We used this database to prove our ancestor, Captain William York, was a Revolutionary Soldier. Forming his own Troop of Horse, he was, initially, said to be a “mercenary”, but after being denied his pension in 1832, he asked his congressman to pursue it. After William's death in 1827, his son, Josiah Cowan York, kept this request alive, and it was finally approved in 1860. My cousins and I almost screamed when I found the page where the “heirs of Captain William York” are approved for his pension.
A note to give you a BIG thank you for your service! I had searched for 8 years to solve the 100-year-old mystery in my family of a great uncle who disappeared while fishing along the Columbia River in Oregon, or so the story went. I started searching your newspapers and happened to think to put in my aunt's name, "Bertha Day". Bingo! Here came article after article of the disappearance of "FRISCO Day" in 1910! I could barely believe my eyes! He did not disappear while fishing, but disappeared by driving drunk, as a chauffeur, and taking a woman to catch a ferry late at night and ran off a trestle into the Columbia River slough! The paper had the final story of finding his body almost 3 years later, in 1913. It was absolutely fascinating to read all these stories and finally solve this mystery!
Genealogybank has fast become one of my favorite genealogy sites out there. There is a vast variety of information in historical newspapers, and it's long been a source not tapped to its potential. I have filled hundreds, if not thousands, of details for many of my ancestors in New England, especially that information that can be found after 1900, and in items like obituaries. Even historical articles can carry great information. I found where my grandfather, who I never knew, had been involved in a serious incident as a young man.
I love GenealogyBank!!! It brings family history to life decades, or centuries, later!
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Holy Cow! Signed up 5 minutes ago and I have been able to find the shooting account of my great grandfather, Philip McNally. I have worked on finding info on this man for 35 years! Thank you so much for having this site!
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I have to hand it to you! I have been searching for the death record for my 4th G-grandfather, for 12 years! I have searched everywhere I could think of including online resources, state archives, state library, local historical societies, and the cemetery I expected he would be buried. Nothing! All these years, nothing! When I signed up for a subscription, he was the first name I searched for and voila! There he was—a small mention of his death in the Newark, NJ, newspaper, Sentinel of Freedom. Now I have something to work with for follow up research. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This means the world to me!
I have to tell you that I was a little upset when I couldn't find my husband’s people through this site. I was going to cancel and thought, I'm going to try for information on the gr-gr-grandmother I've been searching years for. . . and, I FOUND HER ON HERE AND READ MANY ARTICLES AND HAVE ADDED MORE PIECES TO MY PUZZLE FOR HER! I'm so thrilled and wanted to say to anyone that wants to give up. . . keep searching!! Your newspaper articles are amazing!! Thank you for an awesome website!!!
Thank you. I was looking for my oldest son's father. I found his death record on your site. At least I can stop looking for him. I now know that the last letter I sent him was returned because he was already gone. Again, thank you.