Monthly Update: GenealogyBank Adds
22 Million Records in August!
Monthly Update: GenealogyBank Adds 22 Million Records in August!
Feature Article: A Brief History of Newspapers in America
Search Tips: New Search Feature Added to GenealogyBank's Recent Obituaries Collection
Discoveries: 'Raining Cats and Dogs'—and Sometimes Frogs?
We constantly add more newspapers and obituaries to our online archive. Currently, GenealogyBank features over 5,500 newspapers from all 50 states, with over 160 million obituaries and death records! Here are the details of GenealogyBank's most recent additions, a total of 85 titles from 30 states. We've shown the date ranges so that you can determine if the new content is relevant to your personal research.
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Feature Article: A Brief History of Newspapers
in America
Daily newspapers covered the news, reported on events, and recorded the births, marriages and deaths of the people in their community and beyond. Some of the resources available in newspapers are known by most genealogists, such as birth announcements, marriage notices and obituaries, while other newspaper treasures may come as a surprise to you, such as stage coach passenger lists, local briefs, and advertisements. Newspapers are a fantastic resource for researching your family history, and have been published in America since before it became a nation.
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Search Tips: New Search Feature Added to
GenealogyBank's Recent Obituaries Collection
We are pleased to announce that we have just added a new search ability ("Search by Title") to our Recent Newspaper Obituaries collection, a large archive of obituaries from 1977 to the present—with new obituaries added daily. Many people like to begin their family history research by focusing first on obituaries only, to find the dates necessary to fill in their family tree. With the new search ability we have just added, now you can focus your recent obituaries search on just one specific newspaper, or all the obituaries in just one state, or just one city.
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Discoveries: 'Raining Cats and Dogs'—and
Sometimes Frogs?
Census and other government records can give us dates and facts about our ancestors, but where do you turn to find their personal stories, an account of something fantastic, exciting or unusual that they experienced? An archive of historical newspapers is the answer. For example, if James Edward Van Voorhes is one of your ancestors, you won't find in his census, marriage or death records an account of a truly bizarre experience he had one rainy day—but you will learn about it in the newspaper, because he wrote the following letter to the editor.
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Q: I am looking for information on my 4th great-grandfather: William R. Ford, born in Tennessee in 1820 or 1825. He married Elizabeth Harvey in Grainger County, Tenn., in 1843. I can't find his parents although it does say on the 1850 Census that they were born in North Carolina. He died in Union County, Tenn., in 1900. I haven't been able to find a death certificate.

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