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December 2012 Newsletter

GenealogyBank Just Added 15 Million More Records!

We constantly add more newspapers and obituaries to our online archives. 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 165 newspaper titles from 35 U.S. 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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Our Ancestors Came in Ships—but the Trip Could Be Fatal

Shipping, both merchant and passenger vessels, was the lifeblood of America in the early 1800s. We depended on these ships for commerce and the steady arrival of the immigrants that built this country. However, the trip across the Atlantic Ocean was dangerous—and could be fatal. Here are the stories of two voyages in 1836 that ended in disaster.

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Getting the Newspaper's Name and Place of Publication Right

It is important in Genealogy work to accurately cite your sources, both for authenticity and to make it easier for other family members to pick up on your work and extend the family tree. When citing articles found in newspapers, pay close attention to the newspaper's name and place of publication—for both could have changed over time and may be different from what you've become familiar with, as this article demonstrates.

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Using GenealogyBank's New Search by Date Tools

Some members have written us requesting more powerful date searching tools when using GenealogyBank's search page, and we have listened to you. We are pleased to announce that new date search tools are now live on GenealogyBank, giving you the option of using a date range or a specific date. This article shows you how to use these new tools.

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A 22-Year-Old Mother of 10 Children!

Can you imagine giving birth to 10 children by the time you're only 22? Little wonder this 1903 newspaper article said of Mrs. Spychalski that she "is considered a marvel by medical men, and her interesting family has received a great deal of attention from them and from others."

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