"Information Wanted" Advertisements: Searching for African American Family Members
Guest blogger: Reinette F. Jones, Librarian, Louis B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky
Source: University of Kentucky
Source: Colored Tennessean; 10-07-1865; Nashville, Tennessee
Locating the ads in African American newspapers, and specifically in reference to Kentuckians in the 1860s, had been a slow, painstaking manual process that involved interlibrary loan requests for reels and reels of microfilm. On many days it was tempting to mark "Information Wanted" off the to-do list. Instead, it got bumped to the bottom of the list.
Source: The Freeman; 04-18-1891; Indianapolis, Indiana
But there was hope after UK Libraries obtained access to African American Newspapers, 1827-1998. Eyeballing newspapers on microfilm, frame by frame, for years was replaced with much quicker and comprehensive online searching. There were also several 'Aha!" moments.
Source: Frederick Douglass' Paper; 06-30-1854; Rochester, New York
Source: Arkansas State Press; 06-24-1949; Little Rock, Arkansas
This new entry for "Information Wanted" ads is only one example of many long-awaited entries that have recently been completed. Other examples include the various entries on segregated press associations and their Kentucky connections. With these valuable additions to the Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, we have seen not only an increase in first-time users, but also a rise in the number of reference questions about African Americans in and from Kentucky.