GenealogyBank doubles in size

GenealogyBank has added more than 306 million newspaper articles!

One year ago we had 174 million articles. Today we have 480 million newspaper articles – in 4,300 newspapers — in all GenealogyBank has over 566 million books, documents and records on the entire site!!

We have more than doubled in size in one year!!

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Here is a partial list of the titles – more is being added every day!
Alaska. Anchorage. Anchorage Gazette*. 1992-12-01 to 1993-01-01
Arkansas. Arkansas Post. Arkansas Gazette. 1821-09-01 to 1900-07-12
Jonesboro, AR. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 1905-01-05 to 1922-12-29
California. Los Angeles. Los Angeles Tribune. 1959-01-02 to 1959-05-15
Colorado. Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 1914-01-05 to 1921-04-23
Connecticut. Bridgeport. Spirit of the Times*. 1830-10-06 to 1832-09-26
Danbury, CT. Republican Journal*. 1793-07-01 to 1800-01-06
Danielson, CT. Windham County Transcript. 1876-09-21
CT Litchfield, CT. Sun*. 1835-04-25 to 1839-04-13
Middletown, CT. Constitution. 1856-01-01 to 1856-12-03
Middletown, CT. Middlesex Gazette*. 1829-01-07 to 1830-12-29
Mystic, CT. Mystic Journal*. 1863-01-03 to 1867-03-02
New Haven. Black Coalition Weekly*. 1972-03-06 to 1972-09-14
New London, CT. New London Daily Chronicle. 1848-04-26 to 1848-10-12
New London, CT. New London Democrat. 1847-04-24
Norwich, CT. Norwich Republican. 1828-12-02 to 1830-06-19
Stamford, CT. Stamford Sentinel*. 1832-03-13 to 1835-03-16 DC.
Washington. Daily National Intelligencer. 1842-01-03 to 1869-06-23
Delaware. Georgetown, CT. Sussex Countian. 2009-10-02 to Current
Smyrna, DE. Smyrna-Clayton Sun-Times. 2009-10-02 to Current
Florida. Boca Grande. Boca Beacon, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
Chiefland, FL. Chiefland Citizen. 2009-10-02 to Current
Georgia. Jonesboro. Clayton News Daily. 2009-10-02 to Current
McDonough. Henry Daily Herald. 2009-10-02 to Current
Tifton, GA. Tifton Gazette. 2009-10-02 to Current
Idaho. Idaho City. Idaho Register. 1907-11-22 to 1915-03-09
ID. Twin Falls, ID. Twin Falls News. 1918-05-24 to 1921-10-20
Illinois. Centralia. Centralia Sentinel. 1863-09-03 to 1863-11-12
Chicago, IL. Second Ward News*. 1935-12-14 to 1938-04-02
Chicago, IL. Spokesman*. 1933-01-07 to 1933-03-18
Chicago, IL. Vorbote. 1875-07-17 to 1876-12-23
Dixon, IL. Sauk Valley Newspapers. 2009-10-02 to Current
Macomb, IL. Macomb Eagle. 2009-10-02 to Current
Macomb, IL. Macomb Journal. 2009-10-02 to 2009-10-03
Macomb, IL. Voice, The. 2009-10-08 to Current
Marion, IL. Marion Daily Republican, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
Quincy, IL. Quincy Whig. 1868-07-25 to 1876-11-29
Indiana. Boonville, Newburgh, IN. Boonville Standard & Newburgh-Chandler Register. 2009-10-14 to Current
Indianapolis, IN. Indiana Democrat. 1830-08-14 to 1841-06-09
Terre Haute, IN. Wabash Courier. 1837-05-25 to 1850-08-24
Iowa. Hamburg. Hamburg Reporter. 2009-10-02 to Current
Osceola, IA. Osceola Sentinel-Tribune. 2009-10-02 to Current
Kansas. Girard. Girard City Press, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
KS. Kansas City. Plaindealer*. 1932-05-20 to 1958-11-07
KS. Topeka. Plaindealer. 1899-01-06 to 1912-06-28
KS. Wichita. Negro Star. 1920-05-07 to 1950-12-29
Louisiana. Covington. St. Tammany News. 2009-10-02 to Current
LA. New Orleans. Times-Picayune. 1893-06-25 to 1893-06-25
Massachusetts. Boston. Boston Daily Advertiser*. 1860-01-03 to 1900-12-31
MA. Boston. Boston Journal. 1893-05-02 to 1893-08-31
MA. Gloucester. Gloucester Telegraph. 1834-02-05 to 1847-12-29
MA. Salem. Salem Observer. 1830-09-18
MA. Springfield. Springfield Republican*. 1923-12-30 to 1946-09-26
MA. Stoughton. Stoughton Sentinel. 1865-08-19 to 1876-07-29
MA. Taunton. Taunton Daily Gazette. 2009-10-02 to Current
Maryland. Baltimore. Baltimore Bulletin. 1875-01-02 to 1875-07-31
MD. Baltimore. Maryland Journal. 1773-08-20 to 1795-02-14
MD. Bel Air. Southern Aegis. 1857-07-11 to 1857-12-26
MD. Cumberland. Phoenix Civilian. 1837-04-01 to 1840-01-04
MD. Easton. Maryland Herald. 1794-07-01 to 1797-05-30
MD. Frederick. Reservoir and Public Reflector*. 1828-09-23 to 1829-07-28
Michigan. Grand Rapids. Afro-American Gazette*. 1991-01-01 to 1995-08-07
MI. Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Press. 1915-11-22
MI. Jackson. Jackson Citizen Patriot. 1903-10-20 to 1922-12-31
MI. Jackson. Jackson Citizen*. 1837-01-23 to 1918-12-22
Missouri. Kansas City. Kansas City Times. 1886-05-07 to 1893-11-12
MS. Vicksburg. Daily Commercial. 1879-10-09 to 1882-07-10
Montana. Helena. Independent Record. 2009-10-02 to Current
North Carolina. Burgaw. Pender Post, The. 2009-10-08 to Current
NC. Fuquay-Varina. Fuquay-Varina Independent. 2009-10-02 to Current
NC. Garner. Garner News. 2009-10-02 to Current
NC. Laurinburg. Laurinburg Exchange, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NC. Lousiburg. Franklin Times, The. 2009-10-03 to Current
NC. Lumberton. Robesonian, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NC. Mt. Airy. Mt. Airy News, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NC. New Bern. Newbern Sentinel*. 1824-01-24 to 1825-12-31
NC. Sylva. Sylva Herald & Ruralite, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NC. Walnut Cove. Stokes News, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
North Dakota. Grand Forks. Evening Times*. 1906-01-03 to 1914-03-28
ND. Williston. Williston Daily Herald. 2009-10-02 to Current
Nebraska. Broken Bow. Custer County Chief. 2009-10-02 to Current
New Hampshire. Dover. New Hampshire Republican*. 1825-10-04 to 1829-10-30
New Jersey. Edgewater. Edgewater View. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Newton. AIM Sussex County. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Ramsey. Ramsey Suburban News. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Ridgewood. Ridgewood News, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Rockaway. AIM Jefferson. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Salem. Today’s Sunbeam. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Trenton. Trenton Evening Times. 1909-10-311921-10-07; 1972-12-30 to 1993-03-15 NJ. Trenton. New Jersey State Gazette*. 1792-09-19 to 1799-12-31
NJ. West Milford. AIM West Milford. 2009-10-02 to Current
New York. Albany. Sojourner-Herald*. 1995-04-01 to 1998-11-01
NY. Albany. Temperance Recorder*. 1833-05-07 to 1833-11-05
NY. Corning. Leader, The. 2009-10-02 to Current NY. Goshen. Orange County Gazette*. 1815-05-02
NY. Herkimer. Evening Telegram, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NY. Hornell. Evening Tribune, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NY. Kingston. Ulster Gazette. 1803-12-17 to 1821-05-30
NY. Kingston. Rising Sun*. 1793-12-28 to 1798-01-13
NY. Little Falls. Evening Times, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NY. New York. Morning Telegraph. 1870-01-02
NY. New York. New York Herald. 1875-04-20 to 1898-12-31
NY. New York. New York Herald-Tribune. 1856-01-01 to 1876-12-30
NY. New York. New Yorker Volkszeitung. 1889-05-05 to 1898-08-18
NY. New York. Weekly Visitor*. 1818-05-02 to 1823-10-25
NY. Norwich. Evening Sun, The. 2009-10-03 to Current
NY. Poughkeepsie. Political Barometer*. 1802-06-08 to 1809-12-27
NY. Poughkeepsie. Ulster Republican*. 1836-01-06 to 1836-11-18
NY. Rochester. Frederick Douglass’ Paper*. 1852-06-24 to 1859-07-22
NY. Rondout. Rondout Freeman*. 1845-07-19 to 1847-09-18
NY. Wellsville. Wellsville Daily Reporter. 2009-10-02 to Current
Ohio. Chillicothe. Scioto Gazette*. 1808-01-04 to 1821-02-15
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Daily Enquirer. 1866-01-02 to 1866-06-30
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Volksfreund. 1864-10-18
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Chronicle and Literary Gazette*. 1827-02-17 to 1829-10-24
OH. Cincinnati. Cincinnati Times-Star*. 1871-07-01 to 1875-06-30
OH. McArthur. Vinton County Courier. 2009-10-02 to Current
OH. Portsmouth. Community Common, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
OH. Sandusky. Sandusky Register. 1851-11-27 to 1856-05-26
OH. St. Clairsville. Ohio Federalist*. 1817-12-11
OH. Steubenville. Steubenville Herald*. 1825-02-26 to 1825-03-05
OH. Wooster. Wooster Republican. 1858-01-07 to 1862-10-23

Look for the rest of the list in the days ahead!

It’s a great day for genealogy!

Sign up for GenealogyBank now and see what you’ll find about your family!
Wow!

Wow! Meryl Streep, Stephen Colbert and other celebrities trace their heritage

Those “Wow” moments in genealogy.

GenealogyBank readers write us all the time with their “WoW” moments – telling us what they found.

This new PBS television series let’s you see the wow moments as Meryl Streep; Stephen Colbert and other celebrities discover their roots for the first time. The genuine awe and surprise is real.

Faces of America” – is filled with “Wow” moments – watch this

The series starts this coming Wednesday – February 10th and runs through March 3rd in the 8-9pm (ET) time slot.

The series will trace the ancestry of:

Meryl Streep, Stephen Colbert, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Queen Noor, Yo-Yo Ma, Louise Erdrich, Kristi Yamaguchi, Mario Batali, Eva Lonigoria Parker, Malcolm Gladwell, Elizabeth Alexander and Mike Nichols.

It’s not often that genealogy is in the spotlight – get your family & friends to watch – maybe they’ll catch the genealogy bug too.

It’s a great day for genealogy!

Sign up for GenealogyBank now and see what you’ll find about your family!

Wow!

Books of the Week – Donald Lines Jacobus

Millions of books are going online.
Entire libraries – that never close; a
vailable 24/7.

It is now possible for genealogists to read, download and keep genealogies, local histories – publications of all types and sizes. Instantly accessible online and easily stored on your personal laptop or handheld computer.

Donald Lines Jacobus (1887-1970) – well known as the Dean of American Genealogists was writing since he was a young boy. The New Haven Register 18 May 1900 carried a remarkable, lengthy article about his discussion of Biblical and Classical genealogy – written at the age of 12. Click here to read the entire article. It is published online in GenealogyBank.

Jacobus was a prolific writer and his books are going online.

You can read some of his earliest publications – The Lines Family – about his mother’s family that was published in 1905


and The Wilmot family of New Haven, Conn., published in 1904 by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

You may even read his book of Poems published in 1914 by the Harty-Musch Press, Inc. in New Haven, Connecticut.

Milestones in the Wilderness (1914)

Take full advantage of what the Internet has to offer. You will find thousands of published genealogies & local histories online at:


Internet Archive
Google Books
Family History Archive

and GenealogyBank is your best source for online newspapers – over 4,200 newspapers and 260,000+ digital books and documents online.

It is a great day for genealogy!

City Directories

Thousands of city directories are going online.

City directories are a basic tool for genealogists. City directories are like an annual census of the cities and towns across America. Now – thousands of them are being digitized and put online.

Read about the history of city directories here: Williams, A.V. Growth and Development of City Directories. Cincinnati, OH: Williams Directory, Co., 1913. 152p.
Download and Keep this book in your personal library!

City directories usually listed all adult residents of the community. Typical entries give:

Name; address; occupation; relationships; notification that a person moved & where they moved to; divorce dates/remarriages; widows etc.

Here is an example of entries identifying widows – giving the names of their deceased husbands in the Indianapolis 1914 City Directory. Here are just a few examples of the city directories that are going online:

Google Books

Internet Archive

Google Books

Google Books

Google Books

Google Books

Internet Archive has over 2,300 city directories online and Google Books has over 1,000 city directories online. These directories are not on GenealogyBank. All genealogists should use those sites to find city directories. Good things are happening all across the Internet.

It is a great day for genealogy!

GenealogyBank – Where Everybody Knows Your Name

I had a basic question yesterday that reminded me of one of the core values of GenealogyBank – it’s flexible search engine.

A woman wrote asking for the obituary notice of her father – who had died in December 2008 – but she had not included her father’s name. So I wrote back asking her for that detail.

While I waited for her response I thought - you know, GenealogyBank’s search engine can find his obituary even without knowing his name.

Here’s how I did it.

Step One.

I first entered what I knew – the name of his daughter and the month/year that he died. I left all of the other search fields blank. I reasoned that the obituary would likely include the name of his children and close relatives – in this case, the name of his daughter.

Step Two

There was only one hit that met that search criteria.

Step Three
Bingo – it was the correct obituary.

Tip: Be flexible in your searches.

GenealogyBank indexes over 4,200 newspapers published over the last 300+ years. You may search by the name of the deceased or by other persons named in the obituary or news article. Search on every clue.

Chicago, IL Key Genealogy Resources Online – Handy Guide

Chicago Genealogy Resources.
Bookmark and save this page – so you may easily refer to it often.
Your handy guide to the sources you will actually use to build your family tree.


Birth Certificates – 1878-1922
FamilySearch Pilot
Birth Registers – 1871-1915
FamilySearch Pilot

Census
1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920
1850 – Mortality, 1850 – Slave Schedule
FamilySearch Pilot

City Directory
1844; 1855; 1856; 1863-1864

Deaths – pre 1916. Illinois Statewide Index
Illinois State Archives
Deaths 1916-1950. Illinois Statewide Index
Illinois State Archives

Deaths 1937-Present. SSDI

Land Records – Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales
Illinois State Archives

Marriage Records – 1871-1920. Chicago, IL
FamilySearch Pilot
Marriage Records – 1763-1900. Illnois Statewide Index
Illinois State Archives

Military – WWII Draft Registration Cards
FamilySearch Pilot

Illinois State Archives- Military Database Projects
Illinois Veterans’ History Project
Illinois War of 1812 Veterans
Illinois Winnebago War Veterans
Illinois Black Hawk War Veterans
Illinois Mexican War Veterans
Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls
Illinois Civil War Veterans Serving in the U.S. Navy
Illinois Civil War Veterans of Missouri Units
Illinois Spanish–American War Veterans
Database of the 1929 Illinois Roll of Honor
Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home Residents

Newspapers: 1854 – Today
Bags & Baggage. (Chicago, IL) 1937-1943
Bulletin. (Chicago, IL) 1968-1969
Central South Sider. (Chicago, IL) 1929
Chicago Courier. (Chicago, IL) 1974-1975
Chicago Herald. (Chicago, IL) 1890-1891
Chicago Metro News. (Chicago, IL) 1973-1990
Chicago Sun-Times (Chicago, IL) 1/1/1986-Current
Chicago Times. (Chicago, IL) 1854-1888
Chicago Tribune. (Chicago, IL) 1/1/1985-Current
Chicago World. (Chicago, IL) 1925-1935
Daily Inter Ocean. (Chicago, IL) 1874-1896
Daily Southtown (Chicago, IL) 7/31/2004-11/17/2007
Illinois Sentinel. (Chicago, IL) 1937
Inter Ocean. (Chicago, IL) 1874-1896
Latin Times. (Chicago, IL) 1868-1975
Metropolitan Post. (Chicago, IL) 1938-1939
Noticia Mundial. (Chicago, IL) 1927-1928
Olivet Baptist Church Herald. (Chicago, IL) 1936
Pomeroy’s Democrat. (Chicago, IL) 1869-1879
Skyline (Chicago, IL) 12/8/2005-12/6/2007
Sol de Chicago. (Chicago, IL) 1960
SouthtownStar (Chicago, IL) 11/18/2007-Current
Sunday Times. (Chicago, IL) 1869-1876
Vida Latina. (Chicago, IL) 1952-1963
Vorbote. (Chicago, IL) 1874-1875

Slave Records
Database of Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records
Illinois State Archives

African American newspapers going up on GenealogyBank

GenealogyBank is adding over 280 fully-searchable African American newspapers with coverage from 1827 to 1999. GenealogyBank released the first 50+ newspapers this month.

This is an exciting new addition to GenealogyBank – we are pleased to make these resources available -opening up family history information just not found anywhere else.”

Alaska Spotlight (AK). 1956-1968

Homeland (AR). 1991-1999

Southern Mediator Journal (AR). 1962-1966

Inter-Faith Churchman (CA). 1941

Los Angeles Tribune (CA) 1943-1960

Teller (CA). 1946

Black Networking News (DC). 1989-1990

National Chronicle (DC). 1990-1991

Washington Bee (DC). 1914-1915

Florida Tattler (FL). 1934-1945

Savannah Tribune (GA). 1875-1922

Bags and Baggage (IL). 1937-1943

Bulletin (IL). 1968-1969

Central South Sider (IL). 1929

Chicago Courier (IL). 1974-1975

Chicago Metro News (IL). 1973-1990

Chicago World (IL). 1925-1935

Illinois Sentinel (IL). 1937

Metropolitan Post (IL). 1938-1939

Olivet Baptist Church Herald (IL) 1936

Freeman (IN) 1897-1899

Indianapolis Ledger (IN). 1918-1922

Advocate (KS). 1904-1926

People’s Elevator (KS). 1937-1940

Wyandotte Echo (KS). 1936-1937

Freeman’s Lance (KS) 1891

Plaindealer (KS). 1912-1921

Negro Star (KS). 1939-1952

Community Leader (LA). 1985

Inside New Orleans (LA) 1965

New Orleans Daily Creole (LA) 1856-1857

St. Louis Clarion (MO). 1920-1921

Mississippi Free Press (MS) 1961-1964

Mississippi Weekly (MS) 1935

Mound Bayou News-Digest(MS) 1950

People’s Community News (NY). 1970

Rights of All (NY) 1829

Minority Report (OH). 1969-1970

North Philly Free Press (PA) 1982-1983

Political Digest (PA) 1937

Memphis Triangle (TN). 1928-1929

Brotherhood Eyes (TX). 1936

Fort Worth Mind (TX) 1943-1947

USA Monitor (TX) 1992-1993

Soul City Courier (WI) 1976-1977

Wisconsin Labor Advocate (WI) 1886-1887

Milwaukee Defender (WI) 1957-1958

Milwaukee Star (WI) 1968-1977

Soul City Times (WI) 1968-1971

Racine Courier (WI) 1988-1992

Advocate (WV). 1904-1926

Kalamazoo Gazette 1837-1922 Online.

GenealogyBank adds the Kalamazoo Gazette 1837-1922. Click here and search it now!

Growing collection of Michigan newspapers now online.
Search GenealogyBank now! More than 4,100 newspapers – best old newspaper site on the planet.

It’s been an amazing month – this is just one of the 190 newspapers, from 34 states added this month …. and we’re not done yet!

We’re adding even more newspapers in the next few days…

Georgia Newspapers Online

Georgia newspapers online: GenealogyBank puts four Georgia newspapers online.

Augusta, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia.
It’s been an amazing month – these are just four of the 190 newspapers, from 34 states added this month …. and we’re not done yet!
We’re adding even more newspapers in the next few days…

Search GenealogyBank now! More than 4,100 newspapers – best old newspaper site on the planet.

GenealogyBank adds Sandusky Register 1848-1867 – Ohio newspaper

GenealogyBank adds Sandusky Register 1848-1867 – old Ohio newspaper.

Click Here and search the back issues of Sandusky’s newspapers.

It’s been an amazing month – this is just one of the 190 newspapers, from 34 states added this month …. and we’re not done yet!

We’re adding even more newspapers in the next few days…

Search GenealogyBank now!
More than 4,100 newspapers – best old newspaper site on the planet.