Did you realize that you can search using any topic or search terms? It is not necessary to always enter an ancestor's name for every search you do. GenealogyBank makes it easy to research a specific historical event, place or battle.
Let's say you know, from an old family letter, that your ancestor fought during the Civil War's Battle of Vicksburg, and you want to read all you can about the battle to learn something of your ancestor's actions and better understand what he must have experienced.
GenealogyBank lets you do that—by simply searching on the historical Civil War battle without including your ancestor's name.
Here's how to search by topic in GenealogyBank's database.
First, use the "Include keywords with search" box that appears on the search form on GenealogyBank's homepage, and leave the other boxes blank. Remember: you do not have to search by personal name; you may search on any word that appeared in a newspaper, document or map:
Enter the search term Battle of Vicksburg into the "include keywords" box and click on the green "Begin Search" button:
As you can see on the Search Results Page, GenealogyBank has more than 22,000 documents in our database about the Civil War Battle of Vicksburg, including 17,149 newspaper articles!
Perhaps you want to start your genealogy research by reading contemporary newspaper reports of the famous Civil War battle. Click on the historical newspapers link to access the newspaper collection's search form.
Then perform a search on the term Battle of Vicksburg and limit the year to 1863 by putting 1863 in the Date box. Then click on the green "Begin Search" button:
This search returns 2,976 news articles from our newspaper archive database about the Battle of Vicksburg, all written in 1863, including reporters' first-hand accounts of the action, official military reports, maps, and other documents about that important Civil War battle:
Plenty of good newspaper articles to help you better understand what your ancestor went through, and thereby flesh out that name on your family tree.
Have fun searching—and good luck with your family history research!