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February 2014 Newsletter

GenealogyBank Just Added 25 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 50 newspaper titles from 19 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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Did Your Ancestor Live to 100?

In an earlier time—lacking our modern health improvements—living to be 100 years of age was almost miraculous. When one of our ancestors did reach the age of 100 it was a newsworthy event, most likely reported in the local newspaper. Searching through old newspapers is a good way to find these centenarian articles—and they can be very helpful with your family history research.

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5 Time-Saving Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

Many family historians are good at online searches and know their way around a computer keyboard and the Internet—but even the most experienced genealogist may be unfamiliar with basic Mac and PC desktop keyboard shortcuts that can save you time and effort as you search the web for information about your ancestors.

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Heroic Dogs Rush Life-Saving Serum to Save Nome, Alaska!

The 10,000 people living in and around Nome were in desperate straits in January 1925. It was the dead of winter; howling winds, snow and ice, and bitterly cold temperatures had cut their area off from the outside world—and there was a killer in their midst. An epidemic of diphtheria had broken out, which was especially fatal to little children and the Native population, and the one and only doctor in Nome did not have any active diphtheria antitoxin to combat the disease. Somebody, somehow, had to rush medicine to Nome, or thousands of people would die.

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