If you want to find your own family and community stories, you can use many of the same sources and techniques I'm using to uncover the stories told here. I've pulled together a few ideas to help you start or continue your own story quest.
Take a moment to collect all the clues you currently have about your subjects. Brainstorming now, and tracking your list of clues over time, will lead you to better search results (and more clues for new searches).
Lesson: Play the Name Game
Worksheet: Name Game worksheet
Plan a Path
Plan the next steps you'll take. Creating a strategy and keeping it in mind as you search will give you a solid place to start, and it will help to keep you on track as you go.
Lesson: Plan your newspaper search
Worksheet: Plan your search worksheet
Here's the fun part. Use the key terms and variations you identified in step one to test out the resources you identified in step two.
Lesson: Newspaper Searching
Lesson: City Directories
Revisit & Monitor
Capture what you learn through each search. Note any new spellings, abbreviations, nicknames, and other clues you discover. You may also want to keep a log of the places you've searched and the searches you've performed so you can retrace your steps and revisit them for new updates.
Lesson: Saved and Repeated Searches