GN 00302.610 Newspaper Records
Newspaper records are not substitutes for preferred evidence of age (i.e., public or religious records of birth or baptism) but are excellent secondary proofs because of recordation early in life.
There are two types of newspaper records that show a person's age:
Newspaper records are frequently available on microfilm in newspaper offices or in libraries.
If possible, the DO will contact the custodian of the newspaper records to authenticate the clipping presented by the applicant. If these records are no longer available, careful analysis and evaluation of the claimant's newspaper clipping is necessary to ensure that it is genuine, unaltered, and made at the time purported.