What’s Your Favorite Pumpkin Pie Recipe? Share It with Us!

I love pumpkin pie.
Every autumn, newspapers carry recipes for making this old seasonal dessert favorite.

Bailly's Recipe for Pumpkin Pie, Grand Rapids Press newspaper article 15 November 1905

Grand Rapids Press (Grand Rapids, Michigan), 15 November 1905, page 4

It turns out that pumpkin pie is as American as apple pie – even more so!

Pumpkin Pie More American than Apple, Chicago Metro News newspaper article 8 September 1977

Chicago Metro News (Chicago, Illinois), 8 September 1977, page 12

According to this old news article:

The truth is that apple pie may well be the nation’s best-selling dessert pie, but its origin lies across the Atlantic; whereas, the pumpkin variety is truly an American innovation. So, it seems more appropriate to coin the phrase ‘as American as pumpkin pie,’ in honor of its domestic heritage.

What’s your favorite pumpkin pie recipe?

For me, Stop & Shop’s, Stew Leonard’s, Marie Callender’s…their pumpkin pies are all great – ready when you are. But you can’t beat a homemade pumpkin pie.

Why not try a new pumpkin pie recipe this season? Search through GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives and find an old pumpkin pie recipe to try.

Share Your Recipes with Us!

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Genealogy Research with Newspapers: Stories in Classified Ads

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article, Gena provides several examples of classified ads from old newspapers to show how these often-overlooked genealogy resources can help tell our ancestors’ stories.

Newspaper classified ads. They are traditionally for glancing at when you need a job or a used car, right? Classified advertisements are one way newspapers make money, both from their readers and local businesses. Looking through generations of classifieds, the structure remains similar though the content of the advertisements changes over time. Reading the classifieds makes for a fascinating social history study of your ancestors’ place and time.

The more I scan old classified ads the more I find to like. I’ve written before about the classifieds (see links at the end of this article) and how they pertain to family history research. Here are a few more historical newspaper advertisements that may spark some ideas for your own genealogy searches.

The Personal Classified Ads

There’s no doubt I love the Personals. I’m fascinated by what people paid to print about themselves or their family in the newspaper, and often wonder how their story ended. These tidbits offer genealogy researchers interesting social history information. They can also provide genealogical information on all aspects of a person’s life – including if the person went missing.

This example of a missing person ad would be a great find for the modern-day family of Charles Martin Hallinen, who left Champaign, Illinois, about 1890 and then seemingly vanished without a trace. This old personals advertisement also serves as a reminder that information may not necessarily be in the location you think it should be. In the case of this ad about a missing Illinois man, I found it in a Nebraska newspaper – and also duplicates in newspapers from: Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco, California; Reno, Nevada; and Dallas, Texas. These personals advertisements covered the span of at least six months.

missing person ad for Charles Martin Hallinen, Omaha World-Herald newspaper advertisement 14 January 1900

Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), 14 January 1900, page 10

Often as genealogists, we come across an ancestor that seems to just disappear. While their fading paper trail may be due to a lack of records, it’s quite possible that they did vanish for some reason (perhaps on purpose or as the result of a tragedy) and the newspaper might be the place to find information about that missing ancestor.

Another example of a Personals ad with genealogical value is this one placed by the family of Theodore Stevenson, who died 27 February 1900 – his family placed a newspaper ad to remember his passing 16 years later.

personal ad in remembrance of Theodore Stevenson, Patriot newspaper advertisement 6 March 1916

Patriot (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), 6 March 1916, page 9

Homes for Orphans

Sure you can acquire all kinds of things in the classifieds: clothing, automobiles, animals, employment, etc. But if you read between the lines of this 1919 personals advertisement, it reveals a sad story.

home wanted personal ad, Patriot newspaper advertisement 7 July 1919

Patriot (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), 7 July 1919, page 14

That’s not the only example I found of family tragedy; other old newspaper advertisements for homes for babies and young children can be found in various editions of the newspaper.

home wanted personal ads, Patriot newspaper advertisements 18 August 1919

Patriot (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), 18 August 1919, page 10

Don’t Take as Directed

There’s no better peek into our ancestors’ everyday lives than when you check out the ads for remedies and medicinal services. I’ve written before about Lydia Pinkham, who was a genius at marketing her medicinal remedies to women. She used the newspaper classifieds to sell her product via testimonials complete with photos, names and addresses of satisfied customers. She wasn’t the only one who used the classifieds to seek out new customers. Plenty of examples of questionable medical cures can be found in the newspaper.

Medicinal advertisements not only provided reasons why the reader should invest in a bottle of a particular tonic, but also explained everything that the tonic cured – and included glowing endorsements from satisfied “users.”

In this example for Dr. Folger’s Olosanonian, or “All-Healing Balsam,” an armor-wearing knight on his horse is stabbing a figure holding a flag labeled “consumption.” The old advertisement states that the “question is no longer asked can Asthma be cured?” and promises that Dr. Folger provides a cure “quicker than any remedy in the world.”

Endorsements found in this advertisement include Mrs. Robert P. Bell of Morristown, New Jersey, who was:

severely afflicted with asthma. Her physicians had given up on her but with one bottle of Olosanonian she could get up out of bed and dress herself, the first time she was able to in months.

ad for Dr. Folger's “All-Healing Balsam,” Gloucester Telegraph newspaper advertisement 29 October 1845

Gloucester Telegraph (Gloucester, Massachusetts), 29 October 1845, page 4

It makes you wonder how many desperately sick people put all their confidence in Dr. Folger and his miracle consumption cure.

Government Notices

The U.S. federal census is the go-to resource for anyone with American ancestors. It’s the best tool we have for locating families. But while we all use it, we don’t often give thought to how the information was obtained.

In this 1830 classified advertisement, we see the title Fifth Census of the United States. The ad states:

The Deputy Marshal respectfully informs the Inhabitants of Ward No. 3, that he will This Day commence his duties in that Ward, and requests that written answers to the Interrogatories published by the Marshal of this District, may be left for him in all places, where it may be inconvenient for some Member of the family personally to answer the same.

classified ad for the Fifth Census, Charleston Courier newspaper advertisement 29 July 1830

Charleston Courier (Charleston, South Carolina), 29 July 1830, page 6

According to the United States Census Bureau website, marshals or their assistants visited every house or “made a personal inquiry of the head of every family in their district.” This was the first year that uniform printed schedules were used.*

Classifieds provided many different types of government notices including information about military service and public meetings.

Have You Found Your Ancestor in the Classifieds?

Take some time now to read the old classifieds in your ancestor’s hometown newspaper. What was going on during historical events or times of stress (wars, economic depressions)? What can you learn about your ancestor’s lifetime in the classifieds?

Please use the comments section below; I’d love to hear about your family history finds in the classified ads.


* 1830 Overview. United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/history/www/through_the_decades/overview/1830.html. Accessed 3 June 2015.

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Mayflower Genealogy: Finding Your Cousins Using Newspapers

Searching through GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives recently, I found this old newspaper announcement for Margaret (Rogers) Smith’s 81st birthday.

obituary for Margaret (Rogers) Smith, Dallas Morning News newspaper article 23 January 1938

Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), 23 January 1938, page 12

Margaret Anne (Rogers) Smith (1857-1943) didn’t come to America on the Mayflower ship – but according to this newspaper article her ancestor Thomas Rogers (c. 1572-Winter 1620/21) did.

Hey – I am also descended from Mayflower Pilgrim Thomas Rogers.
That makes Margaret my cousin.
What more can I learn about her?

Could it be this easy to find my Mayflower cousins?
Yes – it is.

This historical newspaper article is packed with genealogical clues and information about Margaret, her siblings and children. That would make all of them my cousins too. Armed with these clues I then need to verify and prove each member of the family as I go back generation by generation to our common ancestor: Pilgrim Thomas Rogers.

For starters, the newspaper article gives me Margaret’s photo and tells me that she “celebrated her eighty-first birthday this week at her home at Prosper [Colin County, Texas].”

Wow – her photo. A great find. Nice smile.
So, she was 81 years old in January 1938 and living in Prosper, Colin County, Texas.
That should be easy to verify.

Here is a copy of her death certificate.

death certificate for Margaret (Rogers) Smith

Source: FamilySearch, “Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-25246-83874-37?cc=1983324: accessed 3 September 2015), Death certificates > 1943 > Vol 073-079, certificates 036001-039400, Aug, Brazoria-Starr counties > image 314 of 3524; State Registrar Office, Austin.

Good, her death certificate shows that she was still living in Prosper, Texas, when she died, and it gives me her date of birth as 18 January 1857, in Colin County, Texas. Hmm… January 1857 – that was just 11 years after Texas became a state.

The old newspaper clipping also says her grandparents “were among the first settlers in this community.”

Another great genealogy clue.
So it looks like multiple generations of the family had moved from Tennessee to Texas.

The old newspaper article continues giving me the names of her surviving brothers, sisters and children. Perfect. Historical newspapers sure make it easy to research and fill in the entire family tree of my Mayflower ancestors.

My next step is to look at the records available in other newspapers in GenealogyBank, FamilySearch and other sources to verify each member of the family going back generation by generation.

Sometimes you actually can work your family tree from the top down – and in a case like this where the ancestral connection is in the surname line, you can work on your tree from the bottom up. As ever: Trust, but verify and confirm that she is in fact a descendant of Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower.

Genealogy Tip: Researching your Mayflower family lines? Use the old newspapers to find those who are self-identified as descendants of the same Pilgrim ancestors you are. Then link them back, generation by generation, to attach them to your extended Mayflower family tree.

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Researching Your Female Ancestor & the ‘Woman’s Exchange’

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this blog article, Gena shows how newspaper articles about the charity organizations your female ancestor belonged to may give you valuable personal information about her that you can’t find anywhere else.

Having trouble researching your 19th or 20th century female ancestor? Have you considered her everyday life? Sure, government records such as birth, marriage, death and the census help to learn about your ancestor. But what about her everyday life? Who was she personally? What activities did she enjoy? What causes was she passionate about? What groups did she belong to?

photo of the Woman’s Exchange, Sarasota, Florida

Photo: Woman’s Exchange, Sarasota, Florida. Credit: Ebyabe; Wikimedia Commons.

Organizational records and documents that reveal membership activities are some of the least-used records in genealogy. Why? Well, often because they are more difficult to locate and access when doing genealogy research. These are archival records that are rarely digitized. So if you are unable to access those original records, where can you find this information about your ancestor?

The answer: old newspapers, such as those in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives. Newspapers document the activities of a community, including organizations and their members. Your ancestor’s hometown newspaper can be a rich source for learning about a female ancestor’s everyday activities and memberships.

Women took part in all types of membership groups that spanned politics, religion, leisure and social causes. Many women joined benevolent groups that provided service to others, including less fortunate women. Let’s take a look at one example: the Woman’s Exchange.

History of the Woman’s Exchange

The first Woman’s Exchange was founded in Philadelphia in 1832. Its premise was simple: “women helping women.” The female founders wanted to do something about the position women found themselves in when they were faced with supporting their family but unable to do so. Then, as today, women who have relied on a husband’s income may find themselves quickly spiraling into poverty due to a loss of income, marital separation, divorce or death of that husband. Author Kathleen Waters Sander writes in her book The Business of Charity that those founding women wanted to provide women a “discreet work alternative to protect peers from the ‘rough and unkind treatment to which they are frequently exposed in their efforts to obtain employment.’*

The Woman’s Exchange charity foundation that started in Philadelphia grew to other Exchanges across the United States. These businesses showcased consigned women’s goods while adjoining tea rooms provided meals and refreshment. Woman’s Exchange businesses benefitted both women who provided managerial and clerk functions as well as those who consigned items.

As with other organizations, the story of the Woman’s Exchange can be found in the pages of GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives. When researching the history of the Woman’s Exchange, it quickly becomes apparent that a variety of newspaper articles were published about the charity organization, many with the names of the women involved – these old news articles can provide a window into your ancestor’s life you won’t find anywhere else.


Many organizations and their members find themselves at one time or another being the subject of a newspaper interview piece. These articles typically report on the history and services provided by the organization. For example, this syndicated interview published in a 1928 Kentucky newspaper with Mrs. Edward I. Cudahy, then president of the Chicago Woman’s Exchange, is such an article. An added bonus is that it includes her photograph.

article about the Chicago Woman's Exchange, Lexington Leader newspaper article 23 September 1928

Lexington Leader (Lexington, Kentucky), 23 September 1928, page 23

All types of women were involved in the Exchange movement: the women needing financial assistance who consigned goods; the society women who managed the enterprise and sat on its board; and the women (and men) who donated money as “subscribers.” In most cases, you are more likely to find newspaper articles that list the society women who administered these programs rather than the women who needed the financial benefits this marketplace provided. So, for example, it’s not unusual to find newspaper articles where the names of the women on the board, along with their position, are listed – as in this 1924 article from a California newspaper. The founder of the San Francisco Exchange, Mrs. M. H. (Katherine) de Young, is also named.

New Home of Woman's Exchange Open, San Francisco Chronicle newspaper article 9 February 1924

San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, California), 9 February 1924, page 68

Women involved in raising funds and administering the Exchange could also be found writing letters to newspapers requesting donations. In this 1907 appeal for subscribers to the Exchange in Charleston, South Carolina, we find the names of several women involved in the cause.

letter to the editor about the Charleston Woman's Exchange, Charleston News and Courier newspaper article 23 January 1907

Charleston News and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina), 23 January 1907, page 3

Names Lists

As genealogists, we are always looking for “names lists.” Lucky for us, all kinds of newspaper articles can provide us those coveted lists of names. Old newspaper articles about annual meetings provide a who’s who of the movers and shakers in any organization, as well as information about the meeting itself.

Woman's Exchange, San Diego Union newspaper article 2 November 1888

San Diego Union (San Diego, California), 2 November 1888, page 5

In addition to newspaper articles, search for other records documenting meetings of your ancestor’s organization. Further research involving annual meeting reports provides details about officers and others who are vital to the running of any organization. Such organizational records may be found through the organization, should it still exist, or archived at a local historical society or other repository.

Today about 20 Woman’s Exchanges are open for business in 12 states. These Exchanges still operate under the same premise of women helping women. In my recent visit to the Woman’s Exchange in St. Augustine, Florida, more than 100 registered consigners were benefitting from selling everything from jewelry and jams to potholders and the Exchange’s own community cookbook.

What organization was your female ancestor a member of? To get some ideas of what groups she may have belonged to, identify those affiliated with her religion, children’s school, and husband’s military service or occupation, as well as a cause she felt passionate about. It’s through this extra genealogy research work that you can find richer, more personal information about her – including her name – in the newspaper.


* Sander, Kathleen Waters The Business of Charity: The Woman’s Exchange Movement, 1832-1900. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998 P. 11.

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October Update: GenealogyBank Just Added 3 Million More Records!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our collection to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available online. We just completed adding 3 million more U.S. genealogy records, vastly increasing our content coverage from coast to coast!

screenshot of GenealogyBank's home page showing the announcement that three million more genealogy records were added in October

Here are some of the details about our most recent U.S. newspaper additions:

  • A total of 18 newspaper titles from 14 U.S. states and the District of Columbia
  • 6 of these titles are newspapers added to GenealogyBank for the first time
  • Newspaper titles marked with an asterisk (*) are new to our online archives
  • We’ve shown the newspaper issue date ranges so that you can determine if the newly added content is relevant to your personal genealogy research

To see our newspaper archives’ complete title lists, click here.

State City Title Date Range Collection
Connecticut New Canaan New Canaan Messenger 1/1/1910–9/17/1915 Newspaper Archives
District of Columbia Washington (DC) Washington Times 12/11/1985–12/18/1985 Newspaper Archives
Illinois Rockford Register Star 12/1/2008–12/31/2008 Newspaper Archives
Iowa Council Bluffs Council Bluffs Nonpareil 7/1/1944–8/12/1944 Newspaper Archives
Kentucky Lexington Lexington Leader 10/30/1901–09/15/1981 Newspaper Archives
Louisiana New Orleans Times-Picayune 5/3/1981–4/17/1988 Newspaper Archives
Maryland Baltimore Sun 9/7/1914–2/12/1921 Newspaper Archives
Maryland Dundalk Dundalk Eagle* 04/02/2015–Current Recent Obituaries
Massachusetts Dartmouth Chronicle, The* 02/18/2015–Current Recent Obituaries
Michigan Clare Clare County Review, The* 09/03/2011–Current Recent Obituaries
Michigan Marion Marion Press, The* 03/19/2014–Current Recent Obituaries
Mississippi Biloxi Daily Herald 3/5/1949–9/26/1955 Newspaper Archives
Nevada Carson City Carson Now* 09/06/2015–Current Recent Obituaries
New Jersey Jersey City Jersey Journal 7/16/1964–4/14/1966 Newspaper Archives
North Carolina Greensboro Greensboro News and Record 10/26/1986–10/26/1986 Newspaper Archives
North Carolina Winston-Salem Winston-Salem Journal 1/1/1915–8/31/1925 Newspaper Archives
Pennsylvania State College Centre Daily Times 11/26/1994–3/31/1996 Newspaper Archives
South Carolina Ridgeland Jasper County Sun Times* 02/04/2015–Current Recent Obituaries

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Obituaries – Don’t Make This Rookie Genealogy Research Mistake

This is a typical newspaper obituary.
It gives the usual genealogical information, including her name (Ella M. Crofoot), age, & date and place of birth.

obituary for Ella M. Crofoot, Stamford Advocate newspaper article 17 February 1970

Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), 17 February 1970, page 6

I could easily transcribe this information and move on to the next relative to research in my family tree – but that would be a mistake.

I have her obituary – isn’t that what I came for?

Historical newspapers often published two items about the deceased: the obituary and the more compact “death notice.”

Death notices come in all shapes and sizes, and vary from newspaper to newspaper – but, you must look for them while doing your genealogy research or you will miss important clues.

For example: on the same page of that newspaper, further down along the far right column, there is Ella’s “death notice.”

death notice for Ella M. Crofoot, Stamford Advocate newspaper article 17 February 1970

Stamford Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), 17 February 1970, page 6

Comparing both news articles, we quickly see that additional relatives are named in the death notice:

Aunt of Lawrence T. Kemp, Mrs. Olive Skinner, Mrs. Hazel Randall, and Mrs. Ruth Brush.

Good thing we checked or we’d have missed four family members.

Genealogy Tip: Always check for both the Obituary AND the Death Notice. You’ll likely be glad that you did.

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Massachusetts Archives: 427 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Massachusetts has long played a prominent role in American history. It is where the Pilgrims landed from the Mayflower and established Plymouth Colony in 1620. Boston, founded in 1630, was one of the centers of the revolt against Great Britain that led to the American Revolution. Although Massachusetts is the seventh smallest state in the country, it is the 14th most populous.

photo of a sunset on Cape Cod Bay, Brewster, Massachusetts

Photo: sunset on Cape Cod Bay, Brewster, Massachusetts. Credit: PapaDunes; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Massachusetts, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online MA newspaper archives: 427 titles to help you search your family history in “The Bay State,” providing coverage from 1690 to Today. There are more than 207 million articles and records in our online Massachusetts newspaper archives!

Note that our Massachusetts historical newspaper collection contains The Boston News-Letter which was very first newspaper continuously published in colonial America. This early American newspaper is a fantastic resource to learn about the lives of your colonial ancestors.

masthead for the first issue of the Boston News-Letter newspaper 24 April 1704

Boston News-Letter (Boston, Massachusetts), First Issue: 24 April 1704

Dig deep into our online archives and search for historical and recent obituaries and other news articles about your Massachusetts ancestors in these MA newspapers. Our Massachusetts newspapers are divided into two collections: Historical Newspapers (complete paper) and Recent Obituaries (obituaries only).

Search Massachusetts Newspaper Archives (1690 – 1992)

Search Massachusetts Recent Obituaries (1988 – Current)

illustration: state flag of Massachusetts

Illustration: state flag of Massachusetts. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online Massachusetts newspapers in the historical archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The MA newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
Acton Beacon 10/13/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Amesbury Amesbury News 11/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Andover Andover Townsman 04/04/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Arlington Arlington Advocate 08/25/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ashburnham Community Journal 05/11/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ashland Ashland TAB 12/17/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Attleboro Sun Chronicle 11/14/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Auburn Auburn Daily Voice 04/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ayer Public Spirit 09/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Barnstable Barnstable Patriot 10/07/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Barre Barre Patriot 07/26/1844 – 11/30/1855 Newspaper Archives
Barre Farmer’s Gazette 06/13/1834 – 05/15/1835 Newspaper Archives
Barre Wachusett Star 11/23/1847 – 06/20/1848 Newspaper Archives
Barre Barre Gazette 06/05/1835 – 08/29/1862 Newspaper Archives
Bedford Bedford Minuteman 09/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belchertown Hampshire Sentinel and Farmers and Manufacturers Journal 11/29/1826 – 05/04/1831 Newspaper Archives
Bellingham Country Gazette 09/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belmont Belmont Citizen-Herald 08/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beverly Beverly Citizen 04/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beverly Salem News 05/31/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beverly Beverly Citizen 10/13/1858 – 02/24/1893 Newspaper Archives
Billerica Billerica Minuteman 09/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bolton Bolton Common 12/23/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Saturday Morning Transcript 11/19/1831 – 12/28/1839 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Courier 01/04/1830 – 10/27/1864 Newspaper Archives
Boston Daily Atlas 11/08/1832 – 04/11/1857 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Patriot and Daily Chronicle 06/02/1817 – 12/31/1831 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Messenger 10/25/1811 – 12/25/1860 Newspaper Archives
Boston Federal Gazette 01/01/1798 – 03/26/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston Bay Windows 12/10/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Herald 01/01/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Spectator 01/01/1814 – 02/25/1815 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening-Post and the General Advertiser 10/20/1781 – 01/10/1784 Newspaper Archives
Boston Flag of Our Union 03/28/1846 – 12/28/1867 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Mirror 10/22/1808 – 07/21/1810 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston American 12/01/1951 – 09/30/1961 Newspaper Archives
Boston Huntington News 09/24/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Repertory 01/25/1804 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Saturday Evening Gazette 09/20/1856 – 12/30/1865 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Courier 06/13/1805 – 05/04/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Yankee 01/03/1812 – 01/20/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Daily Advertiser 06/05/1809 – 07/31/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Universalist Magazine 07/03/1819 – 01/12/1828 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Patriot 03/03/1809 – 05/31/1817 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Weekly Journal 03/20/1727 – 10/13/1741 Newspaper Archives
Boston Pilot 09/25/1812 – 01/15/1813 Newspaper Archives
Boston Agricultural Intelligencer, and Mechanic Register 01/14/1820 – 07/07/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Recorder 01/03/1816 – 05/03/1872 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Chronicle and Boston Patriot 06/04/1817 – 12/31/1825 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening-Post 08/18/1735 – 04/24/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston Exchange Advertiser 12/30/1784 – 12/21/1786 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Apollo 10/05/1792 – 12/25/1794 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Journal 01/01/1866 – 10/06/1917 Newspaper Archives
Boston Emancipator and Republican 02/17/1842 – 12/26/1850 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Traveller 11/14/1846 – 08/19/1876 Newspaper Archives
Boston Repertory 01/02/1821 – 07/29/1826 Newspaper Archives
Boston Fredonian 02/20/1810 – 05/15/1810 Newspaper Archives
Boston Satirist 01/16/1812 – 05/09/1812 Newspaper Archives
Boston Herald of Freedom 09/15/1788 – 07/19/1791 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Courant 01/06/1900 – 01/06/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston Courier de Boston 04/23/1789 – 10/15/1789 Newspaper Archives
Boston Trumpet and Universalist Magazine 07/05/1828 – 06/28/1834 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston News-Letter 04/24/1704 – 02/29/1776 Newspaper Archives
Boston Columbian Detector 11/07/1808 – 05/19/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Record American 12/02/1951 – 12/31/1972 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Chronicle 09/19/1776 – 05/29/1817 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening Transcript 01/01/1842 – 12/31/1866 Newspaper Archives
Boston Evening Post and General Advertiser 10/17/1778 – 02/26/1780 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Spy 07/17/1770 – 04/06/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Republican 03/20/1809 – 04/03/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Censor 11/23/1771 – 05/02/1772 Newspaper Archives
Boston Publick Occurrences 09/25/1690 – 09/25/1690 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Intelligencer 08/20/1814 – 12/27/1828 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Commercial Gazette 10/09/1800 – 01/23/1840 Newspaper Archives
Boston Courier 07/01/1795 – 12/30/1795 Newspaper Archives
Boston Metro – Boston 12/07/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Independent Advertiser 01/04/1748 – 09/25/1749 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Palladium 03/11/1803 – 12/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Bostonian and Mechanics Journal 07/20/1822 – 06/28/1823 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Price-Current 09/07/1795 – 05/31/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Daily Record 12/01/1951 – 09/30/1961 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Mercury 01/01/1793 – 03/08/1803 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Herald 05/01/1848 – 04/30/1992 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Chronicle 10/22/1767 – 06/21/1770 Newspaper Archives
Boston Continental Journal, and Weekly Advertiser 05/30/1776 – 06/21/1787 Newspaper Archives
Boston Times, or, the Evening Entertainer 07/28/1794 – 11/08/1794 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Journal 09/02/1826 – 12/18/1828 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Galaxy 10/10/1817 – 12/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Telegraph 01/01/1824 – 12/23/1824 Newspaper Archives
Boston Columbian Centinel 06/16/1790 – 04/25/1840 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Post-Boy 04/21/1735 – 04/10/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Daily Advertiser 03/03/1813 – 12/31/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston Liberator 01/01/1831 – 12/29/1865 Newspaper Archives
Boston Ladies’ Port Folio 01/01/1820 – 07/08/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Constitutional Telegraph 10/02/1799 – 05/22/1802 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Report 05/01/1819 – 05/10/1828 Newspaper Archives
Boston Polar-Star 10/06/1796 – 02/02/1797 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Traveler 07/05/1825 – 10/21/1862 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Advance 02/17/1900 – 02/17/1900 Newspaper Archives
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William Mercer Married Five Sisters!

This has to be a record.
It’s not uncommon for a young man to marry the girl next door – but in William Mercer’s case he married five of them, all sisters!

[William Mercer] Married Five Sisters, Omaha World-Herald newspaper article 8 October 1899

Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), 8 October 1899, page 28

He married the first of five of the Moffitt sisters, Jennie, when he was 19. After her death, he married in succession her sisters Ada, Catherine, Missouri, and then Anna. The reason for all these marriages? As the article explains:

Each of his wives has died of…consumption.

Nestled in the Raccoon Creek area of West Virginia, the Mercer and Moffitt farms were next to each other.

When he was asked “Why don’t you marry somebody besides a Moffitt, just for a change…?” He responded:

If ye want a reason, it’s kind o’ handy to run over there an’ git a wife. I aint got much time to go chasing round in the mountains for one.

Mercer’s marriages to the first four Moffitt sisters produced eight children. Are you related?

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Victoria Claflin Woodhull – the 1st Woman to Run for U.S. President

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog article, Mary tells the story of Victoria Claflin Woodhull – who in a long, full life replete with many controversies, earned the distinction of being the first woman to run for U.S. president.

Who, you may be wondering, was this lady? And could you be related to her? If so, she may well be one of the “black sheep” in your family history!

photo of Victoria Woodhull, c. 1860s

Photo: Victoria Woodhull, c. 1860s. Source: Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum, Historical Photographs and Special Visual Collections Department, Fine Arts Library; Wikimedia Commons.

Victoria Claflin Woodhull was a woman full of gumption and a household name in her own time. As a spiritualist, suffragette, newspaper publisher, the first woman to ever run a stock brokerage – and the first woman to run for U.S. president – she became a very famous and controversial person. Read on to find out why.

memorial for women suffrage submitted by Victoria Claflin Woodhull

Brief Family & Marriage History

Victoria Claflin was born 23 September 1838 in Homer, Ohio, to Reuben Buckman “Buck” Claflin and Roxanna “Annie” Hummel. She was one of ten children and the family struggled financially. Buck was a school teacher who later kept a store, and his wife reportedly did not have much education. Victoria’s father often got into trouble, including the counterfeiting of money.

He even marketed his children as clairvoyants. From the age of 10, Victoria reported receiving psychic messages from the Greek statesman Demosthenes (384–322 B.C.). The family traveled from town to town until, at the age of 14, Victoria married her first husband, Canning H. Woodhull, a native of New York.

article about Victoria Claflin Woodhull and her family, Plain Dealer newspaper article 23 September 1938

Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 23 September 1938, page 6

By 1855, they were living with his parents, Byron and Louisa Woodhull. The New York State Census reports a son Byron, and at the time Canning’s occupation was sailor. (See “New York, State Census, 1855,” database with images from FamilySearch at https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6Q9-J8C: accessed 3 September 2015.)

They later had a daughter named Zulu Maud Woodhull.

The marriage ended in divorce and Canning’s death certificate, displayed on his Findagrave memorial at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=42444970, reports he succumbed to intemperance in 1872.

Victoria’s second marriage was to James Harvey Blood on 14 July 1866. (See “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZBW-4DX.)

He was a veteran of the Civil War who often went by an alias. Several reports indicate that at times, her first husband lived with them. Victoria’s second marriage also ended in a divorce.

A Fortune for a Fortune

As a psychic, Victoria met with millionaire railroad magnate and philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt. She told him his fortune which purportedly resulted in a large financial gain for Vanderbilt of $13 million in the gold market – and in exchange, Victoria was reportedly the benefactor of generous financing. She and sister Tennessee “Tennie” Claflin used this money to found the first female-owned bank and brokerage in the United States: Woodhull, Claflin & Company. In 1870, it was located at 44 Broad Street in New York and stayed in business until around 1876. The sisters also founded the first female-owned newspaper, called Woodhull & Claflin’s Weekly, which began publication in 1870 in New York.

Newspaper advertisements announced that Woodhull, Claflin & Company bought and sold gold and government bonds, supplied advances, took collections of deposits in all parts of the Union, and paid interest on daily balances. They even provided mail and telegraphic services.

ad for Woodhull, Claflin & Company, Commercial Advertiser newspaper advertisement 24 February 1870

Commercial Advertiser (New York, New York), 24 February 1870, page 3

Legal Entanglements

In 1871, Victoria and Tennessee’s mother filed a petition to have Victoria’s husband arrested, alleging that Mr. Blood (who sometimes used the alias Dr. J. H. Harvey) encouraged Victoria to seek the attention of various married gentlemen for the purpose of blackmail.

article about Victoria Claflin Woodhull and her family, Springfield Republican newspaper article 6 May 1871

Springfield Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts), 6 May 1871, page 4

Several other legal squabbles ensued, the most notable with the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher. One of their first entanglements was when the sisters sued, claiming that they were portrayed in the novel My Wife and I, by his daughter, Harriet Beecher Stowe. Later he retaliated with a lawsuit of his own.

article about Victoria Claflin Woodhull and her sister Tennessee suing Henry Ward Beecher for libel, Houston Daily Union newspaper article 28 June 1871

Houston Daily Union (Houston, Texas), 28 June 1871, page 2

In 1872, the sisters were deterred from sailing to Europe when they were charged by Mr. L. C. Challis with sending defamatory letters through the mail.

Arrest of Woodhull and Claflin, Washington Reporter newspaper article 6 November 1872

Washington Reporter (Washington, Pennsylvania), 6 November 1872, page 4

Female Presidential Candidate Hopeful

Many of these lawsuits were instituted by political enemies because earlier that year, Victoria announced she was running for U.S. president on the Reform ticket. Her running mate was noted abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

article about Victoria Claflin Woodhull running for U.S. president in the 1872 election, Jackson Citizen Patriot newspaper article 4 April 1870

Jackson Citizen Patriot (Jackson, Michigan), 4 April 1870, page 2

They were among good company – U.S. presidential candidates that year included Ulysses S. Grant, Horace Greeley and even Susan B. Anthony, who ran for vice president on the Independent ticket. Several authors report that Victoria’s name never appeared on an official ballot, as she was not yet 35.

list of the candidates in the 1872 U.S. presidential election, Stoughton Sentinel newspaper article 13 July 1872

Stoughton Sentinel (Stoughton, Massachusetts), 13 July 1872, page 5

Victoria lost her bid for the U.S. presidency, but went on to live a long, full life. She died at the age of 88 on 9 June 1927.

Are You Related?

I began this article with the question: Are you related to Victoria Claflin Woodhull? After reading these reports, perhaps you’re hoping you’re not – but as all genealogists know, if you root around your family tree, you’ll undoubtedly uncover some dirt.

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Legal News & Records in Newspapers & Your Ancestors

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” If your ancestor had trouble with the law or was the victim of a crime – or participated in a civil or criminal trial – law articles in the newspapers of that time might have family history information to help your genealogy. In this blog article, Gena gives several examples of law articles she found while searching old newspapers, and shows what good genealogy information they provide.

One of the reasons I love newspapers for my family history research is that they tell the story of a community, the entire story both good and bad. Legal news and records of all types can be found in the newspaper including arrests, court cases (criminal and civil), as well as investigations into crime. Unlike other types of newspaper topics, those involving the law result in numerous follow-up articles as court cases are heard over days and weeks, or as an offender is arrested multiple times.

Let’s look at a few examples of legal articles to see what you can find out about your ancestors in the pages of old newspapers.

Police Blotters

Have a black sheep ancestor who was up to no good? The first place you may find their misdeeds mentioned is in the newspaper’s police blotter. What I love about these short news articles is they often provide other details, like the victim’s name and address.

This example includes a notice that 13-year-old James Pooler was committed by his father to the House of Refuge. Judging from the mention in this same article of a 14-year-old boy who was similarly committed for the crime of stealing lead from the Bell Telephone Company, my guess is that the House of Refuge was Juvenile Hall.

It seems stealing lead was not that unusual. This same notice reports that the prize fighter “Bull” McCarthy was also arrested for stealing lead.

police blotter, Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper article 2 February 1900

Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 2 February 1900, page 9

Genealogy Search Tip: it’s easy to get in a rut with your newspaper searches. Make sure you don’t just stick to one keyword or keyword phrase as you search. Case in point: the phrase “police blotter.” Sure that’s the typical wording on the daily or weekly reports regarding police activity and arrests. But in this 1918 Georgia newspaper, the “Town in Tabloid” column reported on police activity such as fines and arrests. In this example, those mentioned received stolen goods, violated traffic laws, or were committed to a state asylum.

police blotter, Macon Telegraph newspaper article 21 May 1918

Macon Telegraph (Macon, Georgia), 21 May 1918, page 11

Court Trials

Some of the best parts of a local newspaper are the articles or even brief mentions of criminal and civil court trials. In this example from a 1921 Washington newspaper, notice that the two young defendants, 21 and 19 years of age, wanted to speak to their mothers before revealing their plea.

article about court hearings, Bellingham Herald newspaper article 29 January 1921

Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Washington), 29 January 1921, page 5

In the case of one of my ancestors who was murdered in the 1870s, his trial was covered in numerous articles over time and from many areas, as well as newspapers covering the county where he lived.

Genealogy Search Tip: Depending on the details of the crime, don’t forget to enlarge your search to include all newspapers, not just the one for the area where your ancestor lived.

Coroner’s Inquests

One type of newspaper article you may have missed in your previous searches is reports of a coroner’s inquest. These investigations involve coroner personnel and a jury of citizens who try to determine the manner of death. These events can be found in the newspaper and may contain several days of testimony. Although this type of inquiry is for fact finding, afterwards, if the death is determined to be murder, criminal charges may be filed by law enforcement.

In this example from the bilingual newspaper Anunciador (Trinidad, Colorado), two men – Joe Romero and Margarito Diaz – engaged in a fight that resulted in Diaz shooting and killing Romero.

article about Joe Romero's murder, Anunciador newspaper article 4 March 1922

Anunciador (Trinidad, Colorado), 4 March 1922, page 3

From follow-up newspaper articles, we learn that Diaz professed his innocence at his criminal trial by claiming that the dead man, Romero, had first come toward him with a revolver and “made a movement to draw this weapon.” This news article informs the reader that the Diaz and Romero families lived in the same house and there was a witness to the shooting.

article about Margarito Diaz's trial for killing Joe Romero, Anunciador newspaper article 1 April 1922

Anunciador (Trinidad, Colorado), 1 April 1922, page 1

One of the reasons that newspaper articles about legal actions can result in genealogical gold is that they typically involve multiple articles over time. What might start as a notice in the police blotter may then go to a coroner’s inquest or an article reporting an arrest, and then articles on the trial, and so forth. These newspaper articles are great additions to the family history information you can find in court records.

A good example of all the various types of articles that can come out of legal activities is the following case from 1898 involving Lillian Brandes, a teenage California girl. Numerous articles over time were published in newspapers throughout the United States, most likely because it involved the brutal murder of a young girl. Originally reported as a suicide by her adopted parents, the inquest found that the girl was beaten and killed by her father, with her mother being arrested as an accessory.

article about the murder of Lillian Brandes, Tacoma Daily News newspaper article 23 November 1898

Tacoma Daily News (Tacoma, Washington), 23 November 1898, page 1

Not only does the newspaper report the legal events surrounding the murder, it also provides a short obituary for the young girl.

obituary for Lillian Brandes, Evening News newspaper article 28 November 1898

Evening News (San Jose, California), 28 November 1898, page 5

Just as a criminal trial that catches our interest today, each day of the trial resulted in an article updating the public on what was happening. In this old newspaper article we learn that in the preliminary hearing a neighbor recounted the screams and argument right before the murder.

testimony about the murder of Lillian Brandes, Evening News newspaper article 3 December 1898

Evening News (San Jose, California), 3 December 1898, page 1

Like many other cases, the court trial seemed to go on and on. In January 1899, there was a motion for a new trial by the Brandes due to their belief that they could not get a fair trial in the current venue.

Brandes Wants a New Trial, Evening News newspaper article 30 January 1899

Evening News (San Jose, California), 30 January 1899, page 5

Brandes was convicted, but then was tried a second time. In the second trial the testimony included the physician who was summoned to the death scene. Interestingly, at first he thought the girl was still alive and asked for some whiskey to restore her. Mr. Brandes proclaimed the girl was adopted and “this is what a person gets for adopting a stranger into the family.”

article about the trial of W. Brandes for murdering Lillian Brandes, Evening News newspaper article 31 May 1901

Evening News (San Jose, California), 31 May 1901, page 7

Newspaper articles about this crime didn’t stop at the conclusion of the court trial. Later news articles report on the prison escape attempt by Mr. Brandes, his release from prison, his later divorce from his wife and subsequent arrest on other charges.

Did your ancestor have any interactions or altercations with the law? Even if it was a non-criminal act or they were the victim of a crime, you may find that thorough genealogy research in court records and newspapers will provide a wealth of information. This is a good example of not making assumptions about your ancestor’s life, and enlarging your search to include newspapers in other areas of the country. The best thing about black sheep ancestors? They leave the best paper trail!

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