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May 2012 Newsletter

GenealogyBank Just Added 24 Million More Records!

We constantly add more newspapers and obituaries to our online archive. Currently, GenealogyBank features over 6,100 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 152 newspaper titles from 42 states plus 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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Dig Deeply into Records to Uncover Clues

Genealogy Research Tip: "Don't judge a book by its cover." This is good advice in life. It's also good advice when doing genealogy, because the front page of the document you're looking at may not fully indicate all its contents—as this article will show. It involves a pamphlet from 1819 that reprinted a funeral sermon, and contained an unexpected addition inside.

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Use Flexibility in Your Name Searches

One of the keys to finding the correct records in your online family history research is the name search you use. Sometimes people enter the exact, full name of their ancestor and then get few returns, or perhaps none at all. But that doesn't mean that the record you need is not there—it just means you need to try a different approach.

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Long-Lost Brothers Finally Reunite!

Genealogists spend a lot of time searching for long-lost relatives. Occasionally these searches lead to siblings or relatives reuniting after lengthy absences away from each other. Sometimes we can read about these reunions in old newspapers, like this story about Napier Davis finally seeing one brother after an absence of 32 years—and then setting off to visit another brother, whom he hadn't seen in 40 years!

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Ask the Genealogist

Q: Thank you for taking my question. My great-grandfather was in the Civil War (1862). He was in the 54th Inf. Com. A VA S.C.A. He was taken prisoner in Macon, Georgia, and went to Camp Douglas in Chicago. I can't find the date he was released or any info on him, just that he was in the War and stayed in Illinois in the town of Broadlands, Illinois. How can I find/search for more information on him?

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