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March 2011 Newsletter

GenealogyBank Adds 19 Million Records in March!

We constantly add more newspapers and obituaries to our online archive. Currently, GenealogyBank features over 4,500 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 319 titles from 36 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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Luck of the Irish

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Tom Kemp, our Director of Genealogy Products, gives a few examples of Irish genealogy gems he's found. "One of the lucky things about Irish family history research is that newspapers often give the county and even the exact town where a person was born back in the old country," he explains.

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How to Find Birth Notices in GenealogyBank

Some genealogists begin their family research by first examining only obituaries, a good way to start filling in the dates on their family trees. Keep in mind, however, that birth notices are another excellent way to start filling in your family tree. Here's an illustrated, step-by-step explanation of how you can pursue your family history research by first concentrating on just birth notices.

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Humor Alive and Well in 1835 Marriage Notice

Marriage notices are gold mines for genealogists, providing a wealth of names and dates helpful in creating family trees. They also open a window that lets us peer into the past, perhaps even sharing a chuckle. For example, the editor of the Norfolk Advertiser newspaper in Massachusetts had a little fun with this marriage notice on Aug. 22, 1835.

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