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December 2013 Newsletter

GenealogyBank Just Added 18 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 220 million obituaries and death records. Here are details about some of our most recent additions: a total of 24 newspaper titles from 16 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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Humor & Kindness in Children's Letters to Santa Claus

Many newspapers have printed children's letters to Santa Claus. Not only do these letters capture and brighten the Holiday Season, they can be a surprisingly rich source of family history information. In many cases, the newspaper printed the young writer's full name, age, and sometimes even home address—valuable clues for your genealogy research.

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Searching for Ancestors with Common Names like Smith & Jones

What do you do if you're searching for an ancestor with a common name like John Smith or Bill Jones? When you enter a common name like that into a search box, you get back so many returns that it seems like an overwhelming task to weed through them all, searching for the record or newspaper article that is about your target ancestor.

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The Mystery of the Ghost Ship 'Mary Celeste'

There have been many incredible tales about ships, sailors and the sea, but perhaps none quite as puzzling as the true-life story of the mysterious ghost ship Mary Celeste. This strange case baffled the world when it occurred in December 1872, and we are no closer to understanding it today. The Mary Celeste remains a mystery, with secrets the ocean has never revealed.

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Perfect Last-Minute Christmas Gift for Genealogists: GenealogyBank Membership

Christmas is just four days away—are you looking for last minute Christmas gifts? Perhaps you're looking for that perfect Christmas gift for the genealogist on your shopping list? Maybe a Christmas gift for grandma...or something for the whole family?

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