My Favorite Genealogy TV Programs & Family History Videos

There are so many powerful genealogy TV shows and family history videos.

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Source: Phys.org

Here are a few family history—and general history—videos that are of particular interest to me. From time to time I like to re-watch these videos—it’s that time again—so I am watching these in the last weeks of this summer. I thought you’d like to grab the popcorn and watch them too.

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A Celebration of Family History
http://bit.ly/1r1PKTn

This was the evening keynote session of the 2010 National Genealogical Society annual conference. A powerful, short video about genealogy research—with memorable remarks by David McCullough and Henry B. Eyring. This program sums up what drives us as genealogists to do what we have done for the past 100 years.

The Civil War (series by Ken Burns)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Civil_War_(TV_series)

The Ken Burns series The Civil War first aired September 23 to 27, 1990. Powerful—it is just as riveting now as it was 24 years ago. The impact of David McCullough’s narration and Shelby Foote’s historical insights clearly frame the war, year by year.

John Adams (HBO miniseries)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Adams_(miniseries)

Inspiring miniseries that speaks to the life and hardships of John Adams and America at the time of the American Revolution.

Who Do You Think You Are?
http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are

Watch every episode of this long-running genealogy TV show, which is now in its 5th season here in the United States. Each segment is aimed at demonstrating how easy, fun and compelling family history is. This popular family history show is must-watch TV.

Connections (BBC, PBS)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connections_(TV_series)

This popular TV series showed how seemingly unrelated events, inventions and discoveries were each essential for progress to be made and new tools to be created. It tied historical events together in a way not demonstrated in any other program.

History Detectives (PBS)
http://video.pbs.org/program/history-detectives/

Each episode focuses on a family heirloom, with the goal of seeing exactly how the heirloom fit into the family’s personal history and the history of the area at large. Family traditions, newspapers and old documents are all researched to determine the true history of each artifact.

What other genealogy and history shows should we be watching this summer? Let us know in the comments and we’ll make sure to add the program to our Genealogy TV Shows board on Pinterest.

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How to Research Land Records for Genealogy Clues

Introduction: Duncan Kuehn is a professional genealogist with over eight years of client experience. She has worked on several well-known projects, such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” and researching President Barack Obama’s ancestry. In this blog post, Duncan discusses a genealogy resource that will help family historians trace their family tree: land records.

Prior to the Civil War, more than 85% of American males owned property! This astonishing statistic shows the importance of using and understanding land records when researching our ancestors. Many genealogists are unaware of the value of these historical documents and the family relationship information that can be gathered from them. Some genealogists are intimidated by these old property records. However, it has been said that land records are the bread and butter of American genealogy research, particularly in the Southern states.

During the Civil War, records were destroyed across many areas in the South—some accidentally by fire, others deliberately by Union troops. Southerners had begun classifying slaves as property similar to land. This was a political move to prevent the North from encroaching on their property rights. When Northern troops attacked Southern towns and cities, they often targeted courthouses to destroy documents recording property—and therefore records of slave ownership.

After the war, Southerners were anxious to protect their property rights and quickly re-filed their land claims. Sometimes these reconstructed land deeds list previous owners and their relationships, providing valuable family history information and clues.

Brief History about Deeds

A deed is a document showing the transfer of land from one private entity (person, company, trust, organization, etc.) to another. These documents record the seller, buyer, and property details. They are usually indexed in two ways: under the name of the grantor (seller), and under the name of the grantee (buyer). The index will list the book and page number to search for the actual recording of the deed.

photo of Aroostook County, Maine, deed books 1865-1900

“Maine, Aroostook County Deed Books, 1865-1900,” accessed Aug. 2014, Northern Registry > Deed books, 1868-1879, vol. 7 (p. 1-300) > image 6 of 303; citing Register of Deeds, Houlton. Source: FamilySearch.

See: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-21740-26870-86?cc=1447693&wc=M6KC-X29:38808601,38833501

This deed is between an engaged couple. It goes on to give conditions and qualifications, including a nullification of the deed in the event that the marriage does not take place. Some of the information that we gather from these two paragraphs:

  • Anna Perkins Pingree of Salem, MA
  • Thomas P. Pingree of Wenham, MA
  • Joseph Peabody of Salem, MA
  • Joseph and Anna plan to marry
  • Anna owns an estate of which Thomas is the trustee
  • She received the estate from her father David Pingree, deceased, of Salem, MA
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When a married man sold land, his wife was often asked to give a dower release. This meant that after the seller died, his widow could not claim rights to a portion of the land he had previously sold. The dower release will usually list her name.

photo of Cattaraugus County, New York, land records, 1841-1845

“New York, Land Records, 1630-1975,” accessed Aug. 2014, Cattaraugus > Deeds 1841-1845, vol. 13-14 > image 122 of 1144; citing County Clerk. County Courthouse. Source: FamilySearch.

See: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-32808-9067-66?cc=2078654&wc=M7C7-2ZZ:358137101,359440401

In this dower release we learn about the following individuals:

  • Ferdinand Suydam’s wife, who was named Eliza
  • James Boyd Jr’s wife, who was named Maria Ann

Genealogy Clues in Deeds

These land documents can help to distinguish between two individuals with similar names. They can provide the name of the wife. Sometimes they explicitly state other familial relationships such as receiving land from a father, mother, brother, uncle, grandfather, etc. I have even seen deeds which include the last will and testament of an individual. Plotting out the residences of all those with the same last name in an area can help to clarify family groupings. For example if there are two John Smiths in an area, and one owns land near or purchases several plots of land from Robert Smith and the other one is doing the same thing with Simeon Smith, you can build a case for which father belongs to which John Smith.

As you can see, these documents are an important part of a well-researched family history project. Unfortunately, there are some challenges. These documents can be hard to read as the hand writing is not always clear. There is a lot of legal terminology that you will want to become familiar with. Also, not very many of these documents are available online at this point. Fortunately, the sale of land was also recorded in newspapers, which in many cases are available online.

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Legal notices in newspapers about land transactions began very early. For example, here is one from 1716, 60 years before the USA became a country.

article about an estate sale for Jonathan Springer, Boston News-Letter newspaper article 2 April 1716

Boston News-Letter (Boston, Massachusetts), 2 April 1716, page 2

Genealogy Tip: When reading old newspapers, keep in mind that the letter “s” often appears as an “f.”

This article lists several individuals:

  • Doctor Jackson in Marblehead
  • Jonathan Springer, deceased, of Glocester (sic)
  • John Newman, Esquire, of Glocester (sic)
  • John Maule of Salem

All of this information is helpful for the genealogical researcher.

Some land records will list even more information. Here is an example of an 1857 land sale notice that mentions the grandchildren of an individual.

article about an estate sale for Samuel Randall, Barre Gazette newspaper article 13 February 1857

Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts), 13 February 1857, page 3

This land sale mentions the following individuals:

  • Mary E. Marsh, minor child, daughter of Hiram Marsh, granddaughter of Samuel Randall
  • Ellen Marsh, minor child, daughter of Hiram Marsh, granddaughter of Samuel Randall
  • Hiram Marsh, minor child, son of Hiram Marsh, grandson of Samuel Randall
  • Hiram Marsh, probable son-in-law of Samuel Randall
  • Samuel Randall, original land purchaser
  • Artemas Bryant, guardian of minor children
  • P.W. Barr, owner of auction house in Petersham
  • Deacon Bassett, neighbor of Marsh children

Have you used land records in your family history research? What success have you had tracing your family tree with property records?

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GenealogyBank Just Added 6 Million More Genealogy Records!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, rapidly expanding our content to give you the most comprehensive newspaper archives and largest obituary collection for family history research available online. We just completed adding 6 million more U.S. genealogy records, vastly increasing our content coverage from coast to coast!

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Here are some of the details about our most recent U.S. newspaper additions:

  • A total of 42 newspaper titles from 19 U.S. states
  • 21 of these titles are newspapers added to GenealogyBank for the first time
  • Newspaper titles marked with an asterisk (*) are new to our online archives
  • We’ve shown the newspaper issue date ranges so that you can determine if the newly added content is relevant to your personal genealogy research

To see our newspaper archives’ complete title lists, click here.

State City Title Date Range Collection
Alabama Birmingham Birmingham Courier* 08/19/1899–09/12/1903 Newspaper Archives
Alabama Cullman Nord Alabama Colonist* 07/01/1881–07/01/1881 Newspaper Archives
Alaska Anchorage Alaska Dispatch News* 07/10/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Alaska Anchorage Alaska Dispatch* 10/15/2009–Current Recent Obituaries
California Marin Sausalito Marin Scope* 09/16/2009–Current Recent Obituaries
California Novato Novato Advance* 08/26/2009–Current Recent Obituaries
California San Francisco Corriere del Popolo 01/04/1916–07/25/1935 Newspaper Archives
California San Francisco San Francisco Chronicle 12/5/1908–9/1/1927 Newspaper Archives
California San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo Daily Telegram 4/6/1934–12/31/1937 Newspaper Archives
California San Rafael San Rafael News Pointer* 03/10/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
Connecticut Stamford Stamford Advocate 4/5/1829–12/31/1841 Newspaper Archives
Georgia Macon Macon Telegraph 5/1/1932–5/20/1934 Newspaper Archives
Georgia Marietta Marietta Journal 4/14/1871–11/15/1990 Newspaper Archives
Georgia Toccoa Toccoa Record, The* 06/24/2004–Current Recent Obituaries
Idaho Boise Idaho Statesman 8/16/1931–12/31/1933 Newspaper Archives
Iowa Perry Perry Chief* 06/06/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Iowa Story City Story City Herald* 06/11/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Kentucky Lexington Lexington Herald 10/4/1929–12/31/1930 Newspaper Archives
Louisiana New Orleans New Orleans States 6/1/1920–6/1/1920 Newspaper Archives
Mississippi Biloxi Daily Herald 1/21/1937–3/27/1937 Newspaper Archives
New Jersey Egg Harbor City Egg Harbor Pilot 06/22/1872–07/20/1872 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Arbeiter Zeitung* 11/28/1874–05/19/1878 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Cristoforo Colombo 02/04/1892–08/20/1892 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Eco D’Italia* 01/01/1890–12/31/1896 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Fiaccola* 09/05/1912–02/10/1921 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Freiheit* 12/26/1903–12/26/1903 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Fur Worker* 09/01/1917–04/01/1931 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Progresso Italo-Americano 01/09/1886–12/27/1889 Newspaper Archives
New York New York Vorwarts 01/02/1915–10/29/1921 Newspaper Archives
North Carolina Charlotte Charlotte Observer 6/1/1928–5/31/1929 Newspaper Archives
North Carolina Greensboro Greensboro Record 5/6/1908–5/6/1908 Newspaper Archives
Ohio Cleveland Sendbote* 01/05/1927–06/26/1952 Newspaper Archives
Oregon Cannon Beach Cannon Beach Gazette* 05/02/2008–Current Recent Obituaries
Oregon Hermiston Hermiston Herald, The* 02/28/2001–Current Recent Obituaries
Oregon Seaside Seaside Signal* 03/25/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
South Dakota Aberdeen Aberdeen American 11/5/1924–11/21/1924 Newspaper Archives
South Dakota Aberdeen Aberdeen Daily News 6/29/1911–1/23/2000 Newspaper Archives
South Dakota Aberdeen Aberdeen Journal 3/3/1922–3/3/1922 Newspaper Archives
South Dakota Eureka Eureka Post* 06/06/1912–06/06/1912 Newspaper Archives
Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Daily Messenger 3/31/2006–3/31/2006 Newspaper Archives
Washington Bellingham Bellingham Herald 5/2/1935–6/29/1937 Newspaper Archives
Wisconsin Milwaukee Milwaukee Herold und Seebote* 01/01/1901–01/01/1901 Newspaper Archives

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Vintage Ads & Our Ancestors’ Shopping

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog post, Mary finds vintage advertisements and articles in old newspapers and historical books to gain insights into a part of our ancestors’ lives: shopping.

Take a walk down the “past lane” of our ancestors’ shopping lives by delving into historical newspapers.

You’ll find marvelous articles and vintage advertisements to gain insight into purchases that surrounded them in their daily lives.

Vintage Advertisements

Iconic imagery, such as this 1900 advertisement, puts a face to historical eras and displays important visuals of clothing, hairstyles and accessories. They’re marvelous pieces of history—and as such, are highly sought-after collectibles.

Doesn’t this ad inspire you to slurp a Coca-Cola while dolled up in frilly plumes and pearls?

a vintage ad for Coca-Cola

Source: Wikipedia’s article “Advertising” displaying a vintage Coca-Cola advertisement

Advertisements in Historical Books

Advertisements abound across every historical newspaper, and are also located within GenealogyBank’s impressive collection of advertising ephemera. Use the Historical Books search page to search the books collection for vintage advertisements.

search page for GenealogyBank's Historical Books collection

Try entering a business name if you know where your family worked—and if you don’t, query the search engine for a type of trade. You’ll be amused at what you find.

vintage ad for the Excelsior Hat Store

Popular Shopping Items

The popular items of yesterday have certainly changed, so explore newspaper feature pages for intriguing reports. Don’t forget newspaper shipping reports. As so many goods arrived by ships, you’ll soon discover what were the interests of the day.

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Most people would assume that tea was the popular drink of the 18th Century. It was, but another beverage was highly sought after: cocoa.

Doesn’t this report confirm what chocaholics already suspect—that our forefathers and mothers loved chocolate as much as we do? I imagine the shortage of cocoa might have been alarming news for some.

article about a cocoa shortage, American Weekly Mercury newspaper article 16 March 1727

American Weekly Mercury (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 16 March 1727, page 2

Types of Genealogy Discoveries from Vintage Ads

There is much more to advertisements than you can imagine—they can provide all sorts of family history information and clues.

You might identify information about:

  • where a family worked
  • their coworkers
  • wages
  • working conditions

And who knows, you might even make a startling discovery, such as this one about my Dutch ancestor, Andrew Vos.

His classified advertisement not only confirmed that he was an early and important importer of fine art, but also named the artwork in his inventory. What a thrill to consider that many grandmaster paintings, now only seen in museums, may have passed through his hands.

Original Paintings for Sale, Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser newspaper advertisement 27 April 1805

Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 27 April 1805, page 2

This 1805 newspaper ad also identified his place of business as 107 North Front Street in Philadelphia. Last year my husband and I were able to walk to the location, not far from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia. What a thrill to walk in the footsteps of an ancestor!

So take a chance. Explore early advertisements and news reports—and don’t forget to be creative when adding keywords. Look for business names, along with specific goods and services. Almost anything that our predecessors owned was advertised for sale—even houses from the Sears Catalog.

photo of twin houses bought from the Sears Catalog

Photo: twin houses bought from the Sears Catalog. Source: Library of Congress.

See: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2010640757/resource/

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Keywords to Include

Depending upon the target timeframe, consider using these keywords in your shopping searches:

  • Antiques
  • Bookmobile
  • Bring and Buy Sale
  • Business Names
  • Catalog or Catalogue (such as Sears)
  • Factory
  • Flea Market
  • Food (you could discover the price of milk)
  • Jumble Sale
  • Marché aux Puces
  • Market or Market House
  • Mercantile
  • Provisions
  • Sale
  • Salesmen
  • Sheriff Sales (useful to discover names of neighbors)
  • Trade Days
  • Trading Post
  • Trash and Treasure
  • Trunk Sale
Sheriff's Sales, New Brunswick Fredonian newspaper advertisement 5 February 1824

New Brunswick Fredonian (New Brunswick, New Jersey), 5 February 1824, page 1

We’d love for you to share your GenealogyBank “shopping” discoveries with us in the comment section!

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Texas Archives: 326 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

By any measure, Texas is a large state—the second biggest state in the country in size, and the second most populous. When Texas joined the Union in 1845 as the 28th state, it came with a long, complicated history. The phrase “six flags over Texas” refers to the fact that in its long history, the flags of Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America have flown over Texas soil.

photo of the Mission San Antonio, aka the Alamo, Texas

Photo: Mission San Antonio, aka the Alamo, Texas. Credit: Cqui; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Texas, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online Texas newspaper archives: 326 titles to help you search your family history in “The Lone Star State,” providing coverage from 1813 to Today. There are more than 25 million newspaper articles and records in our online TX archives!

Dig deep into the online archives and search for obituaries and other news articles about your ancestors in these recent and historical TX newspapers online. Our Texas newspapers are divided into two collections: Historical Newspapers (complete paper) and Recent Obituaries (obituaries only).

Search Texas Newspaper Archives (1813 – 1993)

Search Texas Recent Obituaries (1984 – Current)

Here is our complete list of online Texas newspapers in the archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The TX newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
Abilene Abilene Reporter-News 5/21/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Alice Alice Echo-News Journal 5/27/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Allen Allen American 3/29/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Alvarado Alvarado Post 1/5/2005 – 11/10/2010 Recent Obituaries
Amarillo Amarillo Globe-News 6/20/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Angleton Angleton Times 7/31/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Arlington Arlington Morning News 4/3/1996 – 12/31/1999 Recent Obituaries
Athens Athens Daily Review 1/26/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Atlanta Atlanta Citizens Journal 4/17/2011 – 12/7/2012 Recent Obituaries
Austin Texas State Gazette 8/6/1853 – 12/29/1860 Newspaper Archives
Austin Texas Siftings 11/4/1882 – 5/1/1886 Newspaper Archives
Austin Southern Intelligencer 8/27/1856 – 4/4/1860 Newspaper Archives
Austin Austin Republican 2/6/1868 – 12/31/1868 Newspaper Archives
Austin Austin City Gazette 10/30/1839 – 8/17/1842 Newspaper Archives
Austin Daily Texan, The: University of Texas at Austin 4/20/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Austin Austin Villager 2/18/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Austin Austin American-Statesman 1/1/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bay City Bay City Tribune 11/7/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Baytown Baytown Sun 4/2/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beaumont Beaumont Enterprise 4/1/1906 – 9/30/1911 Newspaper Archives
Beaumont Beaumont Journal 3/28/1906 – 9/27/1911 Newspaper Archives
Beaumont Beaumont Enterprise 11/27/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beeville Beeville Bee 6/12/1896 – 5/25/1900 Newspaper Archives
Bellaire Bellaire – River Oaks – West University Examiner 6/21/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bellaire Bellaire Examiner 10/31/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Big Sandy Big Sandy & Hawkins Journal 1/19/2011 – 11/19/2012 Recent Obituaries
Big Spring Big Spring Herald 7/30/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Blanco Blanco County News 9/26/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bonham Bonham Journal 9/12/2006 – 4/1/2011 Recent Obituaries
Borger Borger News-Herald 6/11/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brazoria Texas Republican 7/5/1834 – 10/17/1835 Newspaper Archives
Brazoria Constitutional Advocate and Texas Public Advertiser 9/5/1832 – 6/15/1833 Newspaper Archives
Brazoria Advocate of the People’s Rights 2/22/1834 – 3/27/1834 Newspaper Archives
Breckenridge Breckenridge American 11/5/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brownsville Heraldo de Brownsville 12/2/1935 – 2/29/1940 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Cronista del Valle 10/8/1924 – 2/28/1930 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Daily Cosmopolitan 8/19/1881 – 8/18/1885 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Puerto 1/6/1954 – 12/30/1961 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Progreso 1/4/1876 – 12/31/1876 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Daily Metropolitan 9/8/1893 – 11/30/1893 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Daily Republican 9/20/1884 – 9/26/1884 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Republican 7/5/1865 – 7/5/1866 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Mundo 3/7/1886 – 3/7/1886 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Zaragoza 12/20/1865 – 12/27/1865 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Courier de Rio Grande 11/8/1866 – 11/8/1866 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Boletin Estraordinario 12/7/1865 – 12/12/1865 Newspaper Archives
Brownsville Brownsville Herald 2/4/1993 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brownwood Brownwood Bulletin 1/1/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bryan-College Station Eagle 1/16/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bryan-College Station Aggie Sports 8/24/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bryan-College Station Brazos Sports 3/24/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Burnet Burnet Bulletin 9/10/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carrollton Carrollton Leader 3/29/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carthage Panola Watchman 2/2/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Celina Celina Record 3/29/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clarksville Standard 9/3/1842 – 12/29/1882 Newspaper Archives
Cleburne Cleburne Morning Review 1/1/1911 – 5/31/1916 Newspaper Archives
Cleburne Cleburne Times-Review 12/7/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cleveland Cleveland Advocate 10/17/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cleveland Eastex Advocate 4/23/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clifton Clifton Record 9/12/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clute Brazosport Facts 8/29/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Commerce Commerce Journal 2/8/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Conroe Courier 2/23/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Coppell Coppell Gazette 3/29/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Corpus Christi Verdad 6/2/1950 – 12/13/1959 Newspaper Archives
Corpus Christi Nueces County News 5/12/1938 – 6/29/1939 Newspaper Archives
Corpus Christi Progreso 6/16/1939 – 5/1/1940 Newspaper Archives
Corpus Christi Weekly Labor Herald 11/21/1941 – 9/4/1942 Newspaper Archives
Corpus Christi Horizonte 11/5/1879 – 11/13/1880 Newspaper Archives
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Caller-Times 1/4/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Corsicana Oil City Afro-American 1/27/1900 – 1/27/1900 Newspaper Archives
Corsicana Corsicana Daily Sun 2/14/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cuero Cuero Record 10/10/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cypress Cypress Creek Mirror: Cy-Fair Edition 10/6/2011 – 6/14/2012 Recent Obituaries
Cypress Cypress Sun 12/12/2007 – 8/30/2011 Recent Obituaries
Cypress Cypress Creek Mirror: Cypress – Cy-Fair Edition 6/14/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cypress Cy-Fair Sun 3/19/2008 – 3/24/2011 Recent Obituaries
Cypress Cypress Creek Mirror: Cypress Edition 9/7/2011 – 5/31/2012 Recent Obituaries
Daingerfield Bee 3/23/2011 – 11/27/2012 Recent Obituaries
Dallas Dallas Morning News 10/1/1885 – 12/31/1984 Newspaper Archives
Dallas Dallas Weekly Herald 12/8/1855 – 12/31/1887 Newspaper Archives
Dallas Weekly Times-Herald 2/1/1890 – 11/29/1890 Newspaper Archives
Dallas Dallas Express 1/13/1900 – 1/13/1900 Newspaper Archives
Dallas Brotherhood Eyes 10/31/1936 – 10/31/1936 Newspaper Archives
Dallas Advocate: Lake Highlands Edition 3/1/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dallas Quick 11/12/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dallas Dallas Morning News, The: Blogs 5/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dallas Dallas Morning News 8/12/1984 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dayton Dayton News 10/17/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Deer Park Deer Park Broadcaster 11/8/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Del Rio Del Rio News-Herald 9/2/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Denison Denison Daily News 1/29/1874 – 6/28/1878 Newspaper Archives
Denton Denton Record-Chronicle 7/30/2004 – 5/12/2014 Recent Obituaries
Edinburg Defensor 2/7/1930 – 12/25/1931 Newspaper Archives
Edinburg Edinburg Review 2/3/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Edna Jackson County Herald-Tribune 9/12/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
El Paso Continental 12/12/1934 – 3/11/1960 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Atalaya Bautista: Semanario Evangelico Bautista 1/2/1908 – 12/21/1930 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Patria 6/18/1919 – 8/12/1923 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Republica 11/1/1919 – 5/23/1923 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Clarin del Norte 10/8/1905 – 2/9/1907 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Sunday Herald 10/28/1888 – 5/18/1889 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Evening Telegram 3/16/1896 – 4/6/1896 Newspaper Archives
El Paso El Paso Daily News 2/11/1901 – 7/3/1902 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Evening Tribune 4/3/1889 – 5/19/1896 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Monitor 1/30/1897 – 1/26/1900 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Latino Americano 1/14/1891 – 3/28/1891 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Defensor 9/24/1894 – 3/3/1895 Newspaper Archives
El Paso El Paso Evening Tribune 6/15/1893 – 6/23/1893 Newspaper Archives
El Paso El Paso del Norte 3/12/1904 – 11/18/1904 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Noticias 10/14/1899 – 1/20/1900 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Ciudanano 3/12/1892 – 5/14/1892 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Lone Star 12/24/1881 – 2/3/1883 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Los Dos Americas 3/7/1888 – 7/25/1898 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Observador Fronterizo 4/4/1886 – 10/24/1886 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Independiente 5/6/1896 – 8/7/1896 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Correo del Bravo 3/13/1913 – 5/19/1913 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Monday Morning Mercury 6/12/1893 – 7/17/1893 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Dia 2/18/1919 – 2/23/1919 Newspaper Archives
El Paso El Paso Weekly Tribune 4/22/1886 – 4/22/1886 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Echo Fronterizo 10/3/1896 – 11/14/1896 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Justica 9/5/1893 – 11/4/1893 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Renacimiento 5/28/1923 – 6/14/1923 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Azote 9/17/1922 – 4/15/1923 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Homer Union News 10/1/1919 – 10/1/1919 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Hispano Americano 8/7/1893 – 8/7/1893 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Commercial Review 4/1/1891 – 4/1/1891 Newspaper Archives
El Paso Buena Prensa : Organo del Comite de la Asociacion del Mismo Nombre 9/15/1923 – 9/15/1923 Newspaper Archives
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Why Do You Love Genealogy?

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog post, Mary shares comments that she and her fellow family historians have exchanged on social media about why they love genealogy.

I was browsing social media pages recently and saw that my friends were commenting about why they love genealogy. Everyone’s reasons for loving family history research varied, but the depth of the intrinsic rewards we feel was shared by all.

Here is my reason for loving genealogy research:

  • I’m following in the footsteps of my mother, great grandmother and great grandfather, who researched with a passion and left the family with a legacy of several family history books.

What a family treasure that anyone could only hope to equal, which explains my favorite saying: “Genealogy isn’t just a pastime; it’s a passion!”

genealogy saying: "I love genealogy!"

Below you’ll find excerpts of the quotes (with minor corrections). The initials indicate my social media friends. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

  • “One time I helped a police investigator find the family of a man who had died, who left very little information. He [the policeman] said the family was very grateful. That was rewarding.” —A.C.
  • “As my friend Christie says, ‘It’s a labor of love.’” —A.J.
  • “My grandmother died last year and I was really lucky that she’d humor me with questions. I’d bring DD coffee every Sunday and we’d chat—all her peers had gone—and sometimes we’d talk genealogy, but because I knew so much, I think she almost felt like she had somebody who knew the stuff she did and she could talk about events and people who mattered to her, without prompting, and be understood. That’s what validates what I do.” —A.M.
  • “At least we can all say ‘We know where we came from’ [because] we did the research…” —C.D.
  • “I do it because I want to put stories to names. I wanted to know who I am. And now when I try and not do it, I swear that I hear [my name] in my sleep: ‘Find me.’ You are never lost as long as one person remembers your name…” —C.F.
  • “My family and friends are genuinely appreciative of my genealogy research. I’ve never heard any criticism. I’ve reunited lost family members and distant cousins.” —C.H.
  • “It is for people who love history and want to know exactly where they came from. It is comforting.” —C.K.

genealogy saying: "Looking for dead people makes me happy!"

  • “After 25+ years…I just smile and say…looking for dead people makes me happy!” —C.L.J.Y.
  • “It’s very satisfying when you find lost cousins or other information. I just found a cousin here on one of the groups yesterday; her grandfather is the brother of my grandfather…So cool when this happens.” —C.M.S.C.
  • “[I love genealogy] because dead people are much more interesting than the live people that are around me.” —D.E.L.
  • “My Mom has been the ultimate source in my and my sister’s research. She remembers everything, has written things down, and saved pictures from my dad’s side of the family. She is so supportive to us and helps out so much. I wish everyone had someone as supportive as her. Thanks Mom!” —D.R.
  • “Genealogy is a favorite pastime, I love knowing our ancestors’ names, families, their work, etc. I have been working on my family and my husband’s. It is very rewarding.” —D.Y.
  • “I’ve found close cousins I had never known…I have laughed so much with them over the years! We met on the Internet searching for the same Great Grandparents! We didn’t know each other, but it’s like having a cool sister to laugh with on things we have in common! I can’t believe how similar we think about things!!! Genetics!” —E.R.
  • “When I was about 14 it was the Bicentennial year. My great Aunt showed me the grave of an ancestor who was from Lexington during the Revolution. That was what started the genealogy bug for me! I took a college class that year in genealogy, and started to ride my bike to local archives to research how I was related to that soldier, and the rest of my family tree. His name was Andrew Munroe, and his uncles were killed in the Lexington Battle, and Andrew was a Major by the end of the war.” —H.W.
  • “I think of this as more of an avocation than a hobby and if I don’t do it, who will?” —J.B.
  • “I am chuckling about all the comments about helping kids in school with their family history projects. My genealogy path started when a college class I was taking asked for such a project. Two years later, my son had the same project in fourth grade. Seven years later I am still working on it…” —J.C.M.

genealogy saying: "I research my ancestors so I'll know who to blame!"

  • “I research my ancestors so I’ll know who to blame!” —J.H.
  • “I do it for my children and their children and like-minded relatives with whom I share the stories. To know our ancestors’ strengths and talents is to know where ours come from and is inspiring to me.” —J.R.
  • “I started really getting into it after I met my husband. His family has been in this one county of Virginia since they came over on a boat. Lol. So jealous—I literally just have to go to the county library, ask about his family, and poof! the library has it all. Lol. Everyone wants to reap my rewards also. But I have the time and I love it, so I keep on. Lol!” —J.R.
  • “My dad asked me years ago to research his family. He remembered the stories he was told and shared many of them. May he rest in peace because he has since passed, but once I started the journey there was no turning back. Every new name holds promise of a new story. The one thing I didn’t comprehend when I started was that the research would open many history books to help me better understand how people lived in their respective eras. I feel like it is an exciting adventure with many mysteries.” —J.S.B.

genealogy saying: "Ancestors don't give me grief and they don't come with drama!"

  • “I was told by a sibling that I like my dead ancestors more than my living relatives. Of course I do!! They don’t give me grief and don’t come with drama!” —K.P.

genealogy saying: "Genealogy is like being a detective!"

  • “I’ve always been interested too, even as a teenager. It made U.S. History come alive in school! My mom and dad used to do genealogy together. They went to libraries and cemeteries every weekend. They were both very involved which is how I got interested at the age of 16. It is like being a detective, isn’t it?” —K.V.E.A.
  • “I love all these comments! I don’t have any profound reasons why I love researching, I just do! I didn’t care for history or genealogy when I was younger. Then my mother passed away eleven years ago. In cleaning out the attic in my childhood home, one of the first things I found was a statement of service in the Civil War. I was stunned and got the bug at that moment! I also found some tintypes and lots of old photos, unidentified and undated of course…So fascinating. Unfortunately, I got the bug after my parents passed away. How I wish I got it when they were alive especially since I had an older father who was born in 1902.” —L.H.

genealogy saying: "Genealogy is not a hobby, it's a calling!"

  • “I’ve also been doing this for over 40 years, started when I was 9. Anyone that knows me, knows right away that I am a Genealogist. It’s not a hobby, it’s a calling. I don’t discuss it unless someone asks or it’s pertinent to the conversation. But overall, I’ve found that MOST people find what we do fascinating…Sometimes, this passion of mine affects someone’s life tremendously. I had one family of my grandmother’s first cousin contact me after putting something out…She said, ‘this is my father-in-law’s family. He’s in his late 80s and I never knew ANYTHING about them. His father died when he was 2, his mother remarried, and they never saw his father’s family again. He always felt that he was the reason for that and carried the guilt around all his life.’ I contacted her back, shared with her that at the time of his father’s birth his grandparents were both dead, and his father’s siblings lived too far away for interaction to be feasible. The daughter-in-law was able to go back and tell him the story of the family and she said it was like a weight lifted off his shoulders, his whole personality changed and he was a happier man…he died 6 months later, but at peace! So when anyone has anything negative to say, which is rare, I hold that story close and smile.” —L.L.B.J.

genealogy saying: "I don't understand people who don't like genealogy. It's so satisfying to find a fact about someone in all the world papers!"

  • “I have found numerous lost cousins and a diamond ring that was passed down to one of my new cousins that belonged to my great gma. It’s so cool to look at it and know she had it on her finger. My quest continues to find a pic of her. I love [genealogy]. I don’t understand people who don’t like it. It’s so satisfying to find a fact about someone in all the world papers.” —L.O.R.
  • “I’m lucky to have a ton of support around me. Even my husband is actively helping me with my family research. I have yet to meet one person in my family that isn’t fascinated by the research.” —L.S.
  • “I studied history in college. Genealogy is a continuation of my love of studying the past…and it’s personal. Something I can pass on to my children and now my granddaughter.” —L.S.A.
  • “I have some good stories [from cousins] that I’ve met…that I didn’t know I had…Besides, I love skeletons. They make the world go round.” —M.F.C.
  • “I follow my family histories because I WANT to; like people who sit/partake in sports, fish, or knit/sew, it’s MY hobby. There are people who are history buffs, and those who are sports nuts and some who are GEN NUTS (which I’m one).” —M.J.W.M.

genealogy saying: "Genealogy is like playing detective!"

  • “It’s like playing detective. It’s fun learning the stories about our ancestors.” —N.H.S.
  • “Working on my family tree is comforting. I feel close to my mom and dad, who have been gone for a very long time.” —P.M.H.
  • “It’s not about the doubters—it’s about two other things. First, to ensure [we remember] those who would otherwise be forgotten in less than 100 years, and two, for those yet to come to know and understand their roots. And then they can decide for themselves if they care or not. So don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re wasting your time following after dead people. If they are family then you will have to include them too. Although they may wish to be forgotten in a generation or two, ask them about it!” —R.B.
  • “Always was fascinated with the past; [I] wanted to be an archeologist when I grew up but my teachers were not too happy with that aspiration! I love to do genealogy for several reasons. First, when I do research on my ancestors, I feel like I am bringing my family together again in the past and, since I freely share my discoveries with relatives, I feel it brings us together in the present. I also love it because it makes me feel part of a whole, a link in the chain that would not have a future without myself and my children. I love it because it makes me feel more connected to my country when so many of my ancestors were pioneers and founders of early settlements and churches and helped to build this country by participating in government positions and fighting in various wars for our freedom & protection. And most of all, I love it for the connection I feel with certain ancestors when I can be successful enough in my research to learn some of the personal aspects of their lives. I believe in some way they are always with us, living on in our cells, our blood & our genes.” —R.B.K.

genealogy saying: "Genealogy is more fun than most sports!"

  • “It’s more fun than most sports. I like to find new info.” —S.C
  • “[I] love [genealogy] and find it fascinating.” —S.H.
  • “Well, the journey into our past has been interesting, and I am blessed to share it with my cousin.” —S.H.E.
  • “I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I know that I have always been fascinated with my family history. I remember being a young teen and pondering my family origins. I asked a few questions of my grandmothers, but not nearly enough before they either passed or lost the ability to communicate. In reading her saved letters, I know that one of my grandmothers was the same way and her father before her. In letters written between them long before my birth, they discuss the family Bible and family records. He gave her a copy, which I never found. He also left the family Bible to one of his other children, which I’ve also failed to locate. Other than one of my grandmother’s half-sisters, no one else in the family seems to have any interest in it, including the family who now has (hopefully) or had (crossing fingers) the family Bible. Did some of you come to this later in life and develop an interest long after your childhood, or did you always wonder? I’ve often pondered whether those who don’t care just never had it in them in the first place, kind of like how people are born with the ability to either love cilantro or think it tastes like soap and therefore will never like it, no matter what.” —S.W.H.

genealogy saying: "Why do I love genealogy? I credit my old style Polish grandmother for my desire to know my family history!"

  • “I credit my old style Polish grandmother for my desire to know my family history. She and her mom “were” those black sheep, moved away, changed their names, pretended they were French rather than Kashubian/Polish…Oh, I had visions of her coming from a family of horse thieves or gypsies or some such thing. When I finally found the truth and reunited with her family, wouldn’t you know that the first thing I heard was, ‘Oh! We’ve been looking for you for a hundred years!’ I’m glad they didn’t give up looking, and perhaps it’s the Polish in me that doesn’t give up either.” —S.W.H.

genealogy saying: "If you don't know someone among your ancestors, they're not real!"

  • “An in-law, a wonderful and generous lady, told me that if I didn’t know someone among my ancestors, they were not real. My sister tells me she only wants to know about the dead relatives I discover if she was mentioned in the will, and [she and] I have fun kidding each other about this…” —T.K.
  • “It’s very nice to make older people especially happy.” —T.P.

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  • “Family history is simply the best!” —V.W.

Please tell us your delightful reasons why you love genealogy!

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Must-Read Genealogy Books

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog post, Gena discusses eight genealogy books that she has found helpful with her family history research.

What’s on your summer reading list? It doesn’t matter what literature genre you enjoy, make sure to carve out some time to read genealogy and history books. By reading more about genealogy you can learn research methodologies, discover new-to-you resources, and enhance your skills.

At the GenealogyBank Store you can find must-have books for every family history researcher.

Need some genealogy book recommendations? Here are just a few of my favorites reads.

You Can Write Your Family History

One of the reasons I love newspaper research is because of the rich content you can add to the story of your ancestor’s life. But for many researchers, after the thrill of finding information there is the nagging question of what to do with all of it. Sharon DeBartolo Carmack’s book You Can Write Your Family History provides the tools for taking all of that research and turning it into a family history that everyone will want to read. My favorite part of this book is the chapters on researching and using social history to add interest to your family history story. Read those chapters to take your research from something only a genealogist would want to read to something each and every family member will treasure.

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The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, Third Edition

What is one of the must-have books for every researcher tracing their United States roots? The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, Third Edition by Val D. Greenwood should be on every family historian’s bookshelf. Looking for a good overview of the fundamentals of research and sources for tracing your family? This is the book. Greenwood explains how to research using “compiled sources, vital and census records, wills and probate records, local and federal land records, civil and criminal court records, church records, military records, immigration records, and cemetery and burial records.” Every researcher should have a basic how-to genealogy book that covers sources and methodologies, and this is one of the best.

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The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe

Is it time for you to jump across the pond with your genealogy research? Instead of just guessing about what to do next, refer to The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe. This book is not only a good place to find maps and resources, it also provides timelines of events that would have impacted your ancestor’s life. Because history and changing geographical boundaries affected your ancestor’s homeland, consult this work before making your research plans.

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The Family Tree Sourcebook

A “companion” to Family Tree Guidebook to Europe is The Family Tree Sourcebook, a must for learning more about states you are researching.

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Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920

One of the first genealogy books I saved up to buy was the Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920 by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide. I believe it was co-author William Dollarhide who once made the quip that you could have an ancestor live in five different counties but never move out of their home. This guide shows county outline maps for every 10 years from 1790-1920. Knowing and understanding county boundaries can benefit your census research as well as your finding other types of records (as well as save you valuable research time). To better understand your ancestor’s life, migration, and where to look for records, stock your personal library with maps and map guides. This book will be a great addition to that genealogy collection.

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Guide to Naturalization Records in the United States

I’m a big fan of author Christina K. Schaefer’s books. Her Guide to Naturalization Records in the United States is a perfect addition to your library, especially as a resource after you’ve searched for your ancestor’s name on passenger lists in GenealogyBank. This book: “state by state, county by county, city by city, the Guide to Naturalization Records identifies all repositories of naturalization records, systematically indicating the types of records held, their dates of coverage, and the location of original and microfilm records. The Guide also pinpoints the whereabouts of federal court records in all National Archives facilities. But perhaps the most unique feature of the Guide to Naturalization Records is that it identifies every single piece of information on naturalizations that is available on microfilm through the National Archives or the Family History Library System…”

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The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women’s Genealogy

Other books by Christina K. Schaefer include The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women’s Genealogy, another excellent guide that provides state-by-state resources (and early laws that affected women) for researching female ancestors.

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Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse

Do you have an iPad? If so, I hope you’re using it for your genealogy. It wasn’t too long ago that doing research at a library or archives meant lugging around a rolling suitcase with a laptop, camera, and more. Today, I simply take my iPad and I have everything I need to research, take images of and store documents, refer to my family tree and look up my virtual library. Technology isn’t doing you any good if you don’t know how to use it. Consider checking out genealogy podcaster and international speaker Lisa Louise Cooke’s Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse. Along with tips and suggestions, there is a look at over 65 apps that can help you make the most of your iPad. While this book is geared towards the iPad, Cooke includes comparable apps for Android tablets.

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Looking for more genealogy book ideas? I’ve only hit the tip of the iceberg in this article. For more books including country-specific and early American guides, see the GenealogyBank Store.

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New Jersey Archives: 145 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Although New Jersey is the 4th smallest state in the Union, it is the 11th most populous—and the most densely populated state in the country. One of the 13 original United States, New Jersey was the location of several major battles during the American Revolutionary War, making our historical newspaper collection a rich genealogy resource for researching your Revolutionary roots.

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Photo: Great Falls of the Passaic River in Paterson, New Jersey. Credit: Merle9999; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from New Jersey, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online New Jersey newspaper archives: 145 titles to help you search your family history in “The Garden State,” providing coverage from 1777 to Today. There are more than 69 million newspaper articles and records in our online NJ archives!

Dig deep into the online archives and search for obituaries and other news articles about your ancestors in these recent and historical NJ newspapers online. Our New Jersey newspapers are divided into two collections: Historical Newspapers (complete paper) and Recent Obituaries (obituaries only).

Search New Jersey Newspaper Archives (1777 – 1993)

Search New Jersey Recent Obituaries (1985 – Current)

Here is our complete list of online New Jersey newspapers in the archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The NJ newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range Collection
Andover, Stanhope, Newton Township Journal 1/12/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Atlantic City Press of Atlantic City 1/1/1989 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bayonne Bayonne Journal 4/4/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belleville Belleville Times 1/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bergenfield, Dumont, New Milford Twin-Boro News 1/7/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Berlin Record Breeze 6/17/2005 – 5/21/2009 Recent Obituaries
Bloomfield Bloomfield Life 10/22/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bloomingdale, Wanaque Suburban Trends 10/3/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brick Brick Township Bulletin 11/6/2002 – 1/21/2010 Recent Obituaries
Bridgeton Bridgeton Evening News 2/13/1879 – 1/1/1923 Newspaper Archives
Bridgeton Washington Whig 7/31/1815 – 9/13/1834 Newspaper Archives
Bridgeton News of Cumberland County 7/31/2004 – 11/3/2012 Recent Obituaries
Bridgeton News of Cumberland County, The: Web Edition Articles 4/27/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Burlington Burlington Advertiser 4/13/1790 – 12/13/1791 Newspaper Archives
Burlington Rural Visitor 7/30/1810 – 7/22/1811 Newspaper Archives
Burlington New-Jersey Gazette 12/5/1777 – 2/25/1778 Newspaper Archives
Camden Camden Democrat 1/7/1860 – 12/25/1875 Newspaper Archives
Clifton Clifton Journal 4/4/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Collingswood Retrospect 1/6/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cranford Cranford Chronicle 6/9/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cranford Cranford Chronicle, The: Web Edition Articles 10/24/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Brunswick East Brunswick Sentinel 11/4/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Edgewater Edgewater View 12/18/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Edison, Metuchen Edison-Metuchen Sentinel 10/15/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Egg Harbor City Egg Harbor Pilot 3/22/1860 – 2/20/1915 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Der Zeitgeist 4/6/1867 – 3/23/1872 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Atlantic Democrat 4/6/1861 – 7/26/1862 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Egg Harbor Beobachter 1/13/1859 – 4/28/1859 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Pilot 12/18/1858 – 3/19/1859 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Wochentliche Anzeiger 6/4/1859 – 8/6/1859 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Egg Harbor Aurora 8/18/1860 – 11/28/1860 Newspaper Archives
Egg Harbor City Beobachter Am Egg Harbor River 10/2/1858 – 12/25/1858 Newspaper Archives
Elizabethtown New-Jersey Journal 5/10/1786 – 12/29/1818 Newspaper Archives
Elizabethtown Federal Republican 1/25/1803 – 1/17/1804 Newspaper Archives
Elizabethtown Political Intelligencer 4/20/1785 – 5/3/1786 Newspaper Archives
Emerson, Hillsdale, Montvale Pascack Valley Community Life 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Englewood Northern Valley Suburbanite 1/21/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fairlawn Community News 1/7/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fairlawn Gazette 1/21/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flemington Hunterdon County Democrat: Web Edition Articles 8/7/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flemington Horse News 6/30/1994 – Current Recent Obituaries
Flemington Hunterdon County Democrat 6/17/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fort Lee Fort Lee Suburbanite 12/11/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Franklin Lakes, Oakland Franklin Lakes-Oakland Suburban News 11/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Freehold Atlanticville 11/4/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Frenchtown Delaware Valley News 2/12/2004 – 9/25/2008 Recent Obituaries
Glen Ridge Glen Ridge Voice 10/12/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Glen Rock Glen Rock Gazette 11/5/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hackensack Record 1/2/1985 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hackensack Hackensack Chronicle 4/23/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Haddonfield Haddon Herald 12/27/2000 – 12/11/2008 Recent Obituaries
Hoboken Hudson Reporter Publications 1/3/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Howell, Jackson, Lakewood, Plumstead Tri-Town News 11/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jersey City Jersey Journal 5/2/1867 – 6/30/1962 Newspaper Archives
Jersey City Jersey City News 1/2/1902 – 3/31/1902 Newspaper Archives
Jersey City Jersey Journal, The: Web Edition Articles 7/31/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jersey City City Journal 6/3/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jersey City Waterfront Journal 7/24/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kearny Kearny Journal 6/19/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kinnelon Argus 12/16/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lafayette, Oak Ridge, Ogdensburg, Stockholm, Sussex, Wantage, Vernon Advertiser-News 6/9/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Leonia Leonia Life 1/22/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Little Falls, Totowa Passaic Valley Today 10/8/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mahwah Mahwah Suburban News 3/10/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Manalapan News Transcript 3/10/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Maple Shade Maple Shade Progress 8/18/2006 – 6/5/2009 Recent Obituaries
May’s Landing Atlantic Journal 10/13/1859 – 10/24/1862 Newspaper Archives
Medford Central Record 3/22/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Middletown, Hazlet Independent 1/5/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Midland Park Midland Park Suburban News 6/24/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Millburn, Short Hills Item of Millburn and Short Hills 4/15/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Millstone, Englishtown, Allentown Examiner 1/31/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Montclair Montclair Times 4/1/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Moorestown Newsweekly 11/14/2003 – 1/22/2009 Recent Obituaries
Morristown Palladium of Liberty 5/5/1808 – 12/26/1822 Newspaper Archives
Morristown Genius of Liberty 5/24/1798 – 3/5/1811 Newspaper Archives
Mount Pleasant Jersey Chronicle 5/2/1795 – 4/30/1796 Newspaper Archives
New Brunswick Jewish Journal 9/5/1956 – 8/27/1971 Newspaper Archives
New Brunswick New Brunswick Fredonian 4/24/1811 – 12/30/1829 Newspaper Archives
New Brunswick Political Intelligencer 10/14/1783 – 4/5/1785 Newspaper Archives
New Egypt New Egypt Press 10/18/2001 – 1/22/2009 Recent Obituaries
Newark Newark Star-Ledger 1/1/1964 – 12/31/1984 Newspaper Archives
Newark Newark Daily Advertiser 3/28/1832 – 12/29/1866 Newspaper Archives
Newark New Jersey Deutsche Zeitung 4/12/1880 – 6/30/1898 Newspaper Archives
Newark Centinel Of Freedom 10/5/1796 – 9/19/1876 Newspaper Archives
Newark Jewish Chronicle 10/14/1921 – 1/8/1943 Newspaper Archives
Newark New-Jersey Telescope 11/4/1808 – 11/7/1809 Newspaper Archives
Newark Star-Ledger 2/13/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newark Star-Ledger, The: Web Edition Articles 7/10/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newton AIM Sussex County 11/6/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Brunswick, South Brunswick North-South Brunswick Sentinel 1/3/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Nutley Nutley Sun 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Old Bridge Suburban 11/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Parsippany Parsippany Life 10/14/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pemberton Community News 1/30/2004 – 3/5/2009 Recent Obituaries
Pennington Pennington Post 1/15/2003 – 6/11/2009 Recent Obituaries
Rahway East-Jersey Republican 5/22/1816 – 7/3/1816 Newspaper Archives
Ramsey Ramsey Suburban News 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Red Bank Hub 11/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ridgewood Town News 1/7/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ridgewood Suburban News – A Publication of The Ridgewood News 1/14/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ridgewood Town Journal 1/7/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ridgewood Ridgewood News 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rockaway AIM Jefferson 12/18/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rutherford South Bergenite 10/8/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Salem Salem Messenger and Public Advertiser 11/17/1819 – 4/25/1832 Newspaper Archives
Salem Today’s Sunbeam 7/29/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Salem Today’s Sunbeam: Web Edition Articles 1/21/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Secaucus Secaucus Journal 5/20/2004 – 2/4/2010 Recent Obituaries
Secaucus Jersey Journal 1/16/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Secaucus Hudson Dispatch 4/15/2010 – 10/20/2011 Recent Obituaries
Sewell News Report 8/26/2004 – 1/22/2009 Recent Obituaries
Somerville Messenger-Gazette, The: Web Edition Articles 1/24/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Somerville Chronicle 6/11/2005 – 3/3/2007 Recent Obituaries
Somerville Messenger-Gazette 6/9/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sparta Sparta Independent 5/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Summit, Berkeley Heights, New Providence Independent Press 8/2/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Summit, Berkeley Heights, New Providence Independent Press: Web Edition Articles 10/23/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Teaneck Teaneck Suburbanite 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Trenton Trenton Evening Times 1/7/1883 – 3/15/1993 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Trenton State Gazette 1/12/1847 – 12/31/1898 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Trenton Federalist 12/2/1800 – 12/27/1824 Newspaper Archives
Trenton True American 3/10/1801 – 9/21/1818 Newspaper Archives
Trenton New-Jersey Gazette 3/4/1778 – 11/27/1786 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Sentinel 6/26/1880 – 11/13/1882 Newspaper Archives
Trenton New Jersey State Gazette 9/19/1792 – 12/31/1799 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Emporium and true american 6/16/1827 – 12/13/1828 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Miscellany 6/10/1805 – 12/2/1805 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Times of Trenton, The: Web Edition Articles 1/15/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Trenton Trentonian 4/12/2000 – 2/20/2012 Recent Obituaries
Trenton Times 3/21/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Verona, Cedar Grove Verona-Cedar Grove Times 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warren Warren Reporter 6/28/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wayne Wayne Today 10/14/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Milford AIM West Milford 10/9/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
West Milford West Milford Messenger 1/7/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westfield Westfield Record-Press 6/10/2005 – 9/26/2008 Recent Obituaries
Williamstown Plain Dealer 11/1/2002 – 1/22/2009 Recent Obituaries
Willingboro, Burlington Burlington County Times 12/16/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woodbridge Woodbridge Sentinel 11/5/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woodbury Woodbury Daily Times 2/3/1897 – 12/30/1922 Newspaper Archives
Woodbury Gloucester County Times 12/24/2004 – 11/5/2012 Recent Obituaries
Woodbury Gloucester County Times, The: Web Edition Articles 3/12/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woodbury South Jersey Times 11/9/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woodland Park Herald News 7/30/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries

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Tax Lists in Newspapers for Genealogy

Most genealogists use newspaper birth notices, marriage announcements, and obituaries in their family history research—but there are many other good sources of family information in newspapers, such as tax lists.

For example, the town of Tamworth, New Hampshire, took out this ad in the Sun (Dover, New Hampshire), an area newspaper, in 1816. It was an advertisement to publish their local real estate tax list as a public notice that taxes were due, who the taxpayers were and how much each person owed. In addition to all that, this list describes the property owned and the buildings thereon.

tax list, Sun newspaper article 10 February 1816

Sun (Dover, New Hampshire), 10 February 1816, page 3

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This is a great find for family historians.

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For example: we see that John Ames owned “73 acres of land adjoining land of James Stephenson, and others.”

That is good—now we know the name of one of his neighbors. This is a helpful clue that could come in handy, since it is very true that young men and women did marry the girl/boy next door.

The property description continues, stating that Ames had “1 dwelling-house 21 ft. by 26 [feet], and 1 barn.”

Amazing—now we can really start to visualize life there in Tamworth.

The dimensions of each home are given, and we are told if each family had a barn or other out buildings on their property.

  • John Ames’ home was 21’ x 26’ and he had a barn, all on 73 acres of land.
  • Andrew Brier had 30 acres of land, a 15’ x 16’ home and a barn.
  • Isaac Medar had 100 acres of land, a 30’ x 40’ home and a barn.

You can quickly get a sense that they lived a rural life there in Tamworth. They lived on large parcels of land. We know how big the homes were. We can see whether or not they had a barn or other buildings on the property. Notice too that both men and women are listed as land owners.

Every landowner in the town is listed.

The list of property owners is so long it is printed on pages 3 and 4.

Bottom Line: These published tax lists are an extra census of the town, with the bonus that it describes each home, other buildings and acreage owned.

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Rescue Mission: 4-Step Plan for Preserving Family Bible Records

In your genealogy work, are you looking to give back to the community? Are you willing to pitch in and help preserve original family history records?

Why not help rescue old Family Bibles, by digitally scanning them and putting them online?

National and local genealogical societies, libraries, and individuals have all worked at this.

It’s time for us to do more to preserve our family records. We have all the modern tools—let’s do this.

Here is a genealogy preservation project that you can tackle yourself or accomplish as a group: a rescue effort that genealogical societies should start working on with renewed effort—today!

photo of a Family Bible

Source: Thomas Jay Kemp

Today’s families are often overwhelmed with caring for the accumulation of so many things gathered over a lifetime. Our elderly friends and relatives are leaving behind important family records as they downsize, move into assisted living, or pass away.

Modern families have to make quick decisions about which records and items are valuable and which can be given to Goodwill.

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Family Bibles can range from oversized, heavy tomes that are protected with large brass clasps, to slightly smaller versions—that can be nearly as heavy—and all are worn with age. Today’s families just might not be aware that these old copies of the “Good Book” likely contain more than the old gospel messages: each might contain a firsthand, handwritten account of their family’s genealogy.

Often these old Family Bibles have records from the 1700s to the 20th Century. Information that might not be easily found anywhere else.

Let’s get the word out and let everyone know just how valuable the family history information in these old Bibles really is.

4-Step Family Bible Rescue Mission Plan

1) Reach out through your clubs, churches and to your neighbors. Use social media, radio talk shows and events at your public library to promote your “rescue effort.”

2) Arrange with your local public library to host a “Scan It Night,” and encourage local residents to bring in their Family Bibles so that the information can be scanned, put online and preserved.

3) Scan the Family Bibles to create digital copies. Use your ingenuity to see what you can accomplish. Here’s one approach:

  • Scan the front and back of the two title pages found in most old Bibles: at the front and at the New Testament.
  • Scan all of the family registry pages, including the blank pages. That way future researchers will know you didn’t miss a page.
  • Then transcribe and type up the family information.

4) Put the digitized Family Bible records online to preserve them and make them easy to find.

  • Add the scanned pages to the online family tree sites—that way the information is permanently linked to the person.
  • Put the images on social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest, or Flickr.
  • Create your own blog and put this information online.
  • Assemble the images and your transcription in a Word document, save it as a PDF file, and upload it to the free site Scribd.com.

There are many approaches that you can take to make sure your family’s past is preserved for future generations. Find the best one for you.

These old family records need to be preserved.

Let’s each do what we can to make sure these old genealogy records are not lost.

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