‘Great American Success Story’ – William & James Ledford

We receive “fan mail” every day – this letter was so good I wanted to share it.
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Tom,
I’ve been working, several months, on an ‘Great American Success Story’. William L. Ledford and his brother James E. Ledford were born in the mid 1840′s in Cherokee County, NC. by the time they were 6 & 7 years their father had died and they were working in the newly discovered and opened copper mines in eastern Polk Co., TN.

They both married in 1866 and both had children. By 1878 they, with others emigrated to Leadville, Colorado to get into the same industry there but with little success. By the 1890′s they had gone to Butte, Montana. Both their wives had died…both had re-married.

In Butte James ran a saloon selling “Overland Rye Whiskey”. William (WL) had obtained a lease on the land surrounding the streams running from two of the area mines. He knew of a precipitation method he’d learned in Polk’s mines that folks there obviously didn’t know. Newspaper accounts give WL and Jim credit for ‘inventing’ the method on several occasions. In three years WL had accumulated over 100,000.00. A fair sum in 1895. He returned to Tennessee with his new wife and only a few of his children.

We were just about to initiate a search for son Thomas when I subbed to GenealogyBank. Thanks to a fantastic find with your service I located several different articles concerning W.L. and Jim Ledford but one was simply outstanding. It seems that Thomas had died sometime between mid 1898 and July 1899.

WL had told brother Jim to make arrangements for the burial. The person who’d actually done the burial was, apparently, trying to gouge WL so the issue went into the courts.

Thus an article giving very detailed accounts of Jim, WL, one of the missing daughters AND Thomas. WOW

Thanks Tom….

Joyce Gaston Reece, Secretary
Friends of the Archives Historical & Preservation Society
Monroe County, TN
www.rootsweb.com/~tnfahps

GenealogyBank adds 64 newspapers from 27 States

GenealogyBank has added more newspapers – 64 titles from 27 States.

GenealogyBank has also created separate search pages for each newspaper.
If you want to search a newspaper on this list – click on the title and start searching.

AK. Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 1910

AZ. Tucson. Amigos. 1975 to 1975
AZ. Tucson. Tucsonense. 1923

CA. Colton. Chicano. 1971 to 1973
CA. Los Angeles. Heraldo de Mexico. 1921 to 1927

CO. Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 1915 to 1922

DC. Washington. Daily National Intelligencer. 1823 to 1842

IL. O’Fallon. O’Fallon Progress. 2008 to Current
IL. Quincy. Quincy Whig. 1876
IL. Springfield. State Journal Register. 1985 to Current

IN. Elkhart. Elkhart Truth. 2007 to Current

LA. New Orleans. Abeja. 1830
LA. New Orleans. Times Picayune. 1861 to 1900
LA. New Orleans. Times Picayune. 1902 to 1920

MA. Boston. Boston Journal. 1870
MA. Carver. Carver Reporter. 2008 to Current
MA. Duxbury. Duxbury Reporter. 2008 to Current
MA. Gloucester. Gloucester Telegraph* 1850

MA. Halifax. Halifax-Plympton Reporter. 2008 to Current
MA. Lakeville. Lakeville Call. 2008 to Current
MA. Marion. Sentinel. 2007 to Current
MA. Salem. Salem Observer* 1823 to 1836
MA. West Roxbury. West Roxbury Transcript. 2006 to Current

MD. Annapolis. Annapolis Gazette. 1857 to 1866
MD. Annapolis. Maryland Gazette* 1788

MD. Baltimore. American and Commercial Daily Advertiser* 1812 to 1819
MD. Baltimore. Baltimore American. 1905 to 1911
MD. Baltimore. Federal Gazette*1807 to 1808

MI. Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Press. 1901 to 1920
MI. Jackson. Jackson Citizen Patriot. 1850 to 1858
MI. Temperance. Bedford Now. 2007 to Current

MO. Kansas City. Cosmopolita. 1915

NC. Asheboro. Randolph Guide. 2008 to Current

NJ. Trenton. Trenton Evening Times. 1883 to 1922
NJ. Trenton. Trenton Sunday Times-Advertiser. 1903 to 1917

NM. Las Cruces. Estrella. 1929
NM. Santa Fe. Nuevo Mexicano. 1894
NM. Santa Fe. Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican and Livestock Journal. 1888 to 1893
NM. Wagon Mound. Combate. 1903 to 1915

NV. Las Vegas. Anthem View. 2006 to Current

NY. Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 1850 to 1872
NY. New York. Grafico. 1927 to 1928
NY. New York. New York Herald. 1865


OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 1877 to 1885
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Daily Enquirer. 1862 to 1876
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Daily Gazette. 1880

OR. Portland. Oregonian. 1872 to 1907

PA. Glen Mills. Garnet Valley Press. 2007 to Current
PA. Philadelphia. Public Ledger. 1839 to 1868
PA. Pittsburgh. Tree of Liberty. 1801 to 1808

RI. Warren. Telescope. 1814 to 1817

TN. Oak Ridge. Oak Ridger. 1997 to Current

TX. Brownsville. Daily Metropolitan. 1893
TX. Brownsville. Heraldo de Brownsville. 1935 to 1936
TX. Corpus Christi. Verdad. 1955
TX. El Paso. Continental. 1836 to 1958
TX. Laredo. Cronica. 1910
TX. Paris. Paris News. 2000 to Current
TX. San Antonio. Epoca. 1918
TX. San Antonio. Prensa. 1929 to 1935
TX. San Antonio. Revista Mexicana. 1919

UT. Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Telegram. 1913 to 1922

VA. Richmond. Virginia Argus. 1805 to 1807

VT. St. Albins. American Repertory. 1828 to 1833

WI. Milwaukee. Guardia* 1971 to 1975

Remembering Carole Callard …

I paused this week to remember Carole Callard – she was a terrific genealogist, teacher, librarian and friend.

Carole passed away 3 years ago this week. Her obituary appeared in several newspapers including the Lansing State Journal (MI) – December 12, 2005

Carole Crawford Callard
Lansing, MI
Age 64, died December 10, 2005; born August 8, 1941 in Charleston, WV. Carole was a well-known and respected Librarian and Genealogist for many years, before retiring in June from the Library of Michigan. She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Martin) Philp of Tecumseh and Anne Cottongim of Northville and sister, Rosemary (William) Marquart of Hilton Head, SC. Memorial services will be celebrated Wednesday, December 14, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 219 Seymour, Lansing, with the Rev. George C. Michalek officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church, as well as on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home, 900 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing. Scripture Services will be held Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Those desiring may make contributions to the Carole Callard Endowment Fund, c/o Library of Michigan Foundation, 717 W. Allegan St., P.O. Box 30159, Lansing, MI 48909, in memory of Carole.
Copyright (c) Lansing State Journal. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of Gannett Co., Inc. by NewsBank, inc., GenealogyBank.com

What the obituary doesn’t say is that Carole was a tireless worker – she lectured all over the country – instantly drawing in her audience, encouraging them and teaching them how to climb their family tree. She wore many hats in her career – she was one of the national GPO Documents Collection Inspectors, worked in Ethiopia to improve library services; Ann Arbor Public Library; University of Michigan Library; Allen County (IN) Library and the Library of Michigan.

There is an old phrase – “to waste and wear out your life” in a good cause. Carole did just that. For years she poured herself into indexing the 1870 census of Michigan – no doubt this contributed to her deteriorating eyesight. Carole didn’t let her limited vision slow her down – she was daily at her post assisting genealogists, attending every conference, giving every lecture – right up to the end.

Carole was honored in 1997 as the first recipient of the Abrams Chair of Genealogy at the Library of Michigan – one of the few endowed positions in librarianship and the only endowed chair in genealogy. She received the Filby Award (2003) and the Distinguished Service Award from the Library and Information Science Program at Wayne State University in June 2005.

Patty Barthell Myers, 1930-2008

Patty Barthell Myers died 9 October 2008, at the home of her daughter, Lucy Bonnington.

Her obituary (San Antonio Express-News (TX) – October 13, 2008; Philadelphia Inquirer, 13 Oct 2008) simply stated her “life’s work was genealogy.” Well said.

She was the author of numerous compiled genealogies and reference works including:
Female index to Genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England by James Savage. (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2008).

Ancestors and descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman with related families : based partially on the work of Freeman Worth Gardner and Willis Freeman. (Camden, ME: Penobscot Press, 1995).

Cargill/Cargile/Cargal of the south and southwest : descendants of Cornelius Cargill of Virginia, John Cargile of Virginia & North Carolina, John Cargile of Virginia & Georgia, Andrew J. & John Cargal of South Carolina & Georgia. (Camden, ME: Penobscot Press, 1997).

Descendants of Joseph Barthel and his wife, Christina Lutz : who came to America 1830 on the Romulus and who settled in Erie County, New York. (Author, 1991).

The Hughes family from Virginia to Oregon. (San Antonio, TX: Burke, 1999).

Her lengthy obituary concluded by saying: “Her life was an example of overcoming enormous challenges, and making a difference in the world, patiently, quietly–and then there was the occasional wild rumpus. “

Her late husband, A.J. Myers had been a POW at the “Hanoi Hilton” at the same time John McCain was there.

San Antonio Express-News (TX) - October 13, 2008
Reprinted with permission GenealogyBank
Patty [Florence] Barthell Myers died October 9th, at the home of her daughter in suburban Philadelphia, where she was living and receiving hospice care since August.


Born in Evanston, Illinois on June 6, 1930, Patty was the third of four children of Harriet Lyon and Edward East Barthell, Jr. She grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, spending summers on Lake Michigan. She graduated from New Trier High School with honors and attended Northwestern University in Evanston.

She met her first husband, Louis Harold Cargill, Jr. on Lake Michigan and they married on Patty’s birthday in 1951. They had 3 children, Lucy, James, and Lon Cargill. Lou died in 1985 and Patty returned to San Antonio. Lon died in January of 1985. Patty married Armand J. Myers in 1988. A.J. and Patty met in 1965 when he was flying fighter jet missions over North Vietnam. He was shot down June, 1966, and was a POW in the Hanoi Hilton for 6 years. When he was re-patriated, his Air Force sponsor was Patty’s husband, Lou. Patty and A.J. married in 1988. A.J. died in 2002.

Patty’s life’s work was genealogy. In 2007, she published her FEMALE INDEX TO GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF NEW ENGLAND, by James Savage,1860.

She is survived by her brother, John Peter Barthell of Sequim, WA, sister Polly Barthell Clark of Orlond Beach, FL, brother Edward East Barthell, III, of Appleton WI, cousin Charles Arthur Carroll, of Manhattan, and cousin Elizabeth (Betsy) Barthell of Overland Park, KS. She also leaves her daughter, Lucy, and her husband Mark Bonnington, of Malvern, PA, son James Eric Cargill of San Antonio, her grandchildren Colin Mark and Cara Ellen Bonington of Malvern, PA and John Shaw Lynch, of Williamsburg, VA and his sister Ashley Lynch Rodi, and God daughters Kemper and Edyn Rodi, of Newport Beach, CA, and sister-in-law, Sally Dulin Shaw of Mexico City.

Patty requested no memorial service. Her ashes will be scattered on Lake Michigan, the pink beaches of Bermuda, and the coast of Oregon.

Her life was an example of overcoming enormous challenges, and making a difference in the world, patiently, quietly–and then there was the occasional wild rumpus.

Friends may call at her home in Oakwell Farms, 15 Campden Circle, San Antonio, TX on Thursday, October 16th, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Donations may be made in her name to the nearest public library.
Copyright (c), 2008, San Antonio Express-News. All Rights Reserved.

More Newspapers Added to GenealogyBank – covering 1775-2008

GenealogyBank today added 115 newspapers from 29 States – with coverage from 1775 to today.

Wow – GenealogyBank is growing at a rapid pace. That’s over 2 million more records and documents for genealogists. What a great day for genealogists.
Here’s a great obituary I found for Mrs. Catherine Reilly (1770-1874) – it has plenty of the genealogical facts we’re looking for.

It gives her date and place of birth: 4 May 1770 – in Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland …. and the date and place of her death: 3 Oct 1874 in Media, PA.
States that she came to America in 1840 – through the Port of Philadelphia – where she lived “for many years”.
It tells us that she had “seven children and twenty-four grandchildren” and that her aunt “recently died in Ireland at the age of one hundred and eight”.
That’s terrific - but look closer. This obituary was first published in the Philadelphia Public Ledger and was reprinted in the San Francisco Evening Bulletin (23 Oct 1874). You might just find that the obituary you are looking for also appeared in a newspaper clear across the country.

TIP: Narrowing your search to the town where your ancestor lived – could cause you to miss the articles you need. Be flexible and search all of GenealogyBank for your ancestor AND also narrow your search to the specific city or state where they lived.
GenealogyBank has more than 3,700 newspapers – click here and search it now – see what you’ll find!

Here is a list of the content just added to GenealogyBank.

AK. Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 875 issues. 1903-03-12 to 1911-05-06
AR. Helena. Western Clarion* 17 issues. 1865-04-01 to 1865-12-16
AR. Jonesboro. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 1554 issues. 1904-09-03 to 1921-09-29
AR. Little Rock. Arkansas Gazette. 135 issues. 1820-01-08 to 1889-03-22
CA. Colton. Chicano. 8 issues. 1968-04-21 to 1977-06-30
CA. Los Angeles. Eco de Mexico. 1 issue. 1924-10-29
CA. Los Angeles. Heraldo de Mexico. 44 issues. 1917-12-9 to 1928-12-28
CA. Los Angeles. Prensa. 143 issues. 1917-12-08 to 1937-01-01
CA. Los Angeles. Union. 6 issues. 1898-02-26 to 1898-09-10
CA. San Francisco. Voz del Nuevo Mundo* 1 issue. 1869-03-09
CO. Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 4,051 issues. 1873-01-04 to 1922-12-31
CO. Cortez. Cortez Journal* 2008-01-05 to Current
CO. Trinidad. Anunciador. 8 issues. 1918-04-06 to 1922-11-18
CT. Danielsonville. Windham County Transcript. 3 issues. 1863-07-02 to 1890-02-12
CT. New London. New London Daily Chronicle. 166 issues. 1860-07-03 to 1864-12-31
CT. New London. New London Democrat. 107 issues. 1845-03-21 to 1852-12-25
CT. Norwich. Norwich Morning Bulletin. 7 issues. 1863-04-06 to1882-04-01
DC. Washington. Spirit of ‘Seventy-Six* 11 issues. 1808-09-20 to 1809-07-11
FL. Tampa. Internacional* 1 issue 1939-10-04
ID. Idaho City. Idaho Falls Times. 11 issues. 1891-11-26 to 1895-11-07
ID. Idaho City. Idaho Register. 281 issues. 1887-06-25 to 1916-04-18
ID. Twin Falls. Twin Falls News. 182 issues. 1918-04-22 to 1922-05-10
IL. Centralia. Centralia Sentinel. 114 issues. 1864-01-05 to 1876-03-02
IL. Chicago. Latin Times. 12 issues. 1958-02-01 to 1975-05-02
IL. Chicago. Vida Latina. 56 issues. 1952-02-21 to 1963-07-21
IL. Chicago. Vorbote* 1 issue. 1875-03-20
KY. Richmond. Richmond Register* 2008-07-15 to Current
LA. News Orleans. Times Picayune* 989 issues. 1837-01-25 to 1865-09-22
MA. Boston. Boston Courier* 198 issues. 1805-06-13 to 1809-05-04
MA. Dedham. Norfolk Democrat. 7 issues. 1839-02-09 to 1854-09-15
MA. New Bedford. New-Bedford Mercury. 2 issues. 1863-10-23 to 1877-03-16
MA. Springfield. Massachusetts Gazette* 95 issues. 1782-05-14 to 1784-07-20
MA. Springfield. Springfield Republican. 49 issues. 1877-01-01 to 1910-12-31
MA. Stoughton. Stoughton Sentinel. 222 issues. 1863-12-05 to 1876-12-23
MD. Baltimore. Baltimore American. 1826 issues. 1903-03-01 to 1922-12-31
MD. Baltimore. Dunlap’s Maryland Gazette* 84 issues. 1775-05-02 to 1779-01-05
MD. Bel-Air. National American* 4 issues. 1861-06-21 to 1865-09-29
MD. Fredericktown. Rights of Man* 14 issues. 1794-02-05 to 1800-11-05
ME. Augusta. Herald of Liberty* 85 issues. 1810-02-13 to 1815-09-02
MN. International Falls. Daily Journal* 2000-10-31 to Current
MO. Kansas City. Kansas City Times. 1392 issues. 1884-05-14 to 1896-01-31
MO. Lebanon. Lebanon Daily Record*. 2007-02-07 to Current
MS. Vicksburg. Daily Commercial. 272 issues. 1882-01-02 to 1882-12-23
NC. Raleigh. Semi-Weekly Standard. 15 issues. 1861-08-10 to 1868-03-08
NE. Nebraska City. Daily Nebraska Press. 1127 issues. 1868-09-22 to 1876-12-28
NH. Concord. Republican Gazette* 85 issues. 1801-02-05 to 1803-04-28
NH. Derry. Derry News* 2008-01-08 to Current
NH. Dover. Phoenix* 49 issues. 1792-02-08 to 1795-08-22
NM. Albuquerque. Evening Citizen. 1 issue. 1894-08-06
NM. Las Cruces. Dona Ana County Republican. 1 issue. 1902-02-15
NM. Las Cruces. Estrella. 1 issue. 1935-05-18
NM. Las Cruces. Las Cruces Democrat. 1 issue. 1899-11-29
NM. Las Vegas. Las Vegas Daily Gazette. 1 issue. 1886-01-31
NM. Mesilla. Mesilla News. 3 issues. 1879-02-08 to 1883-11-24
NM. Santa Fe. Daily New Mexican. 756 issues. 1872-04-02 to 1875-06-28
NM. Santa Fe. Gato. 3 issues. 1894-05-23 to 1894-08-24
NM. Santa Fe. New Mexican Review. 2 issues. 1885-03-30 to 1906-08-30
NM. Santa Fe. Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican & Livestock Journal. 11 issues. 1885-10-08 to 1895-12-26
NM. Springer. Estandarte de Springer. 190 issues. 1889-06-27 to 1893-06-15
NM. Springer. Sentinel. 1 issue. 1901-12-27
NY. Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 4813 issues. 1834-06-12 to 1873-07-23
NY. Auburn. Cayuga Tocsin. 1812-03-12 to 1814-06-08
NY. Ballston Spa. Saratoga Advertiser* 103 issues. 1804-11-12 to 1812-03-10
NY. Balston Spa. Saratoga Journal. 3 issues. 1814-02-01 to 1817-06-11
NY. Brooklyn. Espana Libre. 9 issues. 1939-11-03 to 1942-12-25
NY. Canandaiqua. Western Repository* 13 issues. 1804-01-24 to 1807-12-08
NY. Herkimer. Farmer’s Monitor* 37 issues. 1805-01-29 to 1807-05-19
NY. Lansingburgh. American Spy* 62 issues. 1791-06-17 to 1798-02-27
NY. New York. Ebenezer* 2 issues. 1945-03-01 to 1945-0601
NY. New York. Eco de Cuba. 2 issues. 1855-06-22 to 1856-02-01
NY. New York. Ecos de Nueva York* 8 issues. 1952-03-30 to 1954-09-26
NY. New York. Exito* 1 issue. 1954-01-21
NY. New York. Grafico. 55 issues. 1915-10-21 to 1917-08-21; 1928-11-11 to 1931-01-03
NY. New York. Mundo Latino* 1 issue. 1948-05-15
NY. New York. Nosotros* 1 issue. 1953-11-21
NY. New York. Papagayo. 2 issues. 1855-02-15 to 1855-04-16
NY. New York. Pasatiempo* 3 issues. 1951-03-21 to 1951-05-21
NY. New York. Patria* 1 issue. 1895-06-25
NY. New York. Pueblos Hispanos. 3 issues. 1944-03-26 to 1944-07-29
NY. New York. Puerto Rico y Nueva York* 1 issue. 1954-11-21
NY. New York. Republican Watch-Tower* 363 issues. 1800-03-19 to 1810-11-16
NY. New York. Royal American Gazette* 112 issues. 1777-04-10 to 1783-08-07
NY. Troy. Troy Gazette* 67 issues. 1802-09-15 to 1808-03-29
NY. Troy. Troy Post* 10 issues. 1812-09-29 to 1823-03-18
NY. Whitestown. Western Centinel* 57 issues. 1794-03-26 to 1797-04-19
NY. Whitestown. Whitestown Gazette* 20 issues. 1796-07-05 to 1803-02-21
OH. Steubenville. Western Herald* 11 issues. 1812-11-05 to 1822-05-11
OH. Wooster. Wooster Republican* 166 issues. 1862-05-29 to 1872-12-26
OR. Eugene. Oregon State Journal. 185 issues. 1868-01-04 to 1879-02-22
PA. Philadelphia. National Gazette* 139 issues. 1820-04-05 to 1841-04-08
RI. Pawtucket. Pawtucket Times. 16 issues. 1898-01-01 to 1921-02-23
TX. Beaumont. Beaumont Enterprise & Journal. 350 issues. 1906-03-28 to 1911-09-18
TX. Brazoria. Texas Republican. 1 issue. 1835-10-17
TX. Brownsville. Cronista del Valle. 1 issue. 1930-02-28
TX. Brownsville. Daily Metropolitan* 4 issues. 1893-10-23 to 1893-11-20
TX. Brownsville. Puerto. 1 issue. 1961-12-30
TX. Brownsville. Republican* 89 issues. 1862-09-25 to 1868-07-30
TX. Cleburne. Cleburne Morning Review. 37 issues. 1911-07-02 to 1916-05-31
TX. Corpus Christi. Verdad. 2 issues. 1950-05-02 to 1959-12-13
TX. Edinburg. Defensor. 1 issue. 1931-12-25
TX. El Paso. Atalaya Bautista: Semanario Evangelico Bautista. 7 issues. 1908-01-02 to 1930-12-21
TX. El Paso. Continental. 57 issues. 1934-12-12 to 1960-03-11
TX. Galveston. Galveston News. 246 issues. 1877-01-01 to 1883-12-27
TX. San Antonio. Epoca. 7 issues. 1918-03-03 to 1927-12-25
TX. San Antonio. Prensa. 2,560 issues. 1918-10-11 to 1999-12-15
UT. Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Telegram. 15 issues. 1902-02-22 to 1922-12-31
VA. Lexington. Rockbridge Repository* 9 issues. 1801-08-21 to 1805-08-06
VA. Lynchburg. Lynchburg Press* 23 issues. 1809-05-13 to 1818-04-24
VA. Petersburg. Petersburg Intelligencer* 158 issues. 1798-05-29 to 3/29/1914
VA. Richmond. Richmond Commercial Compiler* 302 issues. 1816-12-18 to 1820-04-20
VA. Richmond. Virginia Argus* 445 issues. 1799-07-23 to 1814-07-25
VA. Winchester. Winchester Gazette* 14 issues. 1798-06-27 to 1820-01-15
VT. Putney. Argus* 42 issues. 1797-03-16 to 1799-02-12
VT. St. Albans. St. Albans Daily Messenger. 1,548 issues. 1843-12-06 to 1922-01-31

Titles with the asterisk * are new on GenealogyBank

GenealogyBank adds more newspapers from 23 States – 63 titles!

GenealogyBank adds newspapers from 23 States – Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Vermont.

There are well over 3,700 newspapers on GenealogyBank — it has never been easier to find obituaries and the details about the lives of more than 1 billion of our ancestors and cousins.

GenealogyBank is the best obituary site on the planet!

These titles are live on GenealogyBank right now.
Titles with an *asterisk are new this month on GenealogyBank.
AK. Juneau. *Daily Record-Miner. 9/25/1906 to 3/19/1907

AR. Jonesboro. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 9/3/1904 to 4/30/1917
AR. Little Rock. *Arkansas Gazette. 1/8/1820 to 2/22/1874

AZ. Tucson. Fronterizo. 1/9/1892 to 12/17/1892
AZ. Tucson. Tucsonense. 3/17/1915 to 11/1/1931

CA. Colton. Chicano. 7/4/1974
CA. Los Angeles. Heraldo de Mexico. 12/9/1917 to 12/28/1928
CO. Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 2/21/1903 to 12/22/1922
CO. Trinidad. Anunciador. 4/6/1918 to 11/18/1922
CT. Danielson. *Windham County Transcript. 11/12/1863 to 11/30/1865
CT. New London. *New London Daily Chronicle. 07/17/1860 to 12/31/1864
CT. New London. New London Democrat. 04/05/1845 to 12/25/1852
CT. Norwich. *Norwich Morning Bulletin. 09/18/1876 to 03/20/1882

ID. Idaho City. Idaho Falls Times. 07/09/1891. to 9/16/1920
ID. Idaho City. Idaho Register. 06/15/1889 to 8/1/1911
ID. Twin Falls. Twin Falls News. 1/8/1919 to 5/10/1922

IL. Chicago. Latin Times. 2/14/1975

IN. Centralia. *Centralia Sentinel. 03/09/1865

KY. Bardstown. *Western American. 09/06/1803 to 12/21/1804

MA. Dedham. Norfolk Democrat. 01/01/1850 to 09/15/1854
MA. Springfield. Springfield Republican. 01/01/1886 to 12/29/1891
MA. Stoughton. *Stoughton Sentinel. 07/01/1876 to 09/09/1876

MD. Baltimore. Baltimore American. 1/1/1905 to 2/29/1912
MD. Baltimore. Dunlap’s Maryland Gazette. 08/28/1775 to 01/05/1779

MO. Kansas City. Kansas City Times. 05/14/1884 to 01/31/1896

MS. Vicksburg. *Daily Commercial. 03/01/1879 to 12/28/1882
NC. Raleigh. *Semi-Weekly Standard. 08/10/1861 to 01/28/1868
NE. Nebraska City. Daily Nebraska Press. 01/14/1869 to 12/28/1876

NM. Albuquerque. Nuevo Mundo. 10/09/1897
NM. Las Cruces. Thirty-Four. 04/07/1880
NM. Las Vegas. Grito del Norte. 8/24/1968 to 6/1/1973
NM. Santa Fe. Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican and Livestock Journal. 10/08/1885 to 12/26/1895
NM. Socorro. Progreso. 05/17/1887 to 08/09/1887

NY. Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 03/22/1842 to 06/30/1849
NY. Auburn. *Cayuga Tocsin. 03/12/1812 to 04/12/1814
NY. Ballston Spa. *Saratoga Journal. 02/01/1814 to 06/11/1817
NY. Batavia. *Republican Advocate. 11/16/1801 to 09/28/1827
NY. New York. *Ahora. 6/12/1950 to 6/19/1950
NY. New York. *America Continental. 4/1/1956
NY. New York. *Americana. 2/21/1948 to 2/21/1948
NY. New York. *Artistas Hispanos. 6/21/1948 to 6/21/1948
NY. New York. *Ateneo. 4/21/1934
NY. New York. *Cascabeles. 5/1/1934
NY. New York. *Eco Antillano. 10/11/1941 to 5/9/1942
NY. New York. *Grafico. 1/21/1917
NY. New York. *Grafico. 12/5/1953
NY. New York. *Pueblos Hispanos. 3/26/1944 to 7/29/1944

RI. Pawtucket. Pawtucket Times. 1/1/1920 to 2/23/1921

TX. Beaumont. Beaumont Enterprise and Journal. 4/13/1906 to 4/30/1911
TX. Brownsville. Heraldo de Brownsville. 1/12/1936 to 2/29/1940
TX. Cleburne. Cleburne Morning Review. 7/4/1911 to 5/31/1916
TX. El Paso. Atalaya Bautista: Semanario Evangelico Bautista. 2/12/1920 to 12/30/1920
TX. El Paso. Continental. 10/1/1958 to 3/11/1960
TX. El Paso. *Hispano Americano. 08/07/1893
TX. Galveston. *Galveston News. 01/01/1877 to 12/13/1883
TX. Kingsville. *Accion. 9/26/1931 to 11/1/1932
TX. Laredo. Alfa. 10/21/1956
TX. Laredo. Evolucion. 2/7/1919
TX. San Antonio. Heraldo de Mexicano. 10/9/1927 to 3/30/1930
TX. San Antonio. Prensa. 10/11/1918 to 2/23/1935

UT. Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Telegram. 10/2/1908 to 1/5/1910
VA. Winchester. *Philanthropist. 03/25/1806 to 02/28/1809
VT. St. Albans. St. Albans Daily Messenger. 01/13/1853 to 1/31/1922
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Patsy Leaves Family History TV Show over Gangland Grandpa

Uncovering our family history can reveal saints and sinners as we dig through old newspapers. Genealogists using GenealogyBank become used to finding a scoundrel here and there on the branches of the family tree.

But British actress - Patsy Kensit was not prepared for what she discovered while filming a TV show for the BBC.

She was the featured star of an upcoming episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” a UK TV show that uses the family history of celebrities in a format reminiscent of Ralph Edward’s long running TV show This is Your Life.

Patsy Kensit became so upset when she found out that her Dad (who died when she was a teenager) and her grandfather were criminals – that she walked off the set while filming the show.

The show got her to come back and finish the filming after telling her that the segment would also highlight her praiseworthy ancestors – one who was an Anglican Priest, recognized by the Archbishop of Canterbury and another a respected local constable.

You can read the entire story in the UK newspaper the Daily Record (5 Aug 2008) - Patsy Kensit left in tears as BBC show reveals her family’s gangland links.
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GenealogyBank adds 63 newspapers from 21 States

GenealogyBank announced today that added 63 historical newspapers from 21 States – including 33 more Spanish language newspapers.

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

These titles are live on GenealogyBank right now. Give it a try.

Arkansas
Jonesboro, AR: Jonesboro Evening Sun. 10/8/1904 to 12/27/1916

Arizona
Tucson, AZ: Tucsonense. 3/17/1915 to 11/1/1931

California
Berkeley, CA: Grito. 9/1/1967
Colton, CA: Chicano. 4/21/1968
Los Angeles. CA: Heraldo de Mexico. 12/9/1917 to 12/28/1928

Colorado
Colorado Springs, CO: Gazette-Telegraph. 1/1/1903 to 12/31/1908
San Luis, CO: Adobe 3/1/1974


Connecticut
New London, CT: New London Democrat. 1845-04-26 to 1851-01-25

Georgia
Savannah, GA: Savannah Tribune. 1/6/1912 to 12/28/1912

Idaho
Idaho City, ID: Idaho Falls Times. 1891-07-09 to 9/16/1920
Idaho City, ID: Idaho Register. 2/17/1908 to 8/7/1908
Twin Falls, ID: Twin Falls News. 4/22/1921


Illinois
Chicago, IL: Latin Times. 2/1/1958 to 5/2/1975
Chicago, IL: Vida Latina. 10/21/1954 to 12/21/1959

Louisiana
New Orleans, LA: Abeja. 1829-01-03

Massachusetts
Boston, MA: Boston Evening Transcript. 1850-03-01 to 1850-12-31
Nantucket, MA: Nantucket Inquirer. 1821-09-20 to 1830-04-24
Springfield, MA: Springfield Republican. 1886-01-01 to 1891-12-31

Missouri
Kansas City, MO: Kansas City Times. 1884-05-14 to 1896-01-31

Nebraska
Nebraska City, NE: Daily Nebraska Press. 1870-05-27

New Mexico
Las Cruces, NM: Dona Ana County Republican. 1897-03-11 to 2/15/1902
Las Cruces, NM: Labrador. 1896-09-08
Las Cruces, NM: Las Cruces Democrat. 1892-02-03 to 1899-11-29
Las Cruces, NM: Mesilla Valley Bulletin. 4/30/1937
Las Cruces, NM: Newmans Semi-Weekly. 1881-04-13
Las Cruces, NM: Thirty-Four. 1879-04-16 to 1880-11-03
Las Vegas, NM: Las Vegas Daily Gazette. 1880-07-27 to 1886-01-31
Las Vegas, NM: Misionero Bautista: Organo Oficial de la Convencion Bautista Hispano-Americana de Nuevo Mexico. 7/1/1948
Mesilla, NM: Mesilla News. 1879-02-08 to 1883-11-24
Santa Fe, NM: Daily New Mexican. 1872-04-02 to 1875-06-28
Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican and Livestock Journal. 1885-10-08bto
1895-12-26
Silver City, NM: Silver City Independent. 1897-08-03
Springer, NM: Colfax County Stockman. 1893-07-08
Springer, NM: Sentinel. 2/15/1901 to 12/27/1901

New York
Albany, NY: Albany Evening Journal. 1834-06-12 to 1849-03-22
Cazenovia, NY: Pilot. 1808-08-10 to 1821-09-06
Cazenovia, NY: Union Herald. 1838-05-11 to 1840-04-11
New York, NY: Grafico. 11/11/1928 to 1/3/1931
New York, NY: Jewish Daily News. 1/2/1916 to 12/31/1922
New York, NY: True Sun. 1847-05-24 to 1848-02-25
Oxford, NY: Times. 1838-10-10 to 1839-12-25
Schoharie, NY: Schoharie Observer. 1818-11-25 to 1823-05-07
Troy, NY: Times. 1885-07-09 to 1886-06-24

Ohio
Chillicothe, OH: Supporter. 1809-01-05 to 1818-01-20
Dayton, OH: Democratic Herald. 1835-05-07 to 1837-08-12
Xenia, OH: Greene County Torch-Light. 1841-07-01 to 1842-01-20

Rhode Island
Pawtucket, RI: Pawtucket Times. 1/1/1920 to 2/28/1921

Tennessee
Nashville, TN: Tennessee Gazette. 1800-02-25 to 1807-05-30

Texas
Austin, TX: Texas Gazette. 1829-09-25 to 1832-02-18
Beaumont, TX: Beaumont Enterprise & Journal. 3/28/1906 to 9/30/1911
Brazoria, TX: Texas Republican. 1834-07-05 to 1835-10-17
Brownsville, TX: Heraldo de Brownsville. 1/12/1936 to 2/29/1940
Cleburne, TX: Cleburne Morning Review. 7/4/1911 to 5/30/1916
El Paso, TX: Atalaya Bautista: Semanario Evangelico Bautista. 1/2/1908
El Paso, TX: Continental. 12/12/1934 to 3/11/1960
El Paso, TX: Evening Tribune. 1889-04-03
Kingsville, TX: Eco. 4/1/1931
Kingsville, TX: Tex. Mex. Reflector. 1/21/1921
San Antonio, TX: Pan American Labor Express. 9/4/1918 to 12/4/1918
San Antonio, TX: Prensa. 10/11/1918 to 2/19/1935

Utah
Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake Telegram. 2/3/1902

Virginia
Winchester, VA: Winchester Virginian. 1828-04-18 to 1836-09-06

Vermont
St. Albans, VT: St. Albans Daily Messenger. 1853-01-13 to 12/31/1922

GenealogyBank adding newspapers from 22 States

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

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

Photo courtesy: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC – LC-USW3-F104-009104-E [P&P].
Alaska
AK. Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 1903 to 1911

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

California
CA. Sacramento. Prensa Libre. 1969 to 1970

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

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

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

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

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

Kansas
KS. Topeka. Colored Citizen. 1978 to 1904

Massachusetts
MA. Stoughton. Stoughton Sentinel. 1863 to 1874

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

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

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

Mississippi
MS. Vicksburg. Daily Commercial. 1877 to 1882

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

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

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

Pennsylvania
PA. Philadelphia. Sunday Mercury. 1864 to 1865

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

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

More about NY Genealogical & Biographical Society’s Library move to NYPL

Saturday we told you that the NY Genealogical & Biographical Society Library was being given to the NY Public Library.

The NYG&B has now issued a public statement giving more about the background and rationale for this decision. Since this news release is not on the G&B website – I am posting it here.

NEWS FROM THE NYG&B SOCIETY – July 21, 2008 – Special edition
The big question on the minds of NYG&B members for the past several months has been, “Where is the collection going and how soon will it be accessible again?” We are now able to share the good news with you. We are very pleased to announce it will be going to the New York Public Library to be incorporated with the wonderful genealogical and manuscripts collections already housed there.

Although the transfer of the collection will take some time—it will take up to two years for the G&B collection to be fully accessible at NYPL—the end result will benefit all genealogists. Our entire collection will be accessible on-line through NYPL’s database. Offering our catalog on-line had been a long-time goal of the G&B, but the resources necessary to carry out this project always seemed beyond reach. Now through our partnership with NYPL, this dream will finally be achieved. Having our catalog available, just a couple clicks away, through the web will be a boon to our out-of-area members who may not have been able to get to our library often, or at all, to discover what resources we had for them.

Additionally, our new offices will be in close proximity to the NYPL. Instead of a ride in a very slow elevator, the collection will now be just a short walk away. Several of our long-time staff members, all of whom have an excellent grasp of the collection and its value, will continue with the G&B, sharing their knowledge and experience with our membership.

We are committed to our extraordinary collection of books, manuscripts, microfilm, microfiche, maps, etc., and will continue to accept pertinent donations, so please remember the NYG&B when you want to make your unique research available to the wider genealogical community.

Our partnership with NYPL does not end with the transfer of our collection from our library to theirs. We are also committed to join forces to provide top-notch educational programming, as the G&B has in the past, but now with the added benefit of the NYPL’s wonderful resources, personnel, and venues. This partnership marks a wonderful, and very exciting beginning for the “new” NYG&B.

Some of you may have seen the article The New York Times published regarding this arrangement on Saturday, July 19, 2008. It contained a factual error in that our Portrait Collection has not been offered to the New-York Historical Society, nor have there been any negotiations with them regarding this collection. Also, although the article did note that the G&B will focus on ” . . . grant-giving, tours, lectures, and other means of encouraging genealogical research . . . ,” it neglected to mention the commitment the G&B has made to providing first rate educational programs with the added support and input of the NYPL staff.

The following press release is being issued jointly today by the NYG&B and the NYPL:

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Contributes Its 75,000-Volume Collection to the New York Public Library

Step to Create One of the World’s Largest, Most Accessible Genealogical Libraries: A Singular Resource for Researchers of New York Family History

NEW YORK, NY, July 21, 2008-The New York Public Library (NYPL) and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (the G&B) announced jointly today that the New York Public Library will become the new home of the G&B Society’s library of 75,000 published works, 30,000 manuscripts, 22,000 microforms, 1,300 periodicals and digital computer media. Among the materials are 16th and 17th century land records; transcriptions of New York baptismal and marriage records; personal diaries and letters; and census data from as early as the 18th century. Joining the Library’s rich and heavily used genealogical and manuscript collections, the merged materials of the NYPL and the G&B will create an unparalleled, publicly accessible resource for those conducting genealogical research. The NYPL and the G&B will co-sponsor educational programs, create links to each other’s websites, and collaborate in various ways to make this invaluable resource available to the public.”

Combining the two collections will result in an extraordinary resource for people nationwide seeking to learn about family members who were born in New York, lived in New York, or passed through New York on the way to becoming citizens,” said David Ferriero, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries. “The G&B collection’s great strength lies in its holdings for the 17th to 18th centuries with emphasis on the Dutch and English. The NYPL genealogical collections are strongest for the 19th to 20th centuries and embrace many different ethnic groups.”

“New York is the historic center of U.S. immigration. Together, two venerable New York institutions will create one of the world’s largest and most accessible genealogical libraries. As a result of this contribution, the wealth of genealogical resources in the G&B’s unique collection, integrated with the NYPL’s incomparable holdings, will within two years be fully accessible to anyone conducting research in this area,” said G&B Chairman Waddell W. Stillman.

The G & B’s collections will become part of the Library’s Manuscripts and Archives Division and its Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History, and Genealogy. The Manuscripts and Archives Division holds approximately 29,000 linear feet of archival material, with its greatest strengths in the papers of individuals, families, and organizations, primarily in the New York region, from the 18th through 20th centuries.

The Milstein Division is one of the nation’s largest publicly accessible collections of genealogical materials and includes hundreds of thousands of books, serials, photographs, microforms, and ephemeral materials in addition to offering free access to a wide range of tools for electronic research.Last July, the G&B announced the sale of its East 58th Street building and reported that it would be moving its headquarters and library to new locations.

Simultaneously, the G&B announced preliminary plans for the restructuring and enhancement of its service offerings and its membership program. Its goal is to transform a 19th century members-only genealogical society founded in 1869 into a 21st century resource for education, research and scholarship serving increasingly Internet-reliant users interested in New York.” Once we decided to sell our building and move the library to a new location, ‘stewardship’ and ‘accessibility’ became the most important words in our vocabulary,” Mr. Stillman continued.

“We sought the strongest possible partner – an organization that would value the G&B collection highly because it significantly complements its own and that would make the G&B library broadly available to researchers worldwide. Equally important, it had to have the professional staff and resources to appropriately house, catalogue, and properly conserve the collection.

The NYPL has precisely those resources and a collection that fits extremely well with ours.” The G&B’s library on 58th Street closed June 1st, and its books, manuscripts, and other media are being readied to be moved to the NYPL starting in August.