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.
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I recently learned my early ancestors traveled with a French group called The Ravel Family. They were a circus family but performed in theatres in New York City, Boston, Havana, New Orleans and other U.S. cities and countries. It turns out, The Ravel Family were world famous and had a great reputation. My 2nd great-grandfather, Leon Giavelli (stage name of Javelli) performed high wire acts that no others dared try...I found all of this out just from typing 'Giavelli' in your search engine; I have been very busy downloading newspaper articles and advertisements of my family and I owe it all to you!
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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!
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I have been searching for the parents of my great-great grandfather from Dalton, Massachusetts, for as long as I can remember. Recently I read an article in GenealogyBank from the Springfield Republican of 1911 that stated that three of my great-great grandfather's daughters were attending the funeral of their uncle, whose last name was the same as theirs. On a whim I decided to send for a copy of his death certificate to see if it named his mother and father. When I received the copy it did name his parents, who were indeed the couple I had always thought were my great-great grandfather's parents. Since the uncle was the youngest son I am sure that I now have the answer to my brick wall.
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From your website, I found historical articles about my Seattle pioneer ancestors and their minor league baseball star brother, Bill “Wee Willie” Campbell, who was a paid player and manager between 1902 and 1910; as well as family members involved successfully in the Gold Rush from Seattle to Skagway and Juneau, Alaska, who were actually Skagway town founders in the Seattle Daily Times. It was a good choice to use the Seattle Daily Times and the Skagway and Juneau publications for Gold Rush news for your archive over the Times or PI. I found things in that publication I could never find in the larger publications in Seattle in two years of library research here in town. Thank you very much. Very excited about my findings. Worth the subscription to me.
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I’ve been using this site both professionally and personally for a few years now. I had been searching for the death date and place of death of my great grandfather for years and really had little hope of finding it. My mother always said he died in 1928 or 29 probably in Port Arthur, Texas. I had entered his name, Ramon Sanchez, over and over with no luck in a number of sites including this one. One day a few months ago, I tried it again, and voila, there was his obituary, in a Spanish language newspaper, La Prensa! I just want to thank GenealogyBank for including such diverse resources in its database.
[....] I found something very valuable on your site, [...] the story of my ggrandparents getting back together after 20 years being apart back in 1901-2 time. I believe it was in one of the TX papers, don't know why it was in it, because my ggrandfather went out to Wisconsin to seek his fortune after marrying my ggrandmother in Nova Scotia. He left after 2 weeks marriage (she was already pregnant but didn't know it, with my grandmother) and her parents did not like him, so they kept all his letters from her. He went to Massachusetts to see a friend and he asked about her and was told she lived not too far away, never married. He went to her house, and the rest is history as they say.
I subscribed to your site yesterday and forthwith found a very interesting 4th of July article concerning my Revolutionary War patriot ancestor. What a great find!
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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!!!
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[GenealogyBank customer support] instructed me to use the advanced search feature and to type 'William Kennedy' into the 'Include keywords with search' slot instead of using the surname and first name slots. I tried her suggestion to search historical newspapers on the Genealogy Bank website. The second news item that I opened was the obituary of my great, great grandfather, William Kennedy. This obituary broke through a brick wall. Now, knowing that the surname of William, James, Richard Patrick, and Michael was Britt, and not Kennedy, moved me from the garden path to a more successful road. I have been finding additional information about my Britt relatives.
Another gem in my treasure chest of family history. This week, it's another newspaper article, this time from the San Diego Union dated 4 January 1944 (page 14, accessed on GenealogyBank). It gives me a death date (Saturday, before 4 January was 1 January in 1944), so I could order a death certificate. I've been collecting death notices, obituaries, articles, real estate transactions and more about my San Diego families. The bonus for me was to see my name in another newspaper article, only two-plus months after my birth!
I do appreciate all the information that I have been able to obtain on my many family lines during my membership. I have recently starting searching through old books and documents; and I have found a great deal of information. All in all, I am very happy with my experience and appreciate the graciousness of your service reps and all the information you provide. So, please consider me a happy subscriber!
I just wanted to provide some feedback concerning your site. Most of my ancestry research has been for the Springfield, MA area and your site has been a tremendous help in not only identifying new family members but also providing detailed information of our family members' occupations, accomplishments, etc. Thanks for providing such a great resource, and keep up the good work.
I had a short-term subscription to your website a while back and found some information on my family that I would never had known otherwise. It was from some Nashville, TN, newspapers from the 1830s spanning only 3 years in your collection. The information was one of the great finds of my 30 years doing genealogy. The newspaper pieces concerned my ggg-father having invented, so he thought, a perpetual motion machine. I never knew he tried his hand at inventing so would not have known to look for anything like that in newspapers on microfilm. Whatever it was I paid for the subscription I had was worth every cent.
I wish to thank you for your excellent web site. Because of a small article in the Oregonian, Portland, OR, I found that my husband's great grandfather published his life story in the classified ads of the La Grange Observer, La Grange, OR. I was then able to order the microfilm of that newspaper for the suspected time period of later part of 1947 through 1948. I then found 19 chapters printed in that paper from May to September. What a find! I have also found many articles about my great aunt's family in St. Albans, VT. Since I live in Washington, the availability of these papers are a gold mine. I would never be able to travel to all these places and I never would have found the articles but for the search feature. Thank you for your great service.
Your newspaper resources helped me solve a long standing family mystery. My great-aunt seemed to disappear after the 1880 census. I could find no marriage record for her, but thought she might have married and changed her name—or died before death records were kept. With my subscription to GenealogyBank, the mystery was solved. A search on my great-grandfather, August Anton, revealed the following tragic story from the 1 Nov 1894 issue of the Birmingham (Alabama) Age-Herald newspaper. The headline read, “Tired of Living”–“Anna Anton Ends Her Existence with a Small Cord”—“A Father’s Ghastly Find”—“The Woman’s Body Cold in Death in a Closet at Her Home on Southside.” Although this was not the end that I had hoped to find, the article also confirmed some details about the life of my great-grandfather, and provides some insight about subsequent family challenges with the illness of depression. Being aware of this family history may warn us to be on the lookout for signs of depression among family members in current and future generations.
Loving the information I found in the site. Loving the fact items are indexed. Loving the fact I do not have to drive to the state library and read microfilm. Wish more newspapers were indexed. Note I have found information on people in papers that were published nowhere near where they lived. This I never would have found without this site.
I'm amazed! After only two days of using your site, I found information on a long-lost great-great-uncle on my father's side about whom I knew nothing. I e-mailed my cousin in California and asked her to ask her mother about him, and received some more information and some neat reminiscences from my aunt.
I have been a subscriber since February 2008. I really like your site. I have been able to locate news articles about my ancestors in a matter of minutes. I had been looking for an article on my great grandfather's death in a train accident for at least twenty years without any luck. I found it in about ten minutes searching GenealogyBank. THANK YOU!
I've been thrilled with the info. I've gathered from your website. I've broken through several brick walls that have existed in my tree for over 30 years. I've gathered well over 300 pieces of data and put so much flesh on the bones of my ancestors. I can't believe I've been an amateur genealogist for all these years and never knew of you.
I am an ecstatic subscriber to GenealogyBank. I found hundreds of newspaper articles about my family. And they just keep coming! I've found obituaries, dates of marriages, I could go on and on. I am truly overwhelmed! One of the best investments I have ever made
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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.