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My advice to you is to start with the library in your area. Many of them these days have genealogy departments. If they do, they should have accounts on several of the genealogy sites that cost to join, allowing you to use their research. There's also a great website (it costs money but hopefully the library has access) thats called Newspaper Archives. You can look up any article, such as birth announcements, wedding announcements, and such, simply by typing in a search of the person's name. Anything that was written about them will pop up. Assuming of course the newspaper has been added to the site, but most have. I've found information on my great grandfather on my mother's side that suprised me, such as a little blurb about his window being shot out be a stray bullet. Its amazing what pops up on there. But try to think outside the box when looking stuff up, sometimes the people that transcribe the paper for the website mispell names, so if you see a name thats close, check it out. Well, thats the best advice I can give you. Good luck.