How do I find articles on Blacks in GenealogyBank?

I received an interesting question this morning. How do I find articles on Blacks in GenealogyBank?

I have read thousands of articles on Blacks in the old newspapers, books and documents. But, what would be the best search strategies to focus on just those articles?

It would be to look for specific names and keyword search terms associated with Blacks over the past 300 years.

Search for individuals by name like “Martin Luther King”. Click here to read the Dallas Morning News 5 April 1968 when he was killed.

TIP: Put names in quotes – “Martin Luther King” – so that your search will focus in on just articles where the person you are searching for is mentioned.

When former slave John Wiley died in 1918 it was a banner headline and a front page story in the Belleville News Democrat (20 May 1918). Click here to read the article.

You should also use keyword search terms that were used over the past 300 years. For example terms like: slave, slavery, African-American, NAACP, AME Church; and Civil Rights Movement will generate millions of hits in GenealogyBank.

Since funerals are often held at churches – a search term like “AME Church” brings up tens of thousands of obituaries for funerals held at one of the many African-Methodist Episcopal churches across the country.

You will then want to narrow down your search results by state, specific newspaper or by date range.

Whether you are searching for your ancestor’s in today’s newspaper or the last century you will depend on GenealogyBank to get the job done.

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GenealogyBank adds more Army, Navy, Air Force Registers

GenealogyBank has added the 1970 military registers for the Army, Air Force, Navy & Marine Corps.

US Army Register – 1970
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. Regular Army active list. 1 January 1970.

U.S. Army Register. Volume II. Army, NGUS, USAR, and other active lists. 1 January 1970.

U.S. Army Register. Volume III. Retired lists. 1 January 1970.

Navy Register – 1970
Register of commissioned and warrant officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and reserve officers on active duty. 1 January 1970.

Air Force Register – 1970
Air Force Register. Volume I: Active lists & Volume II: Retired lists.

The annual “Registers” issued by each branch of the military are a handy reference tool for obtaining genealogical and military service information about our ancestors.

TIP: You may quickly find these registers by searching for “Army Register” – or “Air Force Register” (in quotes) in the keywords search box – then narrow the search by the years you are researching. The title varies over the years – so you’ll have to adjust the keywords you use over the last 200 years.
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Columbia University puts Tibetan newspaper online

Columbia University Libraries has placed a new digital library of 97 issues of the Tibet Mirror (Tib. Yul phyogs so so’i gsar ‘gyur me long) online for scholars to consult and study. Click here to see this collection.

(Image: Yul phyogs so soʾi gsar ʾgyur me long (Kālimpong : G. Tharchin, 1925-<1963>)

The digitized newspapers date from 1933 to 1961, and offer a total of 844 scanned pages drawn from the rich collections of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library.

This Tibetan-language newspaper was published from 1925 to 1963 in Kalimpong, India, and chronicles the most dramatic social and political transformation to have occurred in Tibet during a time when vernacular writing was relatively scarce, and a Tibetan media otherwise non-existent. Columbia’s holdings represent about 30% of the paper’s full run.

“The recent digitization of large portions of the Tibet Mirror is a welcome and significant advancement in the study of modern Tibet,” said Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Assistant Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia University. “This Tibetan language resource was a key source of news of the world to Tibetans in the middle of the 20th century. As such, it demonstrates that at least some Tibetans were well aware of international developments, from the spread of Communism from Russia to China to the price of wool in Indian markets.”

“To date, no serious study of the contents of this important resource has been published. Having used the existing collections in the past, I am very excited to see how easy it is to navigate around, read and download from this online resource. The contributors Paul Hackett and Tina Harris, Columbia’s Tibetan Studies librarian Lauran Hartley, and all the Columbia staff who made this beautiful site a reality have made an immense contribution to modern Tibetan Studies worldwide,” continued Tuttle.

The digitized newspaper is a cornerstone of the Starr Library’s “Tharchin Collection,” which features the papers of Gegen Dorje Tharchin (1889-1976), a Tibetan Christian convert and the renowned editor of the Tibet Mirror. The Tharchin Collection, which is being readied for public access this year, was acquired with support from the Columbia University Libraries’ Primary Resources Acquisitions Program. In addition to final and draft publications (in both modern and traditional formats), the Collection also includes correspondence; accounts from 1918-1924, and later years; receipts and financial statements; an imprint of a seal designed for the “Future Democratic Tibet Government;” Tibetan hymnals and bibles; scattered photographic prints; advertising solicitations; a list of cotton licenses; and a “Certificate for Traders, Muleteers and Porters.”

The newspapers were a recent gift to C.V. Starr East Asian Library from Dr. Paul G. Hackett, who donated 75 issues, and CUNY graduate student Tina Harris, who donated 22 issues of the paper. The digitized library was created as joint project of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, the Preservation and Digital Conversion Division, and the Libraries Digital Program Division. For more information about the project, contact Hartley at lh2112@columbia.edu.

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States, with over 820,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials, as well as some holdings in Mongol and Manchu, and over 6,500 periodical titles. The collection, established in 1902, is particularly strong in Chinese history, literature, and social sciences; Japanese literature, history, and religion, particularly Buddhism; and Korean history. The Library’s website is located at: www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/eastasian/.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources.

This collection is not on GenealogyBank.

US Army Register: More full-text, digital copies added to GenealogyBank.com

US Army Register, full-text, digital copies on GenealogyBank

GenealogyBank 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.

Click here to search all of the historical documents in GenealogyBank

Click on the links below to go directly to the annual volumes of the US Army Register. Over the next few days I will post the links to the earlier volumes.

1940
Official Army Register, January 1, 1940.
1941
Official Army Register, January 1, 1941.
1942
Official Army Register, January 1, 1942.
1943
Official Army Register, January 1, 1943.
1944
Official Army Register. 1 January 1944.
1945
Official Army Register. 1 January 1945.
1946
Official Army Register. Volume I. 1 January 1946.
1947
Official Army Register. Vol. I. 1 January, 1947.
1948
Official Army and Air Force Register.
Official Army and Air Force Register. Volume II. R to end. I January 1948.
1949
Official Army Register. Vol. I. United States Army, active and retired lists. 1 January, 1949.
1950
Official Army Register, Volume I. United States Army, active and retired lists, 1 January 1950.
Official Army Register. Vol. II. Officers’ honorary retired list. 1 January 1950.
1951
Official Army Register. Vol. I. United States Army, active and retired lists. 1 January 1951.
Official Army Register. Volume II. Officers’ honorary retired list, 1 January 1951.
1952
Official Army Register. Volume I. United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1952.
1953
Official Army Register. Volume I. United States Army, active and retired lists. 1 January 1953.
Official Army Register, Volume II Army of the United States and other retired lists. 1 January 1953.
Official Army Register. Volume III, Officers’ honorary retired list. 1 January 1953.
1954
Official Army Register. Volume I, United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1954.
Official Army Register. Volume II, Army of the United States and other retired lists 1 January 1954.
1955
Official Army Register. Volume I, United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1955.
Official Army Register. Volume II, Army of the United States and other retired lists. 1 January 1955.
1956
Official Army Register. Volume I. United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1956.
Official Army Register. Volume II. Army of the United States and other retired lists. 1 January 1956.
1957
U.S. Army Register. United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1957.
U.S. Army Register, Volume II. Army of the United States and other retired lists, 1 January 1957.
1958
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1958. U.S. Army Register. Volume II. Army of the United States and other retired lists. 1 January 1958.
1959
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1959.
U.S. Army Register. Volume II. Army of the United States Army of the United States and other retired lists, 1 January 1959.
1960
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. United States Army active and retired lists. 1 January 1960. U.S. Army Register. Volume II. Army of the United States and other retired lists. 1 January 1960.
1961
U.S. Army Register, Volume I. United States Army Active and Retired List, 1 January 1961.
1962
U.S. Army Register. [Volumes I, II, and III.] United States Army, active and retired list. January 1, 1962.
1963
U.S. Army Register. Volume 1. United States Army. Active and Retired List. 1 January 1963.
1964
Army Register. Volume I. United States Army Active and Retired List. 1 January 1964.
1965
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. United States Army. Active and Retired List. 1 January 1965.
1966
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. United States Army active and retired list. 1 January 1966.
1967
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. Active lists. 1 January 1967.
U.S. Army Register. Volume II. Retired lists. 1 January 1967.
1968
U.S. Army Register. Volume I. Regular Army active list. 1 January 1968
U.S. Army Register. Volume II. Army NGUS, USAR and other active lists. 1 January 1968.
U.S. Army Register. Volume III. Retired lists. 1 January 1968.