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May 2013 Newsletter

GenealogyBank Just Added 7 Million More Records!

We constantly add more newspapers and obituaries to our online archives. Currently, GenealogyBank features over 6,500 newspapers from all 50 states, with more than 219 million obituaries and death records. Here are details about some of our most recent additions: a total of 38 newspaper titles from 17 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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Do You Know All of Your Family's Stories?

Are you sure you have heard and recorded all of the stories of your family? The census, birth and death certificates, and other official records can supply us with the essential facts of our family history, but it's newspapers that go deeper and give us the stories—especially the long-lost details of our ancestors' daily lives.

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Put Your Family Tree Online—Do It Now!

Thanks to the Internet we now have easily accessible online family trees supported by commercial and free sites. I encourage you to sign up for two or more of these sites and to plant your family tree online so that your information will be preserved.

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Genealogy Award for Elizabeth Crabtree Wells

Hat's off to Elizabeth Crabtree Wells, Coordinator of the Special Collections Department, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. Elizabeth is the recipient of this year's William Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship.

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Meet Saeed Al Suwaidi

Saeed Al Suwaidi has been involved in genealogy for just ten years but he is now the leading genealogist in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Just like genealogists anywhere in the world, Al Suwaidi encourages the current generation to record their memories, impressions and experiences with their own grandparents and extended relatives so that the knowledge of them—and their stories—will not be lost.

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