GenealogyBank adding newspapers from 22 States

In a major release GenealogyBank today announced that it is adding 67 historical newspapers from 22 States – including 32 more Spanish language newspapers.

With well over 3,500 newspapers on GenealogyBank it has never been easier to find birth records, wedding announcements, obituaries and the biographical details of more than 1 billion of our ancestors and cousins.

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Alaska
AK. Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 1903 to 1911

Arkansas
AR. Helena. Western Clarion. 1864 to 1865
AR. Jonesboro. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 1905 to 1916
AR. Heber Springs. Jacksonian. 1890 to 1904

California
CA. Sacramento. Prensa Libre. 1969 to 1970

Connecticut
CT. Danielsonville. Windham County Transcript. 1863 to 1890
CT. New London. New London Daily Chronicle. 1849 to 1861
CT. New London. New London Democrat. 1846 to 1873
CT. Norwich. Norwich Morning Bulletin. 1860 to 1887

Florida
FL. Tampa. Revista de Cuba Libre. 1897 to 1898

Georgia
GA. Savannah. Georgia Republican & State Intelligencer. 1803 to 1807

Idaho
ID. Twin Falls. Twin Falls Daily News. 1918 to 1922

Illinois
IL. Chicago. Sol de Chicago. 1960
IL. Centralia Marion Co. Centralia Sentinel. 1863 to 1867
IL. Chicago. Vorbote. 1974 to 1876

Kansas
KS. Topeka. Colored Citizen. 1978 to 1904

Massachusetts
MA. Stoughton. Stoughton Sentinel. 1863 to 1874

Maryland
MD. Bel-Air. National American. 1861 to 1865
MD. Chestertown. Chestertown Transcript. 1866 to 1876
MD. Fredrick. Republican Gazette & General Advertiser. 1822 to

Minnesota
MN. St. Paul. Daily Minnesota Pioneer. 1854 to 1855
MN. St. Paul. Saint Paul Daily Press. 1868 to 1872

Missouri
MO. Kansas City.
Kansas City Times. 1884 to 1895

Mississippi
MS. Vicksburg. Daily Commercial. 1877 to 1882

Nebraska
NE. Nebraska City. Daily Nebraska Press. 1868 to 1876
North Carolina
NC. Raleigh. Semi-Weekly Standard. 1861 to 1863

New York
NY. Bronx. Republicas Hispanas Unidas. 1943
NY. Bronx. Vida Hispana. 1953 to 1954
NY. Brooklyn. Curioso. 1934 to 1935
NY. Cazenovia. Union Herald. 1838 to 1840
NY. New York. Ahora. 1950
NY. New York. Alba de Nueva York. 1954
NY. New York. America Continental. 1956
NY. New York. Americana. 1947 to 1948
NY. New York. Artistas Hispanos. 1948
NY. New York. Ateneo. 1934
NY. New York. Cascabeles. 1934
NY. New York. Crisol. 1949
NY. New York. Cronica. 1950 to 1950
NY. New York. Eco Antillano. 1941 to 1942
NY. New York. Guaimaro. 1895 to 1896
NY. New York. Kan-de-la. 1949
NY. New York. Liberacion. 1946 to 1959
NY. New York. Machete Criollo. 1927
NY. New York. New Yorker Volkszeitung. 1886 to 1898
NY. New York. Nueva Republica. 1897 to 1898
NY. New York. Nueva Voz. 1962 to 1965
NY. New York. Nueva York al Dia. 1945
NY. New York. Pueblos Hispanos. 1953 to 1944
NY. New York. Puerto Rico en Marcha. 1951 to 1969
NY. New York. Semanario. 1955
NY. New York. Seminario Hispano. 1946
NY. New York. Soberania. 1958
NY. New York. Voz. 1960 to 1962

Ohio
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Weekly Herald and the Philantropist. 1936 to 1840
OH. Ravenna. Portage County Democrat. 1854 to 1855
OH. Wooster. Wooster Republican. 1862 to 1863
OH. Xenia. Greene County Journal. 1863 to 1864
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Volksfreund. 1863 to 1864
OK. Miami. Miami Record-Herald. 1899 to 1903

Pennsylvania
PA. Philadelphia. Sunday Mercury. 1864 to 1865

Texas
TX. Cleburne. Cleburne Morning Review. 1911 to 1916
TX. Galveston. Galveston News. 1877 to 1893
TX. Kingsville. Accion. 1931 to 1932
TX. San Antonio. Revista Mexicana. 1916 to 1920
TX. Taft. Pan Americana News. 1942 to 1956

Utah
UT. Salt Lake City. Inter-Mountain Advocate. 1894 to 1897

This just in – Viewer Mail

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I really do need to share with you GenealogyBank‘s latest contribution to my family history research!

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William was the older brother of my Dad’s father. He married a girl from Pond Creek, and they started on a large family. But William and his family moved around a lot, from Wilkes-Barre to Plains, both in Pennsylvania, to Jersey City, in New Jersey, to Brooklyn, in New York, to East Orange, in New Jersey, and back to Plains by 1950. In 1950, his youngest brother died, leaving William the last of my grandfather’s siblings still alive.

But, he wasn’t buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, like his three brothers were. So, he must have moved again from Plains, it seemed. But, in 1950, William was 76 years old, so it didn’t seem likely he was going to do much more moving around.

Then I started finding newspaper clippings on GenealogyBank about William’s family many years ago. On at least three occasions during a 20 year period of time, a young child had died – and, according to the newspaper article, was brought to White Haven for burial.

Since I knew his wife had been from White Haven, I suspected her family might have had a family burial plot in a cemetery in White Haven. It took a lot of searching, since White Haven is a cute little, charming little, community, but it does have two cemeteries, neither of which has an office or anyone in attendance during the day. But I did find the family burial plot of William’s wife’s family – and next to them is a stone with the name KROPP on it.

I was able to find who had the cemetery records, and she verified for me that, among the 12 people buried in the KROPP plot is my elusive and peripatetic William! I even got the date of his death! I still have a lot of work to do on this, but it is so much easier starting with a date of death than with an “uh, I don’t know.”

Yes I do love GenealogyBank, and I owe it to you to let you know how much help excitement it has contributed to my genealogy research. I am thrilled for the newspapers there, covering Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Now, I can’t wait for newspaper coverage of Crawford County (Steelville) Missouri so I can get going on my mother’s genealogy!

Thank you so much for GenealogyBank!

Donna
Peachtree City, GA

More Spanish Language Newspapers going Online for Genealogists

GenealogyBank has the largest collection of Spanish language newspapers online for genealogists.

That’s over 230 titles!
1808-1977

Arizona
Nogales, AZ. Monitor. 1890
Tucson, AZ. Amigos. 1975-1977
Tucson, AZ. Fronterizo. 1892
Tucson, AZ. Tucsonense. 1915-1923


California
Los Angeles, CA. Aguacero. 1878
Los Angeles, CA. Amigo del Pueblo. 1861
Los Angeles, CA. Cinema. 1935
Los Angeles, CA. Clamor Publico. 1855 – 1859
Los Angeles, CA. Correo Mexicano. 1917
Los Angeles, CA. Cronica. 1874
Los Angeles, CA. El Democrata. 1882
Los Angeles, CA. Eco de la Patria. 1878
Los Angeles, CA. El Eco Mexicano. 1885
Los Angeles, CA. Fe en la Democracia. 1884
Los Angeles, CA. Heraldo de Mexico. 1917-1928
Los Angeles, CA. Joven. 1877-1878
Los Angeles, CA. Monitor/Monitor Mejicano. 1897-1898
Los Angeles, CA. La Prensa. 1917-1922
Los Angeles, CA. Regeneracion – Semanal Revolucionario. 1910-1917
Los Angeles, CA. Union. 1896-1897
San Bernadino, CA. Chicano. 1968-1973
San Francisco, CA. Cronica. 1854-1855
San Francisco, CA. Eco del Pacifico. 1857
San Francisco, CA. Imparcial. 1931-1935
San Francisco, CA. Mefistofeles. 1918
San Francisco, CA. Seminario Imparcial. 1938
Santa Barbara, CA. Gaceta. 1879-1881

Colorado
Antonito, CO. Voz Del Valle. 1899-1901
Trinidad, CO. Anunciador. 1916-1922

Florida
Tampa, FL. Diario de Tampa. 1909-1911

Illinois
Chicago,IL. Noticia Mundial. 1927-1928

Indiana
Indiana Harbour, IN. Amigo del Hogar. 1925-1930

Louisiana
Natchitoches, LA. Mexicano. 1813-1819
New Orleans, LA. Abeja. 1929-1931
New Orleans, LA. El Misisipi. 1808

Missouri
Kansas City, MO. Cosmopolita. 1914-1919

New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM. Combate. 1892
Albuquerque, NM. Daily Citizen. 1887-1892
Albuquerque, NM. Daily Times. 1893
Albuquerque, NM. Defensor del Pueblo. 1891-1892
Albuquerque, NM. Estrella Mejicana. 1890
Albuquerque, NM. Evening Citizen. 1892-94
Albuquerque, NM. Hormiga de Oro. 1903
Albuquerque, NM. Indito. 1900-1901
Albuquerque, NM. Industrial Advertiser. 1899
Albuquerque, NM. Morning Journal. 1884-86
Albuquerque, NM. News. 1886
Albuquerque, NM. Nuevo Mundo. 1897- 1900
Albuquerque, NM. La Opinion Publica. 1892 – 1907
Albuquerque, NM. Pueblo. 1900
Albuquerque, NM. Revista. 1881
Albuquerque, NM. Union de Albuquerque. 1893
Bernalillo, NM. Agricultor Moderno. 1916
Bernalillo, NM. Espejo. 1879
Chama, NM. Northwest New Mexican. 1893
Deming, NM. Deming Headlight. 1891-1899
Deming, NM. Deming Tribune. 1884
Deming, NM. Headlight. 1889-99
Eddy, NM. Eddy Argus. 1893
Eddy, NM. Eddy County Citizen. 1893
Elizabethtown, NM. Mining Bulletin. 1900
Estancia, NM. Estancia News. 1905-1907
Hillsborough, NM. Sierra County Advocate. 1885-1886
Kingston, NM. Kingston Clipper. 1884
Kingston, NM. Kingston Weekly Shaft. 1893
Las Cruces, NM. Borderer. 1872-1874
Las Cruces, NM. El Democrata. 1891-1894
Las Cruces, NM. Dona Ana County Republican. 1897-1902
Las Cruces, NM. Eco del Rio Grande. 1876/1882
Las Cruces, NM. Eco del Valle. 1905-1911
Las Cruces, NM. El Observador Fronterizo. 1888
Las Cruces, NM. Empresa. 1896-1897
Las Cruces, NM. Estrella. 1911-1935
Las Cruces, NM. Flor del Valle. 1894
Las Cruces, NM. Fronterizo. 1875
Las Cruces, NM. Gaceta Popular. 1919
Las Cruces, NM. Labrador. 1896-1912
Las Cruces, NM. Las Cruces Daily News. 1889
Las Cruces, NM. Las Cruces Daily Times. 1889-1893
Las Cruces, NM. Las Cruces Democrat/Independent Democrat. 1892-1898
Las Cruces, NM. Las Cruces Progress. 1902-1904
Las Cruces, NM. Mesilla Valley Bulletin. 1934-1938
Las Cruces, NM. Mesilla Valley Democrat. 1886-1890
Las Cruces, NM. Newmans Semi-Weekly. 1881
Las Cruces, NM. Promotor Escolar. 1891-1892
Las Cruces, NM. Thirty-Four. 1879-80
Las Cruces, NM. Verdad. 1890-1898
Las Vegas, NM. Cachiporra. 1888
Las Vegas, NM. Cachiporrita. 1890
Las Vegas, NM. Campaign Bulletin. 1880
Las Vegas, NM. Chronicle. 1886
Las Vegas, NM. Clarin Mexicano. 1890
Las Vegas, NM. Hispano Americano. 1892
Las Vegas, NM. Las Vegas Daily Gazette. 1880-1886
Las Vegas, NM. Las Vegas Daily Optic. 1884, 1889-1900
Las Vegas, NM. Las Vegas Optic. 1884
Las Vegas, NM. Las Vegas Record. 1901-02
Las Vegas, NM. Las Vegas Weekly Optic. 1880
Las Vegas, NM. Sol de Mayo. 1891
Las Vegas, NM. Voz del Pueblo. 1892-1904
Lordsburg, NM. Western Liberal. 1893-1901
Magdalena, NM. Magdalena Mountain Mail. 1888
Maldonado, NM. Estrella. 1897
Maxwell, NM. Maxwell Mail. 1915
Mesilla, NM. Defensor del Pueblo. 1891
Mesilla, NM. Mesilla News. 1879-1884
Mora, NM. Cronica de Mora. 1889
Mora, NM. Gaceta de Mora. 1890
Mora, NM. Mora Echo. 1890
Mora, NM. Mosquito. 1891-1892
Raton, NM. Amigo del Pueblo. 1896
Raton, NM. Raton Range. 1893, 95
Raton, NM. Raton Reporter. 1893
Raton, NM. Weekly News. 1904
Rincon, NM. Rincon Weekly. 1895-1897
Roswell, NM. Roswell Record. 1893
San Acacio, NM. Comercio. 1907
San Marcial, NM. San Marcial Bee. 1893, 1902
San Marcial, NM. La Libertad. 1896
San Marcial, NM. San Marcial Reporter. 1888, 1890
Santa Fe, NM. Boletín Popular. 1886 – 1895
Santa Fe, NM. Capitol. 1901
Santa Fe, NM. Clarin Mejicano. 1873
Santa Fe, NM. Gato. 1894
Santa Fe, NM. Gauntlet. 1894
Santa Fe, NM. El Guia de Santa Fe. 1886
Santa Fe, NM. Nuevo Mejicano. 1863, 1881
Santa Fe, NM. Nuevo Mexicano. 1890-1908
Santa Fe, NM. Registro de Nuevo Mexico. 1916
Santa Fe, NM. Santa Fe Weekly Express. 1887
Santa Fe, NM. Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican & Livestock Journal. 1885-1895
Santa Fe, NM. Santa Fe Weekly Sun. 1893
Santa Fe, NM. Verdad. 1844
Santa Fe, NM. Voz del Pueblo. 1889
Santa Fe, NM. Weekly New Mexican Review. 1883
Santa Rosa, NM. Santa Rosa Sun. 1919-1920
Silver City, NM. Eagle. 1895
Silver City, NM. Grant County Herald. 1878
Silver City, NM. Herald. 1876
Silver City, NM. Mining Chronicle. 1881
Silver City, NM. New Southwest. 1882
Silver City, NM. Silver City Enterprise. 1882, 86-96
Silver City, NM. Silver City Independent. 1897-1901
Silver City, NM. Southwest Sentinel. 1886-1887
Socorro, NM. Bullion. 1884
Socorro, NM. Combate. 1898
Socorro, NM. Defensor del Pueblo. 1913-1938
Socorro, NM. Estrella de Nuevo Mexico. 1896 – 1897
Socorro, NM. La Golondrina. 1898
Socorro, NM. Hispano Americano. 1891 – 1892
Socorro, NM. The Industrial Advertiser. 1893, 95
Socorro, NM. Progreso. 1887
Socorro, NM. Republicano. 1901
Socorro, NM. Socorro Bullion. 1886
Springer, NM. Colfax County Stockman. 1893-13
Springer, NM. Estandarte de Springer/Springer Banner. 1889 – 1893
Springer, NM. The Sentinel. 1901
Taos, NM. Revista de Taos, La (and the Taos Cresset English and Spanish). 1904
Wagon Mound, NM. Combate. 1902-1918
White Oaks, NM. Lincoln County Leader. 1893
White Oaks, NM. New Mexico Interpreter. 1889
White Oaks, NM. White Oaks Eagle. 1895

Nevada
Las Vegas, NV. Daily Examiner. 1895
Las Vegas, NV. Misionero Bautista. 1943-1951
Las Vegas, NV. New Mexico Herald. 1879
Las Vegas, NV. The Political Comet. 1882

New York
Brooklyn, NY. Espana Libre. 1939-1943
Las Vegas, NY. Boletín de Anuncios. 1878
New York, NY. Ahora. 1950
New York, NY. Independiente. 1898
New York, NY. Mulato. 1854

Texas
Austin, TX. Telegraph and Texas Register. 1835-1836
Austin, TX. Texas Gazette. 1829-1832
Brazoria, TX. Advocate of Peoples Rights. 1832-1834
Brazoria, TX. Texas Republican. 1834-1835
Brownsville, TX. Boletin Estraordinario. 1865
Brownsville, TX. Cronista del Valle. 1924-1930
Brownsville, TX. Daily Cosmopolitan. 1884-85, 91-92
Brownsville, TX. Daily Metropolitan. 1893
Brownsville, TX. Daily Republican. 1884
Brownsville, TX. El Heraldo de Brownsville. 1935-1940
Brownsville, TX. Progreso. 1876
Brownsville, TX. Puerto/Puerto de Brownsville. 1954-1961
Brownsville, TX. The Ranchero. 1864
Brownsville, TX. Republican/El Republicano. 1865
Brownsville, TX. The Rio Grande Sentinel. 1861
Brownsville, TX. The Sentinel. 1870
Brownsville, TX. Zaragoza. 1865
Corpus Christi, TX. Horizonte. 1879 – 1880
Corpus Christi, TX. Nueces County News. 1938-39
Corpus Christi, TX. Progreso. 1939-1940
Corpus Christi, TX. Verdad. 1950-1959
Corpus Christi, TX. Weekly Labor Herald. 1941-42
Edinburg, TX. Defensor. 1930-1931
El Paso, TX. Azote. 1922-1923
El Paso, TX. Buena Prensa. 1923
El Paso, TX. Clarin del Norte. 1905-1906
El Paso, TX. Commercial Review. 1891
El Paso, TX. Continental. 1934-1960
El Paso, TX. Correo del Bravo. 1913
El Paso, TX. Defensor. 1894-1895
El Paso, TX. Democracia. 1906
El Paso, TX. Dia. 1919
El Paso, TX. Echo Fronterizo. 1896
El Paso, TX. El Ciudadano. 1892
El Paso, TX. El Paso Daily News. 1901-1902
El Paso, TX. El Paso del Norte. 1904-1915
El Paso, TX. El Paso Evening Tribune. 1893
El Paso, TX. El Paso Weekly Tribune. 1886
El Paso, TX. Evening Telegram. 1896
El Paso, TX. Evening Tribune. 1889-1896
El Paso, TX. Hispano Americano. 1893
El Paso, TX. Homer Union News. 1919
El Paso, TX. Independiente. 1896
El Paso, TX. La Justicia. 1893
El Paso, TX. Las Dos Americas. 1898
El Paso, TX. Lone Star. 1881-83
El Paso, TX. Monday Mercury. 1893
El Paso, TX. Monitor. 1897 – 1900
El Paso, TX. Las Noticias. 1899-1900
El Paso, TX. La Opinion Publica. 1895
El Paso, TX. Progresista. 1901
El Paso, TX. Sancho Panza. 1891
El Paso, TX. Sunday Herald. 1888-1889
Houston, TX. Gaceta Mexicana. 1827-1828
Kingsville, TX. Acción. 1931-32
Kingsville, TX. Acción. 1932-36
Kingsville, TX. El Eco. 1931-1941
Kingsville, TX. Notas de Kingsville. 1943-1961
Laredo, TX. Cronica. 1910-1914
Laredo, TX. Democrata Fronterizo. 1917-1918
Laredo, TX. Evolucion. 1917-1920
Nacogdoches, TX. Gaceta de Texas. 1813
San Antonio, TX. Bejareno/Ranchero. 1855-1866
San Antonio, TX. Epoca. 1918-1923, 1927
San Antonio, TX. Heraldo de Mexicano. 1927-1930
San Antonio, TX. Imparcial de Texas. 1917-1921
San Antonio, TX. Pan American. 1918

How do I find an obituary in Newsday?

How do I find an obituary published in Newsday?
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Let’s say you are looking for the obituary of Elayne Singer who died in 2004.

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2. In the search box – type her name: Elayne Singer
3. Look just below the “Begin Search” button and click on Advanced Search
4. Under “Include Key Words” – type: Newsday
5. Click search.

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Elayne Singer sounds like a special woman – her grandson, Scott Resnik said of her: “She was the family matriarch and my best friend.”

It’s good that we have such easy access to the obituaries in Newsday and over 3,500 newspapers to remember what has been written about our ancestors. Click here to see a list of the more than 3,500 newspapers – that you can search.

Newsday (Melville, NY) – August 4, 2004
Elayne Singer, 80, bookkeeper, family matriarch
Agonizing that her older sister, Marion, had a matter of hours to live, Elayne Singer told her grandson, Scott Resnik, in a telephone conversation Saturday morning that she hoped her own death would be quick and painless.


Less than two hours after that telephone conversation, Singer, a liver transplant survivor, died at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow from injuries sustained in an accident on Sunrise Highway. Singer, 80, and her husband, Irving, were on their way from the couple’s Uniondale senior complex to the Merrick Long Island Rail Road Station to pick up another of Singer’s sisters for a farewell visit to their dying sibling Marion when a car slammed broadside into their Honda Civic. Her husband was hospitalized with two fractured ribs.

“She was the family matriarch and my best friend,” Resnik said of his grandmother. “I called her my hero.”

Singer, the youngest of five children, all girls, was born and raised in Brooklyn. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1942. A fan of the big band music of the day, the former Elayne Lieberman was at a Manhattan dance hall, her grandson said, when she met Irving Singer not long after his discharge from the military in 1946.

The couple married two years later and subsequently moved to Levittown, where they raised two children.

When the children had grown, she became a career bookkeeper, working until she was almost 70 for a variety of local companies.

His grandmother may have been diminutive in stature, but she had a giant heart, Resnik, of Mastic, said.

As relatives fussed over her at a recent family barbecue, tripping over each other to cater to her, she just waved them off, insisting that there must be some tasks to which she could be assigned, Resnik recalled. “She was very petite but she had enough love in her to feed an entire city and more. She constantly wore a smile.”

In addition to her husband and grandson, Singer is survived by two daughters, Hope Martinsen of Afton, N.Y., and Cindy Nadelbach, of Levittown; three sisters, Pat Eagen of Manhattan, Marion Seplow of New Hyde Park and Bea Krebs of Brooklyn; and two other grandchildren, Josh and Lauren Nadelbach.

The funeral was yesterday at Boulevard Riverside Chapel in Hewlett followed by burial at Wellwood Cemetery in Pinelawn. Family will be sitting shivah in Levittown until tomorrow, relatives said.

Donations may be made to the American Liver Foundation, P.O. Box 5218, Toms River, N.J. 08754-5218.
Copyright (c) 2004 Newsday, Inc.


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Tracking down Family Bibles ….

Family Bibles have been treasured by families for generations, but finding them today can be difficult.

It was common for families to have a family Bible – a large bound book that was prominently displayed in the family parlor – “…a large octavo volume, with a more or less ornate binding, with blank pages inserted on which to record births, marriages and deaths, and sometimes the near-slaying of Isaac, Moses in the bulrushes, the infernal regions and other interesting dramatic and historic incidents narrated in the [Bible]“. (Boston Journal 13 May 1908).
(Image from Antique Holy Bible Item #330235937204 – Ebay.com)
I spotted quite a few newspaper articles that cited the old family Bibles and who their current owners were.

For example – Henry Peters of Trenton, NJ used his family Bible to prove that he was “sixteen years old and two months older than that” so that he could get in to the show at the Trent theater. (Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram. Nov 4, 1909).
An article in the Columbus (GA) Enquirer (2 Sep 1898) tells us that “Mrs. Billard, the daughter of the late Rev. Edward Oldrin, who lives on Bank Street [Stamford, CT]” … and that she got it “by inheritance from her father. … The book is in the original binding and well preserved, the Old Testament part having been printed in 1597 and the New Testament in 1596. The covers are of wood.”

This is an important point. Always check the dates that each of the Testaments was printed. Printers often printed them separately and then joined them together when they published the Bible. This is a way to date a family Bible.

“Inscribed on the yellow fly-leat are the words: Edward Oulldron owns this book and after his death to his son Edward Oulldron, given by his grandfather – 1651.” Elsewhere it states “Edward Oldrin’s [note the change in spelling] book, given by his father on is deathbed in the 1827, July 28, to be kept in the family.”

Mrs. Jennie Fairbanks Milligan of Springfield, Ohio brought the family Bible when she was called to testify in a case trying to break the will of the late Delavan Smith of Lake Forest, IL. (Dallas Morning News. 1 October 1921).

John M. Butler of Ocean Grove, NJ found out by double checking his family Bible that he was 101 and not 100 years old when he went to celebrate his birthday. He said it was a “pretty tough job trying to keep track of so many birthdays.” He said with a smile … “I must have lived two years in Brooklyn [NY, the] one year that I was there. That’s the only way I can account for the discrepancy.” (Evening Times – Pawtucket, RI – 17 jan 1901).

But you won’t find the Belin family Bible. It seems that in November 1908, Joseph Belin of Wilkes-Barre, PA “came home intoxicated and threatened [his mother] and then burned the family Bible.” There were 7 prisoners in court that day for “being drunk”. Six of them were fined $1.00 but Joseph Belin was fined $5.00. (Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times Leader – 18 Nov 1908).

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B-Ann Moorhouse (1925-2008)

Joy Rich, Editor, Dorot: The Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society (New York), contacted me with the sad news that B-Ann Moorhouse has passed away.
She was a terrific genealogist. When I began researching in the 1960s I got to know her and always appreciated her kindness and assistance.

With permission I am reposting Joy’s announcement of her passing.

I write to you with a heavy heart about the passing of B-Ann Moorhouse. B-Ann was a professional genealogist (and a CG) for several decades. She was loved and respected by the enormous number of people whose lives she touched.

B-Ann was the epitome of kindness and graciousness. She believed in people and encouraged them to fulfill their potential. She was always eager to share – especially with the next generation of professional genealogists and with librarians and archivists – the astonishing amount of wisdom, knowledge, and insight she had in the field of genealogy, particularly concerning Irish and colonial American genealogy.

Another area of great interest to B-Ann was the history of African American families in Brooklyn. B-Ann was the founder in 1978 of the Ulster Historical Foundation’s Ulster Genealogical and Historical Guild, a research co-operative established to link people worldwide who shared a common interest in Irish genealogy. She also founded the Genealogy Workshop at the Brooklyn Historical Society, which, at the time, was named the Long Island Historical Society.

She authored numerous articles for genealogical publications, abstracted Kings County, New York, administration proceedings and typed them on an extremely temperamental computer, and created finding aids for New York City for several New York state censuses. B-Ann was given access to basements and storage rooms in New York City’s Municipal Archives (when it was still in the Tweed Courthouse), Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court, and the Long Island Historical Society. Left to her own devices, she proceeded to rummage around and found many hidden treasures that she brought to light.

B-Ann passed away on February 15, 2008, in Georgia. Her beloved niece, Ann, who assured me that B-Ann died peacefully, moved her there last year so that she could care for B-Ann in her last months. It will bring a smile to your lips to know that, under Ann’s care, our B-Ann of the small frame gained sixteen pounds in six months.

Soon before she moved to Georgia, Jim Garrity and I paid her what turned out to be our final visit. We took her for a stroll on the promenade in her Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and then out to dinner. We had a wonderful time. It is just one of so many good memories of her that we will have with us always.

B-Ann will be dearly missed by her friends and her family.

Joy Rich
Brooklyn, NY