Mayflower Pilgrim Thomas Rogers: Are You a Descendant?

Joseph Atwood Ordway (1852-1904) is a descendant of Mayflower passenger Thomas Rogers—and he thought so much of that genealogical fact, it was included in his obituary.

Death of Joseph A. Ordway, Springfield Republican newspaper article 6 May 1904

Springfield Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts), 6 May 1904, page 12

This is a detailed obituary that gives us a lot of family history information about Joseph:

  • His date and place of birth: 12 May 1852 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
  • His date and place of death: 5 May 1904 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
  • One of his brothers was “the late” General Albert Ordway (1843-1897) who served in the Civil War.
  • He was survived by his wife: Carrie L. Ordway
  • He had two sisters: Mary Emma Ordway (1849- ) and Annie Freeman Ordway (1857- ) who became Mrs. Charles E. Folsom (Charles Edward Folsom, Jr., 1855-1926)
  • He had one surviving brother: Frank Foster Ordway (1862- )

Obituaries give good core research information for genealogists.

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I particularly like that Joseph’s obituary mentioned he was a Mayflower descendant. I am also a descendant of the Pilgrim Thomas Rogers.

Knowing that enables me to start with Joseph Atwood Ordway and trace his lineage back to his Mayflower ancestor.

This is a quick way to speed up your genealogy research and ensure that all of your cousins are found and documented in the family history.

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Researching Recent Obituaries for All My ‘Mayflower’ Cousins

There is more than one way to find your relatives in GenealogyBank’s massive archive of Recent Obituaries.

I’ve noticed that genealogists often go to the Recent Obituaries collection when they are researching a specific relative that died in the past 40 years. They search, find them and go.

But wait—there’s more.

There is another valuable approach you can take with the Recent Obituaries that lets us find relatives even when we don’t know their names—and even if we have never heard of them before!

Obituaries are handy resources for genealogists. They speak about the person, their interests and what was important to them. Many obituaries mention that the deceased had a sense of family and history. I often see obituaries that say so and so loved genealogy, and then name the ancestors that fought in the Revolutionary War, or who had come to America on the Mayflower.

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Tracing Your Mayflower Ancestry

Having studied this for the past 50 years, I’ve concluded that nearly all Americans with ancestral roots prior to 1820 that lived in upper New England (Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and probably Rhode Island) have at least one ancestor that came over on the Mayflower.

I know I do.

I have seven Mayflower ancestors (including Thomas Rogers) and I want to track down and document all of the descendants of my Pilgrim ancestors.

The Recent Obituaries archive is a terrific way to do this.

Typically I will enter the name of a Mayflower passenger and the word “Mayflower” in the Include Keywords searchbox.

For example, here’s a search for “Thomas Rogers” and “Mayflower.”

screenshot of GenealogyBank's search box, showing a search for "Thomas Rogers" and "Mayflower"
This GenealogyBank search pulled up a lot of accurate search results, like this one for Mary-Jane Earle Hensley.

obituary for Mary-Jane Earle Hensley, Daily News Record newspaper article 3 October 2012

Daily News Record (Harrisonburg, Virginia), 3 October 2012

This is a great genealogical find.

According to this obituary, not only was Mary-Jane a descendant of Thomas Rogers—but “She published a book on Thomas Rogers, Mayflower Pilgrim, in 1980.”

By building on the information in her obituary I can use other newspaper articles, census and other records to chain backwards on the family tree to Thomas Rogers. This way I can extend and complete our family history and document each person as I go from person to person in the tree.

You can do this with other clues in an obituary.

Did the family come from a very small town?

Do you share a Revolutionary War ancestor or other famous relative?

Build on those clues and rely on GenealogyBank’s Recent Obituaries to accurately document your family tree. To learn more about how to use obituaries for genealogy research, watch our tutorial on YouTube: “Obituaries: Clues to Look For.”

Note: FamilySearch International (FamilySearch.org) and GenealogyBank yesterday announced an agreement to make over a billion records from historical obituaries searchable online. The tremendous undertaking will make a billion records from over 100 million U.S. newspaper obituaries readily searchable online. The newspapers are from all 50 states and cover the period 1730 to the present.  Find out more at: http://www.genealogybank.com/family-search/

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New Family Story Find: My 18th Century Uncle Jonathan Dore

Last year I wrote about my relative Elizabeth (Meader) Hanson (1684-1737) who, along with her children, was kidnapped by Abenaki Indians on 7 September 1724 and taken to the Indians’ village along the St. Francis River in Canada. They were held there for over two years. (See: Find & Preserve Your Family’s Stories.)

Powerful. Memorable. That story has been told and retold in our family for the past 290 years. Every night when we were young we asked our grandfather to tell us that story. We loved it. It was real—it was our family story.

Indian Raids Continued

Recently I found this 1749 newspaper article with a report from Timothy Brown about his attempts to learn more about—and to free—captives still held by the Indians.

He was able to get in and around the Abenaki village and learned about multiple captives, including this specific reference:

There is also a Boy who was taken from Rochester in New Hampshire, with the Indians at St. Francois, his Name is Jonathan Dore.

article about Jonathan Dore being taken captive by Abenaki Indians, Boston Post Boy newspaper article 10 July 1749

Boston Post Boy (Boston, Massachusetts), 10 July 1749, page 2

Jonathan Dore?
Rochester, New Hampshire?
St. Francis Indians?

This is sounding just like the story of my relative Elizabeth Hanson, who was also taken prisoner by the Abenaki Indians from St. Francis.

This Jonathan Dore has to be one of my relatives, too—the same Jonathan Dore who was my 5th-great uncle.

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New England Had Had Enough

The Abenaki and the French were taking American women and children captive so that they could sell them back to their families.

It was time to stop these atrocities—and that was one of the reasons the French & Indian War was launched (1754-1763).

Attack on Fort William Henry

During the war there was an attack on Fort William Henry in August of 1757.

The following account comes from Terror in Rochester by Linda Sargent, 2008:

“The fort was manned by the British, including many New Hampshire men. The siege had ended and the British had surrendered the fort to the French who were being aided by the Indians. There are various accounts of what happened next, but British soldiers were massacred after they had surrendered.

“One man who managed to escape from the fort was from Dover, NH. When he returned to Dover, he told how he had been pursued by Indians. One of them had caught up to him and lifted his tomahawk.

“When their eyes met, under the war paint and Indian dress he recognized the eyes of a young boy he had known well when he worked as a teamster logging on the Salmon Falls River and visiting at the Dore’s home in Rochester. He knew this white Indian was Jonathan Dore. Jonathan recognized him, as well, and dropped his tomahawk to his side and left. No one believed the man’s story when he returned to Dover.”

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Jonathan Dore had been sighted again, 11 years after he was taken by the Abenaki.

New Englanders Settle the Score

The Abenaki had been terrorizing New Englanders for decades. The old scores were settled on 4 October 1759 when Robert Rogers and his Rangers attacked the Indians’ village.

The following account comes from Wikipedia:

“Rogers and about 140 men entered the village, which was reportedly occupied primarily by women, children, and the elderly, early that morning, slaughtered many of the inhabitants where they lay, shot down many who attempted to flee, and then burned the village. Rogers and his men endured significant hardships to reach the village from the British base at Fort Crown Point in present-day New York, and even more hardship afterwards. Chased by the French and vengeful Indians, and short on rations, Rogers and his men returned to Crown Point via the Connecticut River valley.”

Jonathan Dore Witnessed Rogers’ Attack on the Abenaki Village

Digging deeper into GenealogyBank’s archives, I found out more of the story.

Jonathan Dore, Aberdeen Daily News newspaper article 5 January 1905

Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, South Dakota), 5 January 1905, page 2

The above historical newspaper clipping is only part of the long account about Jonathan Dore that appeared in the Aberdeen Daily News. The whole article gives a good overview of what had happened to Jonathan Dore.

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According to the article, Jonathan Dore (1734-1797)—my 5th-great uncle—was kidnapped on “Salmon Falls Road in Rochester [New Hampshire]” by the Abenaki on 26 June 1746, when he was only 12 years old!

Jonathan Dore married an Abenaki Indian woman and they had two children. When Major Robert Rogers attacked their village in 1759 to avenge the attack on Fort William Henry, Jonathan Dore “witnessed the massacre.”

Everyone in the village was killed and it was set on fire. “Among the ruins he found the bodies of his wife and children. He buried them in one grave and with them his attachment to the Indians.”

In 1760 Jonathan Dore returned home to Rochester, New Hampshire. His family had moved across the Salmon Falls River to Lebanon, Maine, where he also settled.

The newspaper article concluded:

He settled in Lebanon, Me., married again and spent there the remainder of his days, famous for his marksmanship, especially with the bow and arrow, and known to every one as “Indian Dore.”

Wow—we would have loved to have heard that family story as kids!

Our “uncle” was not much older than we were when he was captured by the Indians, and then held captive for over 13 years—what a great story.

Preserve your family’s stories.

Find them in the old newspapers in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives—preserve those stories and pass them down to the rising generation.

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Are you researching your family roots in Arkansas? Here are some good resources for Arkansas genealogy information online—GenealogyBank and vital records put up by the state itself, as well as FamilySearch—to help with your family history research in “The Natural State.”

GenealogyBank has an extensive collection of Arkansas newspapers online from 1819 to Today.

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Discover a variety of genealogy records and news stories in these 23 Arkansas newspapers:

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Click on the image below to download a printable list of the Arkansas newspapers in GenealogyBank for your future reference. You can save to your desktop and click the titles to go directly to your newspaper of interest.

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In addition to all the vital records you can find in newspapers, there are several collections of Arkansas vital records online to help with your family history research.

Some of the important collections you want to use are:

Arkansas Probate Records (1817-1979)

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Arkansas History Commission: Arkansas Deaths (1819-1920)

The Arkansas History Commission has undertaken an important effort to index multiple sources that give the date of death for Arkansas residents from 1819-1920. They have indexed county death registers, census mortality schedules, obituary indexes, funeral home registers, Confederate pension registers and similar sources.

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Arkansas County Marriage Records (1837-1957)

This important online collection has more than 1 million digital copies of Arkansas marriage records online. These records were indexed by FamilySearch and the Arkansas Genealogical Society.

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27 Oregon Newspapers Online: Obituaries, Historical Articles & More!

GenealogyBank’s online Oregon newspaper archives cover from 1858 right up to today, and include more than 56.4 million news articles and records—plenty of birth records, marriage announcements, obituaries and local news stories to help with your family history research in the “Beaver State.”

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I grew up hearing my grandfather tell stories of Major Robert Rogers and his exploits in the French & Indian War, when he commanded the famous New Hampshire regiment “Roger’s Rangers.” According to Wikipedia, Rogers’s 1765 reference to “Oregon” was the first recorded use of that term.

Research your American ancestors’ lives from coast to coast. Find the old stories, now lost to your family, where they are still preserved—in newspapers. Discover these family stories, record them and pass them down. Make sure your ancestry is not lost to the rising generations.

Here is the complete list of the Oregon newspapers currently online in our newspaper archives, available for you to research your genealogy. Each title is an active link taking you to that Oregon newspaper’s search page, where you can search for articles about your ancestors by surname, location, dates, keywords and more.

City Newspaper Date Range Collection
Astoria Daily Astorian 5/28/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Baker City Baker City Herald 1/1/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bend Bulletin 7/1/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brookings Curry Coastal Pilot 4/27/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Coos Bay World 3/2/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Enterprise Wallowa County Chieftain 6/13/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Eugene Oregon State Journal 3/12/1864 – 12/25/1880 Newspaper Archives
Eugene Register-Guard 12/22/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hood River Hood River News 8/9/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
John Day Blue Mountain Eagle 8/1/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Keizer Keizertimes 9/10/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Klamath Falls Herald and News 12/1/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
La Grande Observer 6/19/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lakeview State Line Herald 7/12/1879 – 6/5/1880 Newspaper Archives
Ontario Argus Observer 1/7/1999 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pendleton East Oregonian 7/11/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Portland Oregonian 2/4/1861 – 12/31/1987 Newspaper Archives
Portland Weekly Oregonian 12/4/1850 – 11/15/1862 Newspaper Archives
Portland Portland New Age 4/14/1900 – 3/30/1907 Newspaper Archives
Portland Daily Oregon Herald 2/12/1871 – 10/9/1872 Newspaper Archives
Portland New Age 1/27/1900 – 4/7/1900 Newspaper Archives
Portland Democratic Standard 8/30/1854 – 2/16/1859 Newspaper Archives
Portland Oregonian 1/3/1988 – Current Recent Obituaries
Portland Oregonian, The: Web Edition Articles 10/16/2012 – Current Recent Obituaries
Redmond Redmond Spokesman 1/16/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Salem Capital Press 7/3/2003 – Current Recent Obituaries
The Dalles Dalles Chronicle 3/1/2005 – Current Recent 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

Monthly Update: GenealogyBank Adds 16 Million Records in January!

Every day, GenealogyBank is working hard to digitize more newspapers and obituaries, expanding our online collection to give you the largest newspaper archives for family history research available anywhere.

Here are some details about our most recent additions to our website (we actually added new content to thousands of newspaper titles, but the following is a representative sample):
A total of 103 newspaper titles from 26 states plus the District of Columbia

Titles marked with an asterisk * are newspapers new to our archive
We’ve shown the archive date ranges so that you can determine if the new content is relevant to your personal research

If a recent addition to our online archive interests you, simply click on that newspaper’s title: it is an active link leading to that paper’s search form.

There is also an option available on the historical newspapers’ search form that gives you the ability to search only the new newspaper content added in the past month, two months, or three months.

Alabama. Grove Hill. Grove Hill Herald*. 03/06/1850–12/06/1854
Arkansas. Little Rock. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Web Edition Articles*. 03/30/2007–Current
Arkansas. Little Rock. ARPreps*. 05/28/2011–Current
Arkansas. Fayetteville. Whole Hog Sports*. 04/14/2007–Current
Arkansas. Camden. Camden News*. 12/02/2011–Current
Arkansas. Fort Chaffee. Helping Hand *. 05/02/1975–12/19/1975
Arkansas. Bella Vista. Weekly Vista, The*. 11/30/2011–Current
Arkansas. Little Rock. Arkansas State Press. 08/23/1957–08/23/1957
Arkansas. Fayetteville. NW Arkansas Times*. 11/14/2011–Current
Arkansas. Fayetteville. NWAOnline: Web Edition Articles*. 07/28/2009–Current
Arkansas. El Dorado. El Dorado News-Times*. 12/01/2011–Current
Arkansas. Magnolia. Banner-News*. 11/19/2011–Current
Arkansas. Springdale. Springdale Morning News*. 11/18/2011–Current
Arkansas. Rogers. Rogers Morning News*. 11/14/2011–Current
Arkansas. Searcy. Daily Citizen, The*. 08/26/2003–Current
California. San Francisco. Alaska Appeal *. 03/06/1879–04/15/1880
California. Santa Anita. Santa Anita Pacemaker *. 04/24/1942–07/29/1942
California. Tanforan. Tanforan Totalizer *. 05/15/1942–09/12/1942
California. San Diego. Evening Tribune. 7/1/1925–1/25/1935
California. Riverside. Riverside Daily Press. 5/20/1938–10/1/1942
California. San Diego. San Diego Union. 3/1/1908–7/8/1934
Colorado. Denver. Denver Rocky Mountain News. 12/3/1880–1/5/1881
Connecticut. New Haven. Columbian Register. 1/1/1831–5/27/1876
Florida. Tampa. Tampa Tribune. 10/31/1928–9/22/1932
Florida. Jacksonville. Florida Times-Union, The: Web Edition Articles*. 11/28/2011–Current
Georgia. Savannah. Closeup*. 11/11/1999–Current
Georgia. Marietta. Marietta Journal. 7/22/1966–6/30/1989
Illinois. Rockford. Register Star. 8/31/2006–4/20/2007
Louisiana. New Orleans. Times-Picayune. 3/30/1841–2/28/1915
Louisiana. Baton Rouge. Daily State. 1/14/1907–1/1/1910
Louisiana. Baton Rouge. State Times Advocate. 3/24/1911–12/30/1922
Louisiana. Baton Rouge. Daily Advocate. 9/17/1855–1/4/1889
Louisiana. Baton Rouge. Weekly Advocate. 6/28/1855–6/28/1902
Louisiana. Baton Rouge. Advocate. 10/23/1925–5/31/1985
Louisiana. New Orleans. Courrier de la Louisiane. 10/01/1821–10/01/1821
Massachusetts. Boston. Boston Herald. 10/11/1893–8/31/1907
Massachusetts. Springfield. Springfield Daily News. 11/16/1916–11/16/1916
Massachusetts. Springfield. Springfield Union. 09/10/1963–12/26/1986
Michigan. Gaylord. Gaylord Herald Times*. 01/01/2001–Current
Michigan. Jackson. Jackson Citizen Patriot. 06/15/1875–12/07/1921
Missouri. Lake Ozark. Lake Today, The*. 05/06/2009–Current
North Carolina. Charlotte. Carolina Israelite*. 02/01/1944–12/01/1958
North Carolina. Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem Journal. 1/5/1917–7/31/1920
Nebraska. Omaha. Omaha World Herald. 8/1/1945–12/4/1983
New Jersey. New Brunswick. Jewish Journal. 06/14/1963–04/28/1967
New York. Westbury. Westbury Times, The*. 12/04/1997–Current
New York. New York. Irish American Weekly. 02/08/1873–07/04/1914
New York. New York. Truth *. 07/06/1880–01/06/1884
New York. New York. Irish Nation *. 11/26/1881–10/06/1883
New York. New York. Socialist Call. 06/09/1944–08/13/1948
New York. New York. Daily People. Current–Current
New York. New York. Worker. 05/04/1903–02/23/1907
New York. New York. People. 05/03/1891–03/22/1896
Oregon. Portland. Oregonian. 04/08/1917–04/08/1917
Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh. National Labor Tribune. 03/19/1903–07/01/1958
Pennsylvania. Erie. Erie Labor Press *. 06/18/1921–12/31/1921
Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh. Welsh-American *. 01/08/1914–12/15/1918
Pennsylvania. Erie. Truth *. 10/25/1913–06/11/1921
Rhode Island. Providence. Providence Evening Press*. 03/14/1859–12/29/1869
South Carolina. Charleston. Charleston Mercury. 7/2/1860–12/31/1866
South Carolina. Clemson. Tiger, The*. 04/14/2002–Current.
South Carolina. Charleston. Charleston Courier. 7/14/1859–3/19/1866
Texas. Dallas. Dallas Morning News. 4/4/1983–1/29/1984
Utah. Salt Lake City. Intermountain Catholic*. 10/05/2007–Current
Virginia. Richmond. Richmond Times Dispatch. 7/1/1929–3/14/1930
Wisconsin. Fond du Lac. Fond du Lac Trade Extension*. 02/13/1918–02/13/1918
Wisconsin. Gratiot. Gratiot Reporter *. 06/13/1912–10/09/1913
Wisconsin. Grafton. Grafton Enterprise *. 07/27/1927–08/03/1927
Wisconsin. Fox Lake. Fox Lake Representative*. 12/15/1911–12/20/1917

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Whether you’re looking for William Nemo who was “shot and instantly killed about 10 o’clock last night” in Anaconda, Montana as reported in the 24 June 1903 Anaconda Standard …

or ….. Boyd C. Buckner who died July 4th in Maynardsville, Tennessee as reported in the 6 July 2008 Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - you’ll find them – along with over one billion other people in GenealogyBank.

The US Census Bureau has released the list of the top 1,000 surnames in use in America today – as I did a spot check of each surname in GenealogyBank I found all of them represented.

There were 13,475 entries for the surname: Vang – the last name on the list and 5.7 million entries for the surname Smith – the first name on the list.

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12 THOMAS
13 JACKSON
14 WHITE
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James L. Sorenson – DNA Pioneer Dies at 86

James L. Sorenson, a pioneer in DNA research has died. A self-made billionaire, he used his wealth in many causes.


Genealogists in particular are aware of his efforts with DNA and genealogy. In 1999 he started the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. The group has collected more than 70,000 DNA samples, together with four-generation pedigree charts, from volunteers in more than 100 countries around the world.

His lengthy obituary and related newspaper articles appear in today’s Deseret News (UT) – you can read them in

GenealogyBank.

Here is the article (used by permission):
Deceased Name: Inventor, philanthropist James Sorenson, Utah’s richest man, dies at 86
James LeVoy Sorenson, whose success as an entrepreneur, real estate magnate and inventor of numerous medical devices made him Utah’s richest man, died Sunday, Jan. 20, at a Salt Lake hospital.

Besides his wealth and business acumen, Sorenson was renowned as a philanthropist.
Sorenson, whose wealth was estimated to be $4.5 Billion last year by Forbes magazine, was 86 years old. He was listed as the 68th-richest American in September 2007.
He was the owner of Sorenson Cos., a parent company to 32 corporations in industries including medicine, bioscience, investment/development and manufacturing.
Sorenson held more than 40 medical patents during his lifetime and is perhaps best known for co-developing the first real-time computerized heart monitor. He also invented the disposable paper surgical mask, the plastic venous catheter and a blood recycling system for trauma and surgical procedures, as well as many other medical innovations.
“I think success in his mind was someone that had ideas, that had a strong work ethic and a tenacity,” son James Lee Sorenson told the Deseret Morning News. “As you look at examples in the world today, those are important attributes. I think Dad was a calculated-risk-taker, and successful people generally are.”

The younger Sorenson said his father’s legacy will be as “a great American inventor, a man with a tremendous amount of innovation.”

Among his philanthropic endeavors is Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, which is creating a worldwide, correlated genetic and genealogical database used in ancestry research. His donations have helped a Washington, D.C., university for the deaf and hearing impaired and assisted in establishment of an outdoor performing arts pavilion in Herriman. He gave more than $30 million for restoration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ temple in Nauvoo, Ill.

After the tsunami of 2004 hit Thailand, he donated DNA testing kits to assist in identifying the dead, and Sorenson Genomics — one of his companies — analyzed their DNA, matching some victims with their relatives.

He donated land and money to help build the Sorenson Unity Center at California Avenue and 900 West, next door to the Sorenson Multicultural Center. The YMCA’s Camp Rogers in the Uinta Mountains also benefited from his generosity.
He and James Lee Sorenson reached out to help Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.; together they donated $5 million to the country’s largest university for the deaf and hearing impaired.

In April 2007, he gave $6 million to the new Intermountain Medical Center, raising his contributions to Intermountain Healthcare to $22 million. He pledged $500,000 during a fund-raiser for Primary Children’s Medical Center in June 2007. In September 2007, the nonprofit Sorenson Legacy Foundation donated $6 million to the University of Utah, toward the James LeVoy Sorenson Center, which will be dedicated to encourage innovation and discovery among students across Utah.

A crisis concerning the Legislature’s refusal to fund some items in the state Medicaid program was averted in 2006 when Sorenson and Intermountain Healthcare donated $1 million each. The next year, the Legislature picked up the tab.

Sorenson also was a poet and composer of LDS hymns, publishing some of them in a book titled, “Just Love the People, the World Is our Family.”

After beginning his career selling pharmaceuticals to physicians for Upjohn Co. in Salt Lake City, Sorenson started buying real estate in the Salt Lake area. In 1957 he co-founded Deseret Pharmaceutical, and the company became the foundation for the establishment of Becton Dickinson Vascular Access. In 1962, he founded Sorenson Research, which was sold to Abbott Laboratories, a Fortune 100 company, in 1980.

He founded LeVoy’s, a company that made lingerie for modest women and used Tupperware-style marketing with parties hosted in homes. He also owned and developed thousands of acres of commercial, residential and agricultural properties throughout Utah.

Sorenson, who was born in Rexburg, Idaho, and grew up in central California, is survived by Beverley Taylor Sorenson, his wife of 60 years, and two sons, six daughters, 47 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.