Celebrate Independence Day by Honoring Our American Ancestors

Cheers to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—and to our brave American ancestors who fought for our freedom! Amidst the festivities and fireworks of this 4th of July holiday, take time to remember those heroic American revolutionaries that came before us, boldly paving the paths for our futures.

To The People of the United 13 Colonies - July 6, 1776

Freeman’s Journal (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), 6 July 1776, page 2.

GenealogyBank is one of the best online resources available to trace your family history back to your American Colonial and Revolutionary roots. Our historical archives contain hundreds of thousands of articles from the Colonial and Revolutionary periods. Many of these records from the 1600s and 1700s are exclusive to our online collections, making GenealogyBank a prime location to explore your early American ancestry.

Happy 4th of July, 2013, to all our fellow Americans! Raise your head, your flag, your glass and salute each other and our ancestors. Dig into GenealogyBank’s genealogy records and discover the early American heroes in your family tree.

To read the above historical newspaper article about the Declaration of Independence in full, visit To The People of the Thirteen Colonies.

GenealogyBank Has More Newspapers Going Online in October

In October, GenealogyBank will be adding nearly 176,000 pages of digital newsprint to its archives from seven U.S. states: Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

That’s 3,619 issues from these eight newspapers, spanning 1920 to 1987.

State City Newspaper

Issues

Pages

Start

End

Louisiana Baton Rouge State Times Advocate

18

1,037

7/19/1944

5/31/1970

Massachusetts Boston Boston Herald

1,073

82,291

11/16/1957

10/4/1983

Nebraska Omaha Omaha World Herald

1

39

10/2/1981

10/2/1981

North Carolina Greensboro Greensboro Daily News

1,769

37,159

1/13/1923

2/28/1936

North Carolina Greensboro Greensboro News and Record

212

21,596

10/4/1984

11/9/1987

Ohio Cincinnati Cincinnati Post

1

16

1/22/1920

1/22/1920

Tennessee Memphis Commercial Appeal

235

16,455

4/3/1968

12/14/1969

Virginia Richmond Richmond Times Dispatch

310

17,336

10/2/1952

6/30/1968

Totals

3,619

175,929

GenealogyBank makes it easy to search 1.3 billion genealogy records online.

 

Our Online Newspaper Archives Keep Growing & Growing..

GenealogyBank adds more content to its online historical newspaper archives every day, a continuous effort to provide more birth notices, wedding announcements, obituaries, and local news stories to help with your family history research.

Historical Newspapers Archives Collage from GenealogyBank.com

Here is a list of just 3,100 of the back issues of six newspapers that we will be adding to our online newspaper archives in the next month. That’s over 122,000 pages of newsprint—and as impressive as that is, it’s only a fraction of the newspapers that are being added online for your genealogy research.

State City Newspaper

Issues

Pages

Start

End

District of Columbia Washington (DC) Evening Star

136

1,869

1/1/1896

8/12/1896

Illinois Evanston Northwestern

156

2,855

1/16/1891

6/14/1900

Massachusetts Boston Boston Herald

1,303

72,084

11/8/1953

7/31/1963

North Carolina Greensboro Greensboro Record

147

6,295

10/1/1962

3/16/1984

Ohio Cincinnati Cincinnati Post

754

12,994

1/3/1916

10/31/1922

Virginia Richmond Richmond Times Dispatch

610

26,180

1/7/1939

12/31/1952

Total

3,106

122,277

List of Recent Newspaper Obituaries Going Online in GenealogyBank

GenealogyBank adds more records online every day to give you the content you need to explore your genealogy. In the next few weeks we will be adding recent obituaries from more than 20 newspapers from 8 states—additional online newspaper obituaries to keep adding resources for your family history research.

Recent obituaries and death notices from newspapers in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Washington are being added to our Recent Obituaries Collection (1977 – Today), adding thousands more obituaries for your genealogy research. Look for these recent obits to go live online soon on the New Content page.

Newspaper Death Notices & Obituaries Collage

Here’s a list of recent obituaries coming to the obituary archives soon:

Plant City Observer (Plant City, Florida)

Obituaries:  07/19/2012 – Current

East Coweta Journal (Senoia, Georgia)

Obituaries:  11/11/2010 – Current

Fayette Chronicle (Fayetteville, Georgia)

Obituaries:  08/25/2011 – Current

Fayette County News (Fayetteville, Georgia)

Obituaries:  12/02/2010 – Current

Today in Peachtree City (Fayetteville, Georgia)

Obituaries:  05/02/2012 – Current

Wicked Local: Avon (Stoughton, Massachusetts)

Obituaries:  06/16/2009 – Current

Death Notices:  12/01/2008 – 04/21/2009

Eden Prairie Sun-Current (Eden Prairie, Minnesota)

Obituaries: added 2/22/2010 – 9/13/2011

Edina Sun – Current (Edina, Minnesota)

Obituaries: added 1/28/2010 – 9/13/2011

Excelsior – Shorewood Sun-Sailor (Excelsior, Minnesota)

Obituaries: added 2/22/2010 – 2/22/2011

Grand Rapids Herald-Review (Grand Rapids, Minnesota)

Obituaries: added 10/12/1997 – 1/10/2011

Winona Post (Winona, Minnesota)

Obituaries:  02/12/2006 – Current: Scattered earlier data available

Commercial Dispatch (Columbus, Mississippi)

Death Notices:  01/30/2009 – Current

Beaufort-Hyde News (Belhaven, North Carolina)

Obituaries:  07/27/2011 – Current

Bertie Ledger-Advance (Windsor, North Carolina)

Obituaries:  07/13/2011 – Current

Duplin Today – Pink Hill Review (Kenansville, North Carolina)

Obituaries:  03/08/2012 – Current

Farmville Enterprise (Farmville, North Carolina)

Obituaries:  07/13/2011 – Current

Perquimans Weekly (Hertford, North Carolina)

Obituaries:  07/13/2011 – Current

Standard Laconic (Snow Hill, North Carolina)

Obituaries: 05/22/2010 – Current

Canton Independent-Sentinel (Canton, Pennsylvania)

Obituaries:  02/05/2008 – Current

Tukwila Reporter (Tukwila, Washington)

Obituaries:  08/18/2012 – Current

Thomas Hill—American Revolutionary War Minuteman Hero Gone

“Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year.”

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In searching through early 19th Century newspapers, time and again we find historical obituaries about the passing of “Revolutionary Heroes,” as America’s newspapers recorded the honored service of those who fought to secure this country’s freedom from England.

This 1851 American Revolutionary War soldier’s obituary of Thomas Hill is a good example.

Thomas Hill Revolutionary War Hero Obituary - Massachusetts Spy Newspaper 1851

Massachusetts Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts), 15 July 1851, page 3.

This soldier’s obituary says of Thomas Hill: “He was in the battle of Concord, and was on Bunker Hill, but not in the engagement.”

Wait—he was there at the battle but didn’t fight?

Why was he given a pension by the U.S. federal government and called a “Revolutionary Hero” in this historical obituary if he was there at the battle but not engaged in the fighting?

Digging deeper in GenealogyBank I found this old newspaper article profiling Thomas Hill when he was 89, one year before he died. It was published in the New Hampshire Gazette (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), 23 April 1850, page 2, giving more details about his military service.

Thomas Hill New Hampshire Gazette NewspaperSo he was at the Battle of Concord as a 14-year-old boy and also at the Battle of Bunker Hill “with his father and eldest brother Abraham.” They were part of “the volunteer minute men who fought.”

Thomas Hill went on to fight in “two campaigns in the Jerseys and New York.”

Thomas Hill was honored along with “four other survivors, being all that could be found in the country around who were active in the scenes of 1775.”

And honored he was—the historical newspaper article went on to say:

Thomas Hill New Hampshire Gazette Newspaper 1850We can picture the old Revolutionary War veteran being escorted by the grateful citizens of West Cambridge over the same route used by the British when they attacked Lexington and Concord.

It calls to mind the words of the poet Longfellow:

“Listen my children and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;

Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year.”

Longfellow’s immortal words were published in January 1861, 11 years after the 1850 tribute to Thomas Hill. Perhaps he was inspired by this celebration honoring Hill and the other four remaining men “who remembered that famous day and year.”

GenealogyBank gives us the key opportunity to dig in and find the details of the thousands who served as soldiers in the American Revolutionary War. Search GenealogyBank’s newspaper archives and document your ancestors—don’t let their stories be lost.

Handy Quick List: 10 Trenton, New Jersey, Newspapers Now Online

GenealogyBank continues to grow every day—we now have 10 Trenton, New Jersey, newspapers online. That’s a lot of local papers to research your family history from New Jersey’s capital city.

Trenton New Jersey Newspapers Archive

Trenton, N.J., was the site of George Washington’s first victory during the Revolutionary War, the important Battle of Trenton, when Washington led his men over the icy Delaware River the day after Christmas, 1776. The city proudly carries the nickname “Turning Point of the Revolution.”

Interesting bit of U.S. history trivia: Trenton was once the capital of the United States, albeit briefly, in November and December 1784.

Trace your genealogy from this historical New Jersey city. Here is the complete list of Trenton, NJ, newspapers currently available in our online archives, providing coverage from 1792 to today.

Newspaper Coverage Collection
Miscellany 6/10/1805 – 12/2/1805 Newspaper Archives
New Jersey State Gazette 9/19/1792 – 12/31/1799 Newspaper Archives
Sentinel 6/26/1880 – 11/13/1882 Newspaper Archives
Times 3/21/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Trenton Evening Times 1/7/1883 – 3/15/1993 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Federalist 12/2/1800 – 12/27/1824 Newspaper Archives
Trenton State Gazette 1/12/1847 – 12/31/1898 Newspaper Archives
Trenton Sunday Times-Advertiser 11/6/1938 – 8/26/1973 Newspaper Archives
Trentonian 4/12/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
True American 3/10/1801 – 9/21/1818 Newspaper Archives

Find and document your family history. Make sure your family tree is accurately documented, including every obituary and news article.

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Handy Quick List: 15 Hartford, Connecticut Newspapers Now Online

GenealogyBank is ever growing – we now have over 15 Hartford, Connecticut newspapers online to help with your ancestry research. That’s a lot of local city papers!

Here is the complete list of Hartford, CT newspapers in our historical archives. The recent CT newspaper expansion includes back issues of the Hartford Daily Courant which is the oldest U.S. newspaper still being published — established in 1764.

City Title Date Range Collection
Hartford Connecticut Courant 10/29/1764 – 12/28/1850 Historical Newspapers
Hartford Hartford Daily Courant 2/3/1840 – 10/25/1914 Historical Newspapers
Hartford American Mercury 7/12/1784 – 6/25/1833 Historical Newspapers
Hartford Connecticut Mirror 7/10/1809 – 12/15/1832 Historical Newspapers
Hartford Times 1/1/1817 – 12/26/1840 Historical Newspapers
Hartford Religious Inquirer 11/10/1821 – 11/7/1835 Historical Newspapers
Hartford Patriot and Eagle 3/7/1835 – 12/30/1837 Historical Newspapers
Hartford Hartford Gazette 1/13/1794 – 3/19/1795 Historical Newspapers
Hartford Times & Weekly Advertiser 1/12/1829 – 12/28/1829 Historical Newspapers
Hartford Hartford Times 2/6/1832 – 8/16/1864 Historical Newspapers
Hartford Connecticut Observer 1/11/1825 – 10/3/1831 Historical Newspapers
Hartford Commercial Record 1/25/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Hartford Hartford News 4/4/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Hartford Hartford Courant 7/9/1991 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Hartford Hartford Advocate 11/7/2002 – Current Newspaper Obituaries

Search More than 75 Arkansas Newspapers Online!

GenealogyBank adds new content to its online historical newspaper archives daily. We now have more than 75 online newspapers from Arkansas.

That’s a lot of newspaper articles to help with your family history research in “The Natural State.”

Our Arkansas archives include both old and recent newspaper titles, dating from the 1800s up to today.

Our AR historical newspaper archives cover 1819-1999, providing thousands of birth, marriage and death notices, as well as local news stories, to help with your genealogy research. Explore your ancestry in multiple popular newspaper titles from large cities in Arkansas such as Little Rock, Fayetteville and more.

Our AR recent obituaries titles provide Arkansas death notices from 1998 to today.

Here is the complete list of GenealogyBank’s Arkansas newspapers. Bookmark this list of Arkansas newspapers that is frequently updated to stay abreast of newly added titles.

City Title Date Range Collection
Arkadelphia Daily Siftings Herald 3/15/2001 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Bella Vista Weekly Vista 11/30/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Benton Saline Courier 5/8/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Bentonville Benton County Daily Record 1/1/2001 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Booneville Booneville Democrat 1/25/2005 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Cabot Cabot Star-Herald 3/22/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Camden Camden News 12/2/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Carlisle Carlisle Independent 3/26/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Charleston Charleston Express 1/27/2005 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Clinton Van Buren County Democrat 1/26/2005 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
El Dorado El Dorado News-Times 12/1/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Farmington Washington County Enterprise-Leader 11/4/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Fayetteville Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Northwest Edition 11/18/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Fayetteville NW Arkansas Times 1/2/2001 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Fayetteville NWAOnline: Web Edition Articles 7/28/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Fayetteville Whole Hog Sports 4/14/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Forrest City Homeland 10/1/1991 – 7/1/1999 Historical Newspapers
Fort Chaffee Helping Hand 5/2/1975 – 12/19/1975 Historical Newspapers
Fort Smith Southwest Times Record 3/1/2000 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Gravette Westside Eagle Observer 8/4/2010 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Greenwood Greenwood Democrat 1/26/2005 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Heber Springs Sun Times 10/2/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Helena Western Clarion 4/8/1865 – 12/16/1865 Historical Newspapers
Helena, West Helena Daily World 2/9/2001 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Hope Hope Star 2/9/2001 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Hot Springs Hot Springs Village Voice 1/14/2002 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Hot Springs Sentinel-Record 1/1/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Jacksonville Jacksonville Patriot 4/18/2007 – 12/14/2007 Newspaper Obituaries
Jonesboro Jonesboro Daily News 10/19/1908 – 5/31/1910 Historical Newspapers
Jonesboro Jonesboro Daily Times-Enterprise 9/3/1904 – 10/16/1908 Historical Newspapers
Jonesboro Jonesboro Daily Tribune 1/1/1910 – 12/30/1922 Historical Newspapers
Jonesboro Jonesboro Evening Sun 12/8/1904 – 12/27/1922 Historical Newspapers
Jonesboro Jonesboro Sun 8/25/1999 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Sun 3/3/1904 – 2/21/1923 Historical Newspapers
Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Times-Enterprise 5/18/1905 – 1/16/1908 Historical Newspapers
Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Tribune 6/1/1905 – 11/30/1905 Historical Newspapers
Little Rock American Guide 1/27/1900 – 1/27/1900 Historical Newspapers
Little Rock Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 10/30/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Little Rock Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Web Edition Articles 3/30/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Little Rock Arkansas Freeman 10/5/1869 – 10/5/1869 Historical Newspapers
Little Rock Arkansas Gazette 8/23/1842 – 11/1/1908 Historical Newspapers
Little Rock Arkansas Mansion 6/23/1883 – 4/19/1884 Historical Newspapers
Little Rock Arkansas Star 9/7/1839 – 2/1/1841 Historical Newspapers
Little Rock Arkansas State Press 5/9/1941 – 10/30/1959 Historical Newspapers
Little Rock Arkansas Times 7/7/2005 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Little Rock Arkansas Times: Blogs 4/12/2006 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Little Rock Arkansas Weekly Gazette 11/20/1819 – 5/25/1876 Historical Newspapers
Little Rock Arkansas Whig 5/22/1851 – 5/24/1855 Historical Newspapers
Little Rock ARPreps 5/28/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Little Rock Morning Republican 11/25/1867 – 6/3/1874 Historical Newspapers
Little Rock Southern Meditator Journal 6/22/1962 – 2/25/1966 Historical Newspapers
Lonoke Lonoke Democrat 3/21/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Magnolia Banner-News 11/19/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Malvern Malvern Daily Record 8/1/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Maumelle Maumelle Monitor 4/26/2006 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Newport Newport Independent 1/25/2002 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
North Little Rock Times 4/26/2006 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Paragould Paragould Daily Press 7/11/2002 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Paris Paris Express 2/2/2005 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Pea Ridge Times of Northeast Benton County 10/5/2005 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Pine Bluff Pine Bluff Commercial 10/27/1998 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Pine Bluff Pine Bluff Weekly Herald 1/27/1900 – 1/27/1900 Historical Newspapers
Prescott Gurdon Times 10/2/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Prescott Nevada County Picayune 10/2/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Rogers Rogers Morning News 10/26/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Russellville Courier 7/31/2002 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Searcy Daily Citizen 8/26/2003 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Sherwood Sherwood Voice 4/18/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Siloam Springs Siloam Springs Herald-Leader 12/28/2005 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Springdale Springdale Morning News 10/26/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Springdale, Rogers Morning News of Northwest Arkansas 10/11/2004 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Stuttgart Stuttgart Daily Leader 3/15/2001 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Van Buren Alma Journal 6/29/2005 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Van Buren Arkansas Intelligencer 2/15/1845 – 10/1/1858 Historical Newspapers
Van Buren Press Argus Courier 1/24/2005 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
White Hall White Hall Journal 10/2/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
White Hall White Hall Progress 1/31/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries

Irish Genealogy Records 1849-1911 Now Online

Irish Obituaries in the Irish American Weekly NYC, NY March 11, 1854

Irish American Weekly (New York City, New York), 11 March 1854, page 2

This Irish genealogy research tip is important. Every genealogist should know this.

Genealogists need to know that Irish deaths and marriages were routinely published in the pages of the Irish American Weekly (New York City, New York).  This fact makes the historical Irish newspaper a great genealogical resource to find Irish obituaries and marriages – that occurred in Ireland – or around the world from 1849 to 1911.

The Irish American Weekly made a diligent effort to find, document and publish these family records in Ireland and published them in the pages of their New York City newspaper.

The old newspaper clipping in the example to the left shows just some of the Irish obituaries reported in the 11 March 1854 Irish American Weekly (New York City, New York), page 2.

Just take a look at the wide geographic coverage that the historical Irish American Weekly newspaper provides:

 

… at Westmeath ….

… at Monkstown, County Cork …

… in Killeshandra …

… at County Wexford ….

… in Cork …

… in Kilkenny …

… in Queenstown …

… in County Down …

… at Norwich, England … formerly of Dublin

… at St. John, Antigua … formerly of Dublin

… in London …

… in Melbourne, Australia …

This NYC newspaper is reporting on Irish deaths in Ireland and on Irish ex-patriots around the world.

Now, look closer at the article. The publication date is 1854. These Irish genealogy records were printed in the newspaper a full ten years before Irish civil registration began in 1864.

Genealogy Research Tip: Registration of Irish death certificates did not begin until 1864 – but you can find thousands of Irish deaths recorded every week in the Irish American Weekly 1849 – 1911 – well before Irish Civil registration began in 1864.

Explore your Irish ancestry in the Irish American Weekly and other Irish American newspapers printed in the U.S. online in our historical newspaper archives at our website.

Old West Stories in Newspapers: Here Comes the Morning Stagecoach!

Maybe it was because of Father’s Day, but there were a lot of old western movies on TV this past weekend. Good ones, too, starring Gregory Peck, John Wayne, and more.

Daily Ohio Statesman -  Stagecoach Story Newspaper Article 1860

Daily Ohio Statesman (Columbus, Ohio), 10 May 1860, page 3

So, it was no surprise when I was combing through GenealogyBank today that I found this great newspaper article about an old western stagecoach, published in the Daily Ohio Statesman (Columbus, Ohio), 10 May 1860, page 3.

It read like the plot of a TV western—only these stories of the old Wild West were real.

This historical newspaper article reports that the Overland Mail Coach arrived with passengers “Lieut. Cogswell, of the USA, Dr. J. P. Breck, and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold.”

They brought news from the Texas frontier and points west. “They report the Indians very troublesome in the vicinity of Mustang Pond [Nevada], and between Mountain Pass Station and Phantom Hill.”

The stagecoach passengers provided details of several attacks:

“A blacksmith in the employ of the Overland Mail Company, and three men living at Mountain Pass, were murdered by the Comanches the day before the stage passed there.

“Fifteen Indians stopped at Mustang Pond and committed sundry depredations upon the whites.

“The scout for this stage saw some bands of Indians at the latter place, looking with eager eyes towards the coach, and the passengers prepared themselves for a fight, but the red skins were too wary, and it did not become necessary to fire upon them.

“Col. Fountleroy had started on a tour to select a site for Fort Butler.

“Maj. Ruff had been ordered with five companies of rifles to take the field immediately against the Kiowa and Comanches. His depot was at Fort Butler.

“Several ranging companies were out in the vicinity of Jackborough.”

Clearly, riding a stagecoach in the Wild West was just as dangerous as western movies later portrayed it!

Every stop was an adventure. This old Pony Express Route, April 3, 1860 – October 24, 1861 map (courtesy, Library of Congress) shows the overland route many travelers took from Missouri to California.

Historical Map of Pony Express Route that Stagecoaches Followed - 1860-1861

Pony Express Route, April 3, 1860 – October 24, 1861

The strength of historical newspapers is that they provide a daily record of the past.

GenealogyBank has the largest online newspaper archive, full of details about our American heritage. You can find stagecoach passenger lists, information about the early American pioneers and Native Americans and so much more in GenealogyBank. Carefully review GenealogyBank’s 1.2 billion records for the details of your family’s history.

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