Obituary Reveals Identity of Homesick Boy from Orphanage – 65 years later

Genealogists want to find and document every member of a family. They don’t want even one child to be forgotten.

Thanks to genealogist Ed Hutchison of Mississippi a 78 year old Syracuse, NY man’s true identity has been uncovered.

Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY) – April 5, 2009
Case, Dick. Death Uncovers Hidden Identity
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We called him Louie.
He told us his name was Louis Ludbeck.
Mostly, his life seemed to be a blank slate.


It wasn’t until he died March 5, that the mystery that was Louie began to unravel.
Louie died in peace at Francis House. He was 78. A stroke took him.

We know now that Louie was born Gene Rollin Poffahl, Jan.17, 1931. He came into a family of farmers in Albany County. Likely he had five siblings.

We know this because the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office came into the picture after Louie died. He went to Francis House, a hospice run by the Franciscan Order of Nuns, with no past: no government health insurance, no Social Security number, no record of medical treatment or military service. Just a limp, old man ready to die.

The nuns gathered Louie into their embrace, just the way Ann O’Connor and Peter King had, more than 30 years ago. He passed restfully, among friends.

Ann and Peter are two of the founders of Unity Kitchen of the Catholic Worker of Syracuse. They run an elegant soup kitchen, offering full-course, fully served meals twice a week, as well as brunch on Sundays after Mass. The kitchen gets by on alms and the good will of a small, devoted troop of volunteers, who support Ann and Peter with donations and the good will of their help, in-person sometimes twice a week.

They live in a house on Palmer Avenue, devoted to the Catholic Worker community. Years ago, Ann and Peter set their lives aside to serve the city’s poor in a very special way. My wife, Sandy, and I have been volunteers at the kitchen several years.

Louie drifted into Unity Kitchen maybe 30 years ago. No one paid attention to the exact date. Some say it was 1978. He was part of a continuous wave of needy folks who washed across the struggling agency every week. Back then, the kitchen was a literal soup kitchen, and a flophouse, holed up in two floors of an old sash factory tucked next to the DL&W railroad tracks about where Adams and South Clinton streets meet.

Louie settled in; he seemed to have found a home among the homeless. He said little, as became his way of life. Ann and Peter accepted his silence, knowing from experience that it’s not a good idea to poke at the psyche of a homeless person. If he wanted to share a story, he would. Louie didn’t. It was as if his life began when he arrived in Syracuse. The only clue he carried was a piece of paper marked Orwell,” where the affiliated Unity Acres shelter is located.

Peter recalls that Louie settled into a helping routine, taking on small jobs that seemed to give meaning to his life. He’d often stand fire watch in the building. When others refused to do anything but soak up the founders’ charity, Louie joined up, fit in.

“He seemed to have found his place,” Peter explains.

When Ann and Peter closed the old kitchen, and moved to new quarters in Syracuse’s only co-op apartment building on West Onondaga Street, Louie went with them. He was invited to join them in their home, moving into an upstairs bedroom in the house that’s not far from Unity Kitchen.

One time, Ann and Peter tried to bring Louie into the social welfare system. He told the social worker a fantastic story about owning a house at Split Rock and a car. No, he’s not eligible for help, they were told. You’ll have to apply to be his guardian.

Leave him alone, let it be, the couple was advised. Louie is Louie. He doesn’t want to reveal himself; maybe he can’t.

Louie kept to his routine at Unity Kitchen. He worked at menial things — taking out the garbage, dusting and mopping the floor, arranging chairs — and joining the other guests for meals. Louie asked for little and earned the love and respect of the community.

Like others of our readers, Ed Hutchison, a former county legislator who now lives in Mississippi, was intrigued by Louie’s obituary, which was published in The Post-Standard and the Albany Times Union. By then, the FBI fingerprint check had given him a new name and birth date. It also revealed he had been in the Army for seven years, discharged in 1957. Ed’s a genealogist and loves a mystery. He ran an Internet search.

The search revealed a number of folks with the last name of Poffahl, which is of German origin, in the Albany area. Ed also found a newspaper story with an Albany dateline from 1944: “A homesick boy, injured in trying to escape from the Humane Society for Children, fought for his life today. Gene Poffahl, 13, suffered critical back and neck injuries last week, when police said, he lost his grip on an improvised rope strung from a third-story window and fell to the porch steps of the shelter ….”

Gene Poffahl seems to be Louie Ludbeck. His age fits the FBI record. The accident also would explain Louie’s twisted body. “He was a pretty strong little guy,” according to Peter King, “but his motor facilities were compromised. He walked as if he was drunk.”

The mystery of Louie’s life continues to be peeled back. Peter’s been contacted by people who live in the Albany area who may be relatives. He’s being told his parents surrendered Louie and his brothers and sisters to an orphan home run by nuns in Troy; they couldn’t afford to raise the children. The Poffahls were vegetable farmers, supposedly.

His funeral service was held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Father John Schopfer, shepherd of Syracuse’s needy, presided. He was carried to his grave in St. Mary’s Cemetery by his friends from Unity Kitchen.

Louie obviously was a troubled man, hiding his history or leaving it where it fell. Peter says he sometimes overheard him “arguing with himself” in a loud voice in his room. He didn’t intrude.

I’m not sure we know how hard we should push our inquiry, either.

Dick Case writes Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Reach him at dcase@syracuse.com or 470-2254.
Edition: Final

Page: B1
Copyright, 2009, The Herald Company

‘Great American Success Story’ – William & James Ledford

We receive “fan mail” every day – this letter was so good I wanted to share it.
_____________________________________________
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!

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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

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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