Willard Hyatt’s Genealogy Puzzler: ‘Houston, We Have a Problem’

In researching Willard O. Hyatt’s genealogy, I quickly found this entry for his tombstone. Great – that is my target Willard O. Hyatt. He was born in Burlington, Calhoun County, Michigan, and I knew that he died there.  I could … Continue reading

Poetry Find: June Century’s Poem in Homage to the Full Moon

As we pointed out in our article last week (see Cat Poem by Ethel Maude Colson Shows Her Love), you never know when or where your ancestor might appear in an old newspaper. Perhaps your ancestor submitted a favorite family … Continue reading

4 Tips for Genealogy Research with Historical Newspapers

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article, Gena provides four tips, based on her own genealogy experience, to help you research your ancestors in historical newspapers – including … Continue reading

Cat Poem by Ethel Maude Colson Shows Her Love

Family historians want more than just vital statistics. Yes, birth, marriage and death dates are important to genealogy – but once you’ve filled your family tree with names and dates, how much do you really know about your ancestors as … Continue reading

Iowa Archives: 59 Newspapers Online for Genealogy Research

Iowa, located in the heart of the Midwestern U.S., is an integral part of the country’s Corn Belt, with agriculture long being the base of the state’s economy – although recent decades have seen the flourishing of a more diversified … Continue reading

Linus Lounsbury, Revolutionary War Veteran

I found this obituary for Linus Lounsbury, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War, by searching in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives. He died on 15 July 1836. He was a pensioner. He was in the Siege of Fort Johns in … Continue reading

Hard to Believe – but True – Stories from Old Newspapers

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” They say truth is stranger than fiction – and in this blog article, Gena searches old newspapers to find stories that seem unbelievable, yet really … Continue reading

Passing on Family Heirlooms

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog article, Mary gives practical tips on how to document and preserve your precious family heirlooms. Passing on cherished heirlooms is a time-honored tradition … Continue reading

Dad’s Hole in One Story Featured in the Newspaper

Going through Dad’s old papers I found that he had shot a hole-in-one playing golf. In fact he had certificates for four of them. How he liked to golf. I wondered if these perfect shots were written up in the … Continue reading

Little-Known WWII Facts: German POWs in the U.S.

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article, Gena searches old newspapers to learn about a part of World War II that many people don’t know: there were hundreds … Continue reading