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December 2016 Newsletter
The Library of Congress has put online more than 6,000 old full color “photochroms” from around the U.S. and the world that are of high interest to genealogists. These images date from the 1890s to the 1910s. Genealogists will want to search this collection for images from the areas around their ancestral home towns.
It probably comes as no surprise to this newsletter’s readers that I love old newspapers, since so many of my articles are based on newspaper research. Sure, they are great for adding details to my family history – but do you know another reason why I really love newspapers? Newspapers are a great place to find social history.
I found this 1769 newspaper article about my 5th great-grandfather James Garcelon (he was a ship captain). It documents that he was the captain of the schooner Alexander that had cleared the port of Salem, Massachusetts, on 1 May 1769 headed for Bilbao, Spain.
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 240 million obituaries and death records. Here are details about our most recent additions: a total of 132 newspaper titles from 32 U.S. states. We’ve shown the date ranges so that you can determine if the new content is relevant to your personal research.