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For our ancestors, reading the newspaper was how one got their daily dose of gossip, unless they lived next door to a nosey neighbor.  And the newspapers were generous in the information they provided – who went to visit whom, who got married, who died, who was arrested, who attended what party, and more.

Sadly, unless you can make a trip to the Pennsylvania State Library, finding historical newspapers online is a bit of a problem.  There are a few out there, and free, to browse.  Check out the list of newspapers available and maybe you will get lucky and find some information on one of your ancestors.