The Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society has begun the process of digtising the town's old newspapers.By Elaine Cooney
The Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society has been researching non-stop since they received their digitised newspapers last week.
The group received a state grant last month to begin digitising Rochester’s old newspapers.
It now has the Rochester Express from 1873 to 1920 on a searchable CD format.
The group hopes to attract people interested in tracing their family tree and has already uncovered some interesting and detailed finds.
Secretary John Foster was amazed by how much information was revealed in the Rochester court reports of the early 1900s.
‘‘They didn’t spare any details,’’ he said.
He spoke about a man who was taken to court by his jilted fiancée and her family for breach of promise because he refused to go through with the wedding.
President Lorraine Haines said she was looking for a story on her distant relative, who died due to a fall from a horse.
She found the article which said he died on the Rochester bridge and he was carrying firearms.
‘‘I found out exactly how it happened down to who conducted the funeral arrangements,’’ she said.
The group is looking forward to carrying out family research.
To raise funds for the group, they will charge a nominal fee for the research.
Mrs Haines said the work could be done by the group or people could visit the centre to look up the archives themselves.
She said people who had a family connection in Rochester could contact the group and she would mail print outs of the articles which related to their family members.
Anyone interested in researching the archives can call in to the museum on High St Friday mornings or email John Foster on firstname.lastname@example.org
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