In my own personal genealogical research; I find that newspapers can be a great resource, not only for their historical value but for the genealogical tidbits that they offer.

Some Newspapers were run like gossip columns; for example, who was arrested for being drunk and disorderly, was cruel to their animals, beat their wives, children or neighbors, who was on vacation, and won prizes for raffles that were offered.

Other genealogical material can also be found in some articles as, who moved or sold their house and who bought it, ran for local office, was a member of some local organization, the occasional Honor Roll for students, applications for licenses, and even the newspapers themselves published a list occasionally of their subscribers.

Here is a list of newspapers and what I have abstracted from them. This project will be 'a work in progress', so please check back often for updates.

About the South Side Observer
The South Side Observer was the newspaper for Rockville Centre, Pearsalls, East Rockaway, Valley Stream, Rockaway, Springfield, Hempstead, Oceanville, Baldwins, Freeport, Merrick, Bellmore, Ridgewood, Seaford & Queens Co.
Pearsalls is now Lynbrook; Springfield was part of Jamaica South; Oceanville was Christian Hook, now Oceanside; Ridgewood-The western section of Jerusalem South took the name of Ridgewood, now Wantagh. *
The paper was published on Fridays by the Wallace Brothers, Charles L. Wallace, Editor.
Also see Nassau County Towns for other hamlets & villages name changes.


The New York State - Newspaper Project. Here you can order microfilms of your favoite newspaper.


* There is an excellent book for changes of names in places;

"The History of Nassau County Community Place-Names"
by Richard A. Winsche

This book can be purchased at the
LONG ISLAND STUDIES INSTITUTE; Hofstra University West Campus
619 Fulton Ave. Hempstead, NY,
11550-4575. (516-463-6411.

Last updated October 2, 2001

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