You Find Family in the Most Unexpected Ways

Introduction: Scott Phillips is a genealogical historian and owner of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services. In this guest blog post, Scott tells about doing genealogy research on an author—and finding a surprising, direct link to one of his own ancestors.

Recently I was searching the Internet for genealogy resources relating to the early Czech-American immigrant community. I was looking for information that would assist me with my work on my early Bohemian (Czech) immigrant ancestors who settled in the City of Cleveland, Ohio. In conducting my genealogy search one of my first hits was for an article in the journal MELUS (Volume 6, Number 2) published by the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.

This article, written by Professor Clinton Machann of Texas A&M University, is titled “Hugo Chotek and Czech-American Fiction.” Reading this scholarly article on author Hugo Chotek and early Czech fiction writing in America, I was so impressed that I gave Dr. Machann a call. Since that day we have enjoyed staying in touch and I am pleased to say we have now become friends.

One sentence stuck in my head as I read Dr. Machann’s article. It was this one: “Although we have little biographical data on Chotek…” I found this particularly interesting since Dr. Machann also pointed out that Hugo Chotek spent at least some portion of his life in the Czech community in Cleveland. So, always hoping to find a hidden genealogical gem, I began investigating to see what I might discover about this gentleman.

photograph of gravestone of author Hugo Chotek (1851-1911)

Gravestone of Hugo Chotek in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. © 2012 Scott Phillips

Wondering where to begin, I decided on searching GenealogyBank.com to see what I might discover about Chotek in its online archives. I was especially hopeful that I would find relevant information because I remembered that Machann’s article also mentioned that Chotek spent time living in the Czech communities of New York, Michigan, Texas and Nebraska in addition to the time he spent in Ohio.

It was exciting to see how much data availability and access has improved since 1979 when Dr. Machann’s article was written. Searching on Hugo Chotek with GenealogyBank, my first hit was stellar! It was a 1911 newspaper obituary entitled “Bohemian Editor Stricken by Death.” Opening this article, I was even treated to a portrait of Hugo Chotek himself. If you are like me in your genealogy work, you love getting to “see” someone and there he was—looking quite dapper, I might add.

Bohemian Editor Stricken by Death, Plain Dealer newspaper article 11 May 1911

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 11 May 1911, page 4

My interest in author Chotek was deepening the more I was reading. Here was a fellow who, while not only an author, was also an accomplished newspaperman! As a genealogical historian I believe there is little better than reading work by newspapermen and women as they follow that old adage of the 5 Ws: “Who, What, Where, When and Why,” exactly the kind of information we so wish to find.

I was quickly discovering Hugo Chotek’s family history, connecting with his living descendants, and finding more information about his work in the Cleveland Czech community. For example, this newspaper article announcing the marriage of Hugo Chotek’s daughter Anna was very helpful, containing many excellent genealogical leads, and including her picture.

Cleveland Woman Who Marries Lawyer, Plain Dealer newspaper article 7 July 1913

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 7 July 1913, page 11

Look how much genealogical information is contained in Anna Chotek’s one-paragraph marriage announcement:

Mrs. Edward J. Russick, Plain Dealer newspaper article 7 July 1913

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 7 July 1913, page 11

I was especially interested to learn that Chotek had written about the early Czech community not once but twice, and—for me most exciting of all— finding his one-on-one interview with Frantisek (Frank) Knechtl, my very first Bohemian ancestor who arrived in Cleveland in 1852 and remained there until his death in 1911.

It really is amazing how you can find family in the most unexpected ways!

photograph of a page from "Amerikan Narodni Kalendar" featuring interview with Frantisek (Frank) Knechtl

Page from Amerikan Narodni Kalendar featuring interview with Frantisek (Frank) Knechtl. Scan courtesy of Archives of Czechs and Slovaks Abroad collection, University of Chicago Library. © 2012 Scott Phillips

Now I have my work cut out for me. My company, Onward To Our Past® Genealogy Services (http://www.OnwardToOurPast.com) is undertaking the first-ever translation from Czech to English of the more than 220 pages of both of Hugo Chotek’s works on the Cleveland Bohemian (Czech) community, written in 1894 and 1895. Containing several hundred surnames, these works, once translated, should be a bonanza for many genealogists and family historians for generations to come.

 

 

A Murder in the Family Tree: Policeman Stabbed to Death

Introduction: Scott Phillips is a genealogical historian and owner of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services. In this guest blog post, Scott reports a sad discovery when doing his family history research—finding a murder in his family tree.

Ever have one of those eerie experiences that make you just a little bit scared in your family history work? I did and it happened early in my genealogy research when I decided to visit the Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio. I had been wanting to visit this cemetery for some time as I have faint memories of visiting there with my family when I was a very young boy. Additionally, in my genealogy research, I have discovered that our family has more than 160 deceased family members resting eternally in Woodland Cemetery.

On this particular cemetery visit I was planning on paying my respects to my great grandfather’s sister, Theresa Sluka. As I arrived at her grave I not only found her gravestone, but I found a substantial family burial plot. I was madly clicking photos and writing down notes as to location, directions, etc., when one of the Sluka family gravestones caught my attention.

Up until that visit, I had never seen a gravestone that held portraits captured in porcelain. The small obelisk in front of me held not one portrait, but two. As I came closer, I realized that for the first time I was gazing at the likenesses of my cousins, Albert and Frank Sluka. Both looked remarkably young and then I noticed that Albert died at just 29 (1877-1907) and his brother, Frank, wearing a uniform of some sort in his portrait, died at only 33 (1878-1912).

gravestone portrait of Albert Sluka (1877-1907)

Gravestone portrait of Albert Sluka (1877-1907)

It wasn’t an hour later that I was booting up my computer and digging into these two family members. Beginning with Albert, my first stop was at GenealogyBank.com and I was not disappointed. On the first page of search results there was an article from the front page of the Plain Dealer:

Policeman Dies in Street Fight, Plain Dealer newspaper article, 28 March 1907

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 28 March 1907, page 1

I felt as if the headline was screaming at me. I couldn’t believe what I was reading: “Policeman Dies in Street Fight. Is Stabbed Just Once, but Life Ebbs Away in Short Time.”

Only three blocks from the very cemetery where I had been standing only an hour earlier, my cousin, wearing his badge and working as a “Special Policeman,” was stabbed to death by a man he had bounced from a dancehall! The old newspaper article explained the crime scene and reported that his brother was a member of the Cleveland Police Department. My curiosity, being fully piqued at this point, kept me looking further.

Amidst the tragedy of this police murder story, I discovered in another newspaper article that the Cleveland Police did indeed get their man, who was a fellow by the name of Harry Fertel:

Murder Charge Rests Lightly, Plain Dealer newspaper article, 29 March 1907

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 29 March 1907, page 2

The news of Albert Sluka’s murder was carried in other newspapers in other states, such as this historical news article which appeared on the front page of an Indiana paper:

Policeman Stabbed to Death, Elkhart Truth newspaper article, 28 March 1907

Elkhart Truth (Elkhart, Indiana), 28 March 1907, page 1

GenealogyBank.com was finding, and I was reading, news stories that covered the initial reports of the assault and crime, and explanations of the impact of the murder on my ancestors including this: “The aged father and mother of the dead policeman are brokenhearted. All day long they sat sobbing beside the casket in the little front room of their home at 5311 McBride Av., S.E…”

I was even learning about my great aunt trying to get her son’s killer sentenced to serve his time in the Penitentiary rather than the Ohio State Reformatory—which itself was none too nice, as revealed in the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption (the movie was filmed at the Ohio State Reformatory).

Mother Seeks Revenge, Plain Dealer newspaper article, 15 May 1907

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 15 May 1907, page 3

Ever since that first day of those discoveries about my cousin Albert and his murder, I have been further augmenting my knowledge of this family tragedy with information available from the coroner’s autopsy report, trial transcripts, jail records, and more.

The one thing I can tell you for certain is that reading those early newspaper articles sure beats any TV courtroom drama I have ever seen, because, as they say, “This Is Family.”

 

Genealogist Chips Away at His Family History ‘Brick Wall’

Introduction: Scott Phillips is a genealogical historian and owner of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services. In this guest blog post, Scott tells how the discovery of a faded news clipping in the drawer of an old desk provided an important clue about his family history.

The most impenetrable brick wall in my personal genealogy quest began as, and continues to be, my maternal great grandfather, Joseph K. Vicha.

When I was starting my genealogy the sum total of our family’s knowledge about my great grandfather Vicha was his name, his wife’s name (Anna Knechtl), and a penciled note of unknown date and author that simply stated “Joseph K. Vicha – Pisec (sic).” Nothing more.

Over the years of my searching, I can happily report that I have been successful in finding my great grandfather’s birth family, home village in Bohemia (Czech Republic now) of Milevsko, and have traced this family line back to the mid-1600s in Bohemia. However, he still disappears from view in 1911. But what wonderful things I am finding in the years between his birth in 1862 and his disappearance in 1911!

What I am discovering to be an extraordinarily useful method in my work is to expand the search terms I am using in GenealogyBank.com and other places.

A couple of examples might help me explain this best.

Quite by chance, my cousin was rummaging through an old family desk when he came across an envelope. It held a barely legible, torn, and undated newspaper clipping. This article showed me that my great grandfather was a labor union activist with something called the C.L.U. in Cleveland, Ohio.

old, faded newspaper clipping about J. K. Vicha, the author's ancestor

Old, faded newspaper clipping that provided the author his first clue in tracing his ancestor J. K. Vicha

Upon learning this I immediately started searching anew on GenalogyBank.com. I searched using terms such as C.L.U., Central Labor Union, and Joseph K. Vicha in the search boxes and I struck gold!

My first hit was an article from the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, dated 28 November 1896 and headlined “Vicha Will Resign. Will Retire From the Presidency of the C.L.U.” I still feel pleased when I think back on that discovery, and am thankful the newspaper articles in GenealogyBank.com are very carefully digitized and come complete with attribution of newspaper and date.

Vicha Will Resign, Plain Dealer newspaper clipping 28 November 1896

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 28 November 1896, page 2

This early article held the new clue that my great grandfather was seeking an appointment from Ohio’s governor, Asa S. Bushnell, to become the superintendent of the Free Employment Bureau. On I went with new searches looking into the Free Employment Bureau in Cleveland and sure enough there was more to be learned! Soon I was discovering that my great grandfather was also a close political advisor to Robert E. McKisson, a two-term mayor of the City of Cleveland from 1895 to 1898.

Mayor McKisson Had His Picture Taken at a Bohemian Reunion, Plain Dealer newspaper article 27 June 1898

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 27 June 1898, page 5

I was fast learning to follow each seemingly unrelated, but actually related, clue in article after article. For instance, moving from Vicha I found myself searching on Central Labor Union, then moving to C.L.U., Mayor Robert McKisson, Labor Unrest, Cloakmakers’ Strike, Lumbermen’s Strike, Czech, Bohemian, and the name of each company where my great grandfather was reported to have been working. One especially nice aspect of GenealogyBank.com is that it not only contains papers from the major Cleveland daily, the Plain Dealer, but it also has issues from the Cleveland Gazette and the Cleveland Leader.

Real Condition Given by Superintendent Vicha of the Cleveland Free Employment Office, Cleveland Gazette newspaper article 15 December 1900

Cleveland Gazette (Cleveland, Ohio), 15 December 1900, page 1

While searching each new term, it was exciting to find that while my great grandfather did start out as a tailor just like his father, he:

  • became a Union organizer
  • was active in some of the most contentious labor strikes in the history of Cleveland
  • was elected the president of the Central Labor Union
  • received a gubernatorial appointment as the superintendent of the State of Ohio Free Employment Bureau in Cleveland
  • fought against sweatshops and child labor in Cleveland
  • authored a bill for the Ohio State Legislature to provide for the teaching of Bohemian (Czech) in the public schools
  • worked as a political advisor to Mayor McKisson
  • was instrumental in the mayor’s campaigning in the Bohemian community of Cleveland
  • and, while making some of the most powerful enemies one could have (such as Mark Hanna, Max Hayes, and United States President William McKinley), great grandfather Vicha was also recognized as one of the most influential Bohemians in Cleveland at that time

Unfortunately, my great grandfather does simply disappear in 1911. Family legend has it that he was branded “persona non grata” by his political and business-community enemies in Cleveland and was forced to leave in order to find work and survive.

Undeterred, I am continuing my hunt—chipping away at the brick wall that is Joseph K. Vicha after 1911. I just have this feeling that the resources of GenealogyBank.com are going to hold the key for me!

Treasured Discovery: Only-Known Photos of Ancestors Found in Old Newspapers

Introduction: Scott Phillips is a genealogical historian and owner of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services. In this guest blog post, Scott tells about finding the only-known photos of two of his ancestors in old newspaper wedding announcements—and a surprising engagement notice that told him something he never knew about his own mother!

Summertime! The livin’ is easy and traditionally it is the time for weddings. My bride and I just celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary a short time ago and it got me to thinking about how much I have gained in my family history and genealogy work from searching for engagement notices and wedding announcements in GenealogyBank.com.

Mr. & Mrs. Scott Phillips Wedding Photo 1975

The author’s wedding photo from 1975.

As many of us go about developing and nurturing our family trees, I think you’ll agree that one of the best aspects of that work is discovering photographs of our ancestors. Let me tell you, few places that I have found beat newspaper engagement and wedding stories for personal photos—sometimes the only picture anyone in the family has of a particular ancestor. I have had terrific success in my family tree with these types of articles.

A great example was the newspaper article I recently found when researching my Havlic branch. I discovered the wedding announcement for Eleanor Anna Havlic as reported in the Plain Dealer on 30 September 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio. Not only was I thrilled that there was a picture of my ancestor, but it showed some lovely period dress for a 1928 wedding. Additionally, I was treated to the names of parents, spouse, in-laws, addresses of both, the new couple’s home address, bridal party members, wedding date, and the name of their church.

Mrs Louis J Beran Old Marriage Announcement

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 30 September 1928, page 50.

Another nice find for me was the wedding story of another cousin, Margaret Tager, again in the Plain Dealer (27 August 1961) in Cleveland. Once more I was excited to find an old wedding photo that illustrated the current fashion, this time of the early 1960s, plus addresses, parents’ and in-laws’ names, the name of the church where the ceremony was held—and there was even a mention of where both the bride and groom attended college. As an added treat, the newspaper article explained where the couple honeymooned.

Margaret Ann Tager Marriage Announcement

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 27 August 1961, page 108.

In the case of both of the above family members, the old newspaper articles provided me with the only photos I have of these particular ancestors, which make them all the more important to my work, my family, and our family tree.

Oh, and don’t forget that every so often you just might find one of those “ah-ha” moments we all enjoy so much in genealogy. I had one myself not long ago.

After working on one of my grandparent’s branches I was having some fun searching different family surnames to see what I could find. As I was running my grandmother’s married name lo and behold I found an engagement announcement! I clicked on the article to find…my mother had been engaged one time before becoming engaged to, and then marrying, the man who was to become my father. This was a fact that had not been a topic of discussion in my life ever before.

Thank goodness my mom made the choice she did or I wouldn’t be here writing this today!

That was a close call…and a really fun discovery.

Family Search Uncovers Circus Elephant Story

Introduction: Scott Phillips is a genealogical historian and owner of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services. In this guest blog post, Scott speaks of his love of genealogy, and shares some of the family history discoveries he’s made—including the tale of an ancestor, a zookeeper, who was nearly trampled to death by Minnie, the lone elephant at Cleveland’s Brookfield Zoo, in 1915!

Right off the bat I’ll admit it. I’m a genealogy nut! My wife calls my pursuit of family history “our shadow.” My favorite quote is “I used to have a life and then I started doing genealogy.” Plus, I am hoping for another grandchild, simply because I have a myriad of historic family names that I think need to be carried on. I wonder what my chances are for either Lovejoy Cinderella for a granddaughter or Sylvia Marathan for a grandson?

Well, maybe not.

Additionally, it is a matter of great personal satisfaction that I have been able to trace my family roots, with documentation, to the 1500s on my father’s side (Phillipps and Cottle) in Cornwall, United Kingdom; to the early 1600s on my mother’s side (Vicha and Knechtl) in Bohemia, now the Czech Republic; and to the 1700s with my wife’s families (D’Aquila and Casagrande) in the Molise district of Italy. My Cornish and Bohemian immigrant ancestors all happened to find their separate ways to Cleveland, Ohio, between 1852 and 1911. My wife’s ancestors made their way to the Mesabi Iron Range of northern Minnesota.

The “Chase-of-the-Trace”

While the thrill of what I have dubbed the “chase-of-the-trace” is always amazing, I have to admit that, for me, the best part is more often the “little things.” You know, those human interest stories or unexpected items that one discovers pursuing genealogy and/or family histories. Sure there is the rush of excitement when we chip a brick out of a longstanding wall by finding a birth, marriage, or death certificate we’ve long been looking for, but to see the real lives of our ancestors unfold is what gets me truly excited.

A personal goal in my family tree and website (which I keep on the genealogy/social network site MyHeritage.com) is to find, capture, and then weave the threads of the culture, times, and values of our ancestors into what I call the quilt of our family history. For instance, in my family I will be the last person who will have grown up hearing Czech spoken in our home. I don’t want that memory to be lost. Not ever!

Sister Marjorie: the Chase Begins

Recently I got a phone call from a Cleveland cousin. Since I use our genealogy website as our worldwide family social network, she wanted to inform me of the passing of another cousin, Sister Marjorie. In the family we knew Sister Marjorie, before her vows, as Florence Kotrsal, a member of our Knechtl family branch. Cousin Florence had always intrigued me, especially since she was a twin (rare in our family tree) and I had not done any significant amount of work on her. As so often happens, the loss of a family member caused me to be doing something a bit too late.

First, I began learning more about her life as a member of the Order of the Sisters of Holy Humility of Mary where she lived for 73 years in Villa Maria, Pennsylvania. Next, I began to work more on her family members. I knew Florence was the daughter of Dr. Joseph J. Kotrsal (later, as with so many Slavic names in my family, “Americanized” to Kottershall) and Florence Kapl, and that Florence was the twin sister of Josephine. I began to move back in time and soon discovered I was in my favorite element, which is the early Bohemian community of Cleveland, Ohio.

As always, one of my first stops during my family history search was at GenealogyBank.com. I love the site and the coverage in the Cuyahoga County/Cleveland/Northeast, Ohio, area through the Plain Dealer and the Leader is excellent and very deep. Plus, with bated breath, I am awaiting their forthcoming additions of some of the early Cleveland Czech-language newspapers they recently acquired from the Balch Museum in Pennsylvania.

Sister Marjorie’s Father, Dr. Joseph J. Kotrsal (Kottershall)

J.J. Kotershall, Physician, Is Dead, Plain Dealer 11 December 1945

Obituary for Dr. Joseph J. Kotrsal (Kotershall), Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 11 December 1945, page 6

During my family search my first exciting discovery was that Florence’s father, Dr. Joseph J. Kotrsal, was the same medical doctor whose name I had seen frequently on death certificates and other documents. As I searched farther, I found his obituary, always a terrific find. As I read, I was amazed to see that Dr. Kotrsal was instrumental in bringing the very first x-ray machine to Cleveland, Ohio. Now you might think this would have changed him as a person or his practice, but his obituary states that he continued to focus on providing medical care in the Bohemian community of Cleveland his entire life.

An additional precept in my personal family history work is that I want to be as inclusive as possible, so I study spouses and their families for equal inclusion in my family tree. In this case, I directed my searching to Florence’s maternal grandparents, Joseph F. and Louise Mary (Babicky) Kapl.

Circus Elephant Story

But Never Again! Says Keeper Kapl of Minnie, Plain Dealer newspaper article, 23 March 1915

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 23 March 1915, page 4

The next item I found brought me to a stop. The first “hit” (of 31) in Historical Newspapers on Joseph Kapl, Florence’s grandfather, was a real keeper. Zookeeper that is! Not only was there a full newspaper article on this man, but there was a story, a terrific ink drawing of Joseph (so far the only picture anyone in the family has of him), and the unique story of how he was nearly trampled to death by Minnie, the lone elephant at Cleveland’s Brookfield Zoo, where Joseph happened to be Minnie’s keeper. Very kindly, the newspaper reporter even thought to list Joseph’s home address in the article, which matches spot-on with the 1920 United States Census listing for the Kottershall family.

Between the obituary for Dr. Kottershall and the wonderful circus elephant story with Joseph Kapl these newspaper articles gave me the exact threads I was seeking—ones that allow me to weave a bit of what the real lives of my ancestors were like into the quilt of our family history that I am still laboring over.

Ah, but what a labor of love it is!

Monthly Update: GenealogyBank Just Added 24 Million More Records!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our collection to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available online. We just completed adding 24 million more U.S. genealogy records, vastly increasing our content coverage from coast to coast!

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

  • A total of 152 newspaper titles from 42 U.S. states and the District of Columbia
  • Newspaper titles marked with an asterisk (*) are new to our online archive
  • We’ve shown the newspaper issue date ranges so that you can determine if the newly added content is relevant to your personal genealogy research

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

State City Title Date Range

Collection

Alabama Mobile Mobile Register 11/19/1862–12/02/1869

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Arkansas Little Rock Arkansas Gazette 11/30/1882–10/20/1899

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Arkansas Little Rock Arkansas State Press 06/25/1943–10/04/1957

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California Riverside Press and Horticulturist* 1/31/1880–8/26/1902

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California Riverside Riverside Daily Press 06/10/1886–12/30/1922

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California Riverside Riverside Independent Enterprise 03/03/1891–12/31/1922

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California San Diego Evening Tribune 12/04/1895–12/30/1922

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California San Diego San Diego Union 7/1/1898–11/26/1983

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California San Francisco San Francisco Abend Post 11/02/1871–08/14/1873

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Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Gazette 10/11/1915–10/11/1915

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Connecticut Norwich Norwich Aurora 08/11/1866–08/11/1866

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Delaware Wilmington Advance* 09/22/1900–09/22/1900

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District of Columbia Washington Washington Bee 12/26/1885–11/23/1889

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District of Columbia Washington Evening Star 3/2/1857–10/15/1880

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Florida Tampa Tampa Tribune 01/02/1895–12/29/1922

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Georgia Augusta Augusta Chronicle 08/16/1794–01/04/1860

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Georgia Marietta Marietta Journal 04/07/1892–03/02/1922

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Georgia Savannah Georgian* 06/12/1823–11/24/1830

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Idaho Idaho Falls Idaho Falls Times 6/9/1892–6/9/1892

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Illinois Chicago Broad Axe 09/21/1901–02/20/1904

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Illinois East Moline Common Bond 03/16/1978–10/12/1978

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Illinois Highland Highland Union 01/24/1873–09/09/1910

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Illinois Rockford Crusader 10/07/1955–03/03/1971

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Illinois Rockford Daily Register 01/06/1873–01/30/1891

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Illinois Rockford Daily Register-Gazette 1/31/1891–6/27/1930

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Illinois Rockford Morning Star 3/20/1888–1/1/1979

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Illinois Rockford Register Star 12/2/1979–7/27/1992

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Illinois Rockford Register-Republic 6/11/1948–9/20/1963

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Illinois Rockford Rockford Weekly Register-Gazette* 5/5/1866–5/13/1871

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Illinois Springfield Daily Illinois State Journal 1/26/1872–12/31/1922

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Illinois Springfield Daily Illinois State Register 4/25/1849–6/30/1908

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Indiana Indianapolis Freeman 02/09/1889–02/09/1889

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Indiana Indianapolis Recorder 01/27/1900–01/27/1900

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Kansas Coffeyville Vindicator 11/10/1905–11/10/1905

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Kansas Kansas City American Citizen 08/31/1900–08/31/1900

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Kansas Kansas City Kansas Elevator 03/25/1916–09/02/1916

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Kansas Lawrence For Our People* 09/08/1971–09/08/1971

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Kansas Salina Salina Enterprise 12/24/1908–01/28/1909

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Kansas Topeka Herald of Kansas 01/30/1880–01/30/1880

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Kansas Topeka Kansas State Tribune* 10/06/1881–10/06/1881

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Kansas Weir City Weir City Eagle 03/16/1900–03/16/1900

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Kansas Wichita Kansas Weekly Journal 02/05/1981–02/05/1981

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Kansas Wichita Wichita Times 08/24/1972–11/20/1975

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Kentucky Frankfort Frankfort Argus 11/16/1831–11/16/1831

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Louisiana Baton Rouge Daily Advocate 1/2/1854–10/31/1906

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Louisiana Baton Rouge Daily State 08/01/1906–07/16/1910

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Louisiana Baton Rouge State Times Advocate 1/1/1909–2/28/1967

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Louisiana Baton Rouge Weekly Advocate 12/24/1845–10/31/1903

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Louisiana New Orleans Courrier de la Louisiane 10/15/1823–01/05/1824

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Louisiana New Orleans New Orleans Tribune 04/11/1865–04/11/1865

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Louisiana New Orleans Times-Picayune 02/18/1906–02/18/1906

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Louisiana New Orleans Weekly Pelican 11/26/1887–11/26/1887

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Maryland Baltimore Afro-American 12/14/1895–12/14/1895

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Maine Hallowell Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette 09/25/1841–09/03/1842

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Maryland Bel Air National American 09/05/1856–08/10/1866

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Massachusetts Boston Boston Herald 7/2/1855–10/31/1932

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Massachusetts Boston Boston Post 04/29/1861–02/14/1870

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Massachusetts Nantucket Nantucket Inquirer 11/07/1838–11/28/1840

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Massachusetts New Bedford New-Bedford Mercury 10/26/1866–04/23/1869

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Massachusetts New Bedford Whaleman’s Shipping List and Merchants’ Transcript* 05/16/1843–10/23/1849

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Massachusetts Newburyport Newburyport Herald 05/31/1836–05/31/1836

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Massachusetts Quincy Patriot Ledger* 7/2/1917–12/29/1922

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Massachusetts Springfield Springfield Republican 01/01/1911–12/31/1922

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Massachusetts Springfield Springfield Union 1/4/1864–12/18/1987

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Massachusetts Worcester Massachusetts Spy 10/21/1870–12/29/1876

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Massachusetts Worcester National Aegis 12/13/1862–12/13/1862

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Michigan Adrian Daily Telegram 2/1/1904–12/22/1913

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Michigan Bay City Bay City Times 01/02/1889–12/30/1922

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Michigan Detroit Plaindealer* 01/13/1893–05/19/1893

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Michigan Jackson Jackson Citizen Patriot 07/11/1882–03/17/1902

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Michigan Sault Ste. Marie Evening News* 6/8/1907–12/28/1921

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Missouri Kansas City Rising Son 11/18/1904–08/09/1906

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Missouri Sedalia Sedalia Times 05/09/1903–05/09/1903

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Missouri St. Louis Missouri Gazette and Public Advertiser 10/5/1808–3/27/1813

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Montana Helena Helena Weekly Herald* 12/06/1866–11/25/1869

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Nebraska Omaha Omaha World Herald 11/16/1887–12/30/1941

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New Hampshire Dover Sun 10/26/1796–9/10/1808

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New Hampshire Portsmouth New-Hampshire Gazette 4/6/1847–4/6/1847

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New Hampshire Portsmouth Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics 05/14/1864–05/27/1876

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New Jersey Newark New Jersey Deutsche Zeitung 04/26/1880–10/14/1889

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New Jersey Trenton Sentinel 06/17/1882–11/13/1882

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New Jersey Trenton Trenton Evening Times 01/10/1884–08/20/1891

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New York Albany Albany Argus 11/21/1872–11/29/1886

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New York Auburn Auburn Journal and Advertiser 02/14/1840–07/12/1843

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New York Auburn Cayuga Republican* 03/31/1819–01/16/1833

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New York New York Commercial Advertiser 03/04/1861–03/04/1861

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New York New York Evening Post* 01/02/1823–12/31/1823

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New York New York New York Age 08/30/1890–03/07/1891

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New York New York New York Freeman 04/24/1886–01/29/1887

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New York Schenectady Cabinet* 01/20/1824–12/26/1854

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New York Utica Columbian Gazette 1/7/1805–2/28/1815

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North Carolina Greensboro Greensboro Daily News 6/1/1906–9/30/1906

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North Carolina Greensboro Greensboro Record 1/16/1923–6/30/1930

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North Carolina Hillsborough Hillsborough Recorder* 03/10/1824–05/10/1865

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North Carolina Winston-Salem Winston-Salem Journal 08/30/1898–09/30/1921

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Ohio Canton Canton Repository* 7/3/1884–12/28/1905

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Ohio Canton Repository 1/31/1898–5/19/1925

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Ohio Cleveland Cleveland Gazette 05/09/1885–11/25/1944

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Ohio Cleveland Plain Dealer 12/28/1883–03/24/1912

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Ohio Wooster Wooster Republican 08/06/1857–08/06/1857

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Oklahoma Langston Langston City Herald 04/30/1892–04/30/1892

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Oklahoma Oklahoma City Guide 03/30/1899–09/19/1901

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Oregon Portland Oregonian 09/15/1907–09/15/1907

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Pennsylvania Harrisburg Patriot 12/08/1903–12/29/1922

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Pennsylvania Philadelphia Illustrated New Age 6/25/1864–6/25/1864

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Pennsylvania Washington Washington Reporter 08/23/1848–12/20/1876

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Pennsylvania Washington Washington Review and Examiner 06/28/1823–06/28/1823

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Rhode Island Newport Newport Mercury 08/24/1872–12/07/1872

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Rhode Island Providence Providence Evening Press 09/19/1872–12/24/1872

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South Carolina Charleston Charleston Courier 01/01/1833–11/27/1858

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Texas Austin Austin City Gazette 08/25/1841–08/25/1841

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Texas Clarksville Standard 1/8/1852–10/2/1852

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Texas Dallas Dallas Morning News 4/5/1984–9/19/1984

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Utah Salt Lake City Salt Lake Telegram 08/12/1902–11/20/1914

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Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Daily Messenger 10/25/1872–10/07/1922

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Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Messenger 08/29/1918–08/29/1918

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Vermont Windsor Vermont Republican 03/05/1821–07/23/1821

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Virginia Alexandria Alexandria Gazette 02/03/1873–12/31/1875

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Virginia Norfolk Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger 11/09/1808–06/09/1813

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Virginia Richmond Enquirer 12/09/1873–08/22/1876

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Virginia Richmond Richmond Times Dispatch 1/27/1903–2/28/1943

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Virginia Richmond Richmond Whig 11/13/1840–09/05/1856

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Alaska Nome Nome Nugget, The* 01/06/2011–Current

Newspaper Obituaries

Arkansas Farmington Washington County Enterprise-Leader* 02/15/2012–Current

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Arkansas Gravette Westside Eagle Observer* 02/15/2012–Current

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Arkansas Pea Ridge Times of Northeast Benton County, The* 02/15/2012–Current

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California Cupertino La Voz Weekly: De Anza College* 05/15/2000–Current

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Florida Lakeland Ledger, The: Blogs* 07/17/2007–Current

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Georgia Woodstock Cherokee Ledger-News, The* 08/18/2010–Current

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Massachusetts Jamaica Plain Mission Hill Gazette* 01/16/2009–Current

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Michigan Detroit Detroit News, The: Web Edition Articles* 11/17/2011–Current

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Mississippi Oxford Oxford Eagle, The* 02/09/2012–Current

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Missouri Noel, Lanagan McDonald County Press, The* 11/12/2009–Current

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National National Christian Science Monitor, The* 05/07/1987–Current

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North Carolina Mount Olive Mount Olive Tribune* 10/06/2011–Current

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North Dakota Beulah Beulah Beacon* 01/06/2011–Current

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North Dakota Center Center Republican* 01/27/2011–Current

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North Dakota Garrison McLean County Independent* 01/06/2011–Current

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North Dakota Hazen Hazen Star* 01/06/2011–Current

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North Dakota McClusky McClusky Gazette* 01/06/2011–Current

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North Dakota New Town New Town News* 01/07/2011–Current

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North Dakota Parshall Mountrail County Record* 01/07/2011–Current

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North Dakota Turtle Lake McLean County Journal* 01/06/2011–Current

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North Dakota Underwood Underwood News* 01/06/2011–Current

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North Dakota Velva Velva Area Voice* 01/20/2011–Current

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North Dakota Washburn Leader-News, The* 01/06/2011–Current

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Ohio Bluffton Bluffton News* 12/30/2010–Current

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Ohio North Baltimore North Baltimore News* 08/25/2011–Current

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Tennessee Chattanooga Chattanooga Times Free Press* 04/01/2011–Current

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Texas Irving Irving Rambler, The* 07/02/2011–Current

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Wisconsin Brookfield Brookfield-Elm Grove NOW: Blogs* 01/14/2010–Current

Newspaper Obituaries

Wisconsin Hartland Living Lake Country: Blogs* 01/10/2011–Current

Newspaper Obituaries

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.

31 Million Records Added to Our Archives in February!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our online collections to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available anywhere. In fact, we’ve already added 31 million new genealogy records to our historical newspaper archives and obituary archives this February 2012 and we’re just getting started!

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

  • A total of 120 newspaper titles from 30 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia
  • Newspaper titles marked with an asterisk (*) are obituaries only and are new to our obituary archives
  • Newspaper titles marked with a plus sign (+) are historical newspapers new to our historical newspaper archives
  • We’ve shown the newspaper date ranges so that you can determine if the new content is relevant to your genealogy research

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

State City Newspaper Title Start Date End Date
AK Bethel Delta Discovery* 2011 Current
AL Mobile Mobile Register 1858 1869
AR Jonesboro Jonesboro Daily News 1909 1909
AR Little Rock Arkansas Democrat-Gazette* 2011 Current
AR Little Rock Arkansas Gazette 1819 1908
AR Sil. Springs Siloam Sp. Herald-Leader* 2011 Current
AR Jonesboro Jonesboro Evening Sun 1906 1922
AR Jonesboro Jo. Weekly Times-Enterprise 1906 1906
AR Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Sun 1922 1922
CA San Diego San Diego Union 1912 1965
CA San Diego Evening Tribune 1900 1932
CA Riverside Riverside Daily Press 1939 1949
CA El Centro Imperial Valley Press* 2001 Current
CO Denver Den. Rocky Mountain News 1880 1922
CO Denver Denver Post 1906 1906
CO Denver Rocky Mountain News 1859 1862
CT Hartford Connecticut Courant 1842 1843
CT Hartford Times 1836 1837
CT Hartford American Mercury 1830 1833
CT Norwich Norwich Aurora 1858 1873
CT New Haven Columbian Register 1831 1851
CT Litchfield Litchfield Republican 1848 1855
DC Washington United States Telegraph 1827 1829
DE Wilmington Delaware Gazette 1787 1787
FL Tampa Tampa Tribune 1929 1931
FL Pensacola Pensacola Gazette+ 1843 1848
GA Marietta Marietta Journal 1979 1985
GA Augusta Daily Constitutionalist+ 1840 1861
GA Milledgeville Georgia Journal 1822 1832
GA Savannah Daily Georgian 1826 1832
GA Augusta Augusta Chronicle 1792 1922
IA Forest City Britt News Tribune* 2003 Current
ID Idaho Falls Idaho Register 1892 1892
ID Twin Falls Twin Falls News 1920 1920
IL Rockford Register-Republic 1957 1957
IL Rockford Register Star 2007 2007
IL Shorewood Shorewood Sentinel* 2011 Current
IL Springfield Illinois State Register+ 1840 1844
IL Niles Bugle* 2011 Current
KY Maysville Ledger Independent* 2002 Current
LA New Orleans Courrier de la Louisiane 1823 1824
LA New Orleans Times-Picayune 1901 1914
LA Baton Rouge Advocate 1945 1985
LA Baton Rouge Daily Advocate 1869 1883
LA Baton Rouge State Times Advocate 1922 1922
MA Boston Weekly Messenger 1831 1831
MA Northampton Hampshire Gazette 1826 1840
MA Worcester National Aegis 1822 1876
MA Boston Repertory 1821 1821
MA Newburyport Newburyport Herald 1834 1837
MA Boston Boston Commercial Gazette 1835 1840
MA Worcester Massachusetts Spy 1821 1869
MA W. Springfield American Intelligencer 1796 1796
MA Springfield Hampden Whig 1830 1837
MA Springfield Springfield Union 1913 1915
MA Boston Sat. Morning Transcript+ 1835 1838
MA Nantucket Nantucket Inquirer 1826 1841
MA Boston Boston Herald 1893 1907
MA New Bedford New-Bedford Mercury 1857 1869
MA Salem Salem Register 1841 1856
MA Boston Boston Courier 1845 1845
MI Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Gazette 1876 1876
MI Petoskey Petoskey News-Review* 2001 Current
MI Charlevoix Charlevoix Courier* 2009 Current
MI Jackson Jackson Citizen 1897 1897
MN Winona Winona Daily News* 2001 Current
NC Cary Cary News* 2011 Current
NC Wins.-Salem Winston-Salem Journal 1917 1928
NC Smithfield Smithfield Herald* 2011 Current
NC Zebulon Eastern Wake News* 2011 Current
NC Fayetteville Carolina Observer+ 1824 1830
NE Omaha Omaha World Herald 1957 1983
NE Beatrice Beatrice Daily Sun* 2002 Current
NH Portsmouth P. Jrnl. of Lit. and Politics 1860 1872
NH Concord New-Hampshire Patriot 1861 1861
NJ Trenton True American 1801 1812
NJ Morristown Genius of Liberty 1798 1805
NJ Trenton Trenton Evening Times 1916 1916
NY Cazenovia Pilot 1818 1822
NY New York Spectator 1842 1851
NY Sara. Springs Saratoga Sentinel 1826 1837
NY New York New York Herald-Tribune 1887 1887
NY New York New-York Gazette 1803 1803
NY New York Commercial Advertiser 1821 1876
NY Auburn Aub. Journal and Advertiser+ 1837 1846
NY New York Weekly Visitor 1822 1823
NY Syracuse Post-Standard: Blogs* 2011 Current
NY New York New York Herald 1876 1876
NY Albany Albany Argus 1823 1869
OH Chillicothe Supporter & Scioto Gazette+ 1821 1827
OH Cleveland Plain Dealer 1847 1922
OH Canton Repository 1939 1939
OR Portland Oregonian 1904 1904
PA Somerset Daily American* 2011 Current
PA Philadelphia Philadelphia Inquirer 1830 1859
PA Washington Washington Reporter 1821 1869
PA Philadelphia National Gazette 1827 1835
PA Harrisburg Patriot 1866 1912
PA Pittsburgh Tree of Liberty 1801 1802
PA Harrisburg Harrisburg Republican 1816 1818
SC Charleston Charleston Courier 1822 1872
SC Charleston South-Carolina State-Gazette 1801 1801
SC Charleston Charleston Mercury 1860 1868
TX Dallas Dallas Morning News 1983 1984
TX Marble Falls River Cities Daily Tribune* 2010 Current
TX Lexington Lexington Leader* 2009 Current
TX Texarkana Texarkana Gazette* 2011 Current
VA Richmond Virginia Patriot 1814 1814
VA Richmond Richmond Times Dispatch 1929 1930
VA Richmond Richmond Enquirer 1867 1870
VA Norfolk N. Gazette & Publick Ledger 1804 1816
VA Alexandria Alexandria Gazette 1823 1870
VA Richmond Richmond Whig 1833 1874
VT St. Albans St. Albans Daily Messenger 1861 1872
VT St. Albans St. Albans Transcript+ 1873 1873
VT St. Albans St. Albans Messenger 1850 1921
VT Windsor Vermont Journal 1862 1862
VT Windsor Vermont Republican 1821 1828
VT Brattleboro Vermont Phoenix 1866 1866
WI Chip. Falls Chippewa Herald* 1999 Current

You can also view our complete title list of U.S. newspapers by state.

Millions of New Newspaper Records Added in January

GenealogyBank adds new content daily to its U.S. newspaper archives, an expansive online collection of 5,850 newspapers and more than one billion articles and records—and growing!

January 2012 was one of our best months ever: GenealogyBank added 31 million digitized records with newspapers from 31 states to our archives for you to search online. Here is a listing of all of January’s newspaper content additions.

State City Title Coverage  
Alabama Mobile Mobile Register 07/01/1858–10/31/1869
Alaska Bethel Delta Discovery, The* 07/15/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Arkansas Jonesboro Jonesboro Daily News 01/07/1909–04/08/1909
Arkansas Jonesboro Jonesboro Evening Sun 12/08/1906–12/23/1922
Arkansas Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Sun 05/31/1922–05/31/1922
Arkansas Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Times-Enterprise 05/10/1906–05/10/1906
Arkansas Little Rock Arkansas Democrat-Gazette* 10/30/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Arkansas Little Rock Arkansas Gazette 11/20/1819–11/01/1908
Arkansas Siloam Springs Siloam Springs Herald-Leader, The* 11/16/2011–Current Obituaries Only
California El Centro Imperial Valley Press* 01/02/2001–Current Obituaries Only
California Riverside Riverside Daily Press 7/1/1939–2/8/1949
California San Diego Evening Tribune 1/1/1900–10/24/1932
California San Diego San Diego Union 4/3/1912–6/30/1965
Colorado Denver Denver Post 3/8/1906–3/8/1906
Colorado Denver Denver Rocky Mountain News 10/2/1880–12/25/1922
Colorado Denver Rocky Mountain News 4/23/1859–4/19/1862
Connecticut Hartford American Mercury 01/19/1830–06/25/1833
Connecticut Hartford Connecticut Courant 02/19/1842–12/23/1843
Connecticut Hartford Times 2/27/1836–8/5/1837
Connecticut Litchfield Litchfield Republican 05/04/1848–09/28/1855
Connecticut New Haven Columbian Register 01/08/1831–09/13/1851
Connecticut Norwich Norwich Aurora 01/02/1858–12/24/1873
Delaware Wilmington Delaware Gazette 04/11/1787–10/31/1787
District of Columbia Washington United States Telegraph 05/21/1827–07/07/1829
Florida Pensacola Pensacola Gazette* 01/14/1843–03/25/1848
Florida Tampa Tampa Tribune 3/17/1929–10/7/1931
Georgia Augusta Augusta Chronicle 01/21/1792–12/31/1922
Georgia Augusta Daily Constitutionalist* 05/14/1840–04/09/1861
Georgia Marietta Marietta Journal 10/14/1979–9/9/1985
Georgia Milledgeville Georgia Journal 07/02/1822–03/08/1832
Georgia Savannah Daily Georgian 09/16/1826–07/19/1832
Idaho Idaho Falls Idaho Register 08/05/1892–08/05/1892
Idaho Twin Falls Twin Falls News 09/17/1920–09/17/1920
Illinois Niles Bugle, The* 08/18/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Illinois Rockford Register Star 3/31/2007–5/30/2007
Illinois Rockford Register-Republic 6/21/1957–6/21/1957
Illinois Shorewood Shorewood Sentinel, The* 06/13/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Illinois Springfield Illinois State Register* 11/13/1840–12/27/1844
Iowa Forest City Britt News Tribune* 03/20/2003–Current Obituaries Only
Kentucky Maysville Ledger Independent, The* 07/11/2002–Current Obituaries Only
Louisiana Baton Rouge Advocate 6/29/1945–12/31/1985
Louisiana Baton Rouge Daily Advocate 9/8/1869–3/27/1883
Louisiana Baton Rouge State Times Advocate 1/7/1922–8/25/1922
Louisiana New Orleans Courrier de la Louisiane 01/06/1823–01/14/1824
Louisiana New Orleans Times-Picayune 04/26/1901–05/21/1914
Massachusetts Boston Boston Commercial Gazette 04/16/1835–01/23/1840
Massachusetts Boston Boston Courier 1/2/1845–7/17/1845
Massachusetts Boston Boston Herald 7/4/1893–12/6/1907
Massachusetts Boston Repertory 1/11/1821–3/27/1821
Massachusetts Boston Saturday Morning Transcript* 02/07/1835–12/29/1838
Massachusetts Boston Weekly Messenger 03/03/1831–03/03/1831
Massachusetts Nantucket Nantucket Inquirer 04/22/1826–12/04/1841
Massachusetts New Bedford New-Bedford Mercury 01/02/1857–12/31/1869
Massachusetts Newburyport Newburyport Herald 02/07/1834–01/03/1837
Massachusetts Northampton Hampshire Gazette 01/04/1826–09/02/1840
Massachusetts Salem Salem Register 11/18/1841–8/4/1856
Massachusetts Springfield Hampden Whig 02/24/1830–09/27/1837
Massachusetts Springfield Springfield Union 1/1/1913–3/31/1915
Massachusetts West Springfield American Intelligencer 08/09/1796–08/09/1796
Massachusetts Worcester Massachusetts Spy 03/14/1821–12/31/1869
Massachusetts Worcester National Aegis 10/23/1822–12/23/1876
Michigan Charlevoix Charlevoix Courier* 01/02/2009–Current Obituaries Only
Michigan Jackson Jackson Citizen 01/08/1897–04/23/1897
Michigan Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Gazette 07/21/1876–07/21/1876
Michigan Petoskey Petoskey News-Review* 04/16/2001–Current Obituaries Only
Minnesota Winona Winona Daily News* 05/15/2001–Current Obituaries Only
Nebraska Beatrice Beatrice Daily Sun* 06/10/2002–Current Obituaries Only
Nebraska Omaha Omaha World Herald 12/15/1957–12/25/1983
New Hampshire Concord New-Hampshire Patriot 2/20/1861–2/20/1861
New Hampshire Portsmouth Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics 01/07/1860–09/28/1872
New Jersey Morristown Genius of Liberty 10/25/1798–04/11/1805
New Jersey Trenton Trenton Evening Times 03/14/1916–06/29/1916
New Jersey Trenton True American 12/29/1801–12/14/1812
New York Albany Albany Argus 01/03/1823–04/30/1869
New York Auburn Auburn Journal and Advertiser* 05/31/1837–12/30/1846
New York Cazenovia Pilot 05/13/1818–11/28/1822
New York New York Commercial Advertiser 04/04/1821–11/21/1876
New York New York New York Herald 4/14/1876–4/14/1876
New York New York New York Herald-Tribune 12/24/1887–12/24/1887
New York New York New-York Gazette 03/03/1803–03/04/1803
New York New York Spectator 04/30/1842–08/18/1851
New York New York Weekly Visitor 11/03/1822–04/26/1823
New York Saratoga Springs Saratoga Sentinel 5/9/1826–3/14/1837
New York Syracuse Post-Standard, The: Blogs* 02/18/2011–Current Obituaries Only
North Carolina Cary Cary News, The* 02/13/2011–Current Obituaries Only
North Carolina Fayetteville Carolina Observer* 12/09/1824–11/04/1830
North Carolina Smithfield Smithfield Herald, The* 01/19/2011–Current Obituaries Only
North Carolina Winston-Salem Winston-Salem Journal 5/30/1917–4/28/1928
North Carolina Zebulon Eastern Wake News* 01/19/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Ohio Canton Repository 9/1/1939–9/22/1939
Ohio Chillicothe Supporter and Scioto Gazette* 02/21/1821–02/08/1827
Ohio Cleveland Plain Dealer 07/23/1847–11/05/1922
Oregon Portland Oregonian 08/04/1904–08/04/1904
Pennsylvania Harrisburg Harrisburg Republican 12/17/1816–07/17/1818
Pennsylvania Harrisburg Patriot 01/01/1866–12/19/1912
Pennsylvania Philadelphia National Gazette 9/20/1827–6/9/1835
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Philadelphia Inquirer 02/04/1830–05/28/1859
Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Tree of Liberty 02/22/1801–10/16/1802
Pennsylvania Somerset Daily American, The* 01/12/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Pennsylvania Washington Washington Reporter 01/01/1821–06/16/1869
South Carolina Charleston Charleston Courier 07/08/1822–04/25/1872
South Carolina Charleston Charleston Mercury 04/18/1860–07/11/1868
South Carolina Charleston South-Carolina State-Gazette 9/24/1801–9/24/1801
Texas Dallas Dallas Morning News 11/16/1983–4/20/1984
Texas Lexington Lexington Leader* 04/09/2009–Current Obituaries Only
Texas Marble Falls River Cities Daily Tribune, The* 02/25/2010–Current Obituaries Only
Texas Texarkana Texarkana Gazette* 10/28/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Vermont Brattleboro Vermont Phoenix 2/23/1866–12/14/1866
Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Daily Messenger 04/24/1861–10/23/1872
Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Messenger 10/10/1850–09/29/1921
Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Transcript* 04/05/1873–04/05/1873
Vermont Windsor Vermont Journal 02/15/1862–02/15/1862
Vermont Windsor Vermont Republican 01/01/1821–05/10/1828
Virginia Alexandria Alexandria Gazette 01/02/1823–03/31/1870
Virginia Norfolk Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger 07/17/1804–09/17/1816
Virginia Richmond Richmond Enquirer 07/29/1867–04/28/1870
Virginia Richmond Richmond Times Dispatch 9/15/1929–3/3/1930
Virginia Richmond Richmond Whig 02/16/1833–12/29/1874
Virginia Richmond Virginia Patriot 04/27/1814–04/27/1814
Wisconsin Chippewa Falls Chippewa Herald, The* 01/30/1999–Current Obituaries Only

 

Amazing True Story of Shipwreck Survival

Last week I spotted the unusual story of a man saved from dying in a shipwreck in the middle of the night when he spotted a floating box—it turned out to be his wife’s coffin that he was bringing home for burial!

The newspaper article containing this incredible survival story was printed by the Albany Evening Journal (Albany, New York), 4 December 1855, page 2.

What an amazing newspaper article—and yet it seemed to me something wasn’t quite right about this story:

  • When and where was the shipwreck of the steamer Anthony Wayne?
  • Why no first name for the husband?
  • Why no name for the wife?
  • Did steamers travel from Chicago to Philadelphia?
  • Was there more to this story?

Digging deeper into GenealogyBank’s historical newspaper archives I found this article, printed by the Daily Ohio Statesman (Columbus, Ohio), 1 May 1850, page 2, with this startling headline: “Awful Calamity. Explosion of the Steamboat Anthony Wayne. Forty Lives Lost!!”

 

So, the steamer ship exploded on Saturday, April 27, 1850, while en route from Sandusky, Ohio, to Buffalo, New York. The accident happened on Lake Erie, about six or seven miles offshore of Vermillion, Ohio.

I kept researching and found more details—but no names—in this newspaper article, printed by the Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 30 April 1850, page 2.

Here was a contemporary account of this horrific ship explosion tragedy, but still not all the details

A gentleman “going east to bury his wife and child”:

  • Traveling with “the balance of his family, two small children”
  • Following the explosion, he “launched the coffin” as a makeshift life raft
  • Labored with “a child grasped under each arm with a most desperate struggle”
  • Sadly, he “lost his boy” and was forced to abandon the remains of “his wife and child”

As news reporting improved and more details about the survivors and the deceased were gathered, the

Newport Mercury (Newport, Rhode Island), 11 May 1850, page 2, gave more of the story.

This newspaper article has provided us with more details about the survival story:

  • Archer Brackney was the father trying to rescue his family
  • He was from Lafayette, Iowa
  • The coffin contained both corpses of “his wife and child”
  • We learn of his desperate struggle to save his “two living children”
  • Sadly, “his little boy, two years old, was drowned in his arms”
  • He managed to save his little girl, “who was clinging around his neck, crying ‘Papa! We shall drown!’”

Researching further in GenealogyBank’s newspaper archives, I uncovered more of the real story.

The coroner held an inquest and the results were published in the Sandusky Register (Sandusky, Ohio), 30 April 1850, page 2.

This verified the essentials of the survival story.

Now to dig deeper and see what more details can be found about this shipwreck tragedy and real life story of survival. It’s amazing how much information you can find in historical newspaper archives!