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.

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

Newspaper Genealogy Research Discoveries: 7 Brothers Meet at Last

Family reunions are special occasions, but the Jones family reunion in the fall of 1881 in Lewiston, Maine, was especially noteworthy: although they ranged in age from 47 to 72 years old, this reunion was the first time all seven Jones brothers were together in one place at the same time!

This happened because the oldest brother (Ebenezer, born in 1809) married Rebecca Adams in 1831 and settled in Newport, Vermont, while the rest of the family relocated to Lewiston, Maine, before the youngest brother (Luther) was born in 1833.

The family had tried several times over 40 years to have a complete family reunion, but they led busy lives and always one brother or another missed each reunion. Finally, the stars must have fallen into proper alignment, everything clicked into place, and the joyous family occasion happened at last.

Can you imagine the smiles on all the faces? At that remarkable—and long awaited—reunion of all the living members of the family, the seven brothers sat at the table in the order of their ages. To make the reunion complete, the brothers’ one remaining sister, Mrs. Albert Frost, joined them.

This heartwarming family reunion story illustrates two important points about using newspapers to research your genealogy. First of all: you never know what you will find once you start looking through a newspaper archive. Even if the Jones family is not related to you, little discoveries like this story—and newspapers are full of them—add the human touch to your genealogy pursuit, and make your research fun and interesting.

For the second point, look closely at the family reunion newspaper article below: notice that it was originally printed in the Lewiston Journal (Maine), but was reprinted in the Huntsville Gazette—an Alabama paper! This special family reunion story was so popular it was also reprinted by the Sun (Maryland) and Omaha Herald (Nebraska) newspapers as well. Perhaps the newspaper editors thought this amazing story would interest their readers, or maybe someone in those areas was related to the Jones family, and editors are always looking for news items that have connections to their readers.

The lesson here is to expand the geographic scope of your newspaper search if your initial search didn’t turn up enough information. The newspaper archive you’re looking in may not have the issue of the Lewiston Journal this article first appeared in, but it might have the Huntsville Gazette issue where the article was reprinted. It is a good thing that GenealogyBank has brought together the largest collection of U.S. newspapers available online—5,700 of them from all 50 states—with a powerful search engine, making it easy to search through this large newspaper archive to research your genealogy.

What will you discover?

This family reunion story, was printed by the Huntsville Gazette (Alabama), 5 November 1881, page 4.

Genealogy Podcast 2: Genealogy Research with Obituaries

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GenealogyBank Genealogy PodcastDiscover how to search obituaries to find genealogical clues that will help you trace your family tree in this genealogy podcast by GenealogyBank. Listen as our expert genealogist Tom Kemp explains what types of information to search for in obituary and death notices to uncover your ancestral roots and explore your family history.

 

Newspapers are crucial to documenting your family history

Genealogists rely on multiple sources to document a family tree.
One source does not give all of the facts – so researchers must look at multiple family history records to gather the details for each family.

For example – James Edwin Ayres (1817-1893) and his wife Ann (Ford) Ayres (1817-1901) are listed in the 1850 census for Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York.
TIP: You may search the census for free at FamilySearch.org

On closer inspection we see that there is an age gap between the children. James H. Ayres – born about 1842

Sarah Ayres – born about 1844

and Frederica Ayres born about 1849

It appears that there might be another child that was probably born in 1846 and who died before 1850.
A quick search of GenealogyBank shows that was the case.
In the Hudson River Chronicle (Sing Sing, New York) – 12 December 1848 we find an obituary notice for Lovina Ayres stating that she was born 7 August 1846 and died 26 November 1848.
TIP: Newspapers are essential for finding and documenting every person on your family tree.
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Genealogy Boot Camp – Quick Tips

Genealogy Boot Camp

Here are a few tips that every genealogist should know.

Using an online index

Researchers using an online index sometimes try to tell the computer everything they know about their deceased ancestor.

Assuming that the computer will sort through all of the facts and narrow down the hits to just their ancestor – they will type in the person’s full name, complete dates of birth/death, nicknames and any other facts that might be helpful.

Sometimes – less is more.

What you want to do is try multiple approaches as you interrogate the index.

1. Search on the full name: first name, middle name, surname.
Give it a try and see if it promptly gives you the results you want. This is particularly effective if the parts of the name are distinctive, uncommon words.

2. Not finding your guy? Then – try again. This time search on only the surname. Or – if the first name is distinctive – search on just the first name. 3. Notice that once you have made your initial search you may narrow down your search to only the obituaries, marriage notices or birth announcements.

Click on Obituaries and the computer will bring you only the 55 obituaries – instead of all 2,651 article results for “Starbird”.

This is a handy tool for speeding up your search.

4. Be careful not to narrow your search too much.

It is common for new researchers to only search the “local” newspaper published in the town where their ancestor once lived. That is a common mistake.

Newspapers routinely published information about people living far from the town where the newspaper was published.

For example – Chloe Starbird – wife of John Starbird died in Portland, Maine – but her obituary appeared in the Boston Semi-Weekly Advertiser (16 March 1822) – published in another state. Newspapers routinely published articles about people who lived in other counties; or other states. Their mandate was to fill the newspaper with news every day and to expand their circulation base. So – editors routinely added birth, marriage and death notices for individuals – providing their readers with the news they needed.

Notice that in this same example from the Boston Semi-Weekly Advertiser (16 March 1822) – that there are obituaries for individuals from Portland, Maine; Dublin, New Hampshire; Sturbridge; Shrewsbury; Bolton; New Braintree; Barre, Vermont; Zanesville, Ohio and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Think big – search all of GenealogyBank – then narrow your search by region, state or town.

GenealogyBank – Where Everybody Knows Your Name

I had a basic question yesterday that reminded me of one of the core values of GenealogyBank – it’s flexible search engine.

A woman wrote asking for the obituary notice of her father – who had died in December 2008 – but she had not included her father’s name. So I wrote back asking her for that detail.

While I waited for her response I thought - you know, GenealogyBank’s search engine can find his obituary even without knowing his name.

Here’s how I did it.

Step One.

I first entered what I knew – the name of his daughter and the month/year that he died. I left all of the other search fields blank. I reasoned that the obituary would likely include the name of his children and close relatives – in this case, the name of his daughter.

Step Two

There was only one hit that met that search criteria.

Step Three
Bingo – it was the correct obituary.

Tip: Be flexible in your searches.

GenealogyBank indexes over 4,200 newspapers published over the last 300+ years. You may search by the name of the deceased or by other persons named in the obituary or news article. Search on every clue.

Fred Q. Bowman (1916-2009) Genealogist, Author

Fred Q. Bowman (1916-2009)
Frederick Quimby Bowman, 93, passed away in Albany, NY earlier this week. Well known genealogist and author – Fred was a relied upon source of early New York vital records. He was a genealogist who made a lasting difference.

Obituary: Times Union (Albany, NY) – November 9, 2009
See: http://bit.ly/5gmzM7

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Wickham) Bowman; a son, Ronald Bowman (Janice); daughter-in-law, Yvonne and her daughter Arlene; two grandchildren, Lisa Wilson (David) and Michael Bowman (Jill Tierney); four great-grandchildren, Kayley and Brenna, Cody and Kyle; also several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sons, Raymond W. and Kenneth Bowman; a granddaughter, Brenda Bowman; a sister, Martha Schmidt; and a brother, William Bowman. Condolences may be sent to them c/o the A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home; 4898 SR81; Greenville, NY 12083.

He was the author of:
7,000 Hudson-Mohawk Valley (NY) vital records, 1808-1850
Index to 7,000 Hudson-Mohawk Valley New York vital records, 1808-1850

10,000 vital records of eastern New York, 1777-1834
Index to 10,000 vital records of eastern New York, 1774-1834
8,000 more vital records of eastern New York State, 1804-1850

10,000 vital records of central New York, 1813-1850
Index to 10,000 vital records of central New York, 1813-1850

10,000 vital records of western New York, 1809-1850
Index to 10,000 vital records of western New York, 1809-1850

Landholders of northeastern New York, 1739-1802
Directory to collections of New York vital records, 1726-1989, with rare gazetteer
New York’s detailed census of 1855 : Greene County

I am not finding my great-grandfather, what do I do now?

The steady flow of newspapers, records and documents going online on GenealogyBank gives family historians a lot to search and comb through.

These newspapers and documents were published over the past 3 centuries – so sometimes it takes a little detective work to find our ancestors.

Here are a few tips:
1. First search for the person by name. Put in the person’s last name and first name. Examine the results and see if you are able to quickly spot your relative. I had a person write me and ask why he couldn’t find his relative Gayla Marie Jackson. By repeating the search & using only the first name: Gayla and last name: Jackson – her obituary came right up. TIP: Limit your search to only the first name and the surname.

2. If you don’t find a person after the first or second attempt – step back and search on just the surname and slowly add additional facts.
I recently helped a person with the surname: Suárez.
Clearly that is a common surname and will produce too many hits – over 27,000 articles and records. So repeat the search and limit by the year of death. I did that for Suárez 1934 and was able to quickly spot his relatives. Funeral del joven Ricardo Suárez – Prensa (TX) 25 Aug 1940.

We have very few genealogists that write us saying that they cannot find their relatives but we are here to help. If you’re not finding your relatives – alert me right away at: gbfeedback@genealogybank.com. Let me see what I can do to help you uncover your relatives and document your family tree.

We want you to have success in documenting your family and wish you all the best in using GenealogyBank.
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