Tom Kemp, Director of Genealogy Products

Genealogist Q&A

Whether you're a seasoned genealogy pro or just getting started, our Q&A answers the most commonly-asked family history research questions.

Have a question about or hit a brick wall in your family history research? Tom Kemp, Director of Genealogy Products, internationally known librarian, archivist and published author with over 50 years of genealogy experience, provides expert answers to the most commonly-asked genealogy questions in our informative Genealogist Q&A and our complimentary guide "Getting Started Climbing Your Family Tree."

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I'm wondering how you choose which newspapers to add to the collection? I would like to see more coverage for Idaho. How do I request them?

A: John, yes we welcome your suggestions for more newspapers that you would like to see added to - please send all of your newspaper suggestions to us at

GenealogyBank's parent company - NewsBank - works closely with newspapers and archives across the country partnering with them to provide the online newspapers that you see in GenealogyBank.

GenealogyBank currently has more than 3,800 newspapers from all 50 States from 1690 to Today online. We have contracts for thousands of newspapers that are in various stages of production waiting their turn to go online.

Juggling that many titles can be impacted by special opportunities like adding over 360 Hispanic Newspapers from 1808 to 1980; or the discovery of new resources that need to be digitized to protect them from further deterioration.

Each month we usually add more issues from 50 newspapers - often over 4 million additional articles every month.

Please keep sending in your suggestions - we will try to quickly respond to the research interests of our members.

John, please let me know if this answers your question.Tom

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