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20-07-2019, 20:24   #1
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Finding common names in newspapers

I just looked at Irish News Archive's explanation how to use the site, by using the name 'Michael Collins'. Now if I was searching for information on MY Michael Collins, who was not THE Michael Collins, I'd get so much information I wouldn't know how to filter out all the political stuff in order to get my Michael Collins' death notice. Any suggestions?
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I just looked at Irish News Archive's explanation how to use the site, by using the name 'Michael Collins'. Now if I was searching for information on MY Michael Collins, who was not THE Michael Collins, I'd get so much information I wouldn't know how to filter out all the political stuff in order to get my Michael Collins' death notice. Any suggestions?
You could try using the NEAR operator. So if you know the town or townland your MC was from, put in Michael Collins <NEAR> Ballycollins
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I just looked at Irish News Archive's explanation how to use the site, by using the name 'Michael Collins'. Now if I was searching for information on MY Michael Collins, who was not THE Michael Collins, I'd get so much information I wouldn't know how to filter out all the political stuff in order to get my Michael Collins' death notice. Any suggestions?
If you know when your Michael Collins died you can manually navigate to the specific newspaper which is often quicker than searching, even when looking for less common terms.
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Thanks. I try those suggestions, see what turns up.
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