June 2015 Update: GenealogyBank Just Added 37 Million More Records!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our collection to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available online. We just completed adding 37 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 46 newspaper titles from 20 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia
  • 26 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
Alaska Anchorage Arctic Sounder* 06/28/2013–Current Recent Obituaries
California San Francisco San Francisco Chronicle 2/21/1982–2/23/1982 Newspaper Archives
California San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo Daily Telegram 11/1/1952–10/30/1954 Newspaper Archives
California Stockton Record, The* 02/20/2015–Current Recent Obituaries
District of Columbia Washington (DC) Washington Times 8/14/1984–11/1/1989 Newspaper Archives
Florida Miami Miami Herald 10/11/1928–9/22/1929 Newspaper Archives
Georgia Columbus Columbus Daily Enquirer 3/19/1941–4/5/1943 Newspaper Archives
Georgia Macon Macon Telegraph 7/1/1944–10/31/1945 Newspaper Archives
Idaho Boise Idaho Statesman 1/7/1957–10/13/1957 Newspaper Archives
Illinois Rockford Register Star 10/1/2007–4/30/2008 Newspaper Archives
Indiana Evansville Evansville Courier and Press 1/2/1931–12/31/1937 Newspaper Archives
Kentucky Lexington Lexington Herald 4/1/1939–10/15/1973 Newspaper Archives
Kentucky Lexington Lexington Leader 7/1/1901–8/27/1975 Newspaper Archives
Kentucky Lexington Lexington Leader* 3/1/1912–8/30/1975 Newspaper Archives
Louisiana Baton Rouge Advocate Extra, The* 10/09/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Louisiana Clinton Watchman, The* 12/18/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Louisiana Greensburg St. Helena Echo* 12/18/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Louisiana St. Francisville St. Francisville Democrat* 12/18/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Louisiana Zachary Zachary Advocate and Plainsman, The* 10/09/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Maryland Baltimore Sun 2/5/1903–12/19/1917 Newspaper Archives
Minnesota Wayzata Lakeshore Weekly News* 07/17/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Mississippi Biloxi Daily Herald 1/1/1946–3/28/1953 Newspaper Archives
National National UPI NewsTrack* 04/26/2013–Current Recent Obituaries
New Hampshire Chester, Hampstead, Sandown Tri-Town Times: Web Edition Articles* 02/28/2013–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Absecon, Pleasantville Current of Pleasantville, The* 04/23/2013–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Atlantic City Atlantic City Weekly* 03/10/2005–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Cape May Cape May Gazette, The* 09/09/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Egg Harbor Current of Downbeach, The* 05/19/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Egg Harbor Township Current of Egg Harbor Township, The* 06/02/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Galloway Current of Galloway Township, The* 04/08/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Hamilton Current of Hamilton Township, The* 05/26/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Linwood, Somers Point, Northfield Current of Linwood, Somers Point, Northfield* 07/20/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Middle Township Middle Township Gazette, The* 01/05/2011–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Ocean City Ocean City Gazette, The* 04/12/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Upper Township Upper Township Gazette* 11/11/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Wildwood Wildwood Leader, The* 05/24/2010–Current Recent Obituaries
New York Middletown Times Herald-Record, The* 02/18/2015–Current Recent Obituaries
North Carolina Charlotte Charlotte Observer 1/1/1934–12/6/1935 Newspaper Archives
North Carolina Robbinsville Graham Star* 01/28/2009–Current Recent Obituaries
Oregon Medford Mail Tribune* 02/23/2015–Current Recent Obituaries
Pennsylvania State College Centre Daily Times 10/1/1982–11/30/1983 Newspaper Archives
South Carolina Charleston Charleston News and Courier 7/12/1971–9/30/1991 Newspaper Archives
South Carolina Charleston Evening Post 3/18/1971–3/19/1971 Newspaper Archives
South Carolina Charleston Post and Courier 9/1/1984–2/29/1996 Newspaper Archives
Washington Bellingham Bellingham Herald 5/1/1947–8/31/1948 Newspaper Archives
Washington Olympia Morning Olympian 1/1/1951–4/30/1952 Newspaper Archives

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Historic Illinois Cemetery Project Is Documenting the Dead

Like many historic cemeteries, the Herrin City Cemetery in Herrin, Illinois, is trying to document all of the persons buried in the cemetery.

screenshot from an article on the South Illinoisan website about the Herrin City Cemetery in Herrin, Illinois

Source: South Illinoisan (Summer 2015)

See: http://bit.ly/1I1HJdT

So far their efforts have uncovered “89 previously unknown burial sites.” Good work!

Are you working on a cemetery project this summer?

If you are, here’s a cemetery research tip.

screenshot of GenealogyBank's search results page for a search for “Herrin Cemetery”

Genealogy Tip: Use GenealogyBank to help you find all burials in America’s cemeteries. The example above shows a search using “Herrin Cemetery” in the “Include Keywords” search box. Since the cemetery name is not a common word, you could also expand the range of accurate results by searching on just “Herrin.”

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Also see more of our previous articles about cemetery research: http://blog.genealogybank.com/tag/cemetery-research.

Armed with more information on people who have been buried there, it will be easier to document each gravesite.

Tell us what cemeteries you are working on this summer in the comments.

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Researching Kids with Vintage Newspaper Ads of 100 Years Ago

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog article, Mary shows how historical newspaper advertisements offer a fascinating insight into the stories of our ancestors’ lives – such as these old ads concerning children.

If you’re like most genealogists, you thrive by living vicariously through the lives of ancestors.

montage of ancestor photos with the caption: "Genealogists thrive on living vicariously through the lives of their ancestors."

We amass hordes of vital statistics on our ancestors – and then we look for detailed data about what happened in their lives. Who were their relatives, what did they do for a living, where did they live, when did all of this happen and why did they do what they did?

And for some of our ancestors, historical newspaper advertisements offer a fascinating insight into the personal stories of their lives.

Take, for instance, children.

Ads for Children

As every parent knows, we do our best to provide for our children – so it should come as no surprise to find old newspapers advertisements that are targeted toward children’s well-being. From schools to medical treatments, there is a wealth of information to be gleaned about what life was like back in their times.

Early American Schools

According to an article on the History of Public Schools at Wikipedia, by 1918 every U.S. state required students to complete elementary school. So what were parents to do if they wanted to arrange for more education beyond that level?

They turned to tutors and private educational institutions, such as the many featured in these 1915 Pennsylvania newspaper advertisements.

ads for schools and colleges, Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper advertisements 11 September 1915

Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 11 September 1915, page 5

Of course, not every advertisement was for a traditional school, and not every ad was for children.

ad for the International School of Photo-Play Training, Oregonian newspaper advertisement 9 April 1915

Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 9 April 1915, page 2

At the International School of Photo-Play Training in Portland, Oregon, you could learn movie acting. The allure of high salaries, such as Mary Pickford’s $2,000 a week or Charlie Chaplin’s $1,250 weekly pay, was a strong draw.

Mary Pickford was a huge star in 1915.

photo of Mary Pickford, Tulsa World newspaper article 7 February 1915

Tulsa World (Tulsa, Oklahoma), 7 February 1915, page 8

Juvenile Apparel (Clothing)

What would you guess your ancestors paid for their children’s clothing?

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I’m not certain what the average national salary was a hundred years ago. The Social Security Administration maintains a chart of average salaries in the U.S., starting in 1951 (when it was $2,799.16), so it couldn’t have been much back in 1915 (see http://www.ssa.gov/oact/cola/AWI.html).

So in 1915 newspaper advertisements, when you see prices for juvenile apparel starting at a few dollars per item, that was considered expensive by many people. Note the Saturday specials for Joel Gutman & Company of Baltimore, Maryland, in the ad below:

  • Boys’ and girls’ footwear was on sale for $1.90, with high and lace shoes selling for $2.15
  • Boys’ suits were priced from $7.50 to $8.50, and overcoats from $10.00 to $13.00
  • Girls’ cloth dresses ranged from $1.67 to $2.85
  • Girls’ coats from $5.97 to $8.37
ad for children's clothing from Joel Gutman and Company, Sun newspaper advertisement 9 January 1915

Sun (Baltimore, Maryland), 9 January 1915, page 4

Medicine and Quackery

If you want to have a good laugh – or can handle being shocked at what happened in the past – take a look at the medical treatments available to our ancestors. Many of the medical treatments of yesteryear, such as the opiate paregoric (powdered opium), promised to cure everything from diarrhea to colic (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paregoric).

As seen in the ad below for castoria (castor oil) warning parents “Don’t Poison Baby,” the dangers of paregoric were known 100 years ago. Surprisingly, you could purchase it without a subscription until 1970, so it ended up in many household medicine cabinets.

ad for castoria (castor oil), Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper advertisement 7 July 1915

Colorado Springs Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado), 7 July 1915, page 5

If your children were “vertically challenged,” parents could arrange for magnetic wave treatments.

Dr. Charles I. White, who (in my humble opinion) should be added to the many lists of quack doctors, promised to double the growth of children by electrical treatment. Let’s hope none of your family was drawn in by the spurious medical advertisement shown below.

ad for the "magnetic wave" medical device, Riverside Independent Enterprise newspaper advertisement 16 January 1915

Riverside Independent Enterprise (Riverside, California), 16 January 1915, page 3

Delve into historical newspaper classified ads and let us know if you find information that helped with your family history research.

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A Native American Revolutionary War Veteran’s Final Request

When I am gone, beat the drum and fire the guns. ~ Captain and Chief Tishomingo

As we get closer to July 4th, we think back on the stories of our American ancestors who fought for our freedom in the Revolutionary War. This old newspaper obituary tells us about the story of one of those Revolutionary War veterans, whose heroic story deserves to be more widely known.

obituary for Chief Tishomingo, Evening Post newspaper article 24 June 1841

Evening Post (New York, New York), 24 June 1841, page 2

Chief Tishomingo was the last great chief of the Chickasaw Nation.

According to his obituary:

Although but little known beyond the limits of his nation, yet he was a man who had seen wars and fought battles; stood high among his own people as a brave and good man. He served under Gen. [Anthony] Wayne in the revolutionary war, for which he received a pension from the government of the United States; and in the late war with England [the War of 1812] he served under Gen. [Andrew] Jackson, and did many deeds of valor.

Chief Tishomingo was born in Tishomingo, Mississippi – the town was renamed in his honor. The early history of the 19th Century was not kind to Native Americans – even those like Chief Tishomingo who had “fought in nine battles for the United States.” He and his tribe were forced to relocate to Oklahoma. He died on the trip near Little Rock, Arkansas.

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The first capital of Oklahoma was located in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, which was also named in Captain Tishomingo’s honor.

Watch this video about Chief Tishomingo’s life that was produced by Chickasaw.tv https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL9O9lNNzTk

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Nevada Archives: 41 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Nevada became a state in 1864 during the Civil War; in recognition of this, the banner on the state flag reads “Battle Born.” The 7th largest state in the country, Nevada – which is mostly desert – is the 35th most populous and the 9th least densely populated of the United States.

photo of Las Vegas, Nevada

Photo: Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: Http2007; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Nevada, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online NV newspaper archives: 41 titles to help you search your family history in the “Silver State,” providing coverage from 1864 to Today. There are more than 270,000 articles and records in our online Nevada archives!

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

Search Nevada Newspaper Archives (1864 – 1922)

Search Nevada Recent Obituaries (1996 – Current)

illustration of the state flag of Nevada

Illustration: state flag of Nevada. Credit: Caleb Moore; Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online Nevada 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 NV newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
Austin Reese River Reveille 8/5/1864 – 8/11/1864 Newspaper Archives
Battle Mountain Battle Mountain Bugle 2/8/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boulder City Boulder City View 8/7/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boulder City Boulder City Review 11/5/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Caliente Lincoln County Record 6/14/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carson City New Daily Appeal 9/14/1872 – 3/9/1873 Newspaper Archives
Carson City Nevada Appeal 7/4/2000 – 3/11/2013 Recent Obituaries
Elko Daily Independent 7/1/1885 – 2/19/1887 Newspaper Archives
Elko Elko Daily Free Press 1/30/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ely Ely Times 10/10/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Eureka Eureka Daily Sentinel 6/18/1871 – 8/24/1876 Newspaper Archives
Eureka Eureka Daily Republican 2/28/1878 – 3/20/1878 Newspaper Archives
Eureka Eureka Sentinel 8/7/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hamilton Inland Empire 6/16/1869 – 9/21/1869 Newspaper Archives
Hawthorne Mineral County Independent-News 8/5/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Henderson Henderson View 4/24/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Henderson Las Vegas Weekly 5/8/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Las Vegas Las Vegas Business Press 11/20/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Las Vegas Las Vegas Review-Journal 10/1/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Las Vegas Centennial View 4/14/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Las Vegas Paradise View 12/6/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Las Vegas Summerlin View 3/31/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Las Vegas Summerlin South View 10/29/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
Las Vegas Southwest View 12/6/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Las Vegas Whitney View 4/8/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Las Vegas Las Vegas Sun: Blogs 2/14/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Las Vegas Sunrise View 5/5/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Las Vegas Las Vegas Sun 5/1/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Las Vegas Anthem View 6/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lovelock Lovelock Review-Miner 7/27/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mesquite Mesquite Local News 4/14/2012 – 6/5/2014 Recent Obituaries
North Las Vegas North Las Vegas View 11/29/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pahrump Pahrump Valley Times 10/12/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pioche Daily Journal 1/1/1876 – 4/26/1876 Newspaper Archives
Reno Nevada State Journal 8/1/1893 – 6/6/1922 Newspaper Archives
Sparks Daily Sparks Tribune 6/23/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Treasure City White Pines News 6/15/1869 – 6/15/1869 Newspaper Archives
Unionville Humboldt Register 3/25/1865 – 3/25/1865 Newspaper Archives
Virginia City Territorial Enterprise 8/4/1874 – 12/31/1879 Newspaper Archives
Virginia City Comstock Chronicle 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Winnemucca Humboldt Sun 12/12/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries

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Did you know?

The Territorial Enterprise (Virginia City, Nevada) is Nevada’s most important early newspaper and featured articles written by young staffer Samuel Clemens, later known as Mark Twain.

Also, Nevada was the first state to ratify the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave African American men the right to vote, on 1 March 1869.

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Rhode Island Archives: 52 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Though small in size, Rhode Island has been part of United States history from the very beginning; it was one of the original Thirteen Colonies. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the Union and the eighth least populous. However, it is second only to New Jersey in terms of being the most densely populated state.

photo of Narragansett Towers & Narragansett Town Beach, Rhode Island

Photo: Narragansett Towers & Narragansett Town Beach, Rhode Island. Source: Wikimedia Commons

If you are researching your ancestry from Rhode Island, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online RI newspaper archives: 52 titles to help you search your family history in “The Ocean State,” providing coverage from 1732 to Today. There are more than 4.2 million articles and records in our online Rhode Island archives!

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

Search Rhode Island Newspaper Archives (1732 – 1921)

Search Rhode Island Recent Obituaries (1981 – Current)

Newspaper Factoid: First published in 1829, the Providence Journal is the oldest continuously-published daily newspaper in the United States. Be sure to check it out in our archives, along with some of the older 1700s and 1800s Rhode Island newspaper publications.

illustration of the state flag of Rhode Island

Illustration: state flag of Rhode Island. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online Rhode Island 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 RI newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
Bristol Mount Hope Eagle 1/10/1807 – 10/8/1808 Newspaper Archives
Charlestown Charlestown Press 8/3/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Coventry Coventry Courier 1/23/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cumberland Valley Breeze 3/8/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Greenwich East Greenwich Pendulum 1/8/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hopkinton Wood River Press 8/3/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newport Newport Mercury 6/19/1758 – 12/30/1876 Newspaper Archives
Newport Rhode-Island Republican 10/3/1801 – 4/21/1841 Newspaper Archives
Newport Newport Herald 3/1/1787 – 9/17/1791 Newspaper Archives
Newport Weekly Companion; and the Commercial Centinel 5/2/1798 – 7/20/1799 Newspaper Archives
Newport Guardian of Liberty 10/3/1800 – 9/26/1801 Newspaper Archives
Newport Rhode-Island Museum 7/7/1794 – 12/29/1794 Newspaper Archives
Newport Newport Gazette 1/16/1777 – 12/26/1777 Newspaper Archives
Newport Rhode-Island Gazette 10/4/1732 – 3/1/1733 Newspaper Archives
Newport Gazette Francoise 11/17/1780 – 1/2/1781 Newspaper Archives
North Kingstown Standard-Times 1/1/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Providence North Providence Breeze 3/8/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pawtucket Pawtucket Times 1/1/1898 – 2/28/1921 Newspaper Archives
Pawtucket Valley Breeze, The: Pawtucket Edition 8/19/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pawtucket Times 10/7/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Providence Providence Evening Press 3/14/1859 – 11/13/1878 Newspaper Archives
Providence Rhode-Island American 10/20/1809 – 2/1/1833 Newspaper Archives
Providence Providence Patriot 1/15/1814 – 12/27/1834 Newspaper Archives
Providence Providence Gazette 10/20/1762 – 10/8/1825 Newspaper Archives
Providence Rhode Island Press 6/29/1861 – 12/29/1877 Newspaper Archives
Providence United States Chronicle 1/1/1784 – 5/17/1804 Newspaper Archives
Providence Manufacturers’ and Farmers’ Journal 1/3/1820 – 9/18/1876 Newspaper Archives
Providence Columbian Phenix 2/28/1807 – 1/8/1814 Newspaper Archives
Providence Independent Inquirer 8/28/1823 – 8/20/1830 Newspaper Archives
Providence Literary Cadet and Rhode-Island Statesman 4/22/1826 – 7/18/1829 Newspaper Archives
Providence Providence Phoenix 4/28/1802 – 2/21/1807 Newspaper Archives
Providence Microcosm 4/17/1830 – 3/30/1833 Newspaper Archives
Providence Providence Journal and Town and Country Advertiser 1/2/1799 – 12/30/1801 Newspaper Archives
Providence American 10/21/1808 – 10/17/1809 Newspaper Archives
Providence New Age and Constitutional Advocate 11/20/1840 – 3/8/1842 Newspaper Archives
Providence American Journal and General Advertiser 3/18/1779 – 8/29/1781 Newspaper Archives
Providence Rhode-Island Religious Intelligencer 5/24/1822 – 5/14/1824 Newspaper Archives
Providence Impartial Observer 8/11/1800 – 3/6/1802 Newspaper Archives
Providence State Gazette and Town and Country Advertiser 1/4/1796 – 7/2/1796 Newspaper Archives
Providence Rhode-Island Farmer 8/9/1804 – 1/31/1805 Newspaper Archives
Providence Religious Intelligencer 5/13/1820 – 11/4/1820 Newspaper Archives
Providence Providence Journal 12/23/1981 – Current Recent Obituaries
Smithfield Valley Breeze & Observer 3/8/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wakefield Narragansett Times 1/21/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warren Herald of the United States 1/14/1792 – 12/12/1812 Newspaper Archives
Warren Bristol County Register 3/11/1809 – 3/31/1810 Newspaper Archives
Warren Telescope 11/6/1813 – 6/28/1817 Newspaper Archives
West Warwick Kent County Daily Times 6/7/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westerly Westerly Pawcatuck Press 7/1/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westerly Westerly Sun 4/27/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woonsocket Call 10/8/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wyoming Chariho Times 1/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries

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Genealogy Timelines: Helpful Research Tools

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article, Gena explains the importance of genealogy timelines – and provides a free timeline template to download for your own family history research.

Do you use timelines for your family history research? Genealogy timelines provide a visual representation of your research that makes it easier for you to examine information you have collected on where your ancestor was, and what they were doing, at various points in their life. No matter how you put together your genealogy timeline (whether via a genealogy software program or simply using a chart in a word processing document), they are an important research tool for tracking your ancestor and for understanding their place in history.

Here is a sample genealogy timeline for John M. Howard.

a sample genealogy timeline

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Who, What, When, and Where

A genealogy timeline allows me to track the basic facts I want to know about my ancestor in one place. Use your timeline to document the information you find in documents, newspapers, and books. My timelines consist of tables with five columns; Date, Place, Event, Comments, and Source. This allows me to view everything I know about a person in one place. As I find new information I add a row to my genealogy timeline, with the information in date order.

Create your timeline so that it is most useful to you. You might prefer color-coding events, names, or even sources. Maybe you want to add portions of an original document to your timeline entry, or links to websites. Whenever you’re using a genealogy tool like a timeline it’s important that you create it in a way that you will use and that will assist you in your research.

While timelines provide a great place to document your family history findings, don’t forget to use them for asking questions or noting next steps. In my timeline’s comments section I always add analysis, observations or what information I need to look for. When I add newspaper articles, I always include comments regarding follow-up research or even new keywords I need to use in my searches.

Most importantly, make sure you document the source where you found that information in your genealogy timeline. This will help you later when you need to refer back to a newspaper article, document or a website. While this may seem like a lot of work now, it’s nothing compared to the hassles of trying to track back to find something later.

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Add Unique Identifiers

As I create a timeline for an individual I always add a column based on something unique about that genealogy research. For example, in one case I was researching a man who lived in the early 20th century, who changed his name three times, lived in five different states, and married a total of four times. I added a column to my timeline to note what name I found him listed under and his address. This allowed me to get a sense of when and where he was using a specific name. A family history research project I’m currently working on involving a woman who used a “professional” name – as well as various versions of her birth name and subsequent married names – involves numerous newspaper articles over time. So tracking what name I found information under and what newspaper is vital.

Mind the Time Gap

A genealogy timeline is a “living” document, meaning that it is essentially never finished. As you find new information and discover new events, you will add to your timeline. One of the aspects of your timeline you’ll want to keep a look out for is the gaps in time. Whether they are small gaps that represent months or larger gaps representing several years, you’ll want to keep in mind those gaps and what they could represent.

Researching a female ancestor who has a large gap between births in her children? This could represent a number of things including the loss of a child or children due to miscarriage or childhood disease. It could also represent her husband being gone for a period of time like in the case of military service during a war. When you see a gap in your timeline ask yourself what that gap could mean and then check out what was going on in history that might have had an influence on the life of your ancestor. Performing newspaper research for that time period and place can be especially helpful.

Understanding Ancestors’ Lives in Historical Context

History is an important component to what we do as family historians. We have a tendency to ignore history in our search for details of an ancestor’s life, but the two are intrinsically linked. History had an effect on your ancestor and their choices whether it was war, famine, or unemployment. As you add events to your timeline don’t forget to add historical events to it as well. This may assist you in determining what additional documents could exist and provides context and richness to your family stories. For example, research for an adult male ancestor living during World War I should include a search for a World War I draft record. Historical newspapers should also be searched for possible mentions of military service.

Genealogy timelines are a tool that can assist you as you research – and later as you compose – the story of your ancestor’s life. Use your timeline to add research finds as well as history to better understand your ancestor’s story.

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Genealogy Research with Legal Notices in Newspapers

Newspapers have long been the way that official notices of court actions, legal matters and other announcements have been communicated to the public, and researching these legal notices can help you learn more about your ancestors and fill in details on your family tree.

This blog post highlights some of the past articles we’ve published on the GenealogyBank Blog about researching legal notices in newspapers. Just click on the title of any article that interests you to read the full blog post.

divorce notices, Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper article 22 May 1914

Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 22 May 1914, page 16

screenshot of a GenealogyBank search results page showing sample “Legal/Probate/Court” records

GenealogyBank search results page showing sample “Legal/Probate/Court” records

name change notice for Max Kaplansky, Daily People newspaper article 25 September 1901

Daily People (New York, New York), 25 September 1901, page 1

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divorce notices, St. Louis Republic newspaper article 25 June 1889

St. Louis Republic (St. Louis, Missouri), 25 June 1889, page 12

land sale notice by Artemas Bryant, Barre Gazette newspaper article 13 February 1857

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

article about Latin terms, Springfield Union newspaper article 5 May 1977

Springfield Union (Springfield, Massachusetts), 5 May 1977, page 19

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South Carolina Archives: 103 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

South Carolina, the 40th largest and 24th most populous of the United States, has a long history of independence. South Carolina was the first of the 13 British North American colonies to declare its independence from the British Crown (a prelude to the American Revolutionary War), the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation, and the first state to secede from the Union (a prelude to the American Civil War).

photo of a historic home in “The Battery,” a neighborhood/park area in the downtown historic district of Charleston, South Carolina

Photo: a historic home in “The Battery,” a neighborhood/park area in the downtown historic district of Charleston, South Carolina. Credit: Evan Schmidt; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from South Carolina, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online SC newspaper archives: 103 titles to help you search your family history in “The Palmetto State,” providing coverage from 1735 to Today. There are more than 17 million articles and records in our online South Carolina archives!

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

Search South Carolina Newspaper Archives (1735 – 1970)

Search South Carolina Recent Obituaries (1987 – Current)

illustration of the state flag of South Carolina

Illustration: state flag of South Carolina. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online South Carolina 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 SC newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
Aiken Aiken Standard 8/27/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Anderson Anderson Independent-Mail 1/15/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beaufort Free South 1/10/1863 – 4/16/1864 Newspaper Archives
Beaufort Beaufort Today 1/25/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beaufort Beaufort Gazette 1/10/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belton Belton & Honea Path News-Chronicle 3/28/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bluffton Bluffton Today 7/1/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Camden Camden Gazette 4/4/1816 – 2/7/1822 Newspaper Archives
Camden Southern Chronicle 3/14/1822 – 8/13/1825 Newspaper Archives
Camden Camden Journal 4/4/1840 – 4/27/1842 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Charleston News and Courier 4/7/1873 – 12/31/1970 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Evening Post 10/1/1894 – 12/31/1923 Newspaper Archives
Charleston City Gazette 11/6/1787 – 4/13/1833 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Charleston Courier 1/10/1803 – 4/25/1872 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Southern Patriot 1/29/1831 – 12/30/1848 Newspaper Archives
Charleston South-Carolina State-Gazette 1/1/1794 – 9/20/1802 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Charleston Mercury 6/4/1831 – 11/14/1868 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Carolina Gazette 1/2/1800 – 12/31/1828 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Columbian Herald 11/23/1784 – 12/17/1796 Newspaper Archives
Charleston State Gazette of South-Carolina 3/28/1785 – 12/31/1793 Newspaper Archives
Charleston South-Carolina Gazette and General Advertiser 3/15/1783 – 7/26/1785 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Charleston Morning Post 1/18/1786 – 10/17/1787 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Charleston Evening Gazette 7/11/1785 – 10/18/1786 Newspaper Archives
Charleston South-Carolina Weekly Gazette 2/15/1783 – 1/14/1786 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Investigator 8/22/1812 – 2/9/1814 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Carolina Weekly Messenger 8/11/1807 – 11/7/1809 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Charleston Daily News 1/1/1873 – 4/5/1873 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Times 10/8/1800 – 5/25/1820 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Southern Evangelical Intelligencer 3/27/1819 – 12/29/1821 Newspaper Archives
Charleston South-Carolina Gazette 1/11/1735 – 12/29/1737 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Strength of the People 6/24/1809 – 9/6/1810 Newspaper Archives
Charleston South-Carolina and American General Gazette 3/11/1768 – 10/1/1778 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Oracle 1/1/1807 – 12/8/1807 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Evening Courier 7/31/1798 – 11/16/1798 Newspaper Archives
Charleston States Rights and Free Trade Evening Post 10/31/1831 – 2/9/1832 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Charleston Spectator 8/9/1806 – 12/5/1806 Newspaper Archives
Charleston South Carolina Leader 10/7/1865 – 5/12/1866 Newspaper Archives
Charleston South-Carolina Weekly Advertiser 2/19/1783 – 4/23/1783 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Daily Evening Gazette: and Charleston Tea-Table Companion 1/10/1795 – 2/18/1795 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Echo du Sud, Moniteur Francais 6/22/1801 – 7/15/1801 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Royal South Carolina Gazette 6/8/1780 – 7/16/1782 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Telegraphe: and Charleston Daily Advertiser 3/16/1795 – 3/20/1795 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Free Press 4/5/1868 – 4/11/1868 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Royal Gazette 2/9/1782 – 2/9/1782 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Afro-American Citizen 1/17/1900 – 1/17/1900 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Missionary Record 7/5/1873 – 7/5/1873 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Chronicle of Liberty, or the Republican Intelligencer 3/25/1783 – 3/25/1783 Newspaper Archives
Charleston Post and Courier 12/6/1994 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cheraw Cheraw Chronicle 8/23/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chester Chester News & Reporter 11/24/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clemson Tiger 4/14/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Columbia State 2/18/1891 – 12/31/1922 Newspaper Archives
Columbia South Carolina State Gazette 8/30/1799 – 6/20/1829 Newspaper Archives
Columbia Telescope 12/19/1815 – 7/8/1817 Newspaper Archives
Columbia Southern Indicator 2/12/1921 – 2/3/1923 Newspaper Archives
Columbia South Carolina Gazette 7/10/1792 – 9/3/1793 Newspaper Archives
Columbia Columbia Gazette 1/14/1794 – 12/9/1794 Newspaper Archives
Columbia Lighthouse and Informer 1/21/1950 – 1/21/1950 Newspaper Archives
Columbia People’s Recorder 1/13/1900 – 1/27/1900 Newspaper Archives
Columbia Carolina Panorama 1/7/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Columbia State 12/15/1987 – Current Recent Obituaries
Columbia Columbia Star 10/8/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Conway Horry Independent 4/5/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Easley Powdersville Post 4/30/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Easley Easley Progress 3/4/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Edgefield Anti-Monarchist, and South-Carolina Advertiser 9/9/1811 – 11/2/1811 Newspaper Archives
Edgefield Edgefield Advertiser 2/27/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Florence Morning News 11/1/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fort Mill Fort Mill Times 8/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Gaffney Gaffney Ledger 10/29/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Georgetown Winyaw Intelligencer 11/15/1817 – 6/27/1833 Newspaper Archives
Georgetown Georgetown Gazette 5/8/1798 – 10/13/1826 Newspaper Archives
Georgetown South-Carolina Independent Gazette 5/21/1791 – 9/15/1792 Newspaper Archives
Georgetown Georgetown Planet 5/31/1873 – 5/31/1873 Newspaper Archives
Georgetown Georgetown Times 8/8/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greenwood Index-Journal 7/1/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Greer Greer Citizen 11/24/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hardeeville Hardeeville Today 3/19/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hartsville Messenger 4/20/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hemingway Weekly Observer 11/1/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hilton Head Island Packet 10/16/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lake City News & Post 11/5/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lake Wylie Lake Wylie Pilot 7/21/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lancaster Lancaster News 11/29/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lancaster Carolina Gateway 2/16/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mullins Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise 11/2/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Murrells Inlet Waccamaw Times 5/30/2014 – Current Recent Obituaries
Myrtle Beach Sun News 5/1/1996 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newberry Newberry Observer 1/2/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Orangeburg Times and Democrat 5/30/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pageland Pageland Progressive-Journal 1/18/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pawleys Island Coastal Observer 11/11/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pendleton Miller’s Weekly Messenger 3/20/1807 – 4/2/1841 Newspaper Archives
Pickens Pickens Sentinel 8/13/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Rock Hill Herald 5/1/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Seneca Journal 12/22/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Spartanburg Herald-Journal 1/4/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
St. George Eagle-Record 12/25/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Union Union Daily Times 1/2/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Walterboro Dispatch 2/14/2007 – 11/10/2010 Recent Obituaries
Williamston Journal 10/31/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Winnsboro Herald Independent 4/25/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
York Enquirer-Herald 8/12/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries

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Sukey, I Never Knew You

This obituary caught my eye for several reasons.

obituaries, The Balance and Columbian Repository newspaper article 15 October 1801

The Balance and Columbian Repository (Hudson, New York), 15 October 1801, page 87

First is the header, with its poem and graphic.

“The Knell.”
Not “Deaths” or “Died” – which are very common headers for obituary notices even today – but instead “The Knell,” as in death knell.

Crisp. An excellent choice of words that immediately tells us this newspaper editor took time with the layout and content of each issue.

The poem also is on target to the newspaper’s audience.
It is mournful but upbeat.

Next is the illustration, centered toward the top of the article.
It evokes an image of the somber tone of the obituaries we are going to read in this newspaper article.

The tombstone, leaning to the side – the setting sun – the barren tree – all framed by the grass and the outline of the ground.

Striking.
Remember – this was published in 1801. What a memorable graphic.
This is a good example of the care that “Sampson, Chittenden and Croswell” – the newspaper’s publishers – took with this newspaper.

Enter Last Name

The other part of this obituary that caught my eye was the first death notice:

In this city, Mrs. Sukey Smith, wife of Mr. Matthew Smith, aged 35.

Sukey – that name sounds so familiar – but at the same time, I don’t think I’ve ever met a person named “Sukey.”

I wondered if it was an abbreviation.
No, according to the dictionary it is “a Hebrew baby name… [and means] Graceful Lily.” (Source: SheKnows.com)

Hebrew name? So I checked the Bible to see if there were any women named Sukey who were mentioned in the Bible. Nope – no one named Sukey is listed in the Bible.

A quick search of GenealogyBank showed that there are only 6 people with the name Sukey in the Social Security Death Index; there are over 150 marriages and nearly 400 obituaries involving a person named Sukey.

Maybe “Sukey” sounded familiar to me because of Sukey Tawdry from the lyrics of “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin.

Do you have a Sukey in your family tree?

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