag Luft III.

Only 76 prisoners actually were able to escape from the prison camp before the guards became aware of the event and put a stop to it. This occurred on March 24, 1944. In 1963, the film “The Great Escape” was produced to honor and celebrate this event.

Further back in time on June 10, 1752, it was announced that Benjamin Franklin flew a kite in a lightning storm. During this flight, the kite was struck by a bolt of electricity and the charge was collected in a Leyden jar. The significance of this event was not truly recognized, but it was recorded a few days later in the local newspaper.

A more recent event that made headlines around the world happened on June 11, 1979. This is the date on which John Wayne passed away. He was born Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907. His first roles were under the stage name of Duke Morrison. In the 1930s when he was just a rising star, that was when his stage name was changed to John Wayne. But to many, he was always “the Duke.”

These are just a few glimpses of newspaper headlines for historical events that can be found.

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Really Old Newspaper Articles

by admin on June 5, 2010

With really old newspaper articles, the older generations can re-live their past and bring back memories of their youth. For the younger generations, the old newspaper articles are a glimpse into the past and a piece of history.

Unlike today’s headlines, back nearly a century ago newspaper reporters made simple gossip into headline news to fill the papers. But there was also real news. A good example is from March 23, 1933 of the Wellsboro Gazette. The headlines were “Miss Ella Buck Dies at Marsh Creek Home.” In the very next column on the front page is the wedding announcement of Ivan Bernkopf to Mrs. Nina Kincaid Smith. This announcement went on to list all that attended the wedding.

There was real news on the front page that included an article on “Teachers Salary Action Held Up.” This is right next to the article where D.W. Ford describes his earthquake experience. This was considered national news since Mr. Ford had written the letter about his experience while he was in Los Angeles, California. The quake occurred on March 10 1933.

Unlike today when an earthquake occurs in any region of the world, it is reported within seconds as “Breaking News” on most of the cable news stations. 80 years ago, it took 13 days for the news of an earthquake to reach from one coast of the US to the other.

The funniest headline is “May Sell Beer After April 6.” This describes how President Roosevelt signed a bill into law that permitted the sale of 3.2% beer and wine to be done legally after midnight of April 6th 1933. This started a legal battle in the Supreme Court by Dry Law Supporters.

This is just one day in history that can be re-lived when you read really old newspaper articles from the past. Select one of the Banners at the right to discover the millions of newspaper pages available to you with a subscription.

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Newspaper Articles on Iwo Jima

by admin on May 31, 2010

With today being Memorial Day, newspaper articles on Iwo Jima are in the minds of many Americans, along with the brave men that died there protecting our rights and freedom.

What few know is that this small volcanic island was a source of sulfur mining and sugar refining before the Japanese decided to place a military base on it in 1944. While no American has forgotten what this island cost in American lives or its significance during World War Ii, interest has reemerged with the HBO series, The Pacific.

One of the most famous photographs in the history of man was taken on this little South Pacific island. This picture was of the brave men raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi after the battle of Meatgrinder Hill was won.

In 2005, the 60th anniversary of taking the island occurred. The headlines from the Boston Globe read “60 years later, Iwo Jima Recalled, Veterans unite to pay homage to fallen peers”. In this article, it was mentioned that many of the older veterans were advancing in age and the Vietnam veterans were taking over the tradition of remembering the nearly 6000 men that died to protect the American way of life.

A Vietnam Marine veteran named Jim Hastings of Bellingham was quoted as saying “recognizing veterans of Iwo Jima is only right”. He went on to further say “Honoring them is a part of Marine brotherhood.”

The reason newspaper articles on Iwo Jima are still being written is because of the significance and sacrifice of just a handful of Americans so the rest of us could enjoy FREEDOM.

Happy Memorial Day, please hold our service men and women, as well as all veterans in your thoughts today, and always.


Old Newspaper Articles: Subscribe Here

by admin on May 25, 2010

Old Newspaper Articles

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By reading Old Newspaper Articles, there is more than just learning about the past. It is reliving history as it happened.

The internet is the medium in which you can access this rich wealth of information, but the stories you will find are so much different than what the younger generations are getting used to. Today, the headlines dominate the news stories that are read. Good humor and filler stories are a thing of the past.

With a news paper, the entire paper had to be filled in each and every day. Much of the space was dedicated to advertising, but a majority of it was written by journalist that had a quota each day. They used news releases and other sources to fill in what their editors expected each day. This lead to investigative reporting that dealt with little known events that are presently being bypassed by the internet reporting media.

By opening a paper, you can look at a wide variety of articles on topics that might appeal to you. Each paper is broken up in sections that cover a particular niche. Depending on your interest, you know which section will cover what you want to read.

With the current way the internet is reporting the news, the reader has to know what they want to read in order to find it. The vastness of the web is more like information overload. There is not just one editor directing the path on which its readers can follow.

There is more information on the internet news reporting sites, but the personal touch is gone.  Many turn to Old Newspaper Articles to help then return to a sense of normalcy again and to relive the past.

You can always go to a nice acedemic library and view old newspaper articles on microfilm, or you can have your very own annual subscription to view them as much as you like in the comfort of your home.  Click on the SUBSCRIBE HERE button above to start your Free trial.

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When looking for someone who is deceased, an obituary archives subscription can make your search considerably easier. Most of the databases for looking up a person’s ancestral past are set up to make it easier for those looking for information. This is so much easier than having to know the date and area of which a person passed away so the appropriate paper could be looked through to see the obituary.

Most of these databases have multiple ways a person can conduct their research. There is the keyword system. This is where you can enter a college where a person went to school. Many of the data bases have connections with the different universities that keep track of the death of their alumni.

If you are maintaining a list for an organization, many data bases send out email notifications when a new person in a preset query has been identified. This will help you and your organization stay up to date and informed on the passing of any current or past member. This is also extremely handy when the need to contact any family member for condolences or any other matter needs to be done.

There is also the Death Master List that is compiled by the Social Security Office. This is a governmental non-verified source for the record of death of any person.  The non-verification of their list is a notice that the US Government has posted on their site to protect themselves from lawsuits because this database is incomplete. This is one of the main reasons most people find other sources where the deceased are listed to be more reliable. The weekly, monthly, or quarterly reports of their listing are available for a price.

The easiest and cheapest way to stay updated with this list and many others that are complied is through an obituary archives subscription whose job it is to provide reliable and dependable databases for their subscribers.

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