Joshua Hempstead (1678-1758) – I was blind but now I see.

New London Historical Society (CT) is doing a terrific job serializing Joshua Hempstead’s diary on their site.

Styled the Joshua Hempstead Blog – each entry of his diary captures the details of life in Colonial Connecticut. Hempstead’s diary entries are dated from September 8, 1711 through November 3, 1758. He died 22 December 1758.

According to historian Bruce P. Stark, “The diary, the only one of its kind in Connecticut, fills over 700 tightly-packed, printed pages and provides a detailed picture of the life of Hempstead, his family, neighbors, and acquaintances. It also includes a great deal of information about events in New London and eastern Connecticut.” See his complete article: Joshua Hempstead published on the Connecticut Heritage Gateway.
I am looking forward to reading his diary entries for the time his sight was restored in 1831. Here is the account from the newspaper Connecticut Courant 12 July 1831

According to the newspaper he was blind for ten years but being “of an industrious habit” he went to work in his fields every day.

One day after being “led into the field” … “while at work, he placed, as usual, his staff in the centre of a hill of corn, as a guide when stooping with a quick motion, the top of the staff struck his eyebrow a violent blow and glanced over the eye, producing a severe pain.” The blow restored his sight and he “hastened home alone, bearing the joyful tidings, to his astonished and happy family.”

Now – that’s a great family story. If you don’t have your ancestor’s diary passed down in the family or preserved at a historical society – check and see if the stories of their lives were recorded in one of the 3,800+ newspapers in GenealogyBank.

It’s a Great Day for Genealogy!

Many thanks to Barbara Matthews for alerting me to the New London Historical Society’s decision to put Joshua Hempstead’s diary online.
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Newspapers from 23 states go online!

GenealogyBank added and expanded 32 newspapers from 23 states.
16 new titles.

Click and search them right now.

California
Benecia.
California Gazette*. 1 issue. 1851-07-12

Colorado
Denver. Denver Mirror* 33 issues. 1874-06-28 to 1875-05-30

Connecticut
Bristol.
Bristol Press*. 2007-12-28 to Present
Manchester.
Journal Inquirer*. 2004-03-08 to Present
Middletown.
Constitution. 20 issues. 1856-12-31 to 1857-12-02
New London.
New London Daily Star. 120 issues. 1837-01-05 to 1858-09-02

DC
Washington.
Reconstructionist* 2 issues. 1866-02-10 to 1866-03-24

Idaho
Blackfoot.
Morning News*. 2008-08-02 to Present

Illinois
Chicago.
Chicago Times. 77 issues. 1855-01-16 to 1856-07-03

Indiana
Terre Haute.
Wabash Courier. 18 issues. 1840-10-31 to 1841-12-25

Kansas
Kansas City.
Kansas City Kansan*. 2008-08–12 to Current

Louisiana
New Orleans.
New Orleans Argus*. 117 issues. 1828-01-19 to 1832-09-29

Maryland
Baltimore.
American and Commercial Daily Advertiser. 3,722 issues. 1801-07-15 to 1820-12-30
Baltimore.
Federal Republican. 66 issues. 1811-01-01 to 1811-03-18
Cumberland.
Weekly Civilian. 126 issues. 1859-03-17 to 1861-09-26

Montana
Great Falls.
Montana Herold. 260 issues. 1893-05-04 to 1899-05-25

Nevada
Carson City. Nevada Appeal*. 2000-07-04 to Present

New Hampshire
Concord.
New Hampshire Patriot*. 545 issues. 1878-10-10 to 1890-04-10

New Jersey
Trenton.
Trenton State Gazette. 602 issues. 1848-01-01 to 1850-12-31

New York
Albany.
Albany Evening Journal. 1 issue. 1854-08-19
New York.
Morning Telegraph*. 509 issues. 1870-01-02 to 1879-12-28
New York.
New York Herald. 50 issues. 1871-06-18 to 1871-08-09
New York.
New York Herald-Tribune*. 527 issues. 1858-01-01 to 1877-09-24

North Dakota
Valley City. Valley City Times-Record*. 2008-06-02 to Present

Ohio
Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Daily Enquirer. 2,065 issues. 1861-01-04 to 1876-09-30

Oklahoma
Poteau.
Poteau Daily News & Sun*. 2009-07-29 to Present

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia.
National Gazette. 1,558 issues. 1822-12-03 to 1841-04-08
Philadelphia.
Public Ledger. 1,103 issues. 1840-09-17 to 1868-05-30

Rhode Island
Providence.
Manufacturers’ and Farmers’ Journal. 52 issues. 1820-08-07 to 1870-01-03

South Carolina
Charleston.
City Gazette. 200 issues. 1826-01-02 to 1826-12-30

Vermont
Milton.
Milton Independent*. 2009-01-08 to Present

West Virginia
Keyser.
Mineral Daily*. 2009-04-05 to Present
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Funerals

I attended a funeral today for an old family friend that we have known for over 44 years, Axel Ohrn. Seeing people I have not seen in decades Axel’s funeral was a reunion as family and friends gathered from around the state of Connecticut to remember and honor him. He was 98 years old.


Newspapers over the past three centuries routinely carry obituaries and death notices that alert us that a person has died. They also routinely carry news accounts of the funerals themselves. GenealogyBank has more than 130 million obituaries, death notices, published funeral news accounts and sermons.
Here are some examples from the 29 May 1905 Montgomery (AL) Advertiser.





In the 1700s and 1800s it was common for families to print a copy of the funeral sermon as a keepsake and remembrance of the deceased.

GenealogyBank has many funeral sermons online like this one printed in 1804 on the death of Jonathan Homer, Jr. (1783-1804).
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Here comes the bride …

Newspaper marriage announcements can give you important clues for your family history.

This one tells us where & when the marriage took place; the name of the minister; the names of the bride & groom and where they were from.

This marriage notice from the Public Ledger 23 March 1863 states that Mary A. Middleton was the second daughter of Robert C. Middleton and that Annie M. Smith was the youngest daughter of the late Col. Kenderton Smith.

Here is a good example of 4 Generations of a family gathering for a wedding.

And then there is this example of a wedding announcement that includes too much information. (Idaho Statesman 28 Oct 1922).
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GenealogyBank.com adding more content for 16 states

GenealogyBank.com is adding 8,122 back issues — newspapers from 16 states – filling in gaps; 12 new titles.

This new content will go live on GenealogyBank.com this week.

New titles are indicated by an asterisk *

Berkeley, CA. Grito. 1 Issue. 6/1/1970
Los Angeles, CA. Amigo del Pueblo* 1 Issue. 1861-11-30
Los Angeles, CA. Clamor Publico. 5 Issues. 1856-01-12 to 1857-02-14
Los Angeles, CA. Eco Mejicano* 1 Issue. 1885-10-29
Los Angeles, CA. Heraldo de Mexico. 1 Issue. 11/17/1927
Oakland, CA. Mundo. 99 Issues. 1/7/1971 to 4/2/1975
Sacramento, CA. Post (El Informador)* 2 Issues. 11/4/1967 to 12/2/1967
San Francisco, CA. Hispano America. 7 Issues. 11/22/1919 to 11/27/1920
San Francisco, CA. Nueva Mission* 22 Issues. 11/27/1967 to 10/1/1969
Santa Barbara, CA. Gaceta. 2 Issues. 1879-11-01 to 1881-06-25

Colorado Springs, CO. Gazette-Telegraph. 3 Issues. 11/23/1913 to 6/28/1915

Chicago, IL. Latin Times. 1 Issue. 4/23/1960
Chicago, IL. Vida Latina. 1 Issue. 6/21/1961

New Orleans, LA. Times Picayune. 277 Issues. 1861-12-10 to 1897-02-01
New Orleans, LA. Times Picayune. 364 Issues. 12/20/1902 to 8/20/1920

Boston, MA. Boston Journal. 458 Issues. 1874-01-01 to 1889-12-31
Boston, MA. Liberator. 2 Issues. 1897-03-21 to 1897-04-04

Baltimore, MD. Baltimore American. 4 Issues. 9/9/1905 to 1/7/1912

Portland, ME. Gazette of Maine. 104 Issues. 1825-01-01 to 1826-12-26

Grand Rapids, MI. Grand Rapids Press. 869 Issues. 1893-01-11 to 12/26/1922

Trenton, NJ. Trenton Evening Times. 1,509 Issues. 1883-09-15 to 12/26/1922

Las Cruces, NM. Flor del Valle. 14 Issues. 1894-02-03 to 1894-10-11
Las Cruces, NM. Gaceta Popular. 1 Issue. 12/1/1919
Las Cruces, NM. Tiempo. 81 Issues. 9/20/1902 to 11/13/1909
Las Vegas, NM. Chronicle* 1 Issue. 1886-10-19
Las Vegas, NM. Las Vegas Daily Optic. 1 Issue. 1893-05-04
Las Vegas, NM. Revista Catolica. 3 Issues. 1888-10-14 to 1893-02-26
Maxwell, NM. Maxwell Mail* 53 Issues. 1/7/1915 to 12/30/1915
San Marcial, NM. San Marcial Bee. 1 Issue. 1893-04-29
Santa Fe, NM. New Mexican Mining News* 1 Issue. 1881-12-21
Wagon Mound, NM. Combate. 4 Issues. 10/31/1914 to 11/21/1914

Albany, NY. Albany Evening Journal. 125 Issues. 1854-04-11 to 1874-06-29
New York, NY. Cuba Libre. 3 Issues. 1895-07-27 to 1895-09-12
New York, NY. Estrella de Cuba* 9 Issues. 1870-04-16 to 1870-06-29
New York, NY. Grafico. 1 Issue. 5/21/1917
New York, NY. Hodge’s Banknote Reporter* 65 Issues. 1861-01-01 to 1863-01-15
New York, NY. Iberica. 4 Issues. 1/15/1956 to 12/15/1964
New York, NY. New York Herald. 723 Issues. 1867-05-24 to 1870-12-24
New York. NY. New Yorker Volkszeitung* 2, 561. Issues. 1889-01-06 to 1898-12-31
New York, NY. Nueva Democracia. 3 Issues. 1/1/1922 to 12/25/1933
New York, NY. Papagayo. 1 Issue. 1855-03-16

Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 419 Issues. 1879-09-01 to 1887-04-30

Philadelphia. PA. Public Ledger. 270 Issues. 1859-01-01 to 1869-11-26

Brownsville, TX. Cronista del Valle. 1 Issue. 10/28/1926
Brownsville, TX. Heraldo de Brownsville. 2 Issues. 9/29/1937 to 2/25/1940
Corpus Christi, TX. Weekly Labor Herald. 1 Issue. 6/19/1942
El Paso, TX. Clarin del Norte. 3 Issues. 11/17/1906 to 2/9/1907
El Paso, TX. Continental. 2 Issues. 3/4/1960 to 3/5/1960
El Paso, TX. El Paso Daily News* 6 Issues. 2/11/1901 to 7/3/1902
Kingsville, TX. Eco. 1 Issue. 12/1/1934
Laredo, TX. Cronica. 1 Issue. 12/28/1911
San Antonio, TX. Prensa. 2 Issues. 3/19/1932 to 3/21/1932
San Antonio, TX. Prensa. 8 Issues. 8/13/1925 to 8/8/1948
San Antonio, TX. Regidor. 13 Issues. 11/24/1910 to 10/31/1912
San Antonio, TX. Revista Mexicana. 1 Issue. 7/13/1919

Salt Lake City, UT. Salt Lake Telegram. 1 Issue. 2/23/1904

Milwaukee, WI. Milwaukee’r Socialist* 3 Issues. 1876-09-22 to 1877-09-21

Biloxi, MS (1836-1922, 1994-Today) Newspapers Online

GenealogyBank.com has Biloxi, Mississippi newspapers, 1836-1922, 1994-Today online
Click here to search the Biloxi, Mississippi newspaper archives

Click on the links below to search a specific Biloxi, MS newspaper.
Daily Herald (1836-1922)
Herald Weekly (1891-1898)
Sun Herald (1994-Today)

GenealogyBank has other Mississippi newspapers covering two centuries: 1818-Today.

Other Mississippi newspapers Online
Click here to search all of the historical MS newspapers

Greenville, MS

Delta Democrat Times (2002-Today)

Greenwood, MS
Greenwood Commonwealth (2000-Today)

Hattiesburg, MS
Hattiesburg American (2000-Today)

Jackson, MS
Clarion (1831-1890), (1999-Today)
Clarion Ledger (1888-1890)

Natchez, MS
Mississippi State Gazette (1818-1825)
Southern Clarion (1831)
Southern Galaxy (1828-1829)
Statesman & Gazette (1828-1829)

Starkville, MS
Starkville Daily News (2008-Today)

Vicksburg, MS
Daily Commercial (1835-1882)

West Point, MS
Daily Times Leader (2008-Today)

Index to Early Philadelphia Obituaries – Public Ledger 1836

What is the difference between the individual and library versions of GenealogyBank?

Q: What is the difference between the individual and library versions of GenealogyBank?

Tom, On your blog of Apr 20, 2009, you mention that GenealogyBank has added Cincinnati newspapers. How long does it take for the records to be added to the library version of GenealogyBank – America’s GenealogyBank? I found several articles of interest by searching on the direct links in your blog, but the Cincinnati newspapers are not listed on the library version of GenealogyBank I normally use.

Thanks.Rebecca C.

A: Good question Rebecca. GenealogyBank (individual version) and America’s GenealogyBank (library version) are two separate online services.

GenealogyBank is available by membership directly to individuals.
America’s GenealogyBank is available by subscription only by libraries.

While they are similar – they are not the same service.
Titles added to GenealogyBank do not always go into AGB.

For example there are over 3,800 newspaper titles in GenealogyBank and approximately 2,200 in America’s GenealogyBank. Each library has the option to add-on additional content and expand their AGB coverage beyond the core set of newspapers.

See the complete newspaper title list on GenealogyBank here.

So – if you want to search the newspaper archives of the “complete” product you need to use the personal edition: GenealogyBank.com

GenealogyBank adds 67 newspapers from 22 states

GenealogyBank is expanding the back issues for 67 newspapers from 22 states.

27 of these newspapers are new to GenealogyBank.

Arkansas
Jonesboro. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 1907 to 1920. Historical Newspapers

California
Berkeley. Fuego de Aztlan* 1976. Historical Newspapers
Colton. Chicano. 1968 to 1974. Historical Newspapers
Los Angeles. Cinema* 1935. Historical Newspapers
Oakland. American Sentinel. 1823 to 1833. Historical Newspapers

Oakland. Mundo* 1971 to 1974. Historical Newspapers
San Francisco. Hispano America. 1918 to 1925. Historical Newspapers
San Francisco. Jalamate. 1971 to 1972. Historical Newspapers
Santa Barbara. Gaceta* 1879 to 1881. Historical Newspapers

Colorado
Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 1918 to 1922. Historical Newspapers

Connecticut
Norwich. True Republican. 1804 to 1806. Historical Newspapers

Idaho
Idaho City. Idaho Register. 1907 to 1913. Historical Newspapers
Idaho Falls. Idaho Falls Times. 1913. Historical Newspapers
Twin Falls. Twin Falls News. 1920 to 1921. Historical Newspapers

Illinois
Chicago. Latin Times. 1971 to 1973. Historical Newspapers
Chicago. Vida Latina. 1962. Historical Newspapers
Quincy. Quincy Whig. 1872. Historical Newspapers

Louisiana
New Orleans. Times Picayune. 1861 to 1899; 1902 to 1921. Historical Newspapers

Massachusetts
Taunton. Taunton Call. 2007 to Today. America’s Obituaries

Maryland
Annapolis. Maryland Gazette. 1728 to 1734. Historical Newspapers
Baltimore. American and Commercial Daily Advertiser. 1805. Historical Newspapers
Baltimore. Baltimore American. 1907 to 1908. Historical Newspapers
Baltimore. Federal Gazette. 1803 to 1821. Historical Newspapers
Baltimore. Maryland Journal* 1797. Historical Newspapers
Easton. Maryland Herald* 1790 to 1797. Historical Newspapers
Frederick. Reservoir and Public Reflector* 1826 to 1828. Historical Newspapers

Michigan
Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Press. 1893 to 1922. Historical Newspapers
Jackson. Jackson Citizen Patriot. 1849 to 1858. Historical Newspapers
Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Gazette* 1872 to 1919. Historical Newspapers

Mississippi
Picayune. Picayune Items. 2008 to Today. America’s Obituaries

North Carolina
Morehead City. Carteret County News Times. 2008 to Today. America’s Obituaries
Sanford. Sanford Herald. 2007 to Today. America’s Obituaries
Swansboro. Tideland News. 2008 to Today. America’s Obituaries

New Jersey
Trenton. Trenton Evening Times. 1883 to 1922. Historical Newspapers
Trenton. Trenton Sunday Times-Advertiser. 1903 to 1918. Historical Newspapers

New Mexico
Albuquerque. Bandera Americana. 1903. Historical Newspapers
Albuquerque. Industrial Advertiser* 1899. Historical Newspapers
Las Cruces. Flor del Valle* 1894. Historical Newspapers
Las Cruces. Tiempo* 1902 to 1911. Historical Newspapers
Santa Fe. Daily New Mexican. 1871 to 1872. Historical Newspapers
Taos. Taos News. 2007 to Today. America’s Obituaries

New York
Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 1852 to 1872. Historical Newspapers
New York City. Grafico. 1928. Historical Newspapers
New York City. Iberica* 1953 to 1964. Historical Newspapers
New York City. Independiente* 1898. Historical Newspapers
New York City. Nueva Democracia* 1920 to 1936. Historical Newspapers
New York City. New York Herald. 1865. Historical Newspapers
Plattsburg. Northern Herald * 1812 to 1814. Historical Newspapers

Ohio
Cincinnati. Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 1870 to 1879. Historical Newspapers
Cleveland. Plain-Dealer. 1920 to 1922. Historical Newspapers
Wooster. Wooster Republican. 1862 to 1872. Historical Newspapers

Oklahoma
Englewood. Enid News and Eagle. 2008 to Today. America’s Obituaries

Oregon
Portland. Oregonian. 1865 to 1907. Historical Newspapers

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia. Public Ledger. 1842 to 1872. Historical Newspapers

Texas
Beaumont. Beaumont Enterprise and Journal. 1910 to 1911. Historical Newspapers
Brownsville. Courier de Rio Grande* 1866′ Historical Newspapers
Brownsville. Heraldo de Brownsville. 1936. Historical Newspapers
Brownsville. Mundo* 1886. Historical Newspapers
Clarksville. Standard. 1852. Historical Newspapers
Del Rio. Del Rio News Herald. 2001 to Today. America’s Obituaries
El Paso. Clarin del Norte. 1906. Historical Newspapers
El Paso. Continental. 1958 to 1959. Historical Newspapers
San Antonio. Prensa. 1928 to 1957. Historical Newspapers
San Antonio. Regidor* 1910 to 1912. Historical Newspapers
Sweetwater. Sweetwater Reporter. 2008 to Today. America’s Obituaries

Utah
Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Telegram. 1904 to 1916. Historical Newspapers

Washington
Deer Park. Deer Park Tribune. 2008 to Today. America’s Obituaries

New Site for Searching old Georgia Newspapers 1752-1947