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July 2012 Newsletter

GenealogyBank Just Added 25 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 213 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 96 newspaper titles from 26 U.S. 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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Here Comes the Morning Stagecoach!

I was combing through GenealogyBank the other day and found this great newspaper article about an old western stagecoach, published in the Daily Ohio Statesman. It read like the plot of a TV western—only these stories of the old Wild West were real.

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Irish Genealogy Records 1849-1911

This Irish genealogy research tip is important. Genealogists need to know that Irish deaths and marriages were routinely published in the pages of the Irish American Weekly. This fact makes the historical Irish newspaper a great genealogical resource to find Irish obituaries and marriages that occurred in Ireland—or around the world—from 1849 to 1911, well before Irish civil registration began in 1864.

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Census Taker Doesn't Let 3 Vicious Dogs & 50 Stitches Stop Her

It was a sunny day in Sonoma, California, on April 6, 1940, and census taker Alice Davis was off on her rounds enumerating the people of Sonoma for the permanent record of the 1940 U.S. census. Little did she know that she was about to become "the first census-taker casualty in northern California."

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Ask the Genealogist

Q: How do I know which church my ancestors attended?

A: Good question. Church records can be a terrific resource for your family history research. But if you're not sure what church your ancestors attended, how do you know what church records to look for?

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