Using the Congressional Serial Set for Genealogical Research

Using the Congressional Serial Set for Genealogical Research
By Jeffery Hartley


(This article appeared in the Spring 2009 issue of Prologue. It has been excerpted and reprinted here with the permission of the author.

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Genealogists use whatever sources are available to them in pursuit of their family history: diaries, family Bibles, census records, passenger arrival records, and other federal records. One set of materials that is often overlooked, however, is the Congressional Serial Set.

This large multivolume resource contains various congressional reports and documents from the beginning of the federal government, and its coverage is wide and varied. Women, African Americans, Native Americans, students, soldiers and sailors, pensioners, landowners, and inventors are all represented in some fashion. While a beginning genealogist would not use the Serial Set to begin a family history, it nevertheless can serve as a valuable tool and resource for someone helping to flesh out an ancestors life, especially where it coincided with the interests of the U.S. federal government.

Since its inception, the U.S. government has gathered information, held hearings, compiled reports, and published those findings in literally millions of pages, the majority of which have been published by the Government Printing Office (GPO).

These publications include annual reports of the various executive branch agencies, congressional hearings and documents, registers of employees, and telephone directories. Their topics cover a wide range, from the Ku Klux Klan to child labor practices to immigration to western exploration.

In 1817, the Serial Set was begun with the intent of being the official, collective, definitive publication documenting the activities of the federal government. Following the destruction of the Capitol in 1814 by the British, Congress became interested in publishing their records to make them more accessible and less vulnerable to loss.

In the early Federal period, printing of congressional documents had been haphazard, and the Serial Set was an effort designed to rectify that situation. Although initially there were no regulations concerning what should be included, several laws and regulations were promulgated over the years. The contents, therefore, vary depending on the year in question.

In 1831, 14 years after the Serial Set was begun, the printers Gales & Seaton proposed that a compilation of the documents from the first Congresses be printed. The secretary of the Senate and the clerk of the House were to direct the selection of those documents, 6,278 of which were published in 38 volumes between 1832 and 1861. This collection was known as the American State Papers.

Because it was a retrospective effort, these 38 volumes were arranged chronologically within 10 subject areas: Foreign Relations, Indian Affairs, Finance, Commerce & Navigation, Military Affairs, Naval Affairs, Post Office, Public Lands, Claims, and Miscellaneous.

Although not technically a part of the Serial Set, the volumes were certainly related, and therefore the volumes were designated with a leading zero so that these volumes would be shelved properly, i.e. before the volumes of the Serial Set. (1)

The Congressional Serial Set itself includes six distinct series: House and Senate journals (until 1953), House and Senate reports, House and Senate documents, Senate treaty documents, Senate executive reports, and miscellaneous reports. The journals provide information about the daily activities of each chamber. The House and Senate reports relate to public and private legislation under consideration during each session.

Documents generally relate to other investigations or subjects that have come to the attention of Congress. Nominations for office and military promotion appear in the Senate Executive Reports. Miscellaneous reports are just that­widely varied in subject matter and content. With the possible exception of the treaty documents, any of these can have some relevance for genealogists.

The documents and reports in the Serial Set are numbered sequentially within each Congress, no matter what their subject or origin. The documents were then collected into volumes, which were then given a sequential number within the Serial Set. The set currently stands at over 15,000 volumes, accounting for more than 325,000 individual documents and 11 million pages.

The Serial Set amounts to an incredible amount of documentation for the 19th century. Agency annual reports, reports on surveys and military expeditions, statistics and other investigations all appear and thoroughly document the activities of the federal government.

In 1907, however, the Public Printing and Binding Act provided guidelines for what should be included, resulting in many of these types of reports no longer being included as they were also issued separately by the individual agencies. The number of copies was also trimmed. With that stroke, the value of the Serial Set was lessened, but it nevertheless stands as a valuable genealogical resource for the 19th century.

So what is available for genealogists? The following examples are just some of the types of reports and information that are available.

Land Records
The Serial Set contains much information concerning land claims. These claims relate to bounty for service to the government as well as to contested lands once under the jurisdiction of another nation.

In House Report 78 (21-2), there is a report entitled “Archibald Jackson.” This report, from the House Committee on Private Land Claims, in 1831, relates to Jackson’s claim for the land due to James Gammons. Gammons, a soldier in the 11th U.S. Infantry, died on February 19, 1813, “in service of the United States.” The act under which he enlisted provided for an extra three month’s pay and 160 acres of land to those who died while in service to the United States. However, Gammons was a slave, owned by Archibald Jackson, who apparently never overtly consented to the enlistment but allowed it to continue. That Gammons was eligible for the extra pay and bounty land was not in dispute, but the recipient of that bounty was. Jackson had already collected the back pay in 1823 and was petitioning for the land as well. The report provides a decision in favor of Jackson, as he was the legal representative of Gammons, and as such entitled to all of his property. (2)

Land as bounty was one issue, and another was claims for newly annexed land as the country spread west. In 1838, the House of Representatives published a report related to Senate Bill 89 concerning the lands acquired through the treaty with Spain in 1819 that ceded East and West Florida to the United States. Claims to land between the Mississippi and the Perdido Rivers, however, were not a part of that treaty and had been unresolved since the Louisiana Purchase, which had taken the Perdido River as one of its limits. The report provides a background on the claims as well as lists of the claimants, the names of original claimants, the date and nature of the claim, and the amount of the land involved. (3)

Other land claims are represented as well. In 1820, the Senate ordered a report to be printed from the General Land Office containing reports of the land commissioners at Jackson Court House. These lands are located in Louisiana and include information that would help a genealogist locate their ancestor in this area. Included in this report is a table entitled “A List of Actual Settlers, in the District East of Pearl River, in Louisiana, prior to the 3d March, 1819, who have no claims derived from either the French, British, or Spanish, Governments.” The information is varied, but a typical entry reads: No. 14, present claimant George B. Dameson, original claimant Mde. Neait Pacquet, originally settled 1779, located above White’s Point, Pascag. River, for about 6 years. (4)

Annual Reports
Among the reports in the Serial Set for the 19th century are the annual reports to Congress from the various executive branch agencies. Congress had funded the activities of these organizations and required that each provide a report concerning their annual activities. Many of these are printed in the Serial Set, often twice: the same content with both a House and a Senate document number. Annual reports in the 19th century were very different from the public relations pieces that they tend to be today.

Besides providing information about the organization and its activities, many included research reports and other (almost academic) papers. In the annual reports of the Bureau of Ethnology, for instance, one can find dictionaries of Native American languages, reports on artifacts, and in one case, even a genealogy for the descendants of a chief. (5)

These reports can often serendipitously include information of interest to the family historian. For instance, the annual report of the solicitor of the Treasury would not necessarily be a place to expect to find family information. The 1844 report, however, does have some information that could be useful. For instance, pages 36 and 37 of this report contains a “tabular list of suits now pending in the courts of the United States, in which the government is a part and interested.”

Many on the opposite side of the case were individuals. An example is the case of Roswell Lee, late a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, against whom there has been a judgment for over $5,000 in 1838. Lee was sued in a court in Massachusetts and in 1844 still owed over $4,000. In a letter dated May 5, 1840, the district attorney informed the office (6)
that Mr. Lee is not now a resident of the district of Massachusetts, and that whether he ever returns is quite uncertain; that nothing, however, will be lost by his absence, as the United States have now a judgment against him, which probably will forever remain unsatisfied.

Another set of annual reports that appear in the Serial Set are those for the Patent Office. The annual reports of the commissioner of patents often include an index to the patents that were granted that year, arranged by subject and containing the names of the invention and the patentee and the patent number. The report included a further description of the patent, and often a diagram of it as well. Each year’s report also included an index by patentee.

Unfortunately, the numbers of patents granted in later years, as well as their complexity, led to more limited information being included in later reports. The 1910 report, for instance, simply contains an alphabetical list of inventions, with the entries listing the patentee, number, date, and where additional information can be found in the Official Patent Office Gazette. (7)

The Civil War gave rise to a number of medical enhancements and innovations in battlefield medicine, and the annual report for 1865, published in 1867, contains a reminder of that in the patent awarded to G. B. Jewett, of Salem, Massachusetts, for “Legs, artificial.” Patent 51,593 was granted December 19, 1865, and the description of the patent on page 990 provides information on the several improvements that Jewett had developed. The patent diagram on page 760 illustrated the text. (8)

This annual report relates to a report from May 1866, also published in the Serial Set that same session of Congress, entitled “Artificial Limbs Furnished to Soldiers.” This report, dated May 1866, came from the secretary of war in response to a congressional inquiry concerning artificial limbs furnished to soldiers at the government’s expense. Within its 128 pages are a short list of the manufacturers of these limbs, including several owned by members of the Jewett family in Salem, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well as an alphabetical list of soldiers, detailing their rank, regiment and state, residence, limb, cost, date, and manufacturer. Constantine Elsner, a private in B Company of the 20th Massachusetts living in Boston, received a leg made by G. B. Jewett at a cost of $75 on April 8, 1865. 9 This may have been an older version of the one that Jewett would have patented later in the year, or it may have been an early model of that one. Either way, a researcher would have some idea not only of what Elsner’s military career was like, but also some sense of what elements of life for him would be like after the war.

Congress also was interested in the activities of organizations that were granted congressional charters. Many of the charters included the requirement that an annual report be supplied to Congress, and these were then ordered to be printed in the Serial Set.

One such organization is the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). As one would expect, the DAR annual reports contain a great deal of genealogical and family history information. The 18th annual report is no exception. Among other things, it includes, in appendix A, a list of the graves of almost 3,000 Revolutionary War soldiers. The list includes not just a name and location, but other narrative information as well:
Abston, John. Born Jan. 2, 1757; died 1856. Son of Joshua Abston, captain of Virginia militia; served two years in War of the American Revolution. Enlisted from Pittsylvania County, Va.; was in Capt. John Ellis’ company under Col. Washington. The evening before the battle of Kings Mountain, Col. Washington, who was in command of the starving Americans at this point, sent soldiers out to forage for food. At a late hour a steer was driven into camp, killed, and made into a stew. The almost famished soldiers ate the stew, without bread, and slept the sleep of the just. Much strengthened by their repast and rest, the next morning they made the gallant charge that won the battle of Kings Mountain, one of the decisive battles of the American Revolution. Washington found one of the steer’s horns and gave it to Abston, a personal friend, who carried it as a powder horn the rest of the war. (10)

Another organization whose annual reports appear is the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, which later became Gallaudet University. These reports, found in the annual reports of the secretary of the interior, contain much of what one would expect: lists of faculty and students, enrollment statistics, and other narrative. While that information can help to provide information about one’s ancestor’s time there, there are other parts of the narrative that include information one would not expect to find.

For instance, the 10th annual report for 1867 has a section entitled “The Health of the Institution.” It concerns not the fiscal viability of the institution but rather the occurrences of illness and other calamities. One student from Maryland, John A. Unglebower, was seized with gastric fever and died: “He was a boy of exemplary character, whose early death is mourned by all who knew him.” Two other students drowned that year, and the circumstances of their deaths recounted, with the hope that “they were not unprepared to meet the sudden and unexpected summons.” (11) Both the faculty and the student body contributed their memorials to these two students in the report.

Other organizations represented in the Serial Set are the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, Veterans of World War I of the United States, proceedings of the National Encampment, United Spanish War Veterans, the American Historical Association, and the National Convention of Disabled American Veterans.

Lists of Pensioners
The history of pensions provided by the federal government is beyond the scope of this article. However, the Serial Set is a source of information about who was on the rolls at various times. For instance, an 1818 letter from the secretary of war was published containing a list of the persons who had been added to the pension list since May 28, 1813. The list provides information on the likes of Susanna Coyle, certificate of pension no. 9, heiress of deceased soldier William Coyle, alias Coil, a private who received pay of four dollars per month. (12)

Sundry lists of pensions appeared in 1850, related to the regulation of Navy, privateer, and Navy hospital funds. The report included four lists: those placed in the invalid list who were injured while in the line of duty; those drawing pensions from wounds received while serving on private armed vessels; widows drawing pensions from their husbands who were engineers, firemen, and coal-heavers; and orphan children of officers, seamen, and marines pensioned under the act of August 11, 1848. (13)

One of the most widely consulted lists is that for 1883, “List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883” (Senate Executive Document 84 [47-2]). This five-volume title, arranged by state and then county of residence, provides a list of each pensioner’s name, his post office, the monthly amount received, the date of the original allowance, the reason for the pension, and the certificate number.

An example is the case of Eli G. Biddle, who served in the 54th Massachusetts. Biddle can be found on page 439 of volume 5 of the “List,” and a researcher can learn several things without even having seen his pension file: his middle name is George, he was living in Boston in 1883, and he was receiving four dollars each month after having suffered a gunshot wound in the right shoulder. His pension certificate number is also provided 99,053­ and with that one could easily order the appropriate records from the National Archives.

Registers
The Serial Set serves as a source of military registers and other lists of government personnel as well. Both Army and Navy registers appear after 1896. The Army registers for 1848–1860 and the Navy registers for 1848–1863 are transcripts of the lists that appeared the preceding January and include pay and allowances, with corrections to that earlier edition for deaths and resignations.

The Official Register, or “Blue Book,” a biannual register of the employees of the federal government, appears for 10 years, from 1883 to 1893. If one’s ancestors were employees at this time, their current location and position, place from which they were appointed, date of appointment, and annual compensation can be gleaned from this source.

The Serial Set often provides unexpected finds, and the area of registers is no exception. There is a great deal of material on the Civil War, from the 130 volumes of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion to other investigations and the aforementioned registers and lists of pensions. There are not, however, large amounts of compiled unit histories.

One exception, however, is the report from the adjutant general of Arkansas. Shortly after the Civil War, the adjutant general offices of the various Union states prepared reports detailing the activities of the men from their states. The same was done in Arkansas, but the state legislature there, “under disloyal control,” declined to publish the report. Senator Henry Wilson of Massachusetts, chairman of the Senate Committee on Military Affairs, brought it to the committee in 1867, and it was ordered to be printed in the Serial Set so that the loyal activities of these 10,000 men would be recognized. (14) The report includes brief histories of each unit as well as a roster of the unit and rank, enlistment date, and other notes on each soldier.

Accessing Information in the Serial Set
The indexing for the Serial Set has long been troublesome to researchers. Various attempts have been made to provide subject access, with varying degrees of success. Many of the indexes in the volumes themselves are primarily title indexes to the reports from that Congress and session. The Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789–1909, does provide information about what reports listed therein do appear in the Serial Set, but the researcher has to know the name of the issuing agency in order to access that information. The Document Index provides some subject indexing by Congress, and other efforts such as those by John Ames and Benjamin Poore can also be used, but none index the tables and contents of many of the reports that have been discussed in this article. (15)

The best comprehensive print index is the Congressional Information Service’s (CIS) U.S. Serial Set Index, produced in conjunction with their microfilming of the volumes through 1969 beginning in the mid-1970s. In this index, a two-volume subject index covers groups of Congresses, with a third volume providing an index to individual names for relief actions, as well as a complete numerical list in each report/document category. The index, however, does not index the contents of the documents. For instance, although the title given for the Archibald Jackson land claim includes James Gammons’s name, the latter does not appear in the index to private relief actions. In addition, users must often be creative in the terms applied in order to be sure that they have exhausted all possibilities. In the mid-1990s CIS released these indexes on CD-ROM, which makes them somewhat easier to use, although the contents are essentially the same.

The indexing problems have been rectified by the digitization of the Serial Set. At least two private companies, LexisNexis and Readex, have digitized it and made it full-text searchable.

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This article can only hint at some of the genealogical possibilities that can be found in the Congressional Serial Set. It has not touched on the land survey, railroad, western exploration, or lighthouse keeper’s reports or many of the private relief petitions and claims. Nonetheless, the reports and documents in the Serial Set provide a tremendous and varied amount of information for researchers interested in family history.

Author
Jeffery Hartley is chief librarian for the Archives Library Information Center (ALIC). A graduate of Dickinson College and the University of Maryland’s College of Library and Information Services, he joined the National Archives and Records Administration in 1990.

Notes
1 For a more complete description of the American State Papers, and their genealogical relevance, see Chris Naylor, “Those Elusive Early Americans: Public Lands and Claims in the American State Papers, 1789–1837,” Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives and Records Administration 37 (Summer 2005): 54–61.
2 H. Rept. 78 (21-2), 1831, “Archibald Jackson” (Serial 210).
3 H. Rept. 818 (25-2), 1838, “Land Claims between Perdido and Mississippi” Serial 335.
4 S. Doc. 3 (16-2), 1820, “Reports of the Land Commissioners at Jackson Court House” (Serial 42).
5 H. Misc. Doc. 32 (48-2), 1882, “3rd Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology” (Serial 2317).
6 H. Doc. 35 (28-1), 1844, “Annual Report of Solicitor of the Treasury” (Serial 441), p. 37. 7 H. Doc. 1348 (61-3), 1911, “Annual Report of the Commissioner of Patents for the Year 1910″ (Serial 6020).
8 H. Exec. Doc. 62 (39-1), 1867, “Annual Report of the Commissioner of Patents for the Year 1865″ (Serial 1257-1259).
9 H. Exec. Doc. 108 (39-1), 1866, “Artificial Limbs Furnished to Soldiers” (Serial 1263).
10 S. Doc. 392 (64-1), 1916, “Eighteenth Report of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, October 11, 1914, to October 11, 1915″ (Serial 6924), p.155. 11 H. Exec. Doc. 1 (40-2), “Tenth Annual Report of the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb” (Serial 1326), pp. 429–430.
12 H. Doc. 35 (15-1), 1818 (Serial 6), p. 17.
13 See H. Ex. Doc. 10 (31-2), 1850, “Sundry Lists of Pensioners” (Serial 597).
14 See S. Misc. Doc 53 (39-2), 1867, “Report of the Adjutant General for the State of Arkansas, for the Period of the Late Rebellion, and to November 1, 1866″ (Serial 1278).
15 A good discussion of how some of these indexes work can be found in Mary Lardgaard, “Beginner’s Guide to Indexes to the Nineteenth Century U.S. Serial Set,” Government Publications Review 2 (1975): 303–311.

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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.

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Name of Pensioner
Pension Certificate Number
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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.

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Obituary Reveals Identity of Homesick Boy from Orphanage – 65 years later

Genealogists want to find and document every member of a family. They don’t want even one child to be forgotten.

Thanks to genealogist Ed Hutchison of Mississippi a 78 year old Syracuse, NY man’s true identity has been uncovered.

Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY) – April 5, 2009
Case, Dick. Death Uncovers Hidden Identity
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We called him Louie.
He told us his name was Louis Ludbeck.
Mostly, his life seemed to be a blank slate.


It wasn’t until he died March 5, that the mystery that was Louie began to unravel.
Louie died in peace at Francis House. He was 78. A stroke took him.

We know now that Louie was born Gene Rollin Poffahl, Jan.17, 1931. He came into a family of farmers in Albany County. Likely he had five siblings.

We know this because the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office came into the picture after Louie died. He went to Francis House, a hospice run by the Franciscan Order of Nuns, with no past: no government health insurance, no Social Security number, no record of medical treatment or military service. Just a limp, old man ready to die.

The nuns gathered Louie into their embrace, just the way Ann O’Connor and Peter King had, more than 30 years ago. He passed restfully, among friends.

Ann and Peter are two of the founders of Unity Kitchen of the Catholic Worker of Syracuse. They run an elegant soup kitchen, offering full-course, fully served meals twice a week, as well as brunch on Sundays after Mass. The kitchen gets by on alms and the good will of a small, devoted troop of volunteers, who support Ann and Peter with donations and the good will of their help, in-person sometimes twice a week.

They live in a house on Palmer Avenue, devoted to the Catholic Worker community. Years ago, Ann and Peter set their lives aside to serve the city’s poor in a very special way. My wife, Sandy, and I have been volunteers at the kitchen several years.

Louie drifted into Unity Kitchen maybe 30 years ago. No one paid attention to the exact date. Some say it was 1978. He was part of a continuous wave of needy folks who washed across the struggling agency every week. Back then, the kitchen was a literal soup kitchen, and a flophouse, holed up in two floors of an old sash factory tucked next to the DL&W railroad tracks about where Adams and South Clinton streets meet.

Louie settled in; he seemed to have found a home among the homeless. He said little, as became his way of life. Ann and Peter accepted his silence, knowing from experience that it’s not a good idea to poke at the psyche of a homeless person. If he wanted to share a story, he would. Louie didn’t. It was as if his life began when he arrived in Syracuse. The only clue he carried was a piece of paper marked Orwell,” where the affiliated Unity Acres shelter is located.

Peter recalls that Louie settled into a helping routine, taking on small jobs that seemed to give meaning to his life. He’d often stand fire watch in the building. When others refused to do anything but soak up the founders’ charity, Louie joined up, fit in.

“He seemed to have found his place,” Peter explains.

When Ann and Peter closed the old kitchen, and moved to new quarters in Syracuse’s only co-op apartment building on West Onondaga Street, Louie went with them. He was invited to join them in their home, moving into an upstairs bedroom in the house that’s not far from Unity Kitchen.

One time, Ann and Peter tried to bring Louie into the social welfare system. He told the social worker a fantastic story about owning a house at Split Rock and a car. No, he’s not eligible for help, they were told. You’ll have to apply to be his guardian.

Leave him alone, let it be, the couple was advised. Louie is Louie. He doesn’t want to reveal himself; maybe he can’t.

Louie kept to his routine at Unity Kitchen. He worked at menial things — taking out the garbage, dusting and mopping the floor, arranging chairs — and joining the other guests for meals. Louie asked for little and earned the love and respect of the community.

Like others of our readers, Ed Hutchison, a former county legislator who now lives in Mississippi, was intrigued by Louie’s obituary, which was published in The Post-Standard and the Albany Times Union. By then, the FBI fingerprint check had given him a new name and birth date. It also revealed he had been in the Army for seven years, discharged in 1957. Ed’s a genealogist and loves a mystery. He ran an Internet search.

The search revealed a number of folks with the last name of Poffahl, which is of German origin, in the Albany area. Ed also found a newspaper story with an Albany dateline from 1944: “A homesick boy, injured in trying to escape from the Humane Society for Children, fought for his life today. Gene Poffahl, 13, suffered critical back and neck injuries last week, when police said, he lost his grip on an improvised rope strung from a third-story window and fell to the porch steps of the shelter ….”

Gene Poffahl seems to be Louie Ludbeck. His age fits the FBI record. The accident also would explain Louie’s twisted body. “He was a pretty strong little guy,” according to Peter King, “but his motor facilities were compromised. He walked as if he was drunk.”

The mystery of Louie’s life continues to be peeled back. Peter’s been contacted by people who live in the Albany area who may be relatives. He’s being told his parents surrendered Louie and his brothers and sisters to an orphan home run by nuns in Troy; they couldn’t afford to raise the children. The Poffahls were vegetable farmers, supposedly.

His funeral service was held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Father John Schopfer, shepherd of Syracuse’s needy, presided. He was carried to his grave in St. Mary’s Cemetery by his friends from Unity Kitchen.

Louie obviously was a troubled man, hiding his history or leaving it where it fell. Peter says he sometimes overheard him “arguing with himself” in a loud voice in his room. He didn’t intrude.

I’m not sure we know how hard we should push our inquiry, either.

Dick Case writes Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Reach him at dcase@syracuse.com or 470-2254.
Edition: Final

Page: B1
Copyright, 2009, The Herald Company

GenealogyBank – adds 170 newspapers from 31 States – 1830 to today

In the last few weeks GenealogyBank has added a staggering 7.2 million records and documents! In all of 2008 we added 39 million records and documents

GenealogyBank hits new high: 253 million records and documents – If each document was a person – that would be more than the population of the UK, Ireland, Germany, France and Canada combined!

Specifically in the last few weeks GenealogyBank added:
170 newspapers from 31 states
Content from 1830 to the present

Here is a list of the titles added:

Alaska
Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 3 issues. 7/16/1910 to 10/10/1910

Alabama
Jasper. *Daily Mountain Eagle. 1/22/1998 to Current

Arkansas
Benton. *Benton Courier. 5/8/2008 to Current
Carlisle. *Carlisle Independent. 6/6/2008 to Current
Jonesboro. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 120 issues. 10/3/1905 to 11/9/1921
Little Rock. Arkansas Gazette. 17 issues. 8/23/1842 to 10/11/1899
Malvern. *Malvern Daily Record. 1/1/2008 to Current

Arizona
Nogales. *Monitor. 1 issue. 9/5/1890
Tucson. Amigos. 1 issue. 2/9/1977
Tucson. Tucsonense. 159 issues. 1/2/1923 to 12/29/1923

California
Colton. Chicano. 34 issues. 3/14/1974 to 6/16/1977
Los Angeles. *Aguacero. 2 issues. 3/24/1878 to 3/31/1878
Los Angeles. Clamor Publico. 6 issues. 10/9/1855 to 4/25/1857
Los Angeles. *Con Safos. 2 issues. 3/21/1969 to 6/1/1970
Los Angeles. *Correo Mejicano. 1 issue. 10/18/1917
Los Angeles. *Cronica. 1 issue. 9/12/1874
Los Angeles. *Democrata. 6 issues. 10/14/1882 to 11/4/1882
Los Angeles. Dos Republicas. 3 issues. 10/28/1892 to 2/1/1893
Los Angeles. *Eco de la Patria. 2 issues. 2/14/1878 to 2/21/1878
Los Angeles. *Fe en la Democracia. 2 issues. 10/29/1884 to 11/3/1884
Los Angeles. Heraldo de Mexico. 145 issues. 5/20/1919 to 11/29/1928
Los Angeles. *Joven. 2 issues. 9/18/1877 to 4/12/1878
Los Angeles. *Malcriado. 1 issue. 4/17/1927
Los Angeles. *Mesazero. 1 issue. 12/21/1954
Los Angeles. *Monitor Mejicano. 10 issues. 10/26/1895 to 10/29/1898
Los Angeles. Prensa. 68 issues. 7/26/1919 to 12/22/1921
Los Angeles. *Regeneracion. 250 issues. 9/5/1910 to 10/6/1917
Los Angeles. *Union. 3 issues. 11/21/1896 to 5/15/1897
San Francisco. *Centro America. 20 issues. 2/20/1921 to 8/25/1921
San Francisco. *Hispano America. 48 issues. 1/3/1931 to 12/5/1931
San Francisco. *Imparcial. 5 issues. 11/20/1931 to 2/1/1935
San Francisco. *Jalamate. 10 issues. 1/30/1972 to 6/9/1972
San Francisco. Mefistofeles. 1 issue. 3/23/1918
San Francisco. *Seminario Imparcial. 12 issues. 8/20/1938 to 11/12/1938
San Francisco. Voz del Nuevo Mundo. 97 issues. 3/27/1865 to 9/23/1884

Colorado
Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 3 issues. 9/29/1903 to 9/16/1922
San Luis. Adobe. 1 issue. 8/31/1975

Connecticut
New London. New London Democrat. 1 issue. 5/17/1851
Norwich. Norwich Morning Bulletin. 2 issues. 12/3/1875 to 8/13/1887
Shelton. *Fairfield Sun. 9/18/2008 to Current

Florida
Tampa. Diario de Tampa. 13 issues. 8/21/1908 to 7/10/1911
Tampa. Internacional. 16 issues. 6/30/1939 to 8/7/1942
Tampa. Revista de Cuba Libre. 1 issue. 8/27/1898
Tampa. *Traduccion Prensa. 14 issues. 4/9/1941 to 9/4/1956
Tampa. *West Tampa Leader. 1 issue. 12/8/1940
Tampa. *Ybor City Sunday News. 1 issue. 11/18/1951

Hawaii
Kailua. *West Hawaii Today. 8/31/2008 to Current

Idaho
Idaho City. Idaho Register. 3 issues. 11/17/1905 to 4/23/1915
Twin Falls. Twin Falls News. 2 issues. 4/30/1919 to 6/18/1919

Illinois
Centralia. Centralia Sentinel. 7 issues. 1/12/1865 to 6/15/1865
Chicago. Latin Times. 2 issues. 9/24/1960 to 4/6/1962
Chicago. Noticia Mundial. 2 issues. 10/9/1927 to 10/23/1927
Chicago. Vida Latina. 1 issue. 2/21/1958

Kansas
Abilene. *Abilene Reflector-Chronicle. 12/17/1999 to Current
Dodge City. *Dodge City Daily Globe. 8/9/2005 to Current

Kentucky
Corbin. *Times-Tribune. 6/17/2008 to Current

Louisiana
New Orleans. Abeja. 166 issues. 5/24/1830 to 4/25/1831
New Orleans. Times Picayune. 3,086 issues. 1/11/1861 to 10/22/1900
New Orleans. Times Picayune. 2,856 issues. 1/26/1901 to 12/30/1922

Massachusetts
Boston. Boston Journal. 2,176 issues. 7/6/1866 to 8/31/1897
Boston. *Liberator. 72 issues. 9/6/1896 to 4/15/1906
Brockton. *Enterprise. 10/9/2008 to Current
Dedham. Norfolk Democrat. 2 issues. 12/27/1850 to 12/2/1853
Stoughton. Stoughton Sentinel. 79 issues. 7/30/1864 to 11/11/1876

Maryland
Baltimore. Baltimore American. 4 issues. 7/23/1905 to 7/13/1910

Michigan
Grand Rapids. *Grand Rapids Press. 3,138 issues. 7/1/1901 to 12/30/1922
Jackson. *Jackson Citizen Patriot. 137 issues. 8/15/1849 to 12/2/1858

Missouri
Kansas City. Cosmopolita. 1 issue. 1/30/1915
Kansas City. Kansas City Times. 99 issues. 5/13/1884 to 9/20/1894

Mississippi
Vicksburg. Daily Commercial. 1 issues. 7/16/1878

Montana
Helena. Western Clarion. 1 issue. 9/30/1865

Nebraska
Nebraska City. Daily Nebraska Press. 1 issue. 3/25/1876

New Jersey
Trenton. *Trenton Evening Times. 880 issues. 5/7/1883 to 12/30/1922
Trenton. *Trenton Sunday Times-Advertiser. 497 issues. 6/1/1902 to 6/23/1918

New Mexico
Albuquerque. Indito. 1 issue. 4/4/1901
Albuquerque. Nuevo Mundo. 5 issues. 12/25/1897 to 7/28/1900
Bernalillo. *Agricultor Moderno. 1 issue. 3/23/1916
Bernalillo. *Espejo. 1 issue. 3/8/1879
Bernalillo. *Voz del Valle. 53 issues. 10/12/1899 to 1/31/1901
Deming. *Deming Headlight. 5 issues. 1/24/1891 to 2/18/1899
Deming. *Deming Tribune. 1 issue. 12/25/1884
Deming. *Democracia. 1 issue. 1/14/1906
Elizabethtown. *Mining Bulletin. 17 issues. 1/4/1900 to 8/11/1900
Estancia. *Estancia News. 4 issues. 9/1/1905 to 7/5/1907
Las Cruces. *Borderer. 1 issue. 8/16/1873
Las Cruces. Dona Ana County Republican. 2 issues. 1/19/1901 to 3/30/1901
Las Cruces. Labrador. 2 issues. 1/25/1901 to 3/10/1905
Las Vegas. *Boletin de Anuncios. 1 issue. 1/19/1878
Las Vegas. *Cachiporra. 1 issue. 10/19/1888
Las Vegas. *Campaign Bulletin. 2 issues. 8/25/1880 to 8/27/1880
Las Vegas. *Hispano Americano. 6 issues. 4/21/1892 to 10/15/1892
Las Vegas. *Las Vegas Daily Optic. 11 issues. 3/1/1890 to 7/8/1893
Las Vegas. *Las Vegas Weekly Optic. 2 issues. 10/23/1880 to 10/30/1880
Las Vegas. Revista Catolica. 54 issues. 4/1/1888 to 2/10/1895
Las Vegas. *Sol de Mayo. 8 issues. 5/1/1891 to 7/24/1891
Las Vegas. *Voz del Pueblo. 4 issues. 9/21/1895 to 12/13/1904
Maldonado. *Estrella. 1 issue. 1/30/1897
Mesilla. Mesilla News. 1 issue. 12/18/1880
Mora. *Cronica de Mora. 2 issues. 6/13/1889 to 11/2/1889
Mora. *Mora Echo. 2 issues. 9/16/1890

Mora. *Mosquito. 15 issues. 12/3/1891 to 6/30/1892
Raton. *Relampago. 11 issues. 5/21/1904 to 8/6/1904
Rincon. *Rincon Weekly. 11 issues. 8/29/1895 to 5/11/1897
Rincon. *Roswell Record. 1 issue. 7/14/1893
San Acacio. *Comercio. 1 issue. 7/11/1907
San Marcial. *San Marcial Bee. 2 issues. 6/10/1893 to 3/29/1902
Santa Fe. Cachiporrota. 1 issue. 10/16/1890
Santa Fe. *Clarin Mejicano. 1 issue. 8/10/1873
Santa Fe. Daily New Mexican. 227 issues. 4/15/1871 to 3/28/1872
Santa Fe. *Gauntlet. 1 issue. 6/25/1894
Santa Fe. *Nuevo Mejicano. 2 issues. 4/25/1863 to 9/24/1881
Santa Fe. *Nuevo Mexicano. 40 issues. 8/16/1890 to 5/9/1908
Santa Fe. *Registro de Nuevo Mexico. 1 issue. 5/2/1916
Santa Fe. *Santa Fe Daily New Mexican. 23 issues. 8/8/1885 to 2/9/1887
Santa Fe. Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican and Livestock Journal. 2 issues. 3/22/1888 to 10/26/1893
Santa Fe. *Verdad. 1 issue. 9/12/1844
Santa Fe. *Voz del Pueblo. 2 issues. 4/27/1889 to 6/1/1889
Santa Fe. Weekly New Mexican.1 issue. 9/27/1919
Socorro. Defensor del Pueblo. 8 issues. 3/30/1906 to 5/24/1935
Springer. Colfax County Stockman. 1 issue. 1/6/1912
Wagon Mound. *Combate. 198 issues. 12/6/1902 to 11/2/1918

New York
Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 98 issues. 5/31/1850 to 6/1/1874
Garden City. Eco. 26 issues. 5/1/1930 to 5/15/1932
New York. *Artes y Letras. 56 issues. 10/21/1933 to 10/21/1939

New York. Cacara Jicara. 2 issues. 10/9/1897 to 12/13/1897
New York. Ecos de Nueva York. 31 issues. 2/26/1950 to 1/6/1957
New York. (Brooklyn). Espana Libre. 12 issues. 11/10/1939 to 8/14/1942

New York. *Novedades. 274 issues. 1/3/1880 to 12/21/1918
New York. Papagayo. 1 issue. 2/23/1855
New York. Patria. 1 issue. 3/14/1892
New York. Prensa. 1 issue. 8/24/1925
New York. Puerto Rico en Marcha. 1 issue. 6/21/1951

Ohio
Cincinnati. Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 1,592 issues. 5/1/1869 to 6/30/1890
Wooster. Wooster Republican. 112 issues. 1/4/1855 to 12/30/1922
Cleveland. Plain-Dealer. 355 issues. 11/26/1914 to 12/30/1922

Oregon
Portland. Oregonian. 3,355 issues. 4/1/1861 to 7/12/1906

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia. Public Ledger. 3,364 issues. 3/25/1836 to 12/31/1873

Rhode Island
Pawtucket. Pawtucket Times. 3 issues. 1/8/1920 to 1/28/1921

South Carolina
Aiken. *Aiken Standard. 8/27/2008 to Current
Pickens. *Pickens Sentinel. 8/13/2008 to Current

Texas
Beaumont. Beaumont Enterprise and Journal. 4 issues. 4/27/1906 to 4/9/1911
Borger. *Borger News Herald. 6/11/2008 to Current
Brownsville. Cronista del Valle. 3 issues. 12/15/1924 to 9/8/1925
Brownsville. Puerto 16 issues. 7/24/1954 to 12/26/1959
Brownsville. Republican 34 issues. 10/23/1862 to 7/23/1868
Cleburne. *Cleburne Times Review. 7/18/2008 to Current
Corpus Christi. Horizonte. 2 issues. 11/26/1879 to 3/3/1880
Corpus Christi. *Progreso. 31 issues. 6/23/1939 to 3/15/1940
Corpus Christi. Verdad. 12 issues. 11/11/1955 to 9/6/1957
El Paso. Atalaya Bautista: Semanario Evangelico Bautista. 116 issues. 1/5/1911 to 6/26/1919
El Paso. *Clarin del Norte. 1 issue. 12/27/1906
El Paso. Continental. 1 issue. 6/5/1936
El Paso. *Dia. 2 issues. 2/18/1919 to 2/23/1919
El Paso. El Paso Evening Tribune. 1 issue. 6/23/1893
El Paso. Noticias. 5 issues. 10/21/1899 to 1/20/1900
El Paso. Republica. 8 issues. 11/2/1919 to 5/22/1920
Galveston. Galveston News. 6 issues. 8/20/1877 to 9/1/1881
Kingsville. Eco. 4 issues. 5/1/1934 to 12/1/1934
Kingsville. Notas de Kingsville. 29 issues. 6/29/1950 to 5/12/1960
Kingsville. Tex. Mex. Reflector. 3 issues. 5/21/1921 to 1/21/1923
Laredo. *Cronica. 95 issues. 1/1/1910 to 4/18/1914
Laredo. Evolucion. 31 issues. 7/27/1917 to 1/30/1920
San Antonio. Epoca. 4 issues. 11/24/1918 to 7/24/1927
San Antonio. Heraldo de Mexicano. 8 issues. 1/29/1928 to 9/8/1929
San Antonio. Imparcial de Texas. 45 issues. 9/19/1918 to 9/30/1920
San Antonio. Prensa. 4,781 issues. 10/1/1916 to 6/13/1957
San Antonio. Revista Mexicana. 158 issues. 5/28/1916 to 7/6/1919

Vermont
St. Albans. St. Albans Daily Messenger. 2 issues. 2/29/1916 to 7/5/1918

West Virginia
Montgomery. *Montgomery Herald. 4/1/2008 to Current
Oak Hill. *Fayette Tribune. 6/11/2008 to Current
Princeton. *Princeton Times. 4/17/2008 to Current

Old Newspapers from 24 States go online

GenealogyBank adds content from 63 newspapers – from 24 States – 3.7 million records go online.

In a major upload GenealogyBank has expanded its coverage adding long runs of historical newspapers – 22,963 issues from 63 newspapers act – from 24 States.

Here’s the list:
Alaska
Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 42 issues. 10/7/1906 to 12/30/1906

Arkansas
Jonesboro. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 1,027 issues. 6/8/1905 to 12/21/1921
Little Rock. Arkansas Gazette. 191 issues. 1/13/1820 to 8/14/1891

California
Colton. Chicano. 45 issues. 10/13/1971 to 3/3/1977
Sacramento. Prensa Libre. 56 issues. 1/15/1969 to 12/31/1970

Connecticut
New Haven. *Connecticut Gazette. 71 issues. 9/20/1755 to 1/12/1767
New London. New London Democrat. 47 issues. 9/11/1847 to 12/23/1848

Florida
Tampa. Nueva Republica. 8 issues. 5/29/1897 to 5/28/1898
Tampa. Revista de Cuba Libre. 8 issues. 1/8/1898 to 8/6/1898

Idaho
Idaho City. Idaho Falls Times. 43 issues. 1/8/1903 to 9/27/1917
Idaho City. Idaho Register. 3 issues. 11/17/1905 to 4/23/1915

Illinois
Centralia. Centralia Sentinel. 1 issue. 12/27/1866
Chicago. Latin Times. 183 issues. 9/3/1960 to 11/27/1970
Chicago. *Sol de Chicago. 1 issue. 3/21/1960

Kentucky
Frankfort. *Palladium. 32 issues. 3/2/1805 to 11/20/1813

Louisiana
New Orleans. Times Picayune. 2,852 issues. 1/23/1861 to 7/22/1901

Massachusetts
Boston. Boston Journal. 4,708 issues. 7/1/1807 to 12/31/1898
Dedham. Norfolk Democrat. 25 issues. 1/4/1850 to 9/8/1854
Springfield. Massachusetts Gazette. 92 issues. 5/14/1782 to 7/20/1784

Maryland
Baltimore. Baltimore American. 107 issues. 1/24/1904 to 2/25/1912

Missouri
Kansas City. Kansas City Times. 148 issues. 1/1/1885 to 6/25/1895

Mississippi
Natchez. *Mississippi State Gazette. 138 issues. 3/6/1818 to 5/14/1825

North Carolina
New Bern. *State Gazette of North Carolina. 52 issues. 8/9/1787 to 2/20/1799

New Mexico
Las Vegas. *Revista Catolica. 301 issues. 1/8/1888 to 2/3/1895
Santa Fe. Weekly New Mexican. 9 issues. 7/13/1919 to 12/14/1919

New York
Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 154 issues. 2/1/1850 to 6/26/1871
Brooklyn. Curioso. 14 issues. 6/16/1934 to 5/4/1935
Brooklyn. *Guamaro. 15 issues. 9/26/1895 to 1/2/1896
Brooklyn. *Long Island Weekly Intelligencer. 7 issues. 7/3/1806 to 1/1/1807
Canadaigua. Western Repository. 14 issues. 11/1/1803 to 12/8/1807
New York. Cronica. 1 issue. 1/13/1950
New York. *Kan-de-la. 1 issue. 6/3/1949
New York. Liberacion. 10 issues. 5/3/1946 to 3/20/1948
New York. *Machate Criollo. 1 issue. 2/27/1927
New York. Nueva Voz. 37 issues. 7/29/1962 to 9/1/1965
New York. Prensa. 7 issues. 6/3/1925 to 8/28/1925
New York. Pueblos Hispanos. 14 issues. 2/20/1943 to 3/4/1944
New York. *Puerto Rico en Marcha. 19 issues. 8/21/1951 to 4/21/1969
New York. *Republicas Hispanas Unidas. 1 issue. 12/18/1943
New York. *Soberania. 1 issue. 4/21/1958
New York. *Vida Hispana. 9 issues. 6/25/1953 to 9/25/1954
New York. Voz. 2 issues. 2/1/1961 to 4/1/1962
NY. Troy. Troy Gazette. 65 issues. 4/5/1808 to 3/17/1812

Ohio
Cincinnati. Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 2,716 issues. 5/1/1871 to 9/30/1890
Wooster. Wooster Republican. 18 issues. 1/2/1862 to 5/22/1862
Cincinnati. *Spirit of the West. 21 issues. 7/26/1814 to 4/15/1815
Cleveland. Plain-Dealer. 1,445 issues. 6/17/1914 to 12/31/1922

Oklahoma
Perry. Perry Republican. 1 issue. 5/31/1917

Oregon
Eugene. Oregon State Journal. 250 issues. 4/6/1872 to 6/30/1877
Portland. Oregonian. 956 issues. 2/4/1861 to 8/22/1889

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia. *Public Ledger. 836 issues. 6/13/1838 to 11/12/1855

Texas
Brownsville. Republican. 1 issue. 7/5/1866
Cleburne. Cleburne Morning Review. 2 issues. 1/4/1911 to 1/6/1911
El Paso. Atalaya Bautista: Semanario Evangelico Bautista. 1 issue. 7/14/1910
Kingsville. Accion. 1 issue. 8/1/1932
San Antonio. Epoca. 1 issue. 4/21/1918
San Antonio. Prensa. 4,764 issues. 2/9/1916 to 5/28/1959
San Antonio. Revista Mexicana. 10 issues. 7/13/1919 to 1/25/1920
Taft. *Panamericana News. 136 issues. 9/21/1942 to 6/21/1956

Utah
Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Telegram. 331 issues. 2/4/1902 to 12/29/1914
Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Tribune. 3 issues. 5/19/1877 to 10/27/1877

Virginia
Richmond. Virginia Argus. 183 issues. 12/29/1797 to 10/19/1816

Vermont
St. Albans. St. Albans Daily Messenger. 725 issues. 1/11/1849 to 1/16/1922


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GenealogyBank adds 100 newspapers from 31 States

GenealogyBank adds 100 newspapers from 31 States – over 3.8 million articles, documents and records.

Alaska
Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 174 Issues. 1903-02-03 to 1911-04-29

Arizona
Tucson. Fronterizo. 9 Issues. 1892-05-07 to 1892-12-10
Tucson. Tucsonense. 3 Issues. 1920-07-01 to 1922-04-20

Arkansas
Helena. Western Clarion. 2 Issues. 1865-04-08 to 1865-09-23
Hot Springs. *Hot Springs Village Voice. 2008-09-03 to Current
Jonesboro. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 1,976 Issues. 1904-09-03 to 1921-12-14

Little Rock. Arkansas Gazette. 3,354 Issues. 1821-01-06 to 1891-12-11
Russellville. *Courier. 2008-08-23 to Current

California
Colton. Chicano. 2 Issues. 1973-02-08 to 1974-03-07
Los Angeles. Prensa. 177 Issues. 1932-03-06 to 1937-01-02
Sacramento. *Prensa Libre. 15 Issues. 1969-03-21 to 1970-11-12
San Francisco. Mefistofeles. 2 Issues. 1918-04-06 to 1918-07-06
San Francisco. *Voz de Chile y de las Republicas Americanas. 41 Issues. 1867-10-11 to 1868-05-26
San Francisco. Voz del Nuevo Mundo. 2 Issues. 1882-04-29 to 1882-11-18

Colorado
Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 501 Issues. 1903-01-01 to 1922-12-02
San Luis. Adobe. 1 Issue. 1978-06-01

Connecticut
New London. New London Daily Chronicle. 3 Issues. 1860-07-02 to 1861-07-13
New London. New London Democrat. 19 Issues. 1845-04-05 to 1852-02-21

Florida
Tampa. *Informacion. 1 Issue. 1858-10-21
Tampa. *Nueva Republica. 2 Issues. 1897-07-24 to 1897-07-31
Tampa. *Revista de Cuba Libre. 5 Issues. 1897-12-25 to 1898-06-11

Idaho
Idaho City. Idaho Register. 1,350 Issues. 1886-09-25 to 1916-10-17
Twin Falls. Twin Falls News. 666 Issues. 1918-04-08 to 1921-12-17

Illinois
Centralia. Centralia Sentinel. 1 Issue. 1865-01-19
Chicago. Vida Latina. 2 Issues. 1953-05-21 to 1960-04-21
Chicago. Vorbote. 88 Issues. 1874-02-28 to 1875-12-25

Iowa
Centerville. *Ad Express & Daily Iowegian. 2008-01-02 to 2008-02-14


Louisiana
New Orleans. Abeja. 1 Issue. 1830-02-19
New Orleans. Times Picayune. 9,277 Issues. 1837-01-25 to 1900-12-28
New Orleans. *Times Picayune. 96 Issues. 1901-01-03 to 1901-07-21

Maryland
Baltimore. Baltimore American. 383 Issues. 1904-01-24 to 1912-02-25

Massachusetts
Boston. Boston Journal. 146 Issues. 1868-07-01 to 1917-10-06
Haverhill. *Observer. 8 Issues. 1833-03-23 to 1835-02-14
Northampton. *Daily Hampshire Gazette. 2008-07-18 to Current
Springfield. *Hampshire Herald. 93 Issues. 1784-07-27 to 1786-09-26
Springfield. Massachusetts Gazette. 17 Issues. 1782-05-14 to 1784-07-20
Springfield. Springfield Republican. 153 Issues. 1886-05-01 to 1891-12-31MA.
Stoughton. Stoughton Sentinel. 8 Issues. 1871-05-13 to 1876-08-26

Michigan
Ludington. *Ludington Daily News. 1998-02-05 to Current

Mississippi

Greenville. *Delta Democrat. 2002-01-08 to Current

Missouri
Kansas City. Kansas City Times. 129 Issues. 1884-05-01 to 1895-10-30

Nebraska
Nebraska City. Daily Nebraska Press. 81 Issues. 1868-08-07 to 1876-12-28

New Hampshire
Concord. Republican Gazette. 13 Issues. 1801-02-05 to 1803-04-28
Dover. Phoenix. 5 Issues. 1792-02-08 to 1795-08-22

New Mexico
Las Cruces. Mesilla Valley Bulletin. 6 Issues. 1934-02-02 to 1938-10-21
Santa Fe. Daily New Mexican. 42 Issues. 1871-04-17 to 1874-05-21
Santa Fe. *Weekly New Mexican. 22 Issues. 1919-08-10 to 1920-01-25
Springer. Estandarte de Springer. 3 Issues. 1890-04-03 to 1891-01-15
Las Vegas. Las Vegas Daily Gazette. 26 Issues. 1881-10-09 to 1884-02-29

New York
New York. Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 187 Issues. 1850-06-11 to 1873-01-14
Brooklyn. *Curioso. 23 Issues. 1934-04-07 to 1935-06-01
Brooklyn. Espana Libre. 2 Issues. 1941-04-18 to 1941-10-31
Garden City. *Eco. 1 Issue. 1932-03-01
New York. *Alba de Nueva York. 1 Issue. 1954-03-20
New York. Americana. 1 Issue. 1948-06-01
New York. *Cine Variedades. 3 Issues. 1953-07-21 to 1954-04-21
New York. *Crisol. 1 Issue. 1949-05-28
New York. *Cronica. 1 Issue. 1950-01-04
New York. *Eco de Mundo. 2 Issues. 1960-08-06 to 1960-08-13
New York. *Liberacion. 9 Issues. 1946-05-10 to 1949-04-09
New York. *Mensaje. 3 Issues. 1957-08-25 to 1958-03-25
New York. *Nueva Voz. 8 Issues. 1962-10-01 to 1965-03-01
New York. *Nueva York al Dia. 1 Issue. 1945-05-01
New York. *Prensa. 91 Issues. 1925-05-01 to 1925-08-31
New York. Pueblos Hispanos. 49 Issues. 1943-03-06 to 1944-08-05
New York. *Puerto Rico en Marcha. 4 Issues. 1954-05-21 to 1968-10-21
New York. Puerto Rico y Nueva York. 3 Issues. 1954-05-21 to 1968-10-21
New York. Republican Watch-Tower. 15 Issues. 1800-03-19 to 1810-11-16
New York. *Semanario Hispano. 2 Issues. 1946-03-09 to 1946-05-25
New York. *Seminario. 1 Issue. 1955-12-10
New York. *Voz. 5 Issues. 1960-04-01 to 1962-10-01
Troy. Troy Gazette. 53 Issues. 1802-09-15 to 1808-12-27


North Carolina

Rockingham. *Richmond County Daily Journal. 2003-05-05 to Current

Ohio
Cincinnati. *Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 121 Issues. 1873-05-01 to 1873-08-31
Cleveland. *Plain-Dealer. 229 Issues. 1914-10-20 to 1920-05-20

Dayton. *Ohio Republican. 63 Issues. 1813-11-01 to 1816-10-02
Ravenna. *Portage County Advocate. 54 Issues. 1854-04-05 to 1855-03-28
Wooster. Wooster Republican. 43 Issues. 1862-12-18 to 1872-12-19

Oklahoma
Duncan. *Duncan Banner. 2008-01-11 to Current

Oregon
Eugene. Oregon State Journal. 268 Issues. 1864-03-12 to 1880-12-25

Pennsylvania
Harrisburg. *Oracle of Dauphin. 67 Issues. 1821-02-03 to 1824-07-17

Rhode Island
Pawtucket. Pawtucket Times. 30 Issues. 1920-03-16 to 1921-02-06

Tennessee
Murfreesboro. *Daily News Journal. 1999-02-12 to Current

Texas
Beaumont. Beaumont Enterprise and Journal. 265 Issues. 1906-03-28 to 1911-09-30
Beaumont. Galveston News. 2 Issues. 1881-09-29 to 1882-10-26
Brownsville. Daily Metropolitan. 30 Issues. 1893-10-22 to 1893-11-30
Brownsville. *Daily Republican. 2 Issues. 1884-09-20 to 1884-09-26
Brownsville. Heraldo de Brownsville. 5 Issues. 1939-04-17 to 1939-11-22
Brownsville. Republican. 38 Issues. 1862-10-09 to 1868-07-16
Cleburne. Cleburne Morning Review. 283 Issues. 7/14/1911 to 12/20/1914
El Paso. Continental. 2 Issues. 1959-07-01 to 1959-08-29
El Paso. Independiente. 1 Issue. 1896-08-07
El Paso. Monitor. 1 Issue. 1897-07-10
San Antonio. Prensa. 540 Issues. 1918-06-10 to 1955-09-20
San Antonio. *Revista Mexicana. 19 Issues. 1919-08-03 to 1919-08-31

Utah
Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Telegram. 1 Issue. 1909-03-20
Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Tribune. 1 Issue. 1877-6-16

Virginia
Richmond. Virginia Argus. 211 Issues. 1799-07-23 to 1814-07-25

Vermont
Putney. Argus. 17 Issues. 1797-03-16 to 1799-02-26
St. Albans. St. Albans Daily Messenger. 1,420 Issues. 1839-05-09 to 1921-11-19

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GenealogyBank adding more newspapers

GenealogyBank adds newspapers from 8 States – bringing our modern newspapers in the America’s Obituaries section up to 1,144 titles.

Arkansas
Courier, The (Russellville, AR)
Obituaries: 08/23/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 08/20/2008 – Current

Hot Springs Village Voice (Hot Springs, AR)
Obituaries: 09/10/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 09/03/2008 – Current

Iowa
Ad Express & Daily Iowegian (Centerville, IA)
Death Notices: 01/02/2008 – 02/14/2008

Massachusetts
Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, MA)
Obituaries: 07/24/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 07/18/2008 – Current

Michigan
Ludington Daily News (Ludington, MI)
Obituaries: 06/11/1998 – Current
Death Notices: 02/05/1998 – Current

Mississippi
Delta Democrat Times (Greenville, MS)
Obituaries: 01/11/2002 – Current
Death Notices: 01/08/2002 – Current

North Carolina
Richmond County Daily Journal (Rockingham, NC)

Obituaries: 05/05/2003 – Current
Death Notices: 05/05/2003 – Current

Oklahoma
Duncan Banner, The (Duncan, OK)
Obituaries: 09/20/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 01/11/2008 – Current

Tennessee
Daily News Journal, The (Murfreesboro, TN)
Obituaries: 09/13/1999 – Current
Death Notices: 02/12/1999 – Current