Friday, February 9, 2024

Unclaimed letters

Back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when the mail moved slowly and some citizens had to travel a good distance to check for mail, letters often accumulated at the post office. The Postmaster would place lists of names from unclaimed letters in the local newspaper. 

These lists may be helpful for genealogical research. You can use your library card to access newspapers.com on the library's website and search "unclaimed letters" or "list of letters", along with a date range and location. 

You will find newspapers.com under Research Tools on the home page. 

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