GenealogyBank adds more newspapers from 23 States – 63 titles!

GenealogyBank adds newspapers from 23 States – Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Vermont.

There are well over 3,700 newspapers on GenealogyBank — it has never been easier to find obituaries and the details about the lives of more than 1 billion of our ancestors and cousins.

GenealogyBank is the best obituary site on the planet!

These titles are live on GenealogyBank right now.
Titles with an *asterisk are new this month on GenealogyBank.
AK. Juneau. *Daily Record-Miner. 9/25/1906 to 3/19/1907

AR. Jonesboro. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 9/3/1904 to 4/30/1917
AR. Little Rock. *Arkansas Gazette. 1/8/1820 to 2/22/1874

AZ. Tucson. Fronterizo. 1/9/1892 to 12/17/1892
AZ. Tucson. Tucsonense. 3/17/1915 to 11/1/1931

CA. Colton. Chicano. 7/4/1974
CA. Los Angeles. Heraldo de Mexico. 12/9/1917 to 12/28/1928
CO. Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 2/21/1903 to 12/22/1922
CO. Trinidad. Anunciador. 4/6/1918 to 11/18/1922
CT. Danielson. *Windham County Transcript. 11/12/1863 to 11/30/1865
CT. New London. *New London Daily Chronicle. 07/17/1860 to 12/31/1864
CT. New London. New London Democrat. 04/05/1845 to 12/25/1852
CT. Norwich. *Norwich Morning Bulletin. 09/18/1876 to 03/20/1882

ID. Idaho City. Idaho Falls Times. 07/09/1891. to 9/16/1920
ID. Idaho City. Idaho Register. 06/15/1889 to 8/1/1911
ID. Twin Falls. Twin Falls News. 1/8/1919 to 5/10/1922

IL. Chicago. Latin Times. 2/14/1975

IN. Centralia. *Centralia Sentinel. 03/09/1865

KY. Bardstown. *Western American. 09/06/1803 to 12/21/1804

MA. Dedham. Norfolk Democrat. 01/01/1850 to 09/15/1854
MA. Springfield. Springfield Republican. 01/01/1886 to 12/29/1891
MA. Stoughton. *Stoughton Sentinel. 07/01/1876 to 09/09/1876

MD. Baltimore. Baltimore American. 1/1/1905 to 2/29/1912
MD. Baltimore. Dunlap’s Maryland Gazette. 08/28/1775 to 01/05/1779

MO. Kansas City. Kansas City Times. 05/14/1884 to 01/31/1896

MS. Vicksburg. *Daily Commercial. 03/01/1879 to 12/28/1882
NC. Raleigh. *Semi-Weekly Standard. 08/10/1861 to 01/28/1868
NE. Nebraska City. Daily Nebraska Press. 01/14/1869 to 12/28/1876

NM. Albuquerque. Nuevo Mundo. 10/09/1897
NM. Las Cruces. Thirty-Four. 04/07/1880
NM. Las Vegas. Grito del Norte. 8/24/1968 to 6/1/1973
NM. Santa Fe. Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican and Livestock Journal. 10/08/1885 to 12/26/1895
NM. Socorro. Progreso. 05/17/1887 to 08/09/1887

NY. Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 03/22/1842 to 06/30/1849
NY. Auburn. *Cayuga Tocsin. 03/12/1812 to 04/12/1814
NY. Ballston Spa. *Saratoga Journal. 02/01/1814 to 06/11/1817
NY. Batavia. *Republican Advocate. 11/16/1801 to 09/28/1827
NY. New York. *Ahora. 6/12/1950 to 6/19/1950
NY. New York. *America Continental. 4/1/1956
NY. New York. *Americana. 2/21/1948 to 2/21/1948
NY. New York. *Artistas Hispanos. 6/21/1948 to 6/21/1948
NY. New York. *Ateneo. 4/21/1934
NY. New York. *Cascabeles. 5/1/1934
NY. New York. *Eco Antillano. 10/11/1941 to 5/9/1942
NY. New York. *Grafico. 1/21/1917
NY. New York. *Grafico. 12/5/1953
NY. New York. *Pueblos Hispanos. 3/26/1944 to 7/29/1944

RI. Pawtucket. Pawtucket Times. 1/1/1920 to 2/23/1921

TX. Beaumont. Beaumont Enterprise and Journal. 4/13/1906 to 4/30/1911
TX. Brownsville. Heraldo de Brownsville. 1/12/1936 to 2/29/1940
TX. Cleburne. Cleburne Morning Review. 7/4/1911 to 5/31/1916
TX. El Paso. Atalaya Bautista: Semanario Evangelico Bautista. 2/12/1920 to 12/30/1920
TX. El Paso. Continental. 10/1/1958 to 3/11/1960
TX. El Paso. *Hispano Americano. 08/07/1893
TX. Galveston. *Galveston News. 01/01/1877 to 12/13/1883
TX. Kingsville. *Accion. 9/26/1931 to 11/1/1932
TX. Laredo. Alfa. 10/21/1956
TX. Laredo. Evolucion. 2/7/1919
TX. San Antonio. Heraldo de Mexicano. 10/9/1927 to 3/30/1930
TX. San Antonio. Prensa. 10/11/1918 to 2/23/1935

UT. Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Telegram. 10/2/1908 to 1/5/1910
VA. Winchester. *Philanthropist. 03/25/1806 to 02/28/1809
VT. St. Albans. St. Albans Daily Messenger. 01/13/1853 to 1/31/1922
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Congratulations to my cousin Sarah Heath Palin!

Genealogists will love the fact that the new Republican choice for Vice President – Sarah Heath Palin is a descendant of multiple Mayflower passengers: John Tilley, John Howland, Stephen Hopkins, Elder William Brewster, Richard Warren and other well known New England families.

I am also descended from those Mayflower passengers …. so we’re cousins.

She is also a descendant of the Rev. John Lathrop – famous to genealogists as the “gateway” ancestor of many US Presidents, inventors, actors and celebrities.

No doubt in the days ahead we will see stories of how she is related to our other cousins: George Bush, Queen Elizabeth, Barack Obama, John Kerry, Dick Cheney, George Washington, King George III, King Henry VIII, Abraham Lincoln and the list will go on and on.

It’s a great day for genealogy!

Newspapers are a good source for birth records – family details

The Duluth News Tribune (13 Jan 1918) reported that more than half of the births registered for Duluth were simply listed as “male” or “female” child. This can be a problem for genealogists today but it was also a problem for one Minnesotan in 1918 who was trying to establish he was the legal heir to a family estate.

Per the article the local health department was going to begin to routinely follow-up with parents to have them file ammended birth certificates so that the names of the children would be permanently recorded.

Newspapers regularly published birth announcements which included the names of the new child; date/place of birth; names of the parents and often the names of siblings, grandparents and other genealogical information.

In this example from the Columbus (GA) Enquirer Sun (22 Sept 1922) you can find the core information – names of the new children, their parents and the dates of birth.

Note that the announcements also give the maiden names of the mother and that Porterdeat Golden Smith was named for his maternal grandfather.

Newspapers are a terrific source to get the details we need to document our families.

Search GenealogyBank and see what you’ll find.
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More Florida Resources Go Online – State Census & Newspapers

FamilySearchLabs has put the 1885, 1935 and 1945 Florida State census records online.

These state census records are not indexed – but can be easily searched online geographically.

The process is simple. Click on the year you want to search; then select the county where your ancestor’s lived. Then click through each page of the census as if you were looking at a roll of microfilm.

Click here to search the 1885 Florida State Census

Click here to search the 1935 Florida State Census

Click here to search the 1945 Florida State Census

GenealogyBank has also announced that it is adding:
Pensacola Gazette and West Florida Advertiser. Pensacola, FL. 1824 to 1856

GenealogyBank already has the following Florida newspapers online:
Banner. (Bonita Springs, FL). 1/27/1996-Current
Biscayne Boulevard Times (Miami, FL). 8/1/2005-Current
Boca Raton News (FL). 3/2/2006-Current
Bonita Daily News (FL). 5/23/2006-Current
Bradenton Herald (FL). 1/19/1991-Current
Charlotte Sun (Port Charlotte, FL). 8/3/1996-Current
Collier Citizen (FL). 7/6/2007-Current
Daily Commercial (Leesburg, FL). 12/1/2000-Current
Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL). 3/27/1996-Current
DeLand-Deltona Beacon (FL). 11/17/2000-Current
DeSoto Sun (Arcadia, FL). 4/14/1996-Current
Diario de Tampa (Ybor City, FL). 6/6/1908 – 7/14/1911
East County Observer (Sarasota, FL). 8/17/2006-Current
Ecos (Tampa, FL). 7/21/1959 – 7/21/1959
El Nuevo Herald (Miami, FL). 1/1/1983-Current
Englewood Sun (FL). 3/5/1996-Current
Florida Herald and Southern Democrat (St. Augustine, FL). 1/4/1823 – 9/13/1828
Variant titles: East Florida Herald
Florida Keys Keynoter (Marathon, FL). 11/6/2002-Current
Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, FL). 1/12/1996-Current
Florida Today (Melbourne, FL). 1/1/1999-Current
Floridian & Advocate (Tallahassee, FL). 10/24/1831 – 4/2/1842
Floridian and Journal (Tallahassee, FL). 1/6/1849 – 12/22/1860
Variant titles: Floridian; Floridian and Advocate; Weekly Floridian
Fort Pierce News (FL). 5/2/1997-6/16/2000
Fort Pierce Tribune (FL). 8/13/2002-Current
Jupiter Courier (FL). 9/3/2000-Current
Key West Citizen (FL). 10/31/1999-Current
Longboat Observer (Longboat Key, FL). 11/2/2006-Current
Manatee River Journal (Manatee, FL). 9/5/1889 – 12/31/1922
Variant titles: Manatee River Journal and Bradenton Herald; Manatee River Journal-Herald
Marco Island Eagle
(FL). 6/7/2006-Current
Miami Herald Record (Miami, FL). 1/1/1911 – 12/31/1922
Miami Herald (FL). 1/1/1983-Current
Naples Daily News (FL). 1/3/1998-Current
News-Press (Fort Myers, FL). 5/2/1999-Current
News-Sun (Sebring, FL). 4/14/2005-Current
North Port Sun (FL). 5/3/1996-Current
Ocala Star-Banner (FL). 1/1/1991-Current
Orlando Sentinel (FL). 4/1/1985-Current
Orlando Weekly (FL). 1/5/2006-Current
Palm Beach Daily News (FL). 1/2/2000-Current
Palm Beach Post (FL). 1/1/1989-Current
Pensacola News Journal (FL). 1/1/1999-Current
Reporter (Tavernier, FL). 2/27/2004-Current
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL). 1/1/1996-Current
Sebastian Sun (FL). 3/19/1999-Current
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL). 1/1/1986-Current
South Lake Press (Clermont, FL). 7/13/2005-Current
St. Augustine Record (FL). 9/25/2006-Current
St. Petersburg Times (FL). 1/1/1987-Current
Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News (FL). 9/2/2000-Current
Tallahassee Democrat (FL). 1/1/1994-Current
Tampa Tribune (FL). 8/13/1990-Current
Venice Gondolier Sun (FL). 7/1/1996-Current
Vero Beach Press Journal (FL). 12/2/1997-Current

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Patsy Leaves Family History TV Show over Gangland Grandpa

Uncovering our family history can reveal saints and sinners as we dig through old newspapers. Genealogists using GenealogyBank become used to finding a scoundrel here and there on the branches of the family tree.

But British actress - Patsy Kensit was not prepared for what she discovered while filming a TV show for the BBC.

She was the featured star of an upcoming episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” a UK TV show that uses the family history of celebrities in a format reminiscent of Ralph Edward’s long running TV show This is Your Life.

Patsy Kensit became so upset when she found out that her Dad (who died when she was a teenager) and her grandfather were criminals – that she walked off the set while filming the show.

The show got her to come back and finish the filming after telling her that the segment would also highlight her praiseworthy ancestors – one who was an Anglican Priest, recognized by the Archbishop of Canterbury and another a respected local constable.

You can read the entire story in the UK newspaper the Daily Record (5 Aug 2008) - Patsy Kensit left in tears as BBC show reveals her family’s gangland links.
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GenealogyBank adds newspapers from 4 States

GenealogyBank adds newspapers from 4 States – Arkansas, California, Connecticut and Iowa.

There are well over 3,500 newspapers on GenealogyBank — it has never been easier to find obituaries and the details about the lives of more than 1 billion of our ancestors and cousins.

GenealogyBank is the best obituary site on the planet!

These titles are live on GenealogyBank right now.
Give it a try.

Arkansas
Alma Journal (Alma, AR). 06/25/2008 – Current
Charleston Express (Charleston, AR). 06/03/2008 – Current
Greenwood Democrat (Greenwood, AR). 06/03/2008 – Current
Paris Express (Paris, AR). 06/03/2008 – Current
Sherwood Voice (Sherwood, AR). 06/20/2008 – Current

California
OC Post-Irvine World News: Orange County Register weekly (Irvine, CA). 02/19/2008 – Current

Connecticut
Oxford Gazette (Oxford, CT). 03/06/2008 – Current

Iowa
Quad-City Times (Davenport, IA). 01/01/2003 – Current

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Thank you GenealogyBank!

We get letters all the time from ecstatic genealogists who broke through their brick walls in GenealogyBank. Grateful letters that say – “Wow – I finally found him” in GenealogyBank … thank you, thank you.

Tonight I received a “Wow – I finally found him” note from Jane Giavelli Lauhon. She wrote:

Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication by maintaining your website.


Since 1980 (when I began my genealogy search) I have been trying to find a connection to Italy for my Dad’s Giavelli side.
Our Giavelli ancestor’s have been a huge, huge challenge because they were affiliated with The Ravel’s (a circus group from France). I have been researching Ravel’s hoping to find information about my 2nd great grandfather, Leon Giavelli and his wife, Harriet Wells.

Today I was finally able to find the connection and am very, very happy.

I knew this family originated in Italy; I just didn’t know it until today when one of your articles connected us to Giavelli’s in Italy.

My mother’s father, Guissepe Manno, is Italian and I have been wondering how much Italian ancestry I have. Now I can say I am 1/2 Italian!

Thank you again and I am going to keep searching your site to see what other goldmine’s I can find.

Sincerely,
Jane Giavelli Lauhon

This is what Jane found – what will you find?
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Allen County Library (IN) receives $10 Million Gift

The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Library (Ft. Wyane, IN) has received a $10 million gift from the Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation. The funds will be given to the library as $1 million payments each year over 10 years. The announcement is in the Ft Wayne News Sentinnel 1 August 2008

This landmark library has been active in genealogy for decades.

The Center will host a Military Records Symposium
Friday & Saturday, September 26 & 27, 2008

Speaker: Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL

Friday, September 26, 20083:00 PM “Using Records at the National Archives: A Researcher’s View”
This session will cover National Archive records, some that have been microfilmed or digitized, from a researcher’s point of view. The session will explain how and why the records are arranged the way they are. Ms. Melchiori will also discuss “archijive,” the short-cut phrases used by archivists that genealogists need to know in order to understand what they are being told.

6:30 PM Dinner, speaker Curt Witcher, Genealogy Center Manger, “Our Military Heritage Website: Record, Recall, & Revere”

Saturday, September 27, 2008
9:30 AM “If Grandpa Wore Blue: Union Records in the National Archives”This session will be a look at commonly used records as well as some of the lesserused records for researching an ancestor who was a Union soldier. Some of the records covered will include correspondence, carded medical files, and the investigative records of Baker and Turner.

11:00 AM “If Grandpa Wore Gray: Confederate Records in the National Archives”
This session will be a look at Confederate records, both microfilmed and original, at the National Archives. Records created by the Union Army may help locate information on your Southern soldier as well as male and female civilians.

1 – 6 PM: Individual consultationsGenealogy Center staff and other researchers will be available to assist one with specific research challenges, and recommend sources and methodologies to find more records and data.

Click here to register for this important conference.