“In ever increasing numbers … genealogists becoming more numerous … in every part of the country.”
“Almost every large city has its own genealogical society.”
That sounds like an article from today’s newspaper – but it was written in 1912. (Read the complete article – 16 Dec 1912 San Jose Mercury News). But it is as true now as it was nearly 100 years ago when this article was written. There are more genealogists now than every before. Genealogists today as then are using the tools and data available to “do accurate and truthful genealogical research.” Genealogists then and now are working at two goals:
1. To accurately research, document and record the information on their extended family tree.
2. To preserve, disseminate and pass down that information to the rising generation. Discover your heritage, preserve it and pass it on! Be a part of GenealogyBank – Sign up Now. Find and document your ancestors in GenealogyBank – the best source for old newspapers & documents on the planet. Period!
The programs typically contain a photograph of the deceased, an obituary, a list of surviving relatives, and the order of service. The collection provides extensive genealogical information about the deceased, including birth and death dates, maiden names, names of relatives, past residences, and place of burial. Alongside this genealogical information, the obituaries provide a rich source of local history about African Americans. Many of the people included in this collection were prominent in their communities, and many were involved locally in the struggle for civil rights.