I am often asked: Do you have Canadian newspapers in GenealogyBank?
Well, no we don’t – but that’s not the question you want to ask. GenealogyBank has over 3,800 newspapers – all of them published in the United States – but it has several million articles, records and documents on Canadians.
Tip: I have been researching my family tree for 45 years and I can tell you that you’ll find the information on your family where you least expect to find it.
Here’s a wedding announcement for Alexander James Ross of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Mary Moore McArthur of Picton, Nova Scotia – they were married in Chicago 6 March 1882. (Inter Ocean 14 March 1882). Newspapers were published – every day. And every day editors had to fill the next day’s paper & they wanted to sell papers.
So they pulled “news” from a wide circle of influence. Birth announcements, marriage announcements, and obituaries from small town and big city newspapers.
Just like CNN or Fox News – the daily newspapers had to fill their pages with hard news. News that people wanted to read and that would sell subscriptions.
If you are researching Canadian genealogy then GenealogyBank is an essential online tool.
Eastport, Maine is a small town on the Maine coast right on the border with New Brunswick, Canada.
As you would expect the Eastport Sentinnel regularly carried birth, death and marriage announcements for individuals and families from the Canadian side of the border.
Look at this example of marriage notices published in the 29 March 1828 Eastport (ME) Sentinnel.Look at the places mentioned “Lubec” – “Dennysville” – “St. Andrews” – “Antigua” – “St. Stephens” and “Charlotte”. Towns on both sides of the border. “Antigua” refers to the island nation of Antigua.
Nothing unusual here – just a typical day with a newspaper editor packing his paper with the information his readers wanted to read.
Just like GenealogyBank – everyday we pack in more resources that genealogists need and rely on. You’re not finished with your research until you’ve searched the newspapers in GenealogyBank. .
GenealogyBank announces that it has added newspaper backfiles for 51 newspapers from 16 States. This major upgrade brings GenealogyBank to nearly 300 million articles, books and records from over 3,800 newspapers; 260,000 books/documents and other resources. An esitmated One Billion Names.
GenealogyBank.com is pleased to announce that it has the five volume List of Pensioners – 1883 online. This basic reference set is actively used by genealogists.
List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883; giving the name of each pensioner, the cause for which pensioned, the post office address, the rate of pension per month, and the date of original allowance. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1883. Senate Document. Serial Set Vol. No. 2078, Session Vol. No.5; Report: S.Exec.Doc. 84 pt. 1-5.
The List of Pensioners – lists the pensioners by State/Town. Volume 5 includes the lists of pensioners that lived overseas.
Each entry gives:
Name of Pensioner
Pension Certificate Number
Date of the Original Pension
Reasons why the person received the pension
The monthly pension payment
Post Office where the pensioner receives their mail
Tip: This is a crucial source for identifying pensioners from all wars still living in 1883 and it pinpoints where they were living – anywhere in the US or around the world.
GenealogyBank.com is adding 8,122 back issues — newspapers from 16 states – filling in gaps; 12 new titles.
This new content will go live on GenealogyBank.com this week. New titles are indicated by an asterisk *
Berkeley, CA. Grito. 1 Issue. 6/1/1970 Los Angeles, CA. Amigo del Pueblo* 1 Issue. 1861-11-30 Los Angeles, CA. Clamor Publico. 5 Issues. 1856-01-12 to 1857-02-14 Los Angeles, CA. Eco Mejicano* 1 Issue. 1885-10-29 Los Angeles, CA. Heraldo de Mexico. 1 Issue. 11/17/1927 Oakland, CA. Mundo. 99 Issues. 1/7/1971 to 4/2/1975 Sacramento, CA. Post (El Informador)* 2 Issues. 11/4/1967 to 12/2/1967 San Francisco, CA. Hispano America. 7 Issues. 11/22/1919 to 11/27/1920 San Francisco, CA. Nueva Mission* 22 Issues. 11/27/1967 to 10/1/1969 Santa Barbara, CA. Gaceta. 2 Issues. 1879-11-01 to 1881-06-25
Colorado Springs, CO. Gazette-Telegraph. 3 Issues. 11/23/1913 to 6/28/1915
Chicago, IL. Latin Times. 1 Issue. 4/23/1960 Chicago, IL. Vida Latina. 1 Issue. 6/21/1961
New Orleans, LA. Times Picayune. 277 Issues. 1861-12-10 to 1897-02-01 New Orleans, LA. Times Picayune. 364 Issues. 12/20/1902 to 8/20/1920
Boston, MA. Boston Journal. 458 Issues. 1874-01-01 to 1889-12-31 Boston, MA. Liberator. 2 Issues. 1897-03-21 to 1897-04-04
Baltimore, MD. Baltimore American. 4 Issues. 9/9/1905 to 1/7/1912
Portland, ME. Gazette of Maine. 104 Issues. 1825-01-01 to 1826-12-26
Grand Rapids, MI. Grand Rapids Press. 869 Issues. 1893-01-11 to 12/26/1922
Trenton, NJ. Trenton Evening Times. 1,509 Issues. 1883-09-15 to 12/26/1922
Las Cruces, NM. Flor del Valle. 14 Issues. 1894-02-03 to 1894-10-11 Las Cruces, NM. Gaceta Popular. 1 Issue. 12/1/1919 Las Cruces, NM. Tiempo. 81 Issues. 9/20/1902 to 11/13/1909 Las Vegas, NM. Chronicle* 1 Issue. 1886-10-19 Las Vegas, NM. Las Vegas Daily Optic. 1 Issue. 1893-05-04 Las Vegas, NM. Revista Catolica. 3 Issues. 1888-10-14 to 1893-02-26 Maxwell, NM. Maxwell Mail* 53 Issues. 1/7/1915 to 12/30/1915 San Marcial, NM. San Marcial Bee. 1 Issue. 1893-04-29 Santa Fe, NM. New Mexican Mining News* 1 Issue. 1881-12-21 Wagon Mound, NM. Combate. 4 Issues. 10/31/1914 to 11/21/1914
Albany, NY. Albany Evening Journal. 125 Issues. 1854-04-11 to 1874-06-29 New York, NY. Cuba Libre. 3 Issues. 1895-07-27 to 1895-09-12 New York, NY. Estrella de Cuba* 9 Issues. 1870-04-16 to 1870-06-29 New York, NY. Grafico. 1 Issue. 5/21/1917 New York, NY. Hodge’s Banknote Reporter* 65 Issues. 1861-01-01 to 1863-01-15 New York, NY. Iberica. 4 Issues. 1/15/1956 to 12/15/1964 New York, NY. New York Herald. 723 Issues. 1867-05-24 to 1870-12-24 New York. NY. New Yorker Volkszeitung* 2, 561. Issues. 1889-01-06 to 1898-12-31 New York, NY. Nueva Democracia. 3 Issues. 1/1/1922 to 12/25/1933 New York, NY. Papagayo. 1 Issue. 1855-03-16
Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 419 Issues. 1879-09-01 to 1887-04-30
Philadelphia. PA. Public Ledger. 270 Issues. 1859-01-01 to 1869-11-26
Brownsville, TX. Cronista del Valle. 1 Issue. 10/28/1926 Brownsville, TX. Heraldo de Brownsville. 2 Issues. 9/29/1937 to 2/25/1940 Corpus Christi, TX. Weekly Labor Herald. 1 Issue. 6/19/1942 El Paso, TX. Clarin del Norte. 3 Issues. 11/17/1906 to 2/9/1907 El Paso, TX. Continental. 2 Issues. 3/4/1960 to 3/5/1960 El Paso, TX. El Paso Daily News* 6 Issues. 2/11/1901 to 7/3/1902 Kingsville, TX. Eco. 1 Issue. 12/1/1934 Laredo, TX. Cronica. 1 Issue. 12/28/1911 San Antonio, TX. Prensa. 2 Issues. 3/19/1932 to 3/21/1932 San Antonio, TX. Prensa. 8 Issues. 8/13/1925 to 8/8/1948 San Antonio, TX. Regidor. 13 Issues. 11/24/1910 to 10/31/1912 San Antonio, TX. Revista Mexicana. 1 Issue. 7/13/1919
Salt Lake City, UT. Salt Lake Telegram. 1 Issue. 2/23/1904
Milwaukee, WI. Milwaukee’r Socialist* 3 Issues. 1876-09-22 to 1877-09-21
GenealogyBank is the best source for early US newspapers on the planet.
Last week I wrote about digging in GenealogyBank and finding articles about my early American ancestors in Maine. I had found family death and marriage announcements – this week I kept digging for more information about William Garcelon (1763-1851) his wife Maria (Harris) Garcelon (1763-1850) and his father Sea Captain James Garcelon (1739-1813) – and I found it!
Wow – in GenealogyBank I found this article from the Maine Gazette 22 July 1799 reporting that William Garcelon lost a horse in 1799 – “a black mare, with a white face and two white hind feet, about 15 years old” – it adds the key fact that he was living in Freeport, Maine in 1799.
Looking further I found a shipping article in the Essex (MA) Gazette (1769) stating that [Captain] J[ames] Garcelon had set sail on the Schooner Alexander for Bilbao, [Spain].
By family tradition we knew that he was a sea captain but here was proof and details of this voyage in 1769 – just 10 years after he had settled in America.
I didn’t know that newspapers that old had survived – let alone that they were digitized and easily searchable online. Tip: GenealogyBank has old newspapers going back to 1690 – easy to search, read, print and save!
Then in the 25 Feb 1811 issue of the Maine Gazette was the advertisement that James Garcelon’s farm was for sale. It gives a terrific description: 150 acres, 20 of them wooded, “handsome young orchard”, a “very pleasantly situated” two story house and more. Wow, you could almost picture the property.
Why was James Garcelon (1739-1813) selling his home and property? Were he and his wife, Deliverance (Annis) Garcelon (1735-1828), moving in with one of his children? At age 72, had he become infirm and unable to manage the property?Probably so.
We get another clue from the probate notice in the 24 Jan 1814 Maine Gazette. Sea Captain James Garcelon had died 17 November 1813. His son [Rev.] James Garcelon was the executor. ____________________________________
We routinely hear from genealogists telling about their success – “Wow, look what I found!”
We really love to hear those stories and today it is my turn.
Last week I was stunned to find that one of my cousins had posted early photographs of our family online.
There they were – the actual pictures of my third great-grandfather Isaac Garcelon (1790-1872)
and his parents William (1763-1851)
and Maria (Howe) Garcelon (1763-1850).
I could see why they were so bundled up.
They were from Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine. Having grown up in New England I am used to cold weather – the snow would stay on the north side of my grandparent’s home until April almost every year.
This find got me to searching in GenealogyBank to find out more about them. I simply searched the name: William Garcelon and quickly found death notices for William Garcelon (1763-1851) that were published in two newspapers, one in Massachusetts and one in Maine.
The Boston Evening Transcript23 Jan 1851
and in the Portland Daily Advertiser (29 Jan 1851).
Then I quickly spotted the marriage announcement of William’s nephew – Captain Asa Garcelon (1796-1859) that was published in the Eastern Argus (Maine) 16 March 1825.
Notice that every one of these articles appeared in out-of-town or out-of-state newspapers.
TIP: Colonial and 19th Century Newspapers often printed out of town birth, marriage and death notices. GenealogyBank makes them easy to find because it let’s you search all 3,700 newspapers for your ancestors.
TIP: Be flexible in your searches and remember that their obituaries or marriage notices just might have been printed in out of state newspapers – like the wedding announcement of Nicholas Goodson and Sarah Matthews in Isle of Wight County, Virginia – that was published in the Maine newspaper – the Eastern Argus in 1825. Like cable news television stations today – newspapers carried news from across the country.
There were no articles telling if Nicholas Goodson was ever arrested.
It is a great day for genealogy. What an opportunity we have to find these historic artifacts, articles and documents about our family.
GenealogyBank is celebrating its second year of service to genealogists!
Join with us and celebrate! We’ll be “Two” on October 18th.
How time flies. It has been a wonderful two years! We have loved receiving your fan mail and sharing in your success stories. We’re happy for your amazing finds and knowing the special value that GenealogyBank has been to the genealogical community.
Wow – GenealogyBank has grown a lot in the past two years too. In fact – we’ve grown 60% bigger since we started.
GenealogyBank has: ►Over 240 million books, records and articles ►Over 1 billion names ►Over 3,700 newspapers – from all 50 States; 1690 to today ►Over 115 Million obituaries and death records – more than any other source ►Complete American State Papers ►More coverage of the Serial Set than other genealogy sites ►Newspaper coverage just not available anywhere else ►Fast, easy to search, easy to print, e-mail or save each item And we digitize and add more content every day!
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FamilySerachLabs has now gone live with the 1870 Federal Census. That site now has the 1850; 1860; 1870; 1880 and 1900 census indexed and available online. These indexes are free. These are All New Indexes and Images. I was using the various online census indexes to search for some of my relatives. There was a dark blotch on the page and it was difficult to make out the name. So, I went to the 1900 Census Index at FamilySerachLabs and was very surprised to see that the same image on this page was crystal clear – no blotch. Why – I asked? Answer – FamilySerachLabs made the extra effort to create all new digital images of the census pages. The 1870 census is available in two formats: Indexed and Searchable – search every name in the census for these States:
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Dakota Territory, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah. Browsable – lets you look at the digital images of each page in the census for All States except Kentucky, Vermont and Virginia. FamilySearchLabs will be putting the rest of these census images & indexes online shortly.