I attended a funeral today for an old family friend that we have known for over 44 years, Axel Ohrn. Seeing people I have not seen in decades Axel’s funeral was a reunion as family and friends gathered from around the state of Connecticut to remember and honor him. He was 98 years old.
Sutro Library announces Friday, Saturday closing schedule.
The Sutro Library, the most extensive genealogy collection west of Salt Lake City and the San Francisco branch of the California State Library, announces changes in its days of operation. As of July 1, 2009, Saturday hours have been discontinued.
In compliance with the Governor’s furlough order, Sutro Library will close three Fridays this month: July 10, 17, and 24.
Beginning August 1, 2009 and continuing until June 2010, the library will close the first, second, and third Fridays of each month.
Regular service hours for Sutro are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding furlough Fridays and state holidays.
Sutro Library offers the most extensive genealogy collection west of Salt Lake City; a comprehensive local history collection; Adolph Sutro’s rare book and manuscript collections; genealogical, family and local history catalogs; and special indexes, guides, and bibliographies. Library materials can be accessed through the California State Library’s Main Catalog, and Sutro staff is available to assist in-house customers.
Items from the Sutro Library may be borrowed on interlibrary loan through local public libraries. For additional information or directions to the library, visit, phone (415) 731-4477, or e-mail. Laura Parker, Public Information Officer; California State Library; 900 N Street, Suite 300; Sacramento, CA 94237; (916) 651-6798.
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Newspaper marriage announcements can give you important clues for your family history.
I am often asked: Do you have Canadian newspapers in GenealogyBank?
Well, no we don’t – but that’s not the question you want to ask. GenealogyBank has over 3,800 newspapers – all of them published in the United States – but it has several million articles, records and documents on Canadians.
Tip: I have been researching my family tree for 45 years and I can tell you that you’ll find the information on your family where you least expect to find it.
Here’s a wedding announcement for Alexander James Ross of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Mary Moore McArthur of Picton, Nova Scotia – they were married in Chicago 6 March 1882. (Inter Ocean 14 March 1882).
Newspapers were published – every day.
And every day editors had to fill the next day’s paper & they wanted to sell papers.
So they pulled “news” from a wide circle of influence. Birth announcements, marriage announcements, and obituaries from small town and big city newspapers.
Just like CNN or Fox News – the daily newspapers had to fill their pages with hard news. News that people wanted to read and that would sell subscriptions.
If you are researching Canadian genealogy then
GenealogyBank is an essential online tool.
Eastport, Maine is a small town on the Maine coast right on the border with New Brunswick, Canada.
As you would expect the Eastport Sentinnel regularly carried birth, death and marriage announcements for individuals and families from the Canadian side of the border.
Look at this example of marriage notices published in the
29 March 1828 Eastport (ME) Sentinnel. Look at the places mentioned “Lubec” – “Dennysville” – “St. Andrews” – “Antigua” – “St. Stephens” and “Charlotte”. Towns on both sides of the border. “Antigua” refers to the island nation of Antigua.
Nothing unusual here – just a typical day with a newspaper editor packing his paper with the information his readers wanted to read.
Just like GenealogyBank – everyday we pack in more resources that genealogists need and rely on. You’re not finished with your research until you’ve searched the newspapers in GenealogyBank.
The report concentrated on manuscript genealogical resources most at risk, “specifically in the National Library of Jamaica and the Roman Catholic Chancery, as well as in the Elsa Goveia Reading Room at the University of the West Indies at Mona. Also targeted are the Jamaica Archives located in Spanish Town.
The physical condition of documents ranges from very poor to fair, with many documents crumbling and in danger of disappearing. The most urgent attention should be directed at the Chancery, which does not have a preservation department and is not a formal archive. There is concern within the Chancery at the decaying state of the documents and this initiative to digitize documents is welcomed.”
A: Great question. GenealogyBank makes it easy to enlarge any page or article.
Newspapers over the past 4 centuries have been printed in all shapes and sizes. That is particularly true of Colonial American newspapers.
GenealogyBank captures each article and page and displays them for you online – making it easy for you to save them as an Adobe PDF document.
When you want print or save an article and you see that it is too small to be easily read – simply enlarge it using Adobe Acrobat.
Step One: Click on the PDF icon to open up the article as a PDF document.
Step Two: Use the zoom button to enlarge the article to the desired size.
Now you can easily read the article, copy, save or print it. It’s a great day for genealogy.
Look closely at this example – an account of the statue of King George III being torn down and made into bullets – Connecticut Journal 17 July 1776 page 1.
“On July 9, 1776, after the Declaration of Independence was read to the American army in New York City, the soldiers rushed to the foot of Broadway at the Bowling Green. As depicted in this engraving, they had the assistance of free Blacks or slaves in pulling down the statue of King George III. The lead statue was later brought to Connecticut, where it was made into bullets.”
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GenealogyBank announces that it has added newspaper backfiles for 51 newspapers from 16 States.
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Colton. Chicano. 1 Issue. 5/10/1973
Los Angeles. Dos Republicas. 1 Issue. 1892-06-07
Los Angeles. Heraldo de Mexico. 27 Issues. 8/8/1918 to 11/1/1928
Oakland. Mundo. 36 Issues. 8/2/1973 to 4/2/1975
Trinidad. Anunciador. 1 Issue. 9/9/1922
Washington, DC. Daily National Intelligencer. 1,624 Issues. 1822-01-01 to 1884-12-31
Ybor City. Diario de Tampa. 6 Issues. 1/6/1909 to 1/30/1909
Sparta. Farmer’s Gazette*. 51 Issues. 1803-06-17 to 1807-08-08
Indiana Harbour. Amigo del Hogar. 2 Issues. 5/29/1927 to 5/27/1928
Donaldsville. Donaldsonville Chief . 6/11/2008 to Today
New Orleans. Times Picayune. 528 Issues. 1861-05-01 to 1897-04-10
Eastport. Eastport Sentinel*. 555 Issues. 1818-08-31 to 1832-08-15
Baltimore. Federal Gazette. 1,989 Issues. 1796-02-05 to 1823-11-08 Uniontown. Engine of Liberty & Uniontown Advertiser*. 73 Issues. 1813-10-21 to 1815-04-27
Gloucester. Gloucester Telegraph. 1,597 Issues. 1827-01-01 to 1851-12-31
Springfield. Federal Spy*. 170 Issues. 1794-05-13 to 1804-05-29
Nebraska City. Nebraska City News-Press. 4/6/2009 to Today
Albuquerque. Opinion Publica. 1 Issue. 1893-01-21
Las Cruces. Eco del Valle. 5 Issues. 1/6/1906 to 2/13/1912
Las Cruces. Estrella. 12 Issues. 6/19/1915 to 2/21/1925
Las Cruces. Labrador. 12 Issues. 1897-11-21 to 9/1/1911
Las Cruces. Las Cruces Democrat. 1 Issue. 1892-03-09
Las Cruces. Mesilla Valley Bulletin. 1 Issue. 4/30/1937
Mountainair. Independent. 2 Issues. 4/20/1918 to 12/7/1918
Santa Fe. Daily New Mexican. 30 Issues. 1871-06-21 to 1875-01-30
Santa Fe. Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican and Livestock Journal. 1 Issue. 1895-12-26
Socorro. Defensor del Pueblo. 16 Issues. 1925-0-16 to 9/24/1937
Springer. Colfax County Stockman. 1 Issue. 12/10/1910
Springer. Estandarte de Springer. 124 Issues. 1890-07-03 to 1893-05-25
Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 69 Issues. 1854-04-22 to 1874-06-30
Brooklyn. Espana Libre. 2 Issues. 2/7/1941 to 5/9/1941
New York. Doctrina de Marti. 30 Issues. 1896-07-25 to 1898-02-15
New York. Eco de Cuba. 3 Issues. 1855-06-22 to 1855-07-20
New York. Prensa. 1832 Issues. 7/19/1919 to 12/30/1929
Poughkeepsie. Dutchess Observer*. 60 Issues. 1816-07-24 to 1821-12-26
Sag Harbor. Frothingham’s Long Island Herald*. 8 Issues. 1791-07-26 to 1798-03-12
Chilliocothe. Fredonian*. 27 Issues. 1807-02-19 to 1819-06-10
Athens. Daily Post-Athenian. 3/28/2009 to Today
Newport. Newport Plain Talk. 7/1/1998 to Today
Brownsville. Cronista del Valle. 13 Issues. 2/21/1925 to 8/9/1927
Brownsville. Heraldo de Brownsville. 18 Issues. 7/21/1937 to 2/20/1940
Brownsville. Progreso. 1 Issue. 1876-05-07
Brownsville. Puerto. 1 Issue. 9/27/1958
Corpus Christi. Nueces County News. 1 Issue. 11/17/1938
El Paso. Atalaya Bautista: Semanario Evangelico Bautista. 8 Issues. 11/3/1910 to 1/21/1929
El Paso. Continental. 3 Issues. 10/17/1937 to 8/19/1938
El Paso. Monitor. 1 Issue. 1897-07-03
Kingsville. Notas de Kingsville. 2 Issues. 8/2/1951 to 11/11/1954
Laredo. Correo de Laredo. 2 Issues. 1892-02-11 to 1892-05-26
San Antonio. Bejareno. 2 Issues. 1855-08-18 to 1856-04-19
San Antonio. Prensa. 662 Issues. 2/13/1913 to 9/15/1916
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