How do I find articles on Blacks in GenealogyBank?

I received an interesting question this morning. How do I find articles on Blacks in GenealogyBank?

I have read thousands of articles on Blacks in the old newspapers, books and documents. But, what would be the best search strategies to focus on just those articles?

It would be to look for specific names and keyword search terms associated with Blacks over the past 300 years.

Search for individuals by name like “Martin Luther King”. Click here to read the Dallas Morning News 5 April 1968 when he was killed.

TIP: Put names in quotes – “Martin Luther King” – so that your search will focus in on just articles where the person you are searching for is mentioned.

When former slave John Wiley died in 1918 it was a banner headline and a front page story in the Belleville News Democrat (20 May 1918). Click here to read the article.

You should also use keyword search terms that were used over the past 300 years. For example terms like: slave, slavery, African-American, NAACP, AME Church; and Civil Rights Movement will generate millions of hits in GenealogyBank.

Since funerals are often held at churches – a search term like “AME Church” brings up tens of thousands of obituaries for funerals held at one of the many African-Methodist Episcopal churches across the country.

You will then want to narrow down your search results by state, specific newspaper or by date range.

Whether you are searching for your ancestor’s in today’s newspaper or the last century you will depend on GenealogyBank to get the job done.

Over 3,800 newspapers, all 50 States, 1690-Today

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GenealogyBank adds more Army, Navy, Air Force Registers

GenealogyBank has added the 1970 military registers for the Army, Air Force, Navy & Marine Corps.

US Army Register – 1970
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. Regular Army active list. 1 January 1970.

U.S. Army Register. Volume II. Army, NGUS, USAR, and other active lists. 1 January 1970.

U.S. Army Register. Volume III. Retired lists. 1 January 1970.

Navy Register – 1970
Register of commissioned and warrant officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and reserve officers on active duty. 1 January 1970.

Air Force Register – 1970
Air Force Register. Volume I: Active lists & Volume II: Retired lists.

The annual “Registers” issued by each branch of the military are a handy reference tool for obtaining genealogical and military service information about our ancestors.

TIP: You may quickly find these registers by searching for “Army Register” – or “Air Force Register” (in quotes) in the keywords search box – then narrow the search by the years you are researching. The title varies over the years – so you’ll have to adjust the keywords you use over the last 200 years.
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Genealogist Obituaries – genealogists in 16 states pass away

Genealogists in 16 States pass away. AK, CA, DE, FL, ID, IL, KS, LA, MA, MO, OH, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI.

Bedgood, Pierrine Charlotte Claudine Cabral. (1938-2009)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) – May 13, 2009

Cheng, Nelson Yum-Ping. (1920-2009)
St. Petersburg Times (FL) – May 14, 2009

Cox, Donald H. (1946-2009)
Lima News (OH) – May 16, 2009

Dawson, Elsie Carter Leonard. (1913-2009)
News Journal (Wilmington, DE) – May 17, 2009

Fortuine, Robert. (1934-2009)
Anchorage Daily News (AK) – May 14, 2009

Gerrie, Alfred Lind, Jr. (1931-2009)
Pasadena Star-News (CA) – May 14, 2009

Harden, Glenda. (1931-2009)
Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT) – May 14, 2009

Harding, Nancy Grotz. (1950-2009)
Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA) – May 17, 2009

Hess, Arthur Brackett. (1948-2009)
Landmark (Holden, MA) – May 14, 2009

Hunt, Edwin Simonds. (1915-2009)
Rockford Register Star (IL) – May 14, 2009

Krah, Gladys Thelma. (1913-2009)
Columbian (Vancouver, WA) – May 17, 2009

Krebs, Emanuel. (1916-2009)
Times-News (Twin Falls, ID) – May 15, 2009

Lasche, Martha Mae. (1912-2009)
Seattle Times (WA) – May 17, 2009

Osteen, Elizabeth Moore. (1917-2009)
Longview News-Journal (TX) – May 16, 2009

Raymond, Guy Raymond, Jr. (1925-2009)
Post-Crescent (Appleton, WI) – May 14, 2009

Roos, Diane. (1945-2009)
Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT) – May 17, 2009

Scott, Frances L. (1946-2009)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) – May 17, 2009

Shackelford, Patricia Ann. (1935-2009)
Lee’s Summit Journal (MO) – May 14, 2009

Stocks, Ina Sharp. (1919-2009)
Idaho State Journal (Pocatello, ID) – May 15, 2009

Strother, Mary McAvoy. (1923-2009)
Sacramento Bee (CA) – May 16, 2009

Yust, Frances L. (1920-2009)
Hutchinson News (KS) – May 16, 2009

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US Air Force Register, full-text, digital copies on GenealogyBank.com 1951-1968

GenealogyBank.com has the US Air Force Register, 1951-1968 online.

This annual register gives genealogical information about the personnel in the US Air Force. There are similar publications for the US Army; US Navy etc.

The Air Force Register was first published as a separate publication in 1951. Earlier lists for Air Force personnel were included in the US Army Registers. The Air Force Register includes both active and retired Air Force personnel.

Click on the links below to go directly to the annual volumes of the US Air Force Register.

1951. Air Force Register.
1952. Air Force Register.
1953. Air Force Register.
1954. Air Force Register.
1955. Air Force Register.
1956. Air Force Register.
1957. Air Force Register.
1958. Air Force Register.
1959. Air Force Register. Volume I: Active lists.
1960. Air Force Register. Volume I: Active lists.
1961. Air Force Register. Volume I: Active lists.
1962. Air Force Register. Volume I: Active lists.
1963. Air Force Register. Volume I: Active lists.
1964. Air Force Register. Volume I: Active lists.
1965. Air Force Register. Volume I: Active lists.
1966. Air Force Register. Volume I: Active lists.
1967. Air Force Register. Volume I. Active lists.
1968. Air Force Register. Volume I: Active lists.

Each month GenealogyBank will be adding more years to the Air Force Register series.

GenealogyBank.com is packed with military information: Books, newspapers and historical documents.

GenealogyBank has the resources genealogists actually use and rely on to document their family tree.
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US Navy Register, full-text, digital copies on GenealogyBank.com

GenealogyBank.com is celebrating Memorial Day all month long.

We have been highlighting the US Army Register and tonight begin to focus on the US Navy Register.

The US Air Force Register will be featured on the GenealogyBank Blog next week.

These core genealogy record groups are terrific examples of the resources found uniquely on GenealogyBank.com.

The US Navy Register is similar in style and format to the US Army Register.

These detailed annual publications give genealogical information about the commissioned and warrant officers in the US Navy.

The first Navy Register was issued in 1814. The format and specific information has varied over the years – but generally the entries include the person’s name, rank, birthdate/place and details of their military service.

Over the next two weeks I will post the links to the earlier volumes and continue to post earlier decades of the US Army Register and begin posting the US Air Force Register.

Click on the links below to go directly to the annual volumes of the US Navy Register.

1950.

Register of commissioned and warrant officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. January 1, 1950.

1951.

Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. January 1, 1951.

1952.

Register of commissioned and warrant officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corp. 1 January 1952.

1953.

Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. 1 January 1953.

1954.

Register of commissioned and warrant officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. 1 January 1954.

1955.

Register of commissioned and warrant officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. 1 January 1955.

1956.

Register of commissioned and warrant officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. 1 January 1956, Navpers, 15,018.

1957.

Register of commissioned and warrant officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. 1 January 1957, Navpers 15,018.

1958.

Register of commissioned and warrant officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and reserve officers on active duty. 1 January 1958, Navpers 15,018.

1959.

Register of commissioned and warrant officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and reserve officers on active duty. 1 January 1959.

1960.

Register of commissioned and warrant officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and reserve officers on active duty. 1 January 1960.

1961.

Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and Reserve Officers on Active Duty. 1 January 1961.
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Genealogist Obituaries – genealogists in 10 states pass away

Genealogists in 10 States pass away.
IN, KY, LA, NH, NY, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT

Allred, LaRue Winn. (1923-2009)
Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT) – May 7, 2009

Alloway, Frances Patricia. (1917-2009)
Indianapolis Star (IN) – May 7, 2009

Baker, Rosaline Tilley. (1930-2009)
Dallas Morning News (TX) – May 7, 2009

Barnes, Major Arch Dalrymple. (1921-2009)
Dallas Morning News (TX) – May 7, 2009

Bradford, Jimmie E. (1925-2009)
Dallas Morning News (TX) – May 8, 2009

Gigas, Marguerite M. (1920-2009)
Concord Monitor (NH) – May 7, 2009

Honeywell, Lois Marie. (1939-2009)
Watertown Daily Times (NY) – May 7, 2009

Lancour, Marguerite C. (1917-2009)
Rutland Herald (VT) – May 7, 2009

Lipscomb, Richard Rowley. (1911-2009)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) – May 7, 2009

Robbins, William L., Sr. (1930-2009)
Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) – May 6, 2009

Roberts, Earl. (1910-2009)
Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) – May 8, 2009

Stringham, Genevieve Marie. (1912-2009)
Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT) – May 7, 2009

Temple, Horace LaFoe. (1916-2009)

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (KY) – May 6, 2009

Wilson, Kimberly Ann. (1965-2009)
Jackson Sun (TN) – May 7, 2009