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November 2011 Newsletter

GenealogyBank Adds 31 Million Records in November!

We constantly add more newspapers and obituaries to our online archive. Currently, GenealogyBank features over 5,700 newspapers from all 50 states, with more than 209 million obituaries and death records. 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 112 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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Periódicos en Español—Hispanic American Newspapers Online

GenealogyBank has the largest collection of Hispanic American newspapers to explore Latino family ancestry online. Our extensive Hispanic American collection currently contains over 360 newspaper titles. This is an essential newspaper archive for genealogists, supplementing the other newspapers on our genealogy website and helping to make it one of the most comprehensive resources for Hispanic genealogical research online.

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How to Find Ancestors' Legal Name Change Records with Newspapers

Sometimes when researching your family history, it is difficult to find a relative—they just seem to have fallen off the face of the earth. Did they go into the witness protection program? Were they abducted by aliens? Did they go on a cruise through the Bermuda Triangle? Maybe they simply changed their name. After all, many people did opt to change their identity to start anew.

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A Halloween Trick—or Treat—for Their Daughter?

People are named for many reasons: family names, months, flowers—even for holidays. Since their daughter was born on October 31, 1916, James and May VanNada decided to name her "Halloween VanNada." Now there's an unusual name for you! Having a distinctive name can be a treat, a mark of distinction. Then again, a very unusual name might be seen as a sort of trick—after all, their daughter chose to go by the name "Holly."

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