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October 2012 Newsletter

GenealogyBank Just Added 21 Million More Records!

We constantly add more newspapers and obituaries to our online archive. Currently, GenealogyBank features over 6,400 newspapers from all 50 states, with more than 215 million obituaries and death records. Here are some details about our most recent additions: a total of 118 newspaper titles from 30 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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GenealogyBank Is 6 Years Old!

GenealogyBank is celebrating our sixth anniversary this month—and celebrating, too, the remarkable growth of our online archives. We launched our site in October 2006 with 160 million records. Today we have more than 1.3 billion records online, with articles from over 6,400 newspapers from all 50 states, spanning the years 1690 to today.

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Happy Family History Month

It might seem that every day, week or month has been designated a holiday—but October is a very special month for genealogists: it's Family History Month! GenealogyBank's online historical newspaper archives provide news about America from its Colonial days right up to the present, with millions of birth notices, wedding announcements, obituaries, and local news stories to help you celebrate Family History Month by doing more research into your own family history.

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Use Only Your Ancestor's First Name

Have you hit a brick wall in your family history research? Have you tried finding information about a particular ancestor, searching a variety of ways, yet unable to find the records you're hoping to find? Try this genealogy search tip: search for your ancestor using only his or her first name.

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Idyllic Honeymoon—How about a Tranquil Island in the Pacific?

Right after WWI, Mr. and Mrs. William Meng set out to celebrate their honeymoon with a romantic get-away on a lovely tropical island in the Pacific. They chartered a fishing boat in Hawaii and headed out for the remote island of Palmyra. Sounds idyllic, right? Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way.

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Ask the Genealogist

Q: I am looking for help to find the birth record of Robert Lee Smith, born Aug. 2, 1868, in Chariton Co., Mo., and died on May 9, 1919, in Barton County, Missouri. Place of burial was Brasuer Cemetery.

A: To find a record of his birth, you can look at multiple records. For example, look at his death certificate.

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