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February 2017 Newsletter

Birth Certificates: Essential Genealogy Resource

Do you need to find the date when your ancestor was born? No problem – get their birth certificate! Unfortunately, it’s not that simple, and not everyone in your family tree – especially once you get further back in time – will have a birth certificate. It’s time to take a closer look at birth certificates and how to use them in your family history research.

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Finding More of Mary Bird’s Story

The death certificate of the young infant, Mary Elizabeth Bird (1850-1851), is brief and covers the basic facts: her name, partial age, date and cause of her death. Her obituary, which appeared the day after her death, gives us important additional information.

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Please Tell Me This Old Newspaper Article Is a Joke

This 1786 newspaper article, titled “Directions for Landlords,” is a joke – isn’t it? Oddly, it sounds like the way landlords have treated me over the years. These talking points seem like 1786 humor – and at the same time eerily familiar to the way landlords operate today.

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GenealogyBank Just Added over 995,000 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 248 million obituaries and death records. Here are details about our most recent additions: a total of 98 newspaper titles from 31 U.S. states and Guam. 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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