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July 2016 Newsletter

This 1860 Newspaper Article Tells a Gripping Story

On 6 May 1815 Captain James Reilly – with Archibald Robbins part of his crew – sailed “from Saybrook, Conn., for the Cape de Verde Islands” off the western coast of Africa. As Robbins’ 1860 obituary reports, they didn’t make it.

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Using Obituaries for Genealogy

Obituaries are a genealogist’s go-to source for family history information, and most likely one of the first things you learned about in regards to newspaper research – but how much do you really know about obituaries? This article answers some frequently asked questions about this important family history source.

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Finding a Cousin I Didn’t Know

Marilyn Guedesse was born in Minot, North Dakota, 31 March 1933 and died in Hamilton, Illinois, 20 December 2015. I never met her, her husband, parents or descendants – but when I read her obituary I knew she was my cousin. How?

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GenealogyBank Just Added 9 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 223 million obituaries and death records. Here are details about our most recent additions: a total of 17 newspaper titles from 13 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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