Here are some websites and databases you can use to help you with brainstorming search terms. When you begin researching you will want to think of specific events and people that may have impacted what life was like for your ancestor.
You may want to create a mind map or list of possible ideas that you can search related to the time period your ancestor lived and the history subtopic you chose.
These databases will be helpful to you as you research your history subtopic and time period. Looking in newspaper databases will be a good way to find out what stories/events were being covered at the time.
If you are looking for information on your family tree or a specific ancestor, you can try some of these tips: