Amelia Earhart: First Solo Flight from Hawaii to California

Amelia Earhart electrified the world during the 1920s and ’30s with her daring feats of flying and the many aviation records she set. In 1932 she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic – for this 15-hour feat of endurance and pluck she became the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross. That same year, she became the first woman to fly nonstop across the U.S.

Photo: Amelia Earhart, c. 1928

Photo: Amelia Earhart, c. 1928. Source: U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Then, on this day in 1935, Earhart took off from Hawaii and became the first pilot, male or female, to fly solo from Hawaii to California, accomplishing this unprecedented feat in a grueling 18 hours.

Earhart was an established celebrity by the time of her 1935 Hawaii-California flight, with huge crowds greeting her public appearances and record-setting flights. During the last three hours of her Hawaii-California flight there had been no radio contact with her, yet when she landed in Oakland, California, on January 12 a rapturous crowd of 5,000 people awaited her, showering her and her plane with flowers and eagerly reaching to shake her hand.

Earhart’s record-setting flight was big news at the time, and was featured prominently on the front pages of the nation’s newspapers – such as this one from South Dakota.

article about Amelia Earhart’s solo flight from Hawaii to California in 1935, Aberdeen Daily News newspaper article 13 January 1935

Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, South Dakota), 13 January 1935, page 1

This article gave details of her challenging flight, and the wild, cheering reception she received when she finally landed.

article about Amelia Earhart’s solo flight from Hawaii to California in 1935, Aberdeen Daily News newspaper article 13 January 1935

Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, South Dakota), 13 January 1935, page 1

Here is a transcription of this newspaper article:

Amelia Earhart Completes Flight to U.S.

Finishes First Solo Flight in 18 Hours Time

‘Lady Lindy’ Expresses Weariness as Wheels Touch Earth of Airport
Had No Major Trouble
Declares Pacific Crossing Worst than Atlantic; Prophesies Airways

By Louis Ashlock
(Copyright, 1935, by the AP)

Oakland, Calif., Jan. 12—(AP)—Amelia Earhart Putnam, ocean-conquering aviatrix, flashed into Oakland today to complete the first solo flight ever made between Hawaii and California—and hastily combed her tousled blonde hair before turning to face a madly cheering, milling crowd.

“I’m tired,” said the famous holder of many aviation records as she popped her head out of the cockpit, saw the crowd and reached for her comb.

The wheels of her swift red monoplane touched dry land at 1:31 p.m. PST (3:31 p.m. CST), just 18 hours and 16 minutes after her exciting takeoff from Wheeler Field, 25 miles out of Honolulu and 2,408 miles from Oakland. Two hours after landing she went to bed without benefit of negligee, in an Oakland hotel.

Host of Honors

Not satisfied with two aerial trips across the Atlantic and a host of other aviation honors, the 36-year-old aviatrix challenged the Pacific as has no other man or woman. She came through neatly but only after fighting a variety of weather and giving California watchers an uneasy three hours during which her position was not known.

“It was worse than the Atlantic flight,” she said. “There was no purpose or reason for it.”

Asked about reports that she was considering continuing on to Chicago or Washington immediately, she smiled mysteriously and said: “Well, I’ll have to check the weather before hopping, but I won’t be going for three or four hours.”

But Miss Earhart appeared pretty tired and the circumstances discounted the idea. Airport attendants said she had left instructions not to refuel her plane. Weather conditions to the east were reported unfavorable.

For three hours California coastal cities had been awaiting her, and when she swooped down on the airport she took the crowd by surprise.

Greeted by Crowd

A mighty cheer arose from the 5,000 persons assembled at the field. The crowd surged toward the plane and stopped little short of its whirring propeller blades.

It was at that point feminine instinct got the better of the globetrotting flier and she reached for the comb.

They pushed her plane into a hangar and closed the doors against the admiring crowd but only after many had succeeded in grasping her hand and shouting words of praise at her.

“I don’t want to sit down,” she said firmly when an attendant saw her fatigue and offered her a chair. “I’ve been sitting down a long time.”

Someone mentioned that she had not been heard from for a considerable time before landing; that there were reports she was battling fog; had strayed from her course; that her gasoline was running low before she reached the coast. They asked if she had been worried.

“Worried?” she echoed. “Oh, I thought I would like to have the sight of land a couple of times.”

First Saw Land

Miss Earhart asserted she never was lost but said she veered south of her course and first sighted land about 60 miles south of San Francisco.

“I wasn’t sure that it was land I sighted,” she said. “I throttled back my motor purposely to save fuel and I don’t understand why anyone should have been worried about me. The reason I didn’t give my position was because I didn’t “shoot” the stars (with a sextant) and therefore couldn’t give it.”

An interviewer mentioned seeing a rainbow over the Golden Gate as Miss Earhart was nearing the coast.

“Oh, rainbows!” she exclaimed. “I flew through many of them.

“I wasted a lot of time because some of the equipment was new, and a new type of compass threw me off. The ventilators blew off and this bothered me considerably also.”

Motor Never Faltered

“But the motor functioned perfectly and it was only little things, like the ventilator, that bothered me.

“I had a lot of sandwiches with me but I didn’t eat any of them. I did eat a hard-boiled egg, which was quite a luxury, and drank some tomato juice. I feel just filthy and I want a bath.”

Miss Earhart said commercial flights between the islands and California were “entirely feasible.”

“They are inevitable,” she said, “and we’ll be flying everywhere in a short time.”

Asked about the three hours during which the outside world heard little or nothing from her plane she said: “I listened to a message broadcast from my husband (George Palmer Putnam, New York publisher) and was greatly cheered by his voice. I also listened to musical programs broadcast throughout the night.”

Miss Earhart said she believed the use of two-way voice radio communication was advisable for planes making distance flights. This type of radio was a portion of her elaborate equipment.

As she snuggled down into a soft bed in her hotel room she sighed and said:

Needs Sleep

“I want sleep more than anything else.”

In a moment she was sleeping deeply and hotel attaches said she planned to slumber two to six hours—“or maybe more.”

The finale of the epochal flight was short as it was swift. On reaching the coast she made a bee-line northward for the airport.

She didn’t waste a foot of distance or a second of time. She did not circle the field as a gesture of delight over her extraordinary and exciting feat. She slid straight down to the runway and drove the plane to the doors of a hangar.

For a moment it looked like the crowd might jam madly into the propeller but it stopped just short of the danger line.

The field was a bedlam of noise, cheers and action, colored with uncounted bouquets of American beauty roses and other flowers for the woman who became “one up” on the male flying fraternity.

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Hawaii Archives: 25 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Hawaii, the most recent addition to the United States, became the nation’s 50th state when it joined the Union on 21 August 1959. The only U.S. state not located in the Americas, the state of Hawaii is a string of islands located in the central Pacific Ocean. Hawaii is the country’s 8th smallest state and the 11th least populous.

photo of Punaluu Beach Park, Big Island, Hawaii

Photo: Punaluu Beach Park, Big Island, Hawaii. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Hawaii, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online HI newspaper archives: 25 titles to help you search your family history in “The Aloha State,” providing coverage from 1836 to Today. There are more than 166,000 articles and records in our online Hawaii newspaper archives! These historical HI newspapers are fantastic resources to trace back Native Hawaiian and Polynesian ancestry.

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

Search Hawaii Newspaper Archives (1836 – 1991)

Search Hawaii Recent Obituaries (1999 – Current)

Illustration: state flag of Hawaii

Illustration: state flag of Hawaii. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online Hawaii newspapers in the historical 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 HI newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
Hilo Big Island Weekly 04/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hilo Hawaii Tribune-Herald 07/28/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Honolulu Hawaii Independent 06/21/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Honolulu Polynesian 06/06/1840 – 09/11/1858 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Afro-Hawai’i News 01/31/1989 – 12/31/1991 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Hawaii Reporter 10/21/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Honolulu Pacific Commercial Advertiser 07/02/1856 – 05/13/1876 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Temperance Advocate 01/01/1843 – 12/02/1843 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Hawaiian Gazette 11/04/1865 – 03/28/1893 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Honolulu Star-Bulletin 01/01/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Honolulu Sandwich Islands News 09/02/1846 – 12/23/1846 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Friend 01/01/1844 – 12/01/1880 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Sandwich Island Gazette and Journal of Commerce 08/06/1836 – 07/27/1839 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Honolulu Star-Advertiser 06/07/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Honolulu Folio 11/16/1855 – 11/16/1855 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Punch Bowl 07/01/1869 – 09/01/1869 Newspaper Archives
Honolulu Honolulu Advertiser 01/01/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kailua-Kona West Hawaii Today 09/27/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kamuela North Hawaii News 03/29/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kaunakakai Molokai Dispatch 07/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Laie Ke Alaka’i 09/12/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lihue MidWeek Kaua’i Weekly 06/16/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lihue Garden Island 11/10/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pearl City Afro-Hawai’i News 06/01/1987 – 10/31/1988 Newspaper Archives
Waialua Afro-Hawai’i News 04/30/1990 – 05/31/1990 Newspaper Archives

*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.

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Google Remembers Olympian & Surfer Duke Kahanamoku

This week’s Google Doodle honors famed five-time Olympic medalist, Hawaiian athlete and swimmer, Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968), who was born 24 August 1890 in Hawaii. He was known as the “Father of Surfing.”

a Google Doodle of Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku

Source: Google

Here is a 1965 interview with him by Bruce Brown at the start of the first annual Duke Kahanamoku invitational surfing competition. Source: YouTube.com

There are hundreds of old news articles in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives that detailed his remarkable surfing career – which lasted more than 50 years.

article about Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku, Oregonian newspaper article 24 September 1917

Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 24 September 1917, page 10

Discover more about Kahanamoku’s life and amazing success in professional surfing in the historical archives now: http://genealogybank.com/explore/all?lname=Kahanamoku&fname=Duke

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Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor Propels U.S. into WWII

This Sunday marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack against the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on 7 December 1941 that triggered the U.S. entry into World War II.

photo of the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Photo: the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Credit: Victor-ny; Wikimedia Commons.

Speaking to a solemn joint session of Congress on 8 December 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made this famous declaration:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

U.S. Declares War on Japan, Bellingham Herald newspaper article 8 December 1941

Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Washington), 8 December 1941, page 1

Although the Japanese attack was a stunning example of military planning and execution, and resulted in a smashing victory, it was indeed smeared with infamy—for the two nations were not at war, and the attack was completely unprovoked and came with absolutely no warning. In fact, one hour after the attack commenced two Japanese officials met with the U.S. secretary of state in Washington, D.C., to submit a formal reply to an overture made to the Japanese government on November 26 to maintain peace.

article about men enlisting for WWII, Boston Traveler newspaper article 8 December 1941

Boston Traveler (Boston, Massachusetts), 8 December 1941, page 1

The attack on Pearl Harbor dealt a severe blow to the U.S. Pacific Fleet. All eight battleships were damaged and four sunk, 10 other ships were damaged or sunk, over 300 aircraft damaged or destroyed, and more than 2,400 men killed. The Japanese military only lost 29 aircraft, 5 midget submarines, and 64 men killed. It appeared the Japanese had triumphantly achieved their objective of crippling the U.S. fleet so that it could not oppose their expansion in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific.

photos of the U.S. reaction to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dallas Morning News newspaper article 8 December 1941

Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), 8 December 1941, page 12

The Japanese victory was not total, however. Perhaps most importantly, the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s three aircraft carriers were not in Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack and escaped harm. Naval warfare in WWII established that the era of the battleship was over; the aircraft carrier ruled supreme, and in that sense the U.S. fleet was very lucky. Also, the Japanese concentrated on attacking warships and aircraft and ignored the support facilities on the shores of Pearl Harbor, essentially leaving that vital military facility intact to help the U.S. Pacific Fleet recover and prepare to carry the war to the Japanese.

Idahoans on Duty with Pacific Fleet, Idaho Statesman newspaper article 8 December 1941

Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho), 8 December 1941, page 2

The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, 8 December 1941, the U.S. declared war on Japan. Nazi Germany and Italy, Japan’s allies, then declared war on the U.S. America was now fully engaged in WWII, a contest that would test the strength and resolve of the entire nation for 3½ years before victory was finally won—after the loss of more than 400,000 U.S. military personnel.

obituary for Hal Perry, killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Advocate newspaper article 11 December 1941

Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), 11 December 1941, page 1

Historical newspapers (http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/) are not only a great way to learn about the lives of your ancestors—they also help you understand American history and the times your ancestors lived in, and the news they talked about and read in their local papers. Were you or any of your family stationed at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941? Please share your stories with us in the comments.

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Obama & Romney Are Related! Genealogy Infographic

In time for the 2012 election countdown, I recently did some genealogy research to learn more about the background of both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, and guess what—they’re related!

What’s more: they’re also related to several former U.S. presidents, English kings, outlaws and celebrities. This is really huge! So huge in fact that our team at GenealogyBank decided to create this Infographic to show many of these surprising genealogical findings.

Click the image for the even bigger full-size Infographic version.

Obama & Romney - Who Knew? We're Related! Genealogy Infographic

Obama & Romney Are Related?

Yes. Obama and Romney are both direct descendants of King Edward I of England, who was the eldest son of King Henry III and himself a father to numerous children by his two wives, Queens Eleanor and Margaret. King Edward I was perhaps the most successful of the medieval English monarchs. Known as “Longshanks” due to his great height and stature, King Edward I stood head and shoulders above other men of his time, towering at a height of 6’2. Romney and Obama are chips off the old block, both over six feet tall. Romney measures in at 6’2 and Obama at 6’1.

Several U.S. Presidents as Cousins-in-Common

The 2012 presidential candidates not only share a royal ancestor, they also have many distant cousins-in-common. These distant relatives form the impressive lineup of United States presidents featured in the White House Family Reunion photo in the Infographic above.

Obama and Romney’s U.S. president distant cousins-in-common include:

  • James Madison – 4th President of the United States
  • William Harrison – 9th President of the United States
  • Zachary Taylor – 12th President of the United States
  • Ulysses S. Grant – 18th President of the United States
  • Benjamin Harrison – 23rd President of the United States
  • Grover Cleveland – 24th President of the United States
  • Warren G. Harding – 29th President of the United States
  • Calvin Coolidge – 30th President of the United States
  • Richard Nixon – 37th President of the United States
  • Gerald Ford – 38th President of the United States
  • Jimmy Carter – 39th President of the United States
  • George W. Bush – 43rd President of the United States
  • George H.W. Bush – 41st President of the United States

Early American Presidential Roots

Obama and Romney also have deep early American roots in their respective family trees. Mayflower passengers Edward and Samuel Fuller are both direct ancestors of Mitt Romney. They were part of the group of Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620.

Romney is also a distant cousin to the early American President Thomas Jefferson, and Obama is a distant cousin to President George Washington.

Wild West Outlaw Kin

Another interesting ancestral find was that each of the presidential nominees is a distant relation to notorious American Wild West gunslingers. Wild Bill Hickok is a distant cousin to Obama, and William H. Bonney a.k.a. “Billy the Kid” is a distant cousin to Romney. Also noteworthy is that Romney is a relation to famous American actor Clint Eastwood, who has starred in many hit Western movies such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Star-Studded Family Trees

Both of the 2012 election candidates share their family trees with Hollywood megastars, as well as other celebrities ranging from renowned American artists to British royalty.

Obama is a distant cousin to the following celebrities:

  • Brad Pitt – Hollywood Megastar
  • Elvis Presley – King of Rock & Roll
  • Georgia O’Keeffe – Famous American Artist & Painter
  • Robert Duvall – Hollywood Actor

Romney’s family tree also has many movie stars and famous people. His distant cousins include:

  • Clint Eastwood – Hollywood Megastar
  • Alec Baldwin –Hollywood Actor
  • Princess Diana – Former Princess of Wales
  • Katherine Hepburn – Earlier Hollywood Megastar
  • Julia Child – Famous Chef, TV Personality and Author

Both Have Foreign-Born Fathers

President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to parents Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. The Infographic features an old photo of Barack Obama II as a child with his mother Ann.

President Obama’s father was born in 1936 in Kanyadhiang Village, Kenya. The Infographic features an old picture of President Obama’s dad Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., as an infant with the president’s paternal grandmother Habiba Akumu Obama.

Governor Romney was born in 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, to parents Lenore and George W. Romney. The old family photograph in the Infographic shows the governor as a baby with his mom and dad.

Mitt Romney’s father George W. Romney, the former governor of Michigan, was born in 1907 in Colonia Dublán, Mexico. The old picture in the Infographic shows Romney’s father as a child with Mitt’s grandma Anna Amelia Pratt Romney.

Who knew the presidential candidates shared so many family connections? We’re continuing our ancestral exploration into the 2012 U.S. presidential candidates’ family trees. Make sure to stay tuned by following us here on the blog and on Facebook, Twitter or G+ to get more Obama and Romney family history.

It’s a great day for genealogy!

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Monthly Update: GenealogyBank Adds 24 Million Records in April!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our online collection to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available anywhere.

Here are some details about our most recent additions (we actually added new content to thousands of titles, but the following is a representative sample):

  • A total of 99 newspaper titles from 29 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia
  • Titles marked with an asterisk (*) are obituaries only and are new to our archive
  • Those marked with a plus sign (+) are historical newspapers new to our archive
  • We’ve shown the date ranges so that you can determine if the new content is relevant to your personal research

If a recent addition to our archive interests you, simply click on that newspaper’s title: it is an active link leading to that paper’s search form.

Abbr State City Title Date Range Collection
AZ Arizona Tucson Arizona Citizen and Weekly Tribune 07/29/1876–07/29/1876 Historical Newspapers
CA California Calistoga Weekly Calistogan, The* 09/04/2003–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CA California Escondido North County Times* 01/02/2001–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CA California Hemet Hemet News* 1/6/1899–12/30/1927 Historical Newspapers
CA California Napa American Canyon Eagle* 09/07/2004–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CA California Napa Napa Valley Register* 01/01/2001–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CA California San Diego San Diego Union 9/6/1937–12/30/1983 Historical Newspapers
CA California San Francisco San Francisco Abend Post 05/12/1871–05/12/1871 Historical Newspapers
CA California St. Helena St. Helena Star* 03/03/2005–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CA California Temecula Californian, The* 07/14/2003–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CA California Twentynine Palms Observation Post: Marine Corps Combat Center* 01/16/2009–Current Newspaper Obituaries
CT Connecticut Hartford American Mercury 09/24/1832–11/05/1832 Historical Newspapers
CT Connecticut Norwich Norwich Aurora 03/17/1866–10/18/1871 Historical Newspapers
DC District of Columbia Washington (DC) Evening Star* 12/16/1852–12/14/1872 Historical Newspapers
GA Georgia Augusta Augusta Chronicle 06/30/1906–06/30/1906 Historical Newspapers
GA Georgia Augusta Daily Constitutionalist 05/01/1861–12/31/1869 Historical Newspapers
GA Georgia Marietta Marietta Journal 5/12/1988–10/19/1988 Historical Newspapers
GA Georgia Savannah Daily Georgian 07/30/1822–07/30/1822 Historical Newspapers
HI Hawaii Lihue Garden Island, The* 11/10/1999–Current Newspaper Obituaries
IA Iowa Muscatine Muscatine Journal* 10/01/2000–Current Newspaper Obituaries
IA Iowa Riverside Highland Review, The* 12/15/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
IL Illinois Highland Highland Union 01/11/1867–05/27/1910 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Rockford Daily Register Gazette 8/16/1924–1/23/1925 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Rockford Morning Star 11/20/1923–7/21/1937 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Rockford Register Star 7/1/2007–7/31/2007 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Rockford Rockford Journal* 8/14/1875–12/7/1878 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Rockford Rockford Weekly Gazette* 10/2/1873–3/17/1886 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Springfield Daily Illinois State Journal* 6/16/1848–7/12/1903 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Springfield Daily Illinois State Register* 1/2/1849–12/31/1855 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Springfield Illinois State Register 05/03/1844–05/03/1844 Historical Newspapers
IL Illinois Springfield Illinois Weekly State Journal* 11/10/1831–12/26/1849 Historical Newspapers
IN Indiana South Bend South Bend Tribune* 01/01/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
KY Kentucky Corbin News Journal, The* 01/04/2012–Current Newspaper Obituaries
KY Kentucky Frankfort Frankfort Argus 09/24/1823–12/05/1832 Historical Newspapers
LA Louisiana Baton Rouge Advocate 1/24/1975–1/24/1975 Historical Newspapers
LA Louisiana Baton Rouge Daily Advocate 3/2/1906–10/30/1906 Historical Newspapers
LA Louisiana Baton Rouge State Times Advocate 1/1/1923–2/24/1959 Historical Newspapers
MA Massachusetts New Bedford New-Bedford Mercury 06/05/1857–06/05/1857 Historical Newspapers
MA Massachusetts Springfield Hampden Whig 06/12/1833–06/12/1833 Historical Newspapers
MA Massachusetts Worcester Massachusetts Spy 07/11/1832–11/19/1875 Historical Newspapers
MD Maryland Bel Air National American 03/18/1859–11/09/1866 Historical Newspapers
MD Maryland Fredericktown Political Intelligencer 10/07/1820–10/07/1820 Historical Newspapers
MO Missouri Bethany Bethany Republican-Clipper* 10/26/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
MO Missouri Farmington Farmington Press* 02/12/2003–Current Newspaper Obituaries
MO Missouri Fredericktown Democrat News* 01/31/2003–Current Newspaper Obituaries
MO Missouri Park Hills Daily Journal* 06/20/2000–Current Newspaper Obituaries
MO Missouri St. Louis Missouri Gazette and Public Advertiser 8/17/1808–8/17/1808 Historical Newspapers
MT Montana Helena Montana Radiator 01/27/1866–10/13/1866 Historical Newspapers
NE Nebraska Columbus Columbus Telegram, The* 09/19/1999–Current Newspaper Obituaries
NE Nebraska David City David City Banner-Press, The* 09/13/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
NE Nebraska Fremont Fremont Tribune* 08/16/2000–Current Newspaper Obituaries
NE Nebraska Omaha Omaha World Herald 8/4/1886–8/10/1922 Historical Newspapers
NE Nebraska Schuyler Schuyler Sun, The* 10/20/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
NH New Hampshire Portsmouth Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics 11/11/1865–12/30/1876 Historical Newspapers
NJ New Jersey Newark New Jersey Deutsche Zeitung* 04/12/1880–06/15/1884 Historical Newspapers
NY New York Albany Albany Argus 11/17/1829–12/31/1873 Historical Newspapers
NY New York Auburn Auburn Journal and Advertiser 06/17/1846–06/17/1846 Historical Newspapers
NY New York New York New York Age 08/30/1890–08/30/1890 Historical Newspapers
NY New York New York New-York Morning Post 09/20/1788–09/20/1788 Historical Newspapers
NY New York Schoharie Schoharie Observer 10/28/1818–01/02/1822 Historical Newspapers
OH Ohio Akron Akron Beacon Journal: Blogs* 08/15/2005–Current Newspaper Obituaries
OH Ohio Canton Repository 7/16/1879–12/30/1911 Historical Newspapers
OH Ohio Chillicothe Supporter and Scioto Gazette 01/02/1822–01/02/1822 Historical Newspapers
OK Oklahoma Tulsa Tulsa World 11/05/1917–11/05/1917 Historical Newspapers
PA Pennsylvania Carlisle Sentinel, The* 06/01/1997–Current Newspaper Obituaries
PA Pennsylvania Harrisburg Patriot 06/06/1901–12/30/1922 Historical Newspapers
PA Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania Journal 10/30/1755–06/12/1793 Historical Newspapers
PA Pennsylvania Shippensburg Shippensburg Sentinel, The* 09/23/2010–Current Newspaper Obituaries
PA Pennsylvania Washington Washington Reporter 04/07/1823–12/27/1876 Historical Newspapers
PA Pennsylvania Washington Washington Review and Examiner 05/22/1824–05/13/1826 Historical Newspapers
RI Rhode Island Providence Providence Evening Press 11/29/1864–07/19/1873 Historical Newspapers
RI Rhode Island Westerly Westerly Pawcatuck Press, The* 07/01/2009–Current Newspaper Obituaries
SC South Carolina Charleston Charleston Courier 10/02/1826–06/17/1833 Historical Newspapers
SC South Carolina Charleston Charleston News and Courier 1/1/1969–12/31/1970 Historical Newspapers
TX Texas Austin Daily Texan, The: University of Texas at Austin* 04/20/2010–Current Newspaper Obituaries
TX Texas Dallas Dallas Morning News 3/21/1984–8/14/1984 Historical Newspapers
TX Texas Houston Cypress Creek Mirror: Champions Edition* 09/15/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
TX Texas Houston Cypress Creek Mirror: Klein Edition* 03/15/2012–Current Newspaper Obituaries
UT Utah Provo Daily Herald* 02/27/2001–Current Newspaper Obituaries
UT Utah Salt Lake City Salt Lake Telegram 04/22/1902–04/22/1902 Historical Newspapers
VA Virginia Alexandria Alexandria Gazette 07/08/1870–11/29/1873 Historical Newspapers
VA Virginia Norfolk Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger 12/21/1810–07/14/1813 Historical Newspapers
VA Virginia Richmond Richmond Examiner 4/8/1861–5/10/1866 Historical Newspapers
VA Virginia Richmond Richmond Times Dispatch 5/18/1930–3/18/1938 Historical Newspapers
VA Virginia Richmond Richmond Whig 06/03/1834–02/28/1873 Historical Newspapers
VT Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Messenger 12/29/1910–12/29/1910 Historical Newspapers
VT Vermont St. Johnsbury Caledonian-Record 1/2/1925–3/31/1925 Historical Newspapers
VT Vermont Windsor Vermont Journal 9/24/1821–9/24/1821 Historical Newspapers
VT Vermont Windsor Vermont Republican 05/14/1821–12/10/1821 Historical Newspapers
WA Washington Longview Daily News, The* 11/01/2000–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WA Washington Quincy Crescent Bar Chronicle* 05/21/2011–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Baraboo Baraboo News-Republic* 01/01/2004–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Beaver Dam Daily Citizen* 01/27/2004–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Columbus Columbus Journal* 01/26/2010–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Mauston Juneau County Star-Times* 01/22/2004–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Portage Daily Register* 01/07/2004–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Portage Wisconsin Dells Events* 02/26/2005–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Reedsburg Reedsburg Times-Press* 01/28/2004–Current Newspaper Obituaries
WI Wisconsin Sauk City Sauk Prairie Eagle* 05/18/2005–Current Newspaper Obituaries

New Titles Coming to Our U.S. Newspaper Archives Soon!

GenealogyBank adds more content to our online archives daily—including newspaper titles new to our collection. Here is an advance peek at some of the newspapers that will be added to our rapidly growing U.S. newspaper obituaries collection in the weeks ahead, making millions more genealogy records available for your family history research. Our new newspaper additions include multiple newspaper titles for California, Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin.

American Canyon Eagle   (Napa, California)
Obituaries:  09/07/2004 – Current
Death Notices:  01/18/2005 – Current

Californian (Temecula, California)
Obituaries:  07/14/2003 – Current
Death Notices:  10/03/2003 – 07/30/2007

Napa Valley Register (Napa, California)
Obituaries:  01/02/2001 – Current
Death Notices:  01/01/2001 – Current

North County Times (Escondido, California)
Obituaries:  01/03/2001 – Current
Death Notices:  01/02/2001 – 08/31/2007

St. Helena Star (St. Helena, California)
Obituaries:  04/07/2005 – Current
Death Notices:  03/03/2005 – Current

Weekly Calistogan (Calistoga, California)
Obituaries:  09/25/2003 – Current
Death Notices:  09/04/2003 – Current

Garden Island (Lihue, Hawaii)
Obituaries:  12/27/1999 – Current
Death Notices:  11/10/1999 – Current

Leader (Knox, Indiana)
Obituaries: added 11/27/2008 – 11/18/2010
Death Notices: added 8/7/2008 – 9/16/2010

Mt. Vernon Democrat (Indiana)
Obituaries: added 9/2/2009 – 2/15/2012
Death Notices: added 12/23/2008 – 1/19/2011

South Bend Tribune (South Bend, Indiana)
Obituaries:  01/04/2011 – Current
Death Notices:  01/01/2011 – Current

Muscatine Journal (Muscatine, Iowa)
Obituaries:  10/12/2000 – Current
Death Notices:  10/01/2000 – Current

News Journal (Corbin, Kentucky)
Obituaries:  01/04/2012 – Current
Death Notices:  01/04/2012 – Current

Bethany Republican-Clipper (Bethany, Missouri)
Obituaries:  11/30/2011 – Current
Death Notices:  10/26/2011 – Current

Daily Journal (Park Hills, Missouri)
Obituaries:  07/08/2000 – Current
Death Notices:  06/20/2000 – Current

Democrat News (Fredericktown, Missouri)
Obituaries:  07/23/2003 – Current
Death Notices:  01/31/2003 – Current

Farmington Press (Farmington, Missouri)
Obituaries:  02/12/2003 – Current

David City Banner-Press (David City, Nebraska)
Obituaries:  09/26/2011 – Current
Death Notices:  09/13/2011 – Current

Fremont Tribune (Fremont, Nebraska)
Obituaries:  09/27/2000 – Current
Death Notices:  08/16/2000 – Current

Schuyler Sun (Schuyler, Nebraska)
Death Notices:  10/20/2011 – Current

Akron Beacon Journal: Blogs (Akron, Ohio)
Obituaries:  08/15/2005 – Current

Sentinel (Carlisle, Pennsylvania)
Obituaries:  08/20/1998 – Current
Death Notices:  06/01/1997 – Current

Shippensburg Sentinel (Shippensburg, Pennsylvania)
Obituaries:  09/23/2010 – Current

Daily Herald (Provo, Utah)
Obituaries:  02/27/2001 – Current
Death Notices:  07/23/2003 – Curren

Daily News (Longview, Washington)
Obituaries:  11/02/2000 – Current
Death Notices:  11/01/2000 – Current

Baraboo News-Republic (Baraboo, Wisconsin)
Obituaries:  01/01/2004 – Current
Death Notices:  01/01/2004 – Current

Columbus Journal (Columbus, Wisconsin)
Obituaries:  09/26/2011 – Current
Death Notices:  01/26/2010 – Current

Daily Citizen (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin)
Obituaries:  01/27/2004 – Current
Death Notices:  01/03/2005 – Current

Daily Register (Portage, Wisconsin)
Obituaries:  07/12/2005 – Current
Death Notices:  01/07/2004 – Current

Juneau County Star-Times (Mauston, Wisconsin)
Obituaries:  01/22/2004 – Current
Death Notices:  01/29/2005 – Current

Reedsburg Times-Press (Reedsburg, Wisconsin)
Obituaries:  01/28/2004 – Current
Death Notices:  06/11/2005 – Current

Sauk Prairie Eagle (Sauk City, Wisconsin)
Obituaries:  04/28/2010 – Current
Death Notices:  05/18/2005 – Current

Wisconsin Dells Events (Portage, Wisconsin)
Obituaries:  04/30/2005 – Current
Death Notices:  02/26/2005 – Current

Family History Expos – Georgia 2011

Georgia Family History Expo – Duluth, Georgia 2011

Over 400 genealogists gathered in Duluth, Georgia, for the annual Family History Expo held at the Gwinnett Center on Nov. 11-12, 2011.

Now in its second year, this conference has the size and feel of a national conference. There were over 60 informative family history sessions taught by two dozen experienced national speakers. Topics covered at this premier event for genealogists ranged from “Searching Your Scottish Ancestors” to “Special Sources for Confederate Research in the National Archives.” Thanks to the conference’s solid organization and the Gwinnett Center’s well-managed layout, it was easy for genealogists to mingle with nationally-recognized speakers and take the time to ask meaningful, detailed questions.

For example, the Family History Expo made it easy for working genealogists to attend by having sessions scheduled well into the evening. Working genealogists that couldn’t make the day-time sessions could attend sessions at night as well as all day on Saturday.

The speakers and vendors each shared their latest genealogy insights and tips. One nifty new application I learned about at this conference is a free family tree software program from TreeSeek.com. This application creates a nine-generation family tree fan chart that is easy to share with relatives and other researchers, as shown below. TreeSeek pulls family data from Geni or FamilySearch.Genealogists will find this free family tree software program a terrific way to easily share some of their family discoveries with relatives over the Holidays.

In addition to traditional family tree charts this program can also create a “Name Cloud” familiar to those of us working with 21st Century genealogy computing. Tom Kemp, GenealogyBank’s Director of Genealogy Products, gave three lectures at the Expo, all focused on the value of newspapers for genealogists.

Friday, Nov. 11: “African American Newspapers”

(Beginner Level) Tom talked about the more than 270

African American newspapers in GenealogyBank’s collection, published from 1827-1999—the largest collection of African American newspapers online. He provided practical advice for genealogists, such as: methods for efficient searching; and how to clip and save newspaper articles about your family. The lecture gave practical examples of the type of information family historians can find in these old newspapers, such as this obituary of Mary Stamps that appeared in the Atlanta Age (Georgia) 13 January 1900, page 2.

Saturday, Nov. 12: “21st Century Genealogy”
(All Levels) For this lecture, Tom concentrated on the ten essential online resources that you need to research your family online, save time, and improve the accuracy of your family history. He showed his audience how to cut through the clutter on the Internet and focus on the ten core resources with the reliable, essential content that genealogists use to document and preserve their family trees.

Genealogy sites Tom discussed included:
· Ancestry
· FamilySearch
· GenealogyBank
· Google Books
· Internet Archive
· Scribd

As Tom told his audience: “It’s a great day for genealogy! Researchers need to know about these terrific online genealogy resources.” Saturday, Nov. 12: “Newspapers: Finding the Details about Your Family”
It was standing room only for this 2011 Family History Expo session, in which Tom explained how to use the more than 5,700 newspapers in GenealogyBank’s
online newspaper archives, published from 1690-Today. He taught how to search efficiently, and clip and save newspaper articles about your family—providing practical tips for searching these online newspapers published over the past three centuries.

Chicago Times (Chicago, IL) Newspaper Archives (1854-1888)

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Chicago Times (Chicago, Illinois) Newspaper Archives (1854-1888) To be precise: we have 87 issues digitized – that’s 410 pages …. from the years: 1854, 1855, 1856, 1859, 1864, 1879, 1884, 1885, and 1888. We’ll keep working on the rest and as we can we’ll fill in the gaps and put up the rest.

Breaking News: More newspapers added to GenealogyBank

GenealogyBank adds another 13 million records – obituaries, news articles and more. More than 1,800 newspapers were updated and new titles added.

That’s too many titles to list here – but here are some of them:
Alabama, Mobile
Mobile Register. 1980-10-16 to 1983-05-30

Arkansas, Little Rock
Arkansas Gazette 1838-01-02 to 1871-11-25
Arkansas, White Hall
White Hall Journal* 10/2/2009 to Present

Arizona, Casa Grande
Casa Grande Dispatch* 6/19/2010 to Present
Arizona, Kearny
Copper Basin News* 6/10/2010 to Present

Colorado, Colorado Springs
Gazette-Telegraph 1904-01-17 to 1922-04-11

Connecticut, Hartford
Hartford Daily Courant. 1863-12-31 to 1866-06-27
Hartford Daily Courant. 1874-01-01 to 1876-05-27

Georgia, Augusta
Augusta Chronicle. 1843-06-12 to 1878-03-29

Hawaii, Kaunakakai
Molokai Dispatch, The* 3/1/2010 to Present

Idaho, Kellogg
Shoshone News-Press* 4/6/2007 to Present
Idaho, Sandpoint
Bonner County Daily Bee* 3/2/2004 to Present
Idaho, Twin Falls
Twin Falls News. 1919-06-20

Indiana, Aurora
Journal-Press, The* 5/13/2010 to Present

Kansas, Coffeyville
Vindicator*. 1904-12-23 to 1906-02-09
Kansas, Kansas City
Topics* . 1895-05-16 to 1895-12-07
Kansas, Parsons
Parsons Weekly Blade. 1900-03-02
Kansas, Topeka
Kansas Sentinel*. 1960-07-07 to 1960-11-26
Kansas, Topeka.

Kansas Watchman*. 1905-05-25 to 1905-11-17
Kansas, Wichita
Wichita Protest . 1920-08-20

Louisiana, Bossier City
Bossier Press-Tribune*. 2/4/2010 to Present
Louisiana, New Orleans
New Orleans Tribune. 1864-08-02 to 1869-02-14
Louisiana, New Orleans
Times-Picayune. 1848-01-04 to 1886-12-02 and 1973-10-02 to 1978-08-15

Massachusetts, Andover
Andover Townsman*. 4/20/2010 to Present
Massachusetts, Gloucester
Gloucester Daily Times*. 5/12/2010 to Present
Massachusetts, Greenfield
Greenfield Gazette. 1792-11-08 to 1809-07-31
Massachusetts, Newburyport
Daily News of Newburyport, The*. 5/13/2010 to Present
Massachusetts, Northampton
Hampshire Gazette. 1786-09-20 to 1843-03-28
Massachusetts, Springfield
Springfield Union. 1964-05-16 to 1969-02-20
Massachusetts, Worcester
National Aegis. 1821-01-10 to 1854-10-04

Michigan, Jackson
Jackson Citizen. 1868-10-06 to 1870-05-31
Michigan, Jackson
Jackson Citizen Patriot. 1865-07-01 to 1868-12-09

Minnesota, Virginia
Mesabi Daily News*. 3/17/1999 to Present

New Hampshire, Concord
New Hampshire Observer. 1825-01-03 to 1826-12-29
New Hampshire, Concord
New Hampshire Patriot . 1879-06-12
New Hampshire, Exeter.
Freeman’s Oracle . 1788-01-18

New Jersey, Englewood
Northern Valley Suburbanite*. 1/21/2010 to Present
New Jersey, Fort Lee
Fort Lee Suburbanite*. 11/5/2009 to Present
New Jersey, Midland Park
Midland Park Suburban News*. 10/11/2009 to Present
New Jersey, Montclair
Montclair Times, The*. 4/1/2010 to Present
New Jersey, Trenton
Trenton Evening Times. 1883-07-22 to 1885-08-02

New York, Albany
Albany Evening Journal. 1856-09-15 to 1876-12-29
New York, New York
New York Herald-Tribune. 1878-01-19 to 1896-12-07
New York, Penn Yan
Chronicle Express, The*. 3/27/2010 to Present

North Carolina, Clinton
Sampson Independent, The*. 4/18/2010 to Present
North Carolina, Pilot Mountain
Pilot, The*. 3/27/2010 to Present

Ohio, Canton
Repository, The*. 10/1/1999 to Present
Ohio, Cincinnati
Cincinnati Daily Gazette. 1868-09-07 to 1871-01-17
Ohio, Cleveland
Plain Dealer. 1858-11-02 to 1866-09-11 and 1971-01-31 to 1981-10-20

Oregon, Portland
Oregonian. 1969-09-01 to 1972-09-15

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Aurora General Advertiser. 1797-01-02 to 1797-12-30
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Inquirer. 1829-06-01 to 1849-12-31

Rhode Island, Pawtucket
Pawtucket Times . 1920-01-10 to 1921-02-08

Tennessee, Sweetwater
Advocate and Democrat, The*. 12/8/2009 to Present

Texas, Dallas
Dallas Morning News. 1980-07-23 to 1980-12-19
Texas, Fort Worth
Bronze Texan News*. 1969-05-02 to 1969-10-16

Virginia, Alexandria
Alexandria Gazette. 1821-04-12 to 1852-06-30

Vermont, St. Albans
St. Albans Daily Messenger. 1870-02-25 to 1898-07-02 and 1869-07-16
Vermont, Windsor
Vermont Republican . 1809-01-30

Washington, Seattle
Seattle Daily Times. 1957-10-06 to 1984-04-17

Wisconsin, Ashland
Daily Press, The*. 1/2/1999 to Present
Wisconsin, Hartford.

Times Press*. 3/29/2010 to Present
Wisconsin, Madison
Wisconsin Free Press*. 1984-05-10 to 1990-01-12
Wisconsin, Mukwonago
Mukwonago Chief*. 3/28/2010 to Present
Wisconsin, Oneida
Kalihwisaks*. 3/27/2010 to Present
Wisconsin, Wauwatosa
Wauwatosa NOW*. 3/27/2010 to Present