Wow – I love GenealogyBank.

We routinely hear from genealogists telling about their success – “Wow, look what I found!”

We really love to hear those stories and today it is my turn.
Last week I was stunned to find that one of my cousins had posted early photographs of our family online.
There they were – the actual pictures of my third great-grandfather Isaac Garcelon (1790-1872)
and his parents William (1763-1851)
and Maria (Howe) Garcelon (1763-1850).
I could see why they were so bundled up.
They were from Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine. Having grown up in New England I am used to cold weather – the snow would stay on the north side of my grandparent’s home until April almost every year.
This find got me to searching in GenealogyBank to find out more about them. I simply searched the name: William Garcelon and quickly found death notices for William Garcelon (1763-1851) that were published in two newspapers, one in Massachusetts and one in Maine.
The Boston Evening Transcript 23 Jan 1851

and in the Portland Daily Advertiser (29 Jan 1851).

Then I quickly spotted the marriage announcement of William’s nephew – Captain Asa Garcelon (1796-1859) that was published in the Eastern Argus (Maine) 16 March 1825.

Notice that every one of these articles appeared in out-of-town or out-of-state newspapers.

TIP: Colonial and 19th Century Newspapers often printed out of town birth, marriage and death notices. GenealogyBank makes them easy to find because it let’s you search all 3,700 newspapers for your ancestors.

TIP: Be flexible in your searches and remember that their obituaries or marriage notices just might have been printed in out of state newspapers – like the wedding announcement of Nicholas Goodson and Sarah Matthews in Isle of Wight County, Virginia – that was published in the Maine newspaper – the Eastern Argus in 1825. Like cable news television stations today – newspapers carried news from across the country.

There were no articles telling if Nicholas Goodson was ever arrested.

It is a great day for genealogy. What an opportunity we have to find these historic artifacts, articles and documents about our family.

Tip: Search GenealogyBank now.
What will you find?

What do you have for my town?

Sometimes genealogists look at GenealogyBank‘s 3,700+ newspapers and only focus on newspapers published in their home town.

Beginning researchers often concentrate on their local newspaper or other newspapers published in their state and don’t think they need the rest of the content in GenealogyBank.

When I first began researching 43 years ago – I found an obituary about Edward Kemp (1863-1926) published in the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Register (NEHGS Memoirs. January 1928. pp. 103-104).

The obituary said that he was born in County Cavan, Ireland. That would have been crucial information for my Kemp research at that time. But the article also said that he was born in New York City so I erroneously concluded this was not my relative. I thought our family was “only” from Stamford, Connecticut.

It would be years later that I would again find Edward’s obituary in the Register. The second time I recognized him immediately as my cousin. By then I knew that the family was from County Cavan – but I stared at that information and wondered – how was it I didn’t find this earlier? And, then I recalled that I had tossed it aside because he was from New York City.

Tip: Families move to other parts of the country. Use GenealogyBank to find your family obituaries; articles, and documents – no matter where in the country these items were published. Don’t assume you only want your hometown newspaper.

Let me give you an example – framed on the basic question researchers often ask – What do you have on Stamford, CT?

The question should be more precise. What do you have on Grace Stewart – who was born and married in Stamford, CT?

What was known?
Her name: Grace Toms
Approximate year/place of birth: born about 1896 in Stamford, CT
Spouse: She married “Charles Stewart”
Other: The rest of the “Toms” family lived/died in the Stamford area.

Problem:
Initial searches found nothing on them.
Charles Stewart and Grace Stewart are common names.

A search of GenealogyBank for Grace Stewart yielded 1,238 results – that is just too many to sort through to find her.

I narrowed the search to just the more recent America’s Obituaries section to see if I could locate her obituary notice.


That resulted in 143 hits – I could sift through those – but I first limited the search again by state – for just obituaries published in Connecticut newspapers. This time I got zero hits.

So I turned to search for her husband: Charles Stewart.

A search for him in the America’s Obituaries section for all newspapers produced 632 hits. When I limited the search to just CT newspapers I found one hit, but it was not him

I then repeated the America’s Obituaries section search for Grace Stewart but this time I added her middle name “Toms” to the extra search terms in “Include keywords” box.

Nothing.

One more try. I repeated the America’s Obituaries section search for Grace Stewart but this time I added “Stamford” to the extra search terms “Include keywords” box.

Success!

Grace Stewart
Washington Post, The (DC) – February 4, 1992
GRACE STEWART, LAWYER, ASSOCIATE JUDGE, DIES
Grace M. Stewart, 93, an associate judge of the Municipal Court in Washington in 1952 and 1953, died of pneumonia Feb. 1 at the Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rockville, where she was a patient for five years. She was a Washington resident off and on for 74 years.


Mrs. Stewart was appointed to the court after serving as executive assistant in the attorney general’s office. She worked for the Justice Department for 24 years.
After she left Municipal Court, she was on the staff of the Senate District Committee and later became administrative director of the Washington office of Executive Manpower Corp, a recruitment firm. She retired in 1973.


A native of Stamford, Conn., Mrs. Stewart attended American University and its law school. She was a typist with the Veterans Administration before she became a lawyer at Justice.

She belonged to the Federal and Women’s Bar associations and Phi Delta Delta legal fraternity.

Her husband, Charles Stewart, died in 1920. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara S. Eskey of Rockville and Patricia S. de Hoffman of La Jolla, Calif.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Copyright (c) 1992 The Washington Post

Tip: Don’t only concentrate on your home town newspaper. You can find articles about your family published in out of state newspapers – in this case the Washington Post.

Tip: Be sure to be creative in adding/removing search terms to fine tune your search.
Tip: Search GenealogyBank now.
What will you find?

GenealogyBank – packed with veteran’s records

Today is Veteran’s Day – I have many ancestors and cousins that served – from the days of the Colonial militia, the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 right up to today. In fact my brother and I joined the Navy when we were 17 – but that was a long time ago.

With Veteran’s Day in mind I started looking at the many resources in GenealogyBank for researching our family members that served in the military.

The Historical Documents section of GenealogyBank now has over 226,000 documents – it is packed with military records.
For example – here is one page from the published list of all lieutenants serving in the US Navy – as of 1832. The list gives their names; dates of appointment; ships they served on etc.

(US Congress. American State Papers. List of lieutenants in the Navy in 1832, and the sea service performed by each since his promotion. Communicated to the House of Representatives, June 16, 1832. American State Papers. 026, Naval Affairs Vol. 4; 22nd Congress, 1st Session Publication No. 483).

I decided to pick a name at random from this list just to see what else I could find out about him.

I selected John P. Zantzinger.

I quickly found that he was listed in multiple documents – the ships he served on – his rejected pay increase request for serving off the coast of Brazil – and other interesting details of his career.
Turning to the Historical Newspapers I found even more.
I found his marriage to Susan R. Hipkins – recorded in the Massachusetts newspaper, the Columbia Centennial (21 March 1821) even though they were married in North Carolina!

This article also filled in another detail – that his middle name was: Paul.

Then I found the sad news that 25 years later his wife died at Fauquier White Sulpher Springs, VA – an area then well known for the “restorative” powers of its natural sulpher springs.

Note that her obituary was published in the New London (CT) Morning News 18 Sep 1846 – even though her death occurred in Virginia.

TIP: Remember – a newspaper from across the country might have printed your ancestor’s marriage announcement or obituary. Don’t limit your search to just the newspapers in one state.

In all I found more than 1,500 records for Zantzinger.

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GenealogyBank adds 100 newspapers from 31 States

GenealogyBank adds 100 newspapers from 31 States – over 3.8 million articles, documents and records.

Alaska
Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 174 Issues. 1903-02-03 to 1911-04-29

Arizona
Tucson. Fronterizo. 9 Issues. 1892-05-07 to 1892-12-10
Tucson. Tucsonense. 3 Issues. 1920-07-01 to 1922-04-20

Arkansas
Helena. Western Clarion. 2 Issues. 1865-04-08 to 1865-09-23
Hot Springs. *Hot Springs Village Voice. 2008-09-03 to Current
Jonesboro. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 1,976 Issues. 1904-09-03 to 1921-12-14

Little Rock. Arkansas Gazette. 3,354 Issues. 1821-01-06 to 1891-12-11
Russellville. *Courier. 2008-08-23 to Current

California
Colton. Chicano. 2 Issues. 1973-02-08 to 1974-03-07
Los Angeles. Prensa. 177 Issues. 1932-03-06 to 1937-01-02
Sacramento. *Prensa Libre. 15 Issues. 1969-03-21 to 1970-11-12
San Francisco. Mefistofeles. 2 Issues. 1918-04-06 to 1918-07-06
San Francisco. *Voz de Chile y de las Republicas Americanas. 41 Issues. 1867-10-11 to 1868-05-26
San Francisco. Voz del Nuevo Mundo. 2 Issues. 1882-04-29 to 1882-11-18

Colorado
Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 501 Issues. 1903-01-01 to 1922-12-02
San Luis. Adobe. 1 Issue. 1978-06-01

Connecticut
New London. New London Daily Chronicle. 3 Issues. 1860-07-02 to 1861-07-13
New London. New London Democrat. 19 Issues. 1845-04-05 to 1852-02-21

Florida
Tampa. *Informacion. 1 Issue. 1858-10-21
Tampa. *Nueva Republica. 2 Issues. 1897-07-24 to 1897-07-31
Tampa. *Revista de Cuba Libre. 5 Issues. 1897-12-25 to 1898-06-11

Idaho
Idaho City. Idaho Register. 1,350 Issues. 1886-09-25 to 1916-10-17
Twin Falls. Twin Falls News. 666 Issues. 1918-04-08 to 1921-12-17

Illinois
Centralia. Centralia Sentinel. 1 Issue. 1865-01-19
Chicago. Vida Latina. 2 Issues. 1953-05-21 to 1960-04-21
Chicago. Vorbote. 88 Issues. 1874-02-28 to 1875-12-25

Iowa
Centerville. *Ad Express & Daily Iowegian. 2008-01-02 to 2008-02-14


Louisiana
New Orleans. Abeja. 1 Issue. 1830-02-19
New Orleans. Times Picayune. 9,277 Issues. 1837-01-25 to 1900-12-28
New Orleans. *Times Picayune. 96 Issues. 1901-01-03 to 1901-07-21

Maryland
Baltimore. Baltimore American. 383 Issues. 1904-01-24 to 1912-02-25

Massachusetts
Boston. Boston Journal. 146 Issues. 1868-07-01 to 1917-10-06
Haverhill. *Observer. 8 Issues. 1833-03-23 to 1835-02-14
Northampton. *Daily Hampshire Gazette. 2008-07-18 to Current
Springfield. *Hampshire Herald. 93 Issues. 1784-07-27 to 1786-09-26
Springfield. Massachusetts Gazette. 17 Issues. 1782-05-14 to 1784-07-20
Springfield. Springfield Republican. 153 Issues. 1886-05-01 to 1891-12-31MA.
Stoughton. Stoughton Sentinel. 8 Issues. 1871-05-13 to 1876-08-26

Michigan
Ludington. *Ludington Daily News. 1998-02-05 to Current

Mississippi

Greenville. *Delta Democrat. 2002-01-08 to Current

Missouri
Kansas City. Kansas City Times. 129 Issues. 1884-05-01 to 1895-10-30

Nebraska
Nebraska City. Daily Nebraska Press. 81 Issues. 1868-08-07 to 1876-12-28

New Hampshire
Concord. Republican Gazette. 13 Issues. 1801-02-05 to 1803-04-28
Dover. Phoenix. 5 Issues. 1792-02-08 to 1795-08-22

New Mexico
Las Cruces. Mesilla Valley Bulletin. 6 Issues. 1934-02-02 to 1938-10-21
Santa Fe. Daily New Mexican. 42 Issues. 1871-04-17 to 1874-05-21
Santa Fe. *Weekly New Mexican. 22 Issues. 1919-08-10 to 1920-01-25
Springer. Estandarte de Springer. 3 Issues. 1890-04-03 to 1891-01-15
Las Vegas. Las Vegas Daily Gazette. 26 Issues. 1881-10-09 to 1884-02-29

New York
New York. Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 187 Issues. 1850-06-11 to 1873-01-14
Brooklyn. *Curioso. 23 Issues. 1934-04-07 to 1935-06-01
Brooklyn. Espana Libre. 2 Issues. 1941-04-18 to 1941-10-31
Garden City. *Eco. 1 Issue. 1932-03-01
New York. *Alba de Nueva York. 1 Issue. 1954-03-20
New York. Americana. 1 Issue. 1948-06-01
New York. *Cine Variedades. 3 Issues. 1953-07-21 to 1954-04-21
New York. *Crisol. 1 Issue. 1949-05-28
New York. *Cronica. 1 Issue. 1950-01-04
New York. *Eco de Mundo. 2 Issues. 1960-08-06 to 1960-08-13
New York. *Liberacion. 9 Issues. 1946-05-10 to 1949-04-09
New York. *Mensaje. 3 Issues. 1957-08-25 to 1958-03-25
New York. *Nueva Voz. 8 Issues. 1962-10-01 to 1965-03-01
New York. *Nueva York al Dia. 1 Issue. 1945-05-01
New York. *Prensa. 91 Issues. 1925-05-01 to 1925-08-31
New York. Pueblos Hispanos. 49 Issues. 1943-03-06 to 1944-08-05
New York. *Puerto Rico en Marcha. 4 Issues. 1954-05-21 to 1968-10-21
New York. Puerto Rico y Nueva York. 3 Issues. 1954-05-21 to 1968-10-21
New York. Republican Watch-Tower. 15 Issues. 1800-03-19 to 1810-11-16
New York. *Semanario Hispano. 2 Issues. 1946-03-09 to 1946-05-25
New York. *Seminario. 1 Issue. 1955-12-10
New York. *Voz. 5 Issues. 1960-04-01 to 1962-10-01
Troy. Troy Gazette. 53 Issues. 1802-09-15 to 1808-12-27


North Carolina

Rockingham. *Richmond County Daily Journal. 2003-05-05 to Current

Ohio
Cincinnati. *Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 121 Issues. 1873-05-01 to 1873-08-31
Cleveland. *Plain-Dealer. 229 Issues. 1914-10-20 to 1920-05-20

Dayton. *Ohio Republican. 63 Issues. 1813-11-01 to 1816-10-02
Ravenna. *Portage County Advocate. 54 Issues. 1854-04-05 to 1855-03-28
Wooster. Wooster Republican. 43 Issues. 1862-12-18 to 1872-12-19

Oklahoma
Duncan. *Duncan Banner. 2008-01-11 to Current

Oregon
Eugene. Oregon State Journal. 268 Issues. 1864-03-12 to 1880-12-25

Pennsylvania
Harrisburg. *Oracle of Dauphin. 67 Issues. 1821-02-03 to 1824-07-17

Rhode Island
Pawtucket. Pawtucket Times. 30 Issues. 1920-03-16 to 1921-02-06

Tennessee
Murfreesboro. *Daily News Journal. 1999-02-12 to Current

Texas
Beaumont. Beaumont Enterprise and Journal. 265 Issues. 1906-03-28 to 1911-09-30
Beaumont. Galveston News. 2 Issues. 1881-09-29 to 1882-10-26
Brownsville. Daily Metropolitan. 30 Issues. 1893-10-22 to 1893-11-30
Brownsville. *Daily Republican. 2 Issues. 1884-09-20 to 1884-09-26
Brownsville. Heraldo de Brownsville. 5 Issues. 1939-04-17 to 1939-11-22
Brownsville. Republican. 38 Issues. 1862-10-09 to 1868-07-16
Cleburne. Cleburne Morning Review. 283 Issues. 7/14/1911 to 12/20/1914
El Paso. Continental. 2 Issues. 1959-07-01 to 1959-08-29
El Paso. Independiente. 1 Issue. 1896-08-07
El Paso. Monitor. 1 Issue. 1897-07-10
San Antonio. Prensa. 540 Issues. 1918-06-10 to 1955-09-20
San Antonio. *Revista Mexicana. 19 Issues. 1919-08-03 to 1919-08-31

Utah
Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Telegram. 1 Issue. 1909-03-20
Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Tribune. 1 Issue. 1877-6-16

Virginia
Richmond. Virginia Argus. 211 Issues. 1799-07-23 to 1814-07-25

Vermont
Putney. Argus. 17 Issues. 1797-03-16 to 1799-02-26
St. Albans. St. Albans Daily Messenger. 1,420 Issues. 1839-05-09 to 1921-11-19

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