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May 2015 Newsletter

Willard Hyatt's Genealogy Puzzler

In researching Willard O. Hyatt's genealogy recently, I discovered something odd: the death date carved on his tombstone – 1934 – is 10 years earlier than the date on his death certificate. I looked in the old newspapers in GenealogyBank's archives to see if I could find out more about this discrepancy – and uncovered an unusual story.

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4 Tips for Searching Newspapers

These four newspaper search tips will help you with your family history research – and be sure to download the free Research Log template at the end of the article to help you keep track of your genealogy research.

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Cat Poem by Ethel Maude Colson Shows Her Love

Here's a poem published in an 1895 newspaper. Imagine if Ethel Maude Colson was your ancestor, and you knew little about her. Then you find this poem in an old newspaper – and suddenly you know she was a poet, with a heart filled with such love for her cat "Tom" that when he died, she poured her overflowing feelings into verse.

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GenealogyBank Just Added 19 Million More Records!

We constantly add more newspapers and obituaries to our online archives. Currently, GenealogyBank features over 7,000 newspapers from all 50 states, with more than 230 million obituaries and death records. Here are details about our most recent additions: a total of 463 newspaper titles from all 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia – all of these titles are new to GenealogyBank! 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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