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September 2011 Newsletter

GenealogyBank Adds 130 Million Records in September!

We constantly add more newspapers and obituaries to our online archive. Currently, GenealogyBank features over 5,500 newspapers from all 50 states, with over 206 million obituaries and death records. This month, in honor of our Fifth Anniversary approaching on October 18, we put production into overdrive and made the largest single-month addition to GenealogyBank ever! Here are some details about our most recent additions (we actually added new content to thousands of titles, but the following is a representative sample): a total of 73 titles from 26 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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GenealogyBank Keeps Growing—Now Over One Billion Articles and Records!

Tom Kemp, NewsBank's Director of Genealogy Products, has been with GenealogyBank since before it launched on October 18, 2006. He has been pleased to watch its steady growth ever since, both in terms of its continuously-expanded content and its number of users. As we near our Fifth Anniversary, GenealogyBank has reached an important milestone: we now have more than one billion articles and records in our vast archive! In the following article, Tom talks about GenealogyBank's remarkable growth and the incredible material it offers.

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Challenge Your Assumptions; or, Who Was Peter Garcelon?

For this month's search tips article, we present a simple concept that can have a profound impact on your family history research: challenge your assumptions! To illustrate this concept, here is a real-life example that happened to Tom Kemp, NewsBank's Director of Genealogy Products. Tom has been pursuing genealogy for nearly 50 years, and has worked with other family members to extensively develop his family tree. Then one day, he made a startling discovery.

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Hurricanes Have Been in the News for a Very Long Time

The recent news in New England has been dominated by the awful destruction caused by Hurricane Irene, which tore through the area on August 28. Although the hurricane had been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit here, it still packed enough punch to damage buildings, tear down trees and power lines, wash away roads and bridges, cause widespread power outages, and provoke massive flooding. Anyone who experienced it will never forget its fierce winds and driving rain, or its frightening impact.

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