Newspaper archives can be a rich alternative source of information and stories about ancestors who don’t appear in other records, as Liz discovered. The British Newspaper Archive is searchable online at britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk and also on Findmypast, and there are other smaller collections on the internet too.
Photos can offer clues or raise more questions. See what older relatives have stashed away – or see what distant family members have in their collections with a call out on forums such as whodoyou thinkyouaremagazine.com/ forum. Try posting photos there to get answers to identification queries.