Current Obituary Archives from 16 U.S. Newspapers Just Added!

GenealogyBank is pleased to announce that it is adding 16 current U.S. newspapers this month to our collection of recent obituaries, with titles from Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

This addition of thousands more current obituaries and death notices will help you with your family history research, providing information on family members who have passed away recently.

Here is the list of current obits just added, expanding our coverage for 16 more U.S. states:

Chicago Crusader (Chicago, IL)

  • Obituaries:  11/26/2011 – Current

Gary Crusader (Gary, IN)

  • Obituaries:  12/03/2011 – Current

Advocate, The: New Orleans Edition (New Orleans, LA)

  • Obituaries:  10/22/2012 – Current

Retrospect (Collingswood, NJ)

  • Obituaries:  01/06/2012 – Current

American (Fairland, OK)

  • Death Notices:  10/04/2012 – Current

Bethany Tribune (Bethany, OK)

  • Death Notices:  12/07/2012 – Current

Nowata Star (Nowata, OK)

  • Death Notices:  10/03/2012 – Current

Perry Daily Journal (Perry, OK)

  • Obituaries:  12/04/2012 – Current

Vinita Daily Journal (Vinita, OK)

  • Obituaries:  11/10/2012 – Current

Weatherford Daily News (Weatherford, OK)

  • Obituaries:  11/27/2012 – Current

Independent-Observer (Scottdale, PA)

  • Obituaries: 4/21/2011 – Current

Ligonier Echo (Ligonier, PA)

  • Obituaries:  4/21/2011 – Current

North Journal (Monroeville, PA)

  • Obituaries:  04/12/2012 – Current

Plum Advance Leader (Penn Hills, PA)

  • Obituaries:  4/14/2011 – Current

South Hills Record (South Hills, PA)

  • Obituaries:  4/21/2011 – Current

Times Express (Monroeville, PA)

  • Obituaries:  4/14/2011 – Current

In addition to these 16 new obituary collections, we have also expanded the coverage of several of the other current obits collections already in our recent obituary archives:

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

  • Death Notices:  added 09/28/2010 – Current

Burlington County Times (Willingboro, Burlington, NJ)

  • Death Notices:  added 12/27/2010 – 11/15/2011

Eastern Wake News (Zebulon, NC)

  • Death Notices:  added 11/12/2009 – Current

Garner-Cleveland Record (Garner, Cleveland, NC)

  • Death Notices: added 01/19/2011 – Current

Midtown Raleigh News (Raleigh, NC)

  • Death Notices:  added 04/13/2011 – Current

Smithfield Herald (Smithfield, NC)

  • Obituaries:  added 1/11/2012 – Current

Southwest Wake News (Apex, Holly Springs, NC)

  • Death Notices:  added 04/15/2012 – Current

Blairsville Dispatch (Blairsville, PA)

  • Death Notices:  added 09/26/2001 – 11/04/2011

Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, Bristol, Langhorne, PA)

  • Death Notices:  added 06/02/2011 – 11/11/2011

Daily Courier (Connellsville, PA)

  • Death Notices: added 10/17/2001 – 11/7/2011

Herald (Fox Chapel, PA)

  • Death Notices:  added 4/21/2011 – Current

Intelligencer (Doylestown, PA)

  • Death Notices:  added 04/13/2011 – 11/10/2011

Leader Times (Kittanning, PA)

  • Death Notices:  added 10/12/2001 – 11/18/2011

Mount Pleasant Journal, The (Mount Pleasant, PA)

  • Death Notices:  added 04/21/2011 – Current

Valley Independent (Monessen, PA)

  • Death Notices:  added 10/16/2001 – 11/18/2011

Valley News Dispatch (New Kensington, PA)

  • Death Notices:  added 10/17/2001 – 11/18/2011

Oliver Cromwell: An African American Revolutionary War Hero

Oliver Cromwell was no ordinary soldier of the American Revolution. This military hero’s discharge was signed by General George Washington “stating that he was entitled to wear the badges of honor by reason of his honorable services.”

Cromwell’s story first appeared in a newspaper interview conducted when he was 100 years old by a reporter of the Burlington Gazette (Burlington, New Jersey) in 1905, which was reprinted by the Trenton Evening Times. As the newspaper article noted: “though feeble, his lips trembling at every word, when he spoke of [General George] Washington his eyes sparkled with enthusiasm.”

The archive of old newspapers in GenealogyBank is packed with thousands of these firsthand accounts of military service in the Revolutionary War, adding a personal touch to the facts of many of these early American military battles.

In that 1905 interview, Cromwell told of his Revolutionary War service crossing the Delaware “with his beloved commander…on the memorable Christmas night [in] 1776.”

The old newspaper article adds that Cromwell: “took part in the battle of Trenton, and helped to ‘knock the British about lively at Princeton.’ He also fought at the Revolutionary War battles of Short Hills, Brandywine, Monmouth and Springfield, where he was severely wounded, and saw the last man killed at York town.”

interview with African American Revolutionary War veteran Oliver Cromwell, Trenton Evening Times newspaper article 11 April 1905

Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, New Jersey), 11 April 1905, page 5

A few days after Cromwell’s death, the local Burlington Gazette published an editorial calling for the erection of a monument in honor of the Revolutionary War hero.

“And thus, one by one, the men who purchased with their blood the liberty we now enjoy, are going off the stage…We suggest whether it would not be proper to erect some suitable monument over his grave…it will be pleasant to know that the people of Burlington felt sufficient interest in him, to mark the spot where his ashes are buried.”

The reprint in the Trenton Evening Times notes: “Unfortunately no such monument was ever erected and there is nothing to indicate the last resting place of Oliver Cromwell.”

Oliver Cromwell lived in a different time and place, and life was more difficult than it would have been for him now. He was African American, one of the many that served in the American Revolution. Though honored by General Washington, his pension was revoked by a local pension agent. “Tears fell from his eyes when he told of his discharge being taken from him by the pension agent.”

In 1984, this plaque was placed on the property where his home once stood.

plaque indicating spot where African American Revolutionary War veteran Oliver Cromwell's house once stood

Photo from the official Burlington County, New Jersey, website

His grave has been located in the cemetery at Broad Street Methodist Church in Burlington, New Jersey. The local historical society was named in his honor in 1983.

Oliver Cromwell (1752-1853), one of “the men who purchased with their blood the liberty we now enjoy,” was “respected by our citizens” then and remembered to this day.

See what other American Revolutionary War veterans’ stories you can find in GenealogyBank’s online historical newspaper archives. There are many more stories of Revolutionary War heroes like Oliver Cromwell waiting for you to discover.

GenealogyBank Adds 22 Million Newspaper Records in March!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our online collection to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available anywhere.

Here are some details about our most recent additions to our website (we actually added new content to thousands of titles, but the following is a representative sample):

  • A total of 85 titles from 29 states plus the District of Columbia
  • Titles marked with an asterisk (*) are obituaries only and are new to our archive
  • Those marked with a plus sign (+) are historical newspapers new to our archive
  • We’ve shown the date ranges so that you can determine if the new content is relevant to your personal research

If a recent addition to our online archive interests you, simply click on that newspaper’s title: it is an active link leading to that paper’s search form.

State Abbr Title City Start Date End Date
AL Mobile Register Mobile 1862 1870
AR Arkansas Gazette Little Rock 1823 1900
CA Free Angela San Francisco 1971 1971
CA San Diego Union San Diego 1937 1983
CT Connecticut Courant Hartford 1843 1843
CT Litchfield Republican Litchfield 1851 1851
CT American Mercury Hartford 1831 1831
CT Norwich Aurora Norwich 1858 1872
CT Columbian Register New Haven 1836 1875
CT Times Hartford 1834 1840
DC United States Telegraph Washington 1827 1829
FL Hometown News* Fort Pierce 2006 Current
GA Daily Constitutionalist Augusta 1862 1862
GA Marietta Journal Marietta 1987 1989
IA Globe Gazette* Mason City 2012 Current
IA Mitchell County Press-News* Osage 2005 Current
IA Forest City Summit* Forest City 2003 Current
IL Common Bond East Moline 1974 1978
IL Crusader Rockford 1952 1971
IL Illinois State Register Springfield 1844 1844
KS Wichita Times Wichita 1975 1975
KY Frankfort Argus* Frankfort 1822 1834
KY Palladium Frankfort 1807 1807
LA Times-Picayune New Orleans 1852 1907
LA Courrier de la Louisiane New Orleans 1821 1822
MA Weekly Messenger Boston 1829 1829
MA Hampshire Gazette Northampton 1840 1840
MA Massachusetts Spy Worcester 1866 1875
MA Salem Register Salem 1850 1871
MA Boston Courier Boston 1845 1855
MD Advocate of Hampstead and Manchester, The* Hampstead, Manchester 2011 Current
MD Baltimore American Baltimore 1904 1904
MD Political Intelligencer Fredericktown 1819 1819
ME Portland Advertiser Portland 1829 1833
MN Broad Axe St. Paul 1891 1891
NC Durham News, The* Durham 2011 Current
NC Southwest Wake News* Apex, Holly Springs 2011 Current
NC Garner-Cleveland Record* Garner, Cleveland 2011 Current
NC Midtown Raleigh News* Raleigh 2011 Current
NC Charlotte Observer Charlotte 1901 1901
NC North Raleigh News* Raleigh 2006 Current
NC Clayton News-Star, The* Clayton 2011 Current
NE Omaha World Herald Omaha 1980 1980
NE Plattsmouth Journal, The* Plattsmouth 2007 Current
NH Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics Portsmouth 1869 1872
NH Dartmouth Gazette Hanover 1801 1804
NJ Genius of Liberty Morristown 1798 1808
NV Elko Daily Free Press* Elko 2003 Current
NY Gold Coast Gazette* Glen Cove 2010 Current
NY Cabinet Schenectady 1813 1814
NY Commercial Advertiser New York 1836 1836
NY Waterford Gazette Waterford 1802 1802
NY New York Herald New York 1875 1876
NY Plattsburgh Republican Plattsburgh 1845 1850
NY New-York Morning Post New York 1787 1788
NY Ontario Messenger Canandaigua 1812 1812
NY Geneva Gazette Geneva 1815 1815
NY Spectator New York 1819 1819
NY Albany Argus Albany 1830 1872
PA State Journal Harrisburg 1884 1884
PA Public Ledger Philadelphia 1867 1867
PA National Gazette Philadelphia 1832 1841
PA Valley Advantage, The* Olyphant 2006 Current
PA Pennsylvania Journal* Philadelphia 1749 1791
PA Harrisburg Republican Harrisburg 1817 1817
PA Patriot Harrisburg 1890 1916
PA Washington Reporter Washington 1853 1872
RI Providence Evening Press Providence 1862 1871
SC Charleston Courier Charleston 1822 1870
SC Charleston News and Courier Charleston 1822 1870
SC Southern Chronicle Camden 1824 1824
SD Collegian, The* Brookings 2002 Current
TX Rancher, The* Sugar Land 2011 Current
TX Dallas Morning News Dallas 1984 1984
VA Virginia Patriot Richmond 1814 1814
VA Richmond Whig Richmond 1835 1870
VA Richmond Examiner Richmond 1862 1863
VA Richmond Times Dispatch Richmond 1930 1930
VA Alexandria Gazette Alexandria 1870 1873
VT Vermont Republican Windsor 1822 1822
VT North Star Danville 1831 1862
VT Vermont Phoenix Brattleboro 1834 1866
VT Vermont Journal Windsor 1821 1823
VT Vermont Centinel Burlington 1825 1825
VT Brattleboro Messenger Brattleboro 1825 1833

Click here to see our list of newspapers by state.

GenealogyBank adds 126 more newspapers!

Over the last few days we announced that 53 newspapers were added to GenealogyBank. Today we are announcing 73 additional newspapers.

Wow.

That’s 126 newspapers added so far this month – and it’s not over yet!!!

You can expect even more newspapers to be added in the days ahead!!!

It’s a great day for genealogy!

Kern Valley Sun (Lake Isabella, CA): 10/02/2009 – Current
Ag Journal (La Junta, CO): 10/10/2009 – Current
Akron News-Reporter (Akron, CO): 10/02/2009 – Current
Burlington Record (Burlington, CO): 10/02/2009 – Current
Daily Record, The (Cañon City, CO): 10/02/2009 – Current
Estes Park Trail-Gazette (Estes Park, CO): 10/02/2009 – Current
Fowler Tribune (Fowler, CO): 10/21/2009 – Current
Julesburg Advocate (Julesburg, CO): 10/05/2009 – Current
Cheshire Herald, The (Cheshire, CT): 10/08/2009 – Current
Newtown Bee, The (Newtown, CT): 10/02/2009 – Current
Weston Forum, The (Weston, CT): 10/02/2009 – Current
Wilton Bulletin, The (Wilton, CT): 10/02/2009 – Current
Chatsworth Times (Chatsworth, GA): 11/18/2009 – Current
Bureau County Republican (Princeton, IL): 10/02/2009 – Current
Carmi Times (Carmi, IL): 10/02/2009 – Current
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin (Chillicothe, IL): 10/29/2009 – Current
Daily Ledger (Canton, IL): 10/02/2009 – Current
Daily Review Atlas (Monmouth, IL): 10/02/2009 – Current
Du Quoin Evening Call (Du Quoin, IL): 10/02/2009 – Current
East Peoria Times-Courier (Peoria, IL): 10/03/2009 – Current
Geneseo Republic (Geneseo, IL): 10/02/2009 – Current
Morton Times-News (Morton, IL): 10/06/2009 – Current
Murphysboro American (Murphysboro, IL): 10/02/2009 – Current
Newton Press Mentor (Newton, IL): 10/02/2009 – Current
Ogle County Newspapers (Oregon, IL): 10/04/2009 – Current
Olney Daily Mail (Olney, IL): 10/02/2009 – Current
Orion Gazette (Orion, IL): 10/20/2009 – Current
Pekin Daily Times (Pekin, IL): 10/02/2009 – Current
Star-Courier (Kewanee, IL): 10/02/2009 – Current
Washington Times-Reporter (Washington, IL): 10/02/2009 – Current
Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, IN): 10/02/2009 – Current
La Porte County Herald-Argus, The (La Porte, IN): 10/02/2009 – Current
Rushville Republican (Rushville, IN): 10/02/2009 – Current
Tribune-Star, The (Terre Haute, IN): 10/02/2009 – Current
McCreary County Record (Whitley City, KY): 10/03/2009 – Current
Messenger, The (Madisonville, KY): 10/02/2009 – Current
Traverse City Record-Eagle (Traverse City, MI: 10/04/2009 – Current
White Lake Beacon (Whitehall, MI): 10/13/2009 – Current
Chanhassen Villager (Chanhassen, MN): 10/02/2009 – Current
Chaska Herald (Chaska, MN): 10/02/2009 – Current
Eden Prairie News (Eden Prairie, MN): 10/02/2009 – Current
Hutchinson Leader (Hutchinson, MN): 10/02/2009 – Current
Litchfield Independent Review (Litchfield, MN): 10/02/2009 – Current
Savage Pacer (Savage, MN): 10/02/2009 – Current
Aurora Advertiser (Aurora, MO): 10/02/2009 – Current
Carthage Press, The (Carthage, MO): 10/02/2009 – Current
Examiner, The (Independence – Blues Springs – Grain Valley, MO): 10/02/2009 – Current
Lake Sun Leader (Camdenton, MO): 10/02/2009 – Current
Linn County Leader (Brookfield, MO): 10/02/2009 – Current
Maryville Daily Forum, The (Maryville, MO): 10/02/2009 – Current
Mexico Ledger (Mexico, MO): 10/02/2009 – Current
Moberly Monitor-Index and Democrat (Moberly, MO): 10/02/2009 – Current
Neosho Daily News (Neosho, MO): 10/02/2009 – Current
People’s Tribune, The (Bowling Green, MO): 10/06/2009 – Current
Rolla Daily News (Rolla, MO): 10/02/2009 – Current
Bolivar Commercial, The (Cleveland, MS): 10/02/2009 – Current
Choctaw Plaindealer (Ackerman, MS): 10/02/2009 – Current
Enterprise-Journal (McComb, MS): 10/25/2009 – Current
Star Herald, The (Kosciusko, MS): 10/03/2009 – Current
Webster Progress-Times (Eupora, MS): 10/02/2009 – Current
Billings Gazette, The (Billings, MT): 10/02/2009 – Current
Missoulian (Missoula, MT): 10/02/2009 – Current
Sidney Herald (Sidney, MT): 10/02/2009 – Current
Apex Herald, The (Apex, NC): 10/02/2009 – Current
Bladen Journal (Elizabethtown, NC): 10/02/2009 – Current
Blowing Rocket, The (Blowing Rock, NC): 10/02/2009 – Current
Daily Herald (Roanoke Rapids, NC): 10/02/2009 – Current
Goochland Gazette, The (Goochland, VA): 10/06/2009 – Current
Mechanicsville Local (Mechanicsville, VA): 10/02/2009 – Current
News-Gazette, The (Lexington, VA): 10/02/2009 – Current
Virginia Lawyers Weekly (, VA): 10/05/2009 – Current
Winchester Star, The (Winchester, VA): 10/02/2009 – Current
Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, WA): 10/03/2009 – Current