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AL. Huntsville. Huntsville Gazette*. 1881-06-18 to 1894-12-29
CA. San Francisco. Elevator*. 1872-11-16 to 1898-06-11
CT. Mystic. Mystic Journal. 1859-03-12 to 1862-12-27
CT. New Canaan. New Canaan News-Review. 2009-11-05 to Current
CT. New London. New London Gazette and General Advertiser. 1825-01-05 to 1826-12-27
CT. Middletown. American Sentinel. 1826-04-05 to 1833-03-06
CT. Middletown. Middlesex Gazette. 1829-01-07 to 1834-01-23
DC. Washington. Colored American*. 1898-03-12 to 1904-02-27
DC. Washington. Daily National Intelligencer. 1850-10-16 to 1852-12-31
DC. Washington. Grit*. 1883-12-21 to 1884-10-18
DC. Washington. Washington Bee. 1893-01-07 to 1910-06-25
IA. Fort Madison. Daily Democrat, The. 2009-12-19 to Current
IL. Quincy. Quincy Whig. 1868-05-03 to 1876-12-30
IN. Indianapolis. Freeman. 1895-09-21 to 1911-02-11
KS. Fort Scott. Fair Play*. 1898-04-22 to 1899-06-16
KS. Hutchinson. Blade*. 1919-12-20 to 1922-04-01
KS. Kansas City. Advocate. 1916-01-07 to 1921-12-30
KS. Lawrence. Western Recorder*. 1883-03-17 to 1884-11-06
KS. Topeka. Capital Plaindealer*. 1936-09-20 to 1938-08-06
KS. Topeka. Kansas Whip*. 1934-12-21 to 1955-09-30
KS. Wichita. Wichita Post-Observer*. 1953-01-23 to 1953-12-25
KY. Frankfort. Palladium. 1802-07-01 to 1803-12-24
LA. New Orleans. Times-Picayune. 1950-04-05 to 1961-05-15
MA. Boston. Boston Daily Advertiser. 1860-01-03 to 1889-12-31
MA. Boston. Boston Journal. 1884-07-01 to 1884-12-31
MA. Cape Cod. Cape Cod Chronicle, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
MA. Gloucester. Gloucester Telegraph. 1842-01-01 to 1842-12-31
MA. Springfield. Hampden Federalist. 1821-01-03 to 1823-03-05
MD. Baltimore. American and Commercial Daily Advertiser. 1801-01-31 to 1809-4-24
MD. Baltimore. Maryland Journal. 1785-06-28 to 1794-11-28
MI. Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Gazette. 1915-08-03 to 1921-02-23
MI. Shelby, Utica. Shelby-Utica News. 2009-10-07 to Current
MN. St. Paul. Appeal*. 1908-09-05 to 1923-11-24
NC. Albemarle. Stanly News and Press, The. 2009-10-10 to Current
NC. Newbern. Newbern Sentinel. 1826-01-07 to 1828-06-12
NC. Yadkinville. Yadkin Ripple, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ. Trenton. New Jersey State Gazette. 1796-10-18 to 1799-02-19
NY. Brighton, Pittsford. Brighton-Pittsford Post. 2009-10-04 to Current
NY. Goshen. Orange County Gazette. 1806-05-20 to 1814-09-20
NY. New York. Irish World. 1893-09-02 to 1905-04-08
NY. New York. New York Herald. 1869-05-21 to 1869-07-21
NY. New York. New York Herald. 1895-07-14 to 1895-08-08
NY. New York. New York Herald-Tribune. 1856-07-01 to 1877-06-15
NY. New York. Spectator. 1823-11-18 to 1824-10-26
NY. Poughkeepsie. Dutchess Observer. 1820-11-01 to 1821-12-26
NY. Dover. New-Hampshire Republican. 1825-01-03 to 1825-09-27
OH. Chillicothe. Scioto Gazette. 1801-08-02 to 1814-04-28
OH. Cleveland. Plain Dealer. 1967-12-01 to 1970-09-10
OH. Logan. Logan Daily News, The. 2010-01-10 to Current
OH. Marrietta. Ohio Gazette. 1806-04-24 to 1811-12-09
OH. Sandusky. Sandusky Register. 1849-10-02 to 1850-02-15
OH. St. Clairsville. Ohio Federalist. 1816-08-15 to 1816-12-05
OR. Ontario. Argus Observer. 2009-10-02 to Current
OR. Portland. Oregonian. 1948-12-20 to 1962-12-15
PA. Philadelphia. Democratic Press. 1808-03-28 to 1818-06-30
PA. Williamsburg. Virginia Gazette. 1766-03-16 to 1774-12-29
PA. Williamsburg. Virginia Gazette. 1775-02-03 to 1776-07-26
RI. Warren. Herald of the United States. 1796-01-02 to 1812-12-12
SC. Charleston. City Gazette. 1825-05-02 to 1825-08-31
TN. Nashville. Nashville Gazette. 1819-05-26 to 1827-02-14
TN. Sevierville. Mountain Press, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
TX. Big Spring. Big Spring Herald. 2009-10-02 to Current
TX. Brownwood. Brownwood Bulletin. 2009-12-03 to Current
TX. Dallas. Dallas Morning News. 1979-02-01 to 1979-05-31
UT. Salt Lake City. Broad Ax*. 1895-08-31 to 1897-01-30
VA. Amherst. Amherst New Era Progress. 2009-10-02 to Current
VA. Amherst. Nelson County Times. 2009-10-02 to Current
WA. Seattle. Seattle Daily Times. 1953-01-01 to 1969-09-30

GenealogyBank puts more newspapers online

GenealogyBank adds 19 more newspapers: Montana; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; and Texas.

Wow! That makes 290 newspapers added in the last few weeks – GenealogyBank now has over 4,200 newspapers.

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Independent Record (Helena, MT) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
Punxsutawney Spirit, The (Punxsutawney, PA) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
Record Herald, The (Waynesboro, PA) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
Ridgway Record, The (Ridgway, PA) Obituaries: 10/07/2009 – Current
Call, The (Woonsocket, RI) Obituaries: 10/08/2009 – Current
Coastal Observer (Pawleys Island, SC) Obituaries: 10/09/2009 – Current
Island Packet (Hilton Head, SC) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
Claiborne Progress (Tazewell, TN) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
Cleveland Daily Banner (Cleveland, TN) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
Herald-Citizen (Cookeville, TN) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
Macon County Times (Lafayette, TN) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
Breckenridge American (Breckenridge, TX) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
Corsicana Daily Sun (Corsicana, TX) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
Gainesville Daily Register (Gainesville, TX) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
Mansfield News-Mirror (Mansfield, TX) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
Mexia Daily News, The (Mexia, TX) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (New Braunfels, TX) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current Odessa American (Odessa, TX) Obituaries: 10/02/2009 – Current
Olney Enterprise, The (Olney, TX) Obituaries: 10/04/2009 – Current

GenealogyBank adds 190 newspapers this month

GenealogyBank. adds more newspapers – we’re up to 190 titles added this month – that’s over 4,100 newspapers online right now.

And, the month’s not over yet – there are still more newspapers going online before the year is over.

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AK. Anchorage. Alaska Spotlight. 7/28/1956 to 11/30/1968
AR. Forrest City. Homeland. 6/1/1998 to 7/1/1999
AR. Little Rock. Southern Mediator Journal. 6/22/1962 to 2/25/1966
CA. Los Angeles. Heraldo de Mexico. 5/12/1925

CA. Los Angeles. Inter-Faith Churchman. 4/20/1941
CA. Los Angeles. Los Angeles Tribune. 1/3/1958 to 4/22/1960
CA. Los Angeles. Teller. 3/20/1946
CT. New London. New London Gazette. 1827-01-03 to 1837-12-13
DC. Washington. Black Networking News. 1/1/1989 to 8/1/1990
DC. Washington. National Chronicle. 7/6/1990 to 9/20/1991
DC. Washington. Washington Bee. 1/3/1914 to 9/25/1915
FL. Jacksonville. Florida Tattler. 12/1/1934 to 9/29/1945
GA. Augusta. Augusta Chronicle. 1/1/1982 to 12/31/1996
GA. Savannah. Savannah Tribune. 1875-12-04 to 12/28/1922
IL. Chicago. Bulletin. 9/11/1968 to 12/3/1969
IL. Chicago. Central South Sider. 7/6/1929
IL. Chicago. Chicago Courier. 4/13/1974 to 11/15/1975
IL. Chicago. Chicago Metro News. 11/3/1973 to 12/26/1987
IL. Chicago. Chicago World. 10/29/1925 to 6/15/1935
IL. Chicago. Illinois Sentinel. 11/20/1937
IL. Chicago. Metropolitan Post. 9/10/1938 to 6/3/1939
IL. Chicago. Olivet Baptist Church Herald. 11/29/1936
IN. Indianapolis. Freeman. 1897-06-12 to 1899-02-04
IN. Indianapolis. Indianapolis Ledger. 4/13/1918 to 10/28/1922
KS. Kansas City. Advocate. 1/6/1922 to 4/23/1926
KS. Kansas City. People’s Elevator. 8/19/1937 to 9/19/1940
KS. Kansas City. Wyandotte Echo. 1/3/1936 to 12/24/1937
KS. Peru. Freeman’s Lance. 1891-02-20 to 1891-12-25
KS. Topeka. Plaindealer. 7/5/1912 to 4/29/1921
KS. Wichita. Negro Star. 1/5/1939 to 12/26/1952
LA. Baton Rouge. Community Leader. 6/13/1985
LA. New Orleans. Inside New Orleans. 5/1/1965
LA. New Orleans. Times Picayune. 12/7/1942 to 4/4/1950
LA. New Orleans. Times-Picayune. 1870-04-09 to 1899-02-06
MA. Boston. Boston Journal. 1870-07-01 to 1871-06-30
MI. Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Gazette. 1876-06-07 to 8/31/1907
MO. St. Louis. St. Louis Clarion. 12/18/1920 to 4/2/1921
MS. Jackson. Mississippi Free Press. 12/16/1961 to 8/1/1964
MS. Jackson. Mississippi Weekly. 5/18/1935
MS. Mound Bayou. Mound Bayou News-Digest. 5/13/1950
NY. Harlem. People’s Community News. 5/10/1970
NY. New York. New York Herald. 1879-02-1 to 1895-01-26
NY. New York. New York Herald-Tribune. 1856-07-14 to 1875-06-30
NY. New York. Nueva Democracia. 1/1/1947 to 10/1/1948
NY. New York. Prensa. 10/9/1923 to 9/16/1927
NY. New York. Rights of All. 1829-05-29 to 1829-10-09
OH. Dayton. Minority Report. 1/1/1969 to 12/18/1970
OH. Sandusky. Sandusky Register. 1848-04-24 to 1867-04-24
PA. Philadelphia. North Philly Free Press. 3/23/1982 to 1/18/1983
PA. Philadelphia. Political Digest. 10/31/1937
SC. Charleston. City Gazette. 1825-01-01 to 1826-08-31
TN. Memphis. Memphis Triangle. 11/17/1928 to 7/27/1929
TN. Murfreesboro. Murfreesboro Union. 6/6/1939
TX. Brownsville. Cronista del Valle. 10/12/1928
TX. Dallas. Brotherhood Eyes. 10/31/1936
TX. Dallas. Dallas Morning News. 7/31/1978 to 12/28/1978
TX. El Paso. ontinental. 11/17/1936 to 1/2/1938
TX. Fort Worth. Fort Worth Mind. 11/13/1943 to 9/13/1947
TX. Fort Worth. USA Monitor. 8/1/1992 to 3/1/1993
WA. Seattle. Seattle Daily Times. 12/1/1938 to 12/31/1952
WI. Beloit. Soul City Courier. 10/12/1976 to 1/18/1977
WI. La Crosse. Wisconsin Labor Advocate. 1886-08-20 to 1887-06-06
WI. Milwaukee. Milwaukee Defender. 1/3/1957 to 2/1/1958
WI. Milwaukee. Milwaukee Star. 10/19/1968 to 2/10/1977
WI. Milwaukee. Soul City Times. 9/14/1968 to 12/16/1971
WI. Racine. Racine Courier. 9/3/1988 to 7/25/1992
WV. Charleston. Advocate. 6/9/1904

Title Lists – Newspapers, Books & Documents on GenealogyBank

You can quickly see what is included in GenealogyBank by looking at the title lists.

Click on the title list for each section to see what is included in GenealogyBank

Newspaper Title Lists

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Historical Documents Title List

For example – here is part of the title list for South Carolina newspapers in GenealogyBank.

GenealogyBank adds and expands 25 newspapers in 17 states.

GenealogyBank adds and expands 25 newspapers in 17 states.

AK. Juneau.
Daily Record-Miner
1 issue. 10/8/1903

CO. Colorado Springs
Gazette-Telegraph. 12 issues. 5/24/1903 to 3/11/1920

CT. Middletown
Constitution. 37 issues. 1878-01-01 to 1878-12-03

CT. New London
New London Gazette. 146 issues. 1828-01-07 to 1835-12-30

KY. Louisville
Western Courier*. 148issues 1813-11-16 to 1816-09-26

LA. New Orleans
Times Picayune. 246 issues. 1861-05-15 to 1894-09-04

MD. Baltimore
Baltimore American. 12 issues. 6/27/1905 to 8/12/1911
MD. Baltimore
Federal Republican. 232 issues. 1811-03-19 to 1812-06-18

NC. Henderson
Daily Dispatch. 4/10/2002 to Present

NE. Nebraska City
Daily Nebraska Press. 2 issues. 1875-04-12 to 1875-08-23

NJ. Cranford
Chranford Chronicle. 6/9/2005 to Present

NJ. Somerville

Chronicle. 6/11/2005 to 3/3/2007
NJ. Somerville
Reporter. 6/9/2005 to Present

NJ. Summit
Independent Press. 8/2/2006 to Present
NJ. Trenton
Trenton State Gazette. 303 issues. 1849-01-01 to 1849-12-31

NY. New York
New York Herald. 206 issues. 1874-04-25 to 1883-12-17

OH. Cincinnati
Cincinnati Volksfreund*. 813 issues. 1863-02-18 to 12/28/1904

OH. Cleveland
Plain-Dealer. 307 issues. 1/15/1914 to 9/27/1922

OR. Portland
Oregonian. 1920 issues. 1867-04-22 to 3/10/1907

PA. Philadelphia
Aurora General Advertiser. 12 issues. 1797-03-01 to 1797-10-18

RI. Pawtucket
Pawtucket Times. 1 issue. 3/18/1920

SC. Charleston
City Gazette. 512 issues. 1823-01-01 to 1825-12-31

SD. Pierre
Capital Journal. 12/11/2007 to Present

UT. Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Telegram. 1 issue. 3/28/1919
UT. Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Tribune. 1 issue. 1893-03-02

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Michelle Obama’s – Slave Roots – Friendfield Plantation & Grover Cleveland

(CNN Photo of a slave cabin)

CNN has produced Tracking Michelle Obama’s slave roots – a video tour of Friendfield Plantation in Georgetown, South Carolina – where Michelle Obama’s 2nd Great-Grandfather James Robinson was a slave.

At least one President has been to Friendfield Plantation – in 1894 President Grover Cleveland hunted there. Read the complete news account – Bagged Twenty-Nine – The President’s Fine Shooting on the Second Day Out – 19 Dec 1894 – State (SC)

(Illustration of Pres. Grover Cleveland hunting – from his book: Fishing and Shooting Sketches. NY: Outing Pub., 1906.)

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Genealogists who make a difference: Doris Cozart

Genealogists who make a difference


Doris Cozart, of Chillicothe, Texas has spent the past 40 years in genealogy – as a publisher, author and researcher. Active in multiple genealogical societies she is quick to help others find the information they are looking for.

Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX – 21 June 2009).

She has now taken helping other genealogists to the next level.
She has opened a library and is making her extensive collection available to the public.

Hat’s off to Doris Cozart – a genealogist who is making a difference!


William Montgomery Clemens (1860-1931)

Genealogists who made a difference

William Montgomery Clemens (1860-1931)
was a prolific genealogist and writer. Nephew to the more famous Samuel Clemens (1835-1910) – he was also a newspaper man and author. William M. Clemens started writing for the Pittsburgh Leader in 1879 and continued his research & writing for more than five decades.

(Illus. Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain – 2nd from right).

(Click here to see original Obituary – Trenton Evening Times 25 Nov. 1931)


A prolific writer, he was the author of well over 100 books and hundreds of essays and newspaper articles.


His regular column – “Notes on American Ancestry and Revolutionary Records” regularly appeared as the “Genealogical Department” in the Columbia, SC newspaper – the State.


Click Here to search all of the back issues of the State (Columbia, SC) newspaper 1891-1922

Over 80 of Clemens’ genealogy columns appeared in the Star.

Each one has genealogical details & information for families from across the country.

He regularly received questions from his readers and posted them to this column.

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Funeral Sermons – a core genealogical resource

GenealogyBank.com has over 7,000 funeral sermons – full text digital copies and excerpts.

These are a core source for genealogists searching for the details of their ancestor’s lives in Colonial America and the early Federalist period. (Photo, Ian Britton. FreeFoto.com).
It was common in Colonial America to have a funeral sermon printed and distributed “at the request of the family” to the mourners.
These slim pamphlets can range from six to thirty pages. While it was common for these to be printed – they were printed in small press runs, so it can be difficult for genealogists to locate copies. In many cases only one copy of the sermon – with its critical biographical information survives.

In my experience the earliest published funeral sermons that survive were for ministers and their wives. This practice expanded to include older members of the community and by the late 1700s to early 1800s it was common to see printed funeral sermons for children, men, women of all backgrounds and occupations.

Clergy routinely printed and circulated their sermons on all topics as a way to encourage the faithful to live better lives. I always assumed that the reason their funeral sermons survived while the others that may have been printed didn’t is that ministers/their wives were more widely known then regular townspeople.
Their funeral and other sermons were likely circulated to clergy in other cities; seminaries; townspeople in prior towns where they had been stationed etc. The wider the circulation – the more likely a copy would be preserved.
These sermons would not just be homilies to promote religious values but “news” – that people would want to read to be informed and reminded of the lives well lived by the ministers that had served them over the years. This would give more opportunities for people to have kept them – making it more likely for these fragile pamphlets to have survived.
Newspaper accounts of funerals vary – some give the complete sermon and some stories give brief details of the service – like this account of Mark Twain and his wife “listening” to the funeral service of her mother – Olivia (Lewis) Langdon, by telephone. (Inter-Ocean, 12 Jan 1891).
Another newspaper account gave the details of the “Most Impressive Funeral Service Ever Held” – the funeral of the Rev. Thomas Allen Horne. It was also the most unusual since he realized that he would soon pass away and had recorded his sermon to be played at the funeral.

His powerful remarks, in his own voice, made “grown men weep” and “women faint”. The family had a recording of the Rev. Horne and his late wife singing the old hymn “There is a Better Land“.

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Imagine the impact in 1890 of listening to the funeral sermon of the deceased – recorded in his own voice; the shock in 1890 of hearing the recorded voices of he & his wife singing their funeral hymn – the poignant, personal remarks in his sermon – again recorded in his own voice. No doubt, that would have been the “Most Impressive Funeral Service Ever Held”.

Click Here to read the entire story: Charlotte (NC) News 15 March 1890.

GenealogyBank has thousands of funeral sermons – elegies, memorials etc. Many of these are full digital copies and others are the full sermon or excerpts that appeared in the newspapers.
Here are some typical examples of what you will find in GenealogyBank.
Harris, Thaddeus Mason, (1768-1842). A tribute of filial respect, to the memory of his mother, in a discourse, delivered at Dorchester, Feb. 8, 1801, the Lord’s day after her decease. Charlestown, MA: Printed by Samuel Etheridge, 1801. 20p.
The biographical and genealogical details of the late Rebekah (Mason) Wait (1738-1801) begin on page 16. We learn that she was born on 28 Dec 1738 – the daughter of Thaddeus Mason “of Cambridge, who survives her, in his 95th year.”

On page 17 we learn that she was married twice. She married her first husband, William Harris of Cambridge, MA on 20 Aug 1767. He died 30 Oct 1778. She married her second husband, Samuel Wait of Malden, MA on 2 Mar 1780. She died on 2 Feb 1801 “leaving behind her a widowed husband and five children (four by her first marriage and one by the second) to mourn their loss.”

Maxcy, Jonathan, (1768-1820). A funeral sermon, occasioned by the death of Mr. John Sampson Bobo a member of the Junior Class in the South-Carolina College, who was unfortunately drowned in the Congress River, near Columbia. Columbia, SC: Faust, 1819. 16p.

Moore, Martin, (1790-1866). Death of the saints precious in God’s sight a sermon delivered in Natick, June 13, 1819, occasioned by the death of Mrs. Hannah Coolidge, wife of Mr. William Coolidge, aetatis 40. Dedham, MA: Mann, 1819. 15p.

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US Army Register, full-text, digital copies on GenealogyBank.com 1920-1929

GenealogyBank.com has over 250,000 historical documents and books.

One of the more popular titles is the US Army Register.
This annual register gives genealogical information about the personnel in the US Army. There are similar publications for the US Navy and US Air Force etc.

The first Army Register was issued in 1813. The format and specific information has varied over the years – but generally the entries include the person’s name, rank, birthdate/place and details of their military service.

Over the next few days I will post the links to the earlier volumes.

Click on the links below to go directly to the annual volumes of the US Army Register.

Click here to see the listings for 1930-1939

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