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.

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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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Columbia University puts Tibetan newspaper online

Columbia University Libraries has placed a new digital library of 97 issues of the Tibet Mirror (Tib. Yul phyogs so so’i gsar ‘gyur me long) online for scholars to consult and study. Click here to see this collection.

(Image: Yul phyogs so soʾi gsar ʾgyur me long (Kālimpong : G. Tharchin, 1925-<1963>)

The digitized newspapers date from 1933 to 1961, and offer a total of 844 scanned pages drawn from the rich collections of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library.

This Tibetan-language newspaper was published from 1925 to 1963 in Kalimpong, India, and chronicles the most dramatic social and political transformation to have occurred in Tibet during a time when vernacular writing was relatively scarce, and a Tibetan media otherwise non-existent. Columbia’s holdings represent about 30% of the paper’s full run.

“The recent digitization of large portions of the Tibet Mirror is a welcome and significant advancement in the study of modern Tibet,” said Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Assistant Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia University. “This Tibetan language resource was a key source of news of the world to Tibetans in the middle of the 20th century. As such, it demonstrates that at least some Tibetans were well aware of international developments, from the spread of Communism from Russia to China to the price of wool in Indian markets.”

“To date, no serious study of the contents of this important resource has been published. Having used the existing collections in the past, I am very excited to see how easy it is to navigate around, read and download from this online resource. The contributors Paul Hackett and Tina Harris, Columbia’s Tibetan Studies librarian Lauran Hartley, and all the Columbia staff who made this beautiful site a reality have made an immense contribution to modern Tibetan Studies worldwide,” continued Tuttle.

The digitized newspaper is a cornerstone of the Starr Library’s “Tharchin Collection,” which features the papers of Gegen Dorje Tharchin (1889-1976), a Tibetan Christian convert and the renowned editor of the Tibet Mirror. The Tharchin Collection, which is being readied for public access this year, was acquired with support from the Columbia University Libraries’ Primary Resources Acquisitions Program. In addition to final and draft publications (in both modern and traditional formats), the Collection also includes correspondence; accounts from 1918-1924, and later years; receipts and financial statements; an imprint of a seal designed for the “Future Democratic Tibet Government;” Tibetan hymnals and bibles; scattered photographic prints; advertising solicitations; a list of cotton licenses; and a “Certificate for Traders, Muleteers and Porters.”

The newspapers were a recent gift to C.V. Starr East Asian Library from Dr. Paul G. Hackett, who donated 75 issues, and CUNY graduate student Tina Harris, who donated 22 issues of the paper. The digitized library was created as joint project of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, the Preservation and Digital Conversion Division, and the Libraries Digital Program Division. For more information about the project, contact Hartley at lh2112@columbia.edu.

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States, with over 820,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials, as well as some holdings in Mongol and Manchu, and over 6,500 periodical titles. The collection, established in 1902, is particularly strong in Chinese history, literature, and social sciences; Japanese literature, history, and religion, particularly Buddhism; and Korean history. The Library’s website is located at: www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/eastasian/.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources.

This collection is not on GenealogyBank.

US Army Register: More full-text, digital copies added to GenealogyBank.com

Armed Forces Day – "United in Strength" – Saturday, May 16, 2009

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense.
(Courtesy, US Dept. of Defense)

This month GenealogyBank Blog has been featuring the military history resources in GenealogyBank.com


Military History Books
Heitman, Francis B. Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, from its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1903. 2 volumes. (Serial Set Vol. No. 4535, Session Vol. No.96; Report: H.Doc. 446 pt. 1 & 2).
Click Here to Read Volume 1
Click Here to Read Volume 2

The Centennial of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1904. 2 volumes. (Serial Set Vol. No. 4751, Session Vol. No.125; Report: H.Doc. 789 pt. 1 & 2).
Click Here to read Volume 1
Click Here to read Volume 2

US Navy Register
Click here to see the listings for 1950-1961

US Army Register
Click here to see the listings for 1900-1909
Click here to see the listings for 1910-1919
Click here to see the listings for 1920-1929
Click here to see the listings for 1930-1939
Click here to see the listings for 1940-1968

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 Army Register, full-text, digital copies on GenealogyBank.com 1900-1909

US Army Register, full-text, digital copies on GenealogyBank.com 1910-1919

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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US Army Register, full-text, digital copies on GenealogyBank.com 1920-1929

GenealogyBank.com has over 250,000 historical documents and books.

One of the more popular titles is the US Army Register.
This annual register gives genealogical information about the personnel in the US Army. There are similar publications for the US Navy and US Air Force etc.

The first Army Register was issued in 1813. 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 few days I will post the links to the earlier volumes.

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

Click here to see the listings for 1930-1939

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GenealogyBank.com brings you tomorrow’s obituaries – today.

Jamieson, Margaret Jean. (1924-2009)
Dayton Daily News (OH) – May 14, 2009

Earlier today I posted the list of recent Genealogist Obituaries.

A sharp-eyed researcher asked if there was a typo in this obituary – noting that she could not find this obituary in the Dayton Daily News (OH) and pointing out that the dateline was tomorrow’s date.

The answer is that GenealogyBank.com partners with newspapers and receives the obituaries directly from them as they are prepared. GenealogyBank is updated throughout the day so it is common for tomorrow’s obituaries to be available today in GenealogyBank. As soon as we receive it – we make it available to you!

In this case Margaret Jean Jamieson’s obituary will appear in tomorrow’s Dayton Daily News (OH) – May 14, 2009 – but you may read it now on GenealogyBank. Click on the link to read the full obituary.

GenealogyBank.com is the larget archive of obituaries on the planet – with over 130 million obituaries it is the most reliable online resource for genealogists.