Historic local newspapers are a wonderful resource, providing an invaluable insight into the everyday life of a community in times past. They may include legal notices, commercial advertisements, announcements of properties to let and a host of other material which can prove useful in family history research.
If your roots are in North-East Scotland, you can see selected news items from centuries past, as reported in the local press.
Direct online access to historic newspapers such as the Aberdeen Journal may be available through your local library service. A subscription service to 19th century British newspapers is also offered by The British Newspaper Archive.