Archivist of the US to speak at FGS Conference

Breaking News:

The Federation of Genealogical Societies has announced that Archivist of the US David Ferriero, will be speaking at the annual FGS Conference – on Wednesday August 18th in Knoxville, TN.

He will be the luncheon speaker at the Focus on Societies Luncheon. His topic will be The Citizen-Archivist. He will also speak about the War of 1812 Digitization Project and have a question and answer period.

That same day he will also give remarks at the Librarian’s Day conference.

The FGS Annual Conference takes place in Knoxville, Tennessee from August 18-21, 2010. “Rediscovering America’s First Frontier” is the conference theme and it is co-hosted by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Kentucky Historical Society.

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6 more newspapers go online

GenealogyBank adds more newspapers from 6 states.

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Mammoth Times (Mammoth Lakes, CA)
Obituaries: 10/09/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 10/07/2009 – Current

Montrose Daily Press, The (Montrose, CO)
Obituaries: 11/25/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 10/18/2009 – Current

Ridgefield Press, The (Ridgefield, CT)
Obituaries: 10/08/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 01/27/2010 – Current

Hernando Today (Brooksville, FL)
Obituaries: 11/16/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 10/03/2009 – Current

Independent Enterprise (Payette, ID)
Obituaries: None received to date
Death Notices: 10/03/2009 – Current:

Indianapolis Recorder, The (Indianapolis, IN)
Obituaries: 10/22/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 01/21/2010 – Current

Pilot-News (Plymouth, IN)
Obituaries: 10/31/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 01/28/2010 – Current

City Directories

Thousands of city directories are going online.

City directories are a basic tool for genealogists. City directories are like an annual census of the cities and towns across America. Now – thousands of them are being digitized and put online.

Read about the history of city directories here: Williams, A.V. Growth and Development of City Directories. Cincinnati, OH: Williams Directory, Co., 1913. 152p.
Download and Keep this book in your personal library!

City directories usually listed all adult residents of the community. Typical entries give:

Name; address; occupation; relationships; notification that a person moved & where they moved to; divorce dates/remarriages; widows etc.

Here is an example of entries identifying widows – giving the names of their deceased husbands in the Indianapolis 1914 City Directory. Here are just a few examples of the city directories that are going online:

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Internet Archive has over 2,300 city directories online and Google Books has over 1,000 city directories online. These directories are not on GenealogyBank. All genealogists should use those sites to find city directories. Good things are happening all across the Internet.

It is a great day for genealogy!

Georgia Newspapers Online

Georgia newspapers online: GenealogyBank puts four Georgia newspapers online.

Augusta, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia.
It’s been an amazing month – these are just four of the 190 newspapers, from 34 states added this month …. and we’re not done yet!
We’re adding even more newspapers in the next few days…

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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.


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

GenealogyBank adds and expands 25 newspapers in 17 states.

GenealogyBank adds and expands 25 newspapers in 17 states.

AK. Juneau.
Daily Record-Miner
1 issue. 10/8/1903

CO. Colorado Springs
Gazette-Telegraph. 12 issues. 5/24/1903 to 3/11/1920

CT. Middletown
Constitution. 37 issues. 1878-01-01 to 1878-12-03

CT. New London
New London Gazette. 146 issues. 1828-01-07 to 1835-12-30

KY. Louisville
Western Courier*. 148issues 1813-11-16 to 1816-09-26

LA. New Orleans
Times Picayune. 246 issues. 1861-05-15 to 1894-09-04

MD. Baltimore
Baltimore American. 12 issues. 6/27/1905 to 8/12/1911
MD. Baltimore
Federal Republican. 232 issues. 1811-03-19 to 1812-06-18

NC. Henderson
Daily Dispatch. 4/10/2002 to Present

NE. Nebraska City
Daily Nebraska Press. 2 issues. 1875-04-12 to 1875-08-23

NJ. Cranford
Chranford Chronicle. 6/9/2005 to Present

NJ. Somerville

Chronicle. 6/11/2005 to 3/3/2007
NJ. Somerville
Reporter. 6/9/2005 to Present

NJ. Summit
Independent Press. 8/2/2006 to Present
NJ. Trenton
Trenton State Gazette. 303 issues. 1849-01-01 to 1849-12-31

NY. New York
New York Herald. 206 issues. 1874-04-25 to 1883-12-17

OH. Cincinnati
Cincinnati Volksfreund*. 813 issues. 1863-02-18 to 12/28/1904

OH. Cleveland
Plain-Dealer. 307 issues. 1/15/1914 to 9/27/1922

OR. Portland
Oregonian. 1920 issues. 1867-04-22 to 3/10/1907

PA. Philadelphia
Aurora General Advertiser. 12 issues. 1797-03-01 to 1797-10-18

RI. Pawtucket
Pawtucket Times. 1 issue. 3/18/1920

SC. Charleston
City Gazette. 512 issues. 1823-01-01 to 1825-12-31

SD. Pierre
Capital Journal. 12/11/2007 to Present

UT. Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Telegram. 1 issue. 3/28/1919
UT. Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Tribune. 1 issue. 1893-03-02

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Jamaican historical documents being rescued

The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme reported this week that it has completed its Inventory of Archival Holdings in Jamaica – zeroing in on the records at greatest risk.

The report concentrated on manuscript genealogical resources most at risk, “specifically in the National Library of Jamaica and the Roman Catholic Chancery, as well as in the Elsa Goveia Reading Room at the University of the West Indies at Mona. Also targeted are the Jamaica Archives located in Spanish Town.

The physical condition of documents ranges from very poor to fair, with many documents crumbling and in danger of disappearing. The most urgent attention should be directed at the Chancery, which does not have a preservation department and is not a formal archive. There is concern within the Chancery at the decaying state of the documents and this initiative to digitize documents is welcomed.”

"I sank the Bismarck"

The London Daily Telegraph (9 June 2009) is reporting that it was John Moffat, an RAF pilot, who dropped the torpedo that led to the sinking of the Bismarck on May 28, 1941.

(Click here to read the entire article Dallas Morning News 31 May 1941).

The sinking of the Bismarck is a powerful story. The US was not in the war yet – but the headlines of the war in Europe and Asia had gripped the country for years. Pearl Harbor would not be attacked for another 7 months.

(Dallas Morning News 8 Dec 1961).

Songs were sung about that day.

Whether you are researching your ancestor’s in World War II or the Revolutionary War you will depend on GenealogyBank to get the job done.

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Thank you to History News Network for alerting me to this story. adds 14 newspapers from states – Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, North Carolina adds 14 newspapers from 5 states – Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, North Carolina

Daily World, The (Helena, West Helena, AR)
Obituaries: 06/26/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 05/27/2008 – Current

Hope Star (Hope, AR)

Obituaries: 10/20/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 11/18/2008 – Current

Apache Junction-Gold Canyon Independent (Apache Junction, AZ)
Obituaries: 07/01/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 11/13/2007 – Current

East Mesa Independent (Apache Junction, AZ)
Obituaries: 01/01/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 11/13/2007 – Current
Notes: No Data: 5/6/2008-12/30/2008

North Scottsdale Independent (Scottsdale, AZ)
Obituaries: 01/16/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 02/27/2008 – Current

Peoria Independent (Peoria, AZ)
Obituaries: 01/16/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 01/16/2008 – Current

Queen Creek Independent (Queen Creek, AZ)
Obituaries: 08/27/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 01/30/2008 – Current
Notes: No Data: 5/7/2008-12/31/2008

Sun City West Independent (Sun City West, AZ)
Obituaries: 04/29/2009 – Current
Death Notices: 01/02/2008 – Current

Sun City-Youngtown Independent (Sun City-Youngtown, AZ)
Obituaries: 07/16/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 01/02/2008 – Current

Surprise Independent (Surprise, AZ)
Obituaries: 04/16/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 01/02/2008 – Current

Town of Paradise Valley Independent (Paradise Valley, AZ)
Obituaries: 01/16/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 01/28/2009 – Current

La Junta Tribune-Democrat (La Junta, CO)
Obituaries: 04/17/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 03/27/2008 – Current

Washington Times-Herald, The (Washington, IN)
Obituaries: 11/23/2007 – Current
Death Notices: 11/05/2007 – Current

Salisbury Post (Salisbury, Spencer, NC)
Obituaries: 12/01/1998 – Current:

Portuguese-American newspaper going online

Diario de Noticias 1919-1973 is going online at University of Massachusetts Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives.

UMASS Dartmouth is putting the backfile of the Portuguese-American newspaper Diario de Noticias 1919-1973 free online.

University officials also announced that they have set September 18 as the official grand opening of the Ferreira Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, which the University is planning to make the most comprehensive and accessible U.S. collection of the information related to the Portuguese-American experience.

The digitization project, completed by the Claire T. Carney Library’s Ferreira Mendes Portuguese-American Archives in collaboration with the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, will make the 84,010 pages from 16,641 issues of the Diario de Noticias freely accessible to the world.

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“By digitizing these documents, we are now able to share this unique resource with the rest of the world,” UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. “Thanks the financial support of the Azorean government, Luis Pedroso, and Elisia Saab — students, faculty and citizens from the SouthCoast to all corners of the globe, will have a major collection of Portuguese-American history at their fingertips. This is an exciting step in our development as the premier U.S. center of teaching and research related to the Portuguese-American experience which has shaped so much of our local and global history.”

Chancellor MacCormack also announced that the University will officially open the new archives facility with a major celebration on September 18.

Diario de Noticias was the most influential Portuguese-American newspaper of its era and the only Portuguese-American daily newspaper for much of that time. The newspaper was a critical independent voice during the dictatorship of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar (1928 to 1968).

The Diario de Noticias, widely known at the time as the “Portuguese Daily News,” began as Alvorada Diária (Daily Awakening) in 1919, when Guilherme Luiz purchased A Alvorada, a weekly Portuguese-language newspaper published in New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 1919 it became a daily, and in 1927 the name was changed to Diário de Notícias.

João R. Rocha purchased half ownership in 1940, and then bought out the paper, becoming publisher and sole owner in 1943. The paper enjoyed great success and a circulation of up to 10,000 that spanned the entire region, and was also read across the country, where the Portuguese had settled since the nineteenth century, and even in Portugal. It ceased publication when Rocha retired in 1973.

Its local successors are the Portuguese Times and O Jornal. “The Diario de Noticias is an invaluable resource for the study of the Portuguese-American daily experience in the region and beyond,” said Dr. Frank Sousa, director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture.

“In the advertisements and photographs we can glimpse the clothes people wore and the goods they purchased and for how much. There is news from the community not available in other newspapers, with reporting on local clubs, religious organizations, societies, businesses and politics. Weddings, births, and deaths are reported, providing a valuable source for social historians and genealogists.

“The goal of the ongoing digitization project is to provide the most comprehensive single source of Portuguese language newspapers published in the United States from the early nineteenth century to the present. The project is funded by the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, Elisia Saab, co-founder of Advanced Polymers, Inc.; and Luis Pedroso, president of Accutronics, Inc.

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