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. .
I was alerted to John Fuller’s passing by DearMYRTLE. Others in the genealogy community have sent me items to include in writing about him. His complete obituary will be posted later this weekend. John Fuller was well known in the genealogy community for his landmark website – Genealogy Resources on the Internet – that made it easy to find “Genealogy Mailing Lists” and other resources online. He started that site back in 1995. That seems so long ago now.
A viewing and visitation will be held this coming Tuesday, June 23 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Murphy Funeral Home; 4510 Wilson Blvd.; Arlington, VA
Per his sister Cynthia, “John would not want flowers” – she suggested memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society.
(Photo supplied by the family – John was a career Navy Officer in the Submarine Service)
The sinking of the Bismarck is a powerful story. The US was not in the war yet – but the headlines of the war in Europe and Asia had gripped the country for years. Pearl Harbor would not be attacked for another 7 months.
Columbia University Libraries has placed a new digital library of 97 issues of the Tibet Mirror (Tib. Yul phyogs so so’i gsar ‘gyur me long) online for scholars to consult and study. Click here to see this collection.
(Image: Yul phyogs so soʾi gsar ʾgyur me long (Kālimpong : G. Tharchin, 1925-<1963>) The digitized newspapers date from 1933 to 1961, and offer a total of 844 scanned pages drawn from the rich collections of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library.
This Tibetan-language newspaper was published from 1925 to 1963 in Kalimpong, India, and chronicles the most dramatic social and political transformation to have occurred in Tibet during a time when vernacular writing was relatively scarce, and a Tibetan media otherwise non-existent. Columbia’s holdings represent about 30% of the paper’s full run.
“The recent digitization of large portions of the Tibet Mirror is a welcome and significant advancement in the study of modern Tibet,” said Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Assistant Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia University. “This Tibetan language resource was a key source of news of the world to Tibetans in the middle of the 20th century. As such, it demonstrates that at least some Tibetans were well aware of international developments, from the spread of Communism from Russia to China to the price of wool in Indian markets.”
“To date, no serious study of the contents of this important resource has been published. Having used the existing collections in the past, I am very excited to see how easy it is to navigate around, read and download from this online resource. The contributors Paul Hackett and Tina Harris, Columbia’s Tibetan Studies librarian Lauran Hartley, and all the Columbia staff who made this beautiful site a reality have made an immense contribution to modern Tibetan Studies worldwide,” continued Tuttle.
The digitized newspaper is a cornerstone of the Starr Library’s “Tharchin Collection,” which features the papers of Gegen Dorje Tharchin (1889-1976), a Tibetan Christian convert and the renowned editor of the Tibet Mirror. The Tharchin Collection, which is being readied for public access this year, was acquired with support from the Columbia University Libraries’ Primary Resources Acquisitions Program. In addition to final and draft publications (in both modern and traditional formats), the Collection also includes correspondence; accounts from 1918-1924, and later years; receipts and financial statements; an imprint of a seal designed for the “Future Democratic Tibet Government;” Tibetan hymnals and bibles; scattered photographic prints; advertising solicitations; a list of cotton licenses; and a “Certificate for Traders, Muleteers and Porters.”
The newspapers were a recent gift to C.V. Starr East Asian Library from Dr. Paul G. Hackett, who donated 75 issues, and CUNY graduate student Tina Harris, who donated 22 issues of the paper. The digitized library was created as joint project of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, the Preservation and Digital Conversion Division, and the Libraries Digital Program Division. For more information about the project, contact Hartley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States, with over 820,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials, as well as some holdings in Mongol and Manchu, and over 6,500 periodical titles. The collection, established in 1902, is particularly strong in Chinese history, literature, and social sciences; Japanese literature, history, and religion, particularly Buddhism; and Korean history. The Library’s website is located at: www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/eastasian/.
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources. This collection is not on GenealogyBank.
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
Yesterday the GenealogyBank Blog wrote about the US Navy Register going online. It has been very popular. Today I received this note from a genealogist about what she found:
Tom: I just spent a couple of hours pulling up and printing out [pages from the US Navy Register] from 1922 to 1947 for my father-in-law. What a treat, my husband will be thrilled. Only missing one year, 1945, but that may be an OCR problem. I’ll work on it later.
Then, just for chuckles, I pulled up my husband’s first ten years — but the server’s timing out on me. Hmm. Guess this is really popular right now!
An Irish student’s fake quote on Wikipedia has been used in newspaper obituaries aroundthe world. Like putting a note in a bottle, Shane Fitzgerald, 22, a student studying sociology and economics at University College, Dublin wanted to see how far his fake quote would spread – on the Internet.
According to the Australian (7 May 2009) Fitzgerald created a plausible but fabricated quote, attributing it to Maurice Jarre (1924-2009). The false quote read: “One could say my life itself has been one long soundtrack. Music was my life, music brought me to life, and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life. When I die there will be a final waltz playing in my head, that only I canhear.” Fitzgerald posted the fake quote on Maurice Jarre’s Wikipedia page soon after the musician had died. It was then picked up in obituaries that appeared in newspapers, blogs and websites around the world.
“On Tuesday, staff packaged 115 boxes of damp items, including books, periodicals, church records, and video tape, for shipment to a company in Michigan that freeze-dries archival and museum materials to remove moisture. Out of the 12,000 cubic feet of material the society stores, only about 130 cubic feet of books and other items got wet and required repair, Harwell explained.”
The Disciples of Christ Historical Society Library contains “37,000 books, 35,000 biographical files, 25,000 congregational records, and 2,000 audio-visual items.”
GenealogyBank adds more newspapers and obituaries daily – expanding its coverage in response to the requests of genealogists. In the months ahead GenealogyBank will be expanding it’s coverage of 9 newspapers from 9 states. If you have specific newspapers or towns that you would like to see us add or expand our coverage – then write me at: email@example.com and tell us what historical newspapers you would like to see.
“Family Historian” Susan Boyle wows them on UK “Idol” TV Show!
Susan Boyle is the woman with a dream that lives in Blackburn, in West Lothian near Edinburgh – a short distance from East Lothian, Scotland where my Kemp family hails from. Now 47, she lives at home with her cat Pebbles. All her life, since she was twelve, she has had the dream of being a professional singer as successful as Elaine Paige and signing, performing before a large audience. Saturday night in Glasgow she got her chance on UK’s version of the American Idol TV show - Britains Got Talent. Her performance was stunning, overwhelming and deeply emotional.
A triumph for her and for us. She sings of the dreams, the dreams in all of us – and no doubt the dreams of our ancestors, both realized and unfulfilled. Her moving presentation has been viewed live by millions and by well over 10 million more people in just the last few days via the Internet. She captivated her audience with this haunting anthem of dreams, seemingly almost lost and for her now realized at this time in her life.