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Search Tips: New Search Feature Added to GenealogyBank's Recent Obituaries Collection
GenealogyBank's archive contains five different collections of material for your family history research: Historical Newspapers (including historical obituaries), Historical Books, Historical Documents, Recent Newspaper Obituaries, and the Social Security Death Index. To do the broadest search possible, simply enter the name you are researching into the search form on the home page, and GenealogyBank's search engine will speedily examine all five collections—over 880 million articles and records—and give you the complete results.

However, what if you want to narrow your search to just one specific newspaper, or all the newspapers in just one state, or just one city? GenealogyBank has long provided this search ability for its Historical Newspapers collection (for an illustrated, step-by-step explanation how to do this, read the article Search Tips: Using GenealogyBank's Search Engine to Research One State, City or Newspaper from the December 2010 issue of GenealogyBank News).

We are pleased to announce that we have just added this same search ability 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.

Here's how you do it.

To begin, click on the Newspaper Obituaries (1977-Current) link on the bottom half of the GenealogyBank home page, where all five collections are listed:



This brings you to the search form for the Recent Newspaper Obituaries. (When you use this search form, you're only searching GenealogyBank's recent obituaries, not its other four collections. They each have their own search form.)



Note that every state is listed. If you want to search all the recent obituaries in one state, just click the box next to that state in the list (this will put a check mark in the box), then enter the person's name you are looking for in the search form and click the "Begin Search" green button. The search results you get will only be from the state you selected. If you want to search two or more states at the same time, select them from the list before beginning your search.

What if you want to search all the recent obituaries in one city? No problem—you're just three clicks away! First, click on any state's name in the list (each name is an active link), and a new list appears showing all the cities in that state whose recent obituaries are in GenealogyBank's archive. For example, click on New York, and this list appears:



Now we see the New York list, showing every city whose recent obituaries are in our collection (a total of 112 cities). To search all the recent obituaries in one city, just click on the box next to the city's name in the list (this will put a check mark in the box), then enter the person's name you are looking for in the search form and click the "Begin Search" green button. The search results you get will only be from the city you selected. If you want to search two or more cities at the same time, select them from the list before beginning your search.

What if you want to be really specific, and search just one particular newspaper for its recent obituaries? Once again, you're just three clicks away! First, click on any city's name in the list (each name is an active link), and a new list appears showing all the papers in that city that we have in our recent obituaries archive. For example, click on New York City, and this list appears:



The new list shows our New York City recent obituaries newspapers. (We have 11 of them, including the New York Times.) To search the specific newspaper you want, just click on the box next to the paper's name in the list (this will put a check mark in the box), then enter the person's name you are looking for in the search form and click the "Begin Search" green button. The search results you get will only be from the newspaper you selected. If you want to search two or more papers at the same time, select them from the list before beginning your search.

If you're curious what date range of recent obituaries we have for the specific newspaper you're interested in, click on that paper's name in the list (each name is an active link), and a new search form appears set just for that particular newspaper, showing the paper's date range For example, click on the New York Times, and this search form appears:



Note that this search form is set for the New York Times, and reveals that its date range is 1980-Current. Now, enter the person's name you are looking for in the search form and click the "Begin Search" green button. The search results you get will only be from the New York Times and in that date range—unless you narrow the date range by entering different dates in the search form's "Date" box.

Have fun searching—and good luck with your family history research!
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