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June 2011 Newsletter

GenealogyBank Adds 22 Million Records in June!

We constantly add more newspapers and obituaries to our online archive. Currently, GenealogyBank features over 5,000 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 125 titles from 31 states and the District of Columbia. 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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How to Please Your 90-Year-Old Mother—and Have Fun Doing It!

Genealogist Scott Phillips was recently asked by his 90-year-old mother to do some family history research for her: she wanted to find out about her grandfather, Joseph K. Vicha. Scott tried, but mostly in vain, and was beginning to worry about letting his mother down...until he discovered GenealogyBank. Scott wrote us so well and persuasively about his happy discoveries that we asked for—and received—permission to reprint his letter to share with our readers.

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How to Use Passenger Lists

Passenger lists are a helpful resource when searching your family's history; however, most online lists are based on passenger ship lists the U.S. Customs Service began compiling in 1820. But what if you want a passenger list from a stage coach? Or a passenger list before 1820? Or you are looking for a passenger list documenting internal migration within the United States, such as a ship pulling out of Boston and discharging passengers in Baltimore? Fortunately, newspapers published all kinds of passenger lists, and they were doing it long before 1820.

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'In Flanders Fields'—Moving Tribute to War Dead

This article is presented in honor of the recently-celebrated Memorial Day, in homage to military personnel past and present. This article also serves as a reminder that an archive of historical newspapers is a nearly inexhaustible source of information as well as surprises. We sometimes find information about our personal family history—and sometimes we run across something unexpected that reminds us of the history of our common humanity.

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