On, Wisconsin! – Statehood May 29, 1848

Here’s to Wisconsin! It became a state on this day in 1848. On, Wisconsin is the state song. (The image is from the Library of Congress, American Memory Project.) GenealogyBank has millions of records for Wisconsin – even newspapers that were published before it became a state. Here is the list: Capital Times, The... (Read More)

Jim Thorpe – Born May 28, 1888

We all heard the stories of Jim Thorpe – the world’s greatest athlete – while we were growing up. The newspapers & movies regularly carried stories about him and he was even featured on a box of Wheaties. (photo – NC Museum of History). He loved to compete. He enjoyed the battle itself and... (Read More)

It’s Wild Bill Hickok’s Day ….

Wild Bill Hickok – James Butler Hickok – was born on May 27, 1837 in Troy Grove, Illinois. Famous in movies, films and hundreds of newspaper articles – he is central to the legends of the Old West. Newspapers serialized his story and pictured him fighting bears, outlaws and Confederate agents. Images by Van... (Read More)

Our Honored Dead …

When Abraham Lincoln gave his stirring remarks at Gettysburg in 1863 word spread quickly across the nation. The San Francisco (CA) Daily Evening Bulletin of 18 Dec 1863 captured the impact of Lincoln’s words that still move us today.Newspapers report what happens every day giving each of us the emotion, context and impact of... (Read More)

More Birth, Marriage & Death Records Go Online

We reported earlier that FamilySearchLabs has put up the Philadelphia Death Certificates from 1803 to 1915. Volunteers working at FamilySearchLabs are digitizing microfilm and original vital records and putting them online. (Photo, courtesy: Newsroom.lds.org) Today I see that they have added records for: MICHIGAN Michigan Birth Records 1867-1902 – Complete – includes digital images... (Read More)

On the Road Again – Delaware Genealogical Society

I am on the road again. Last night I had the opportunity to speak to the Delaware Genealogical Society about GenealogyBank. Hat’s off to the Society and particularly to DGS President Phoebe Doherty, her husband Tom and to the incoming DGS President Fran Allmond and her husband Charles for their invitation and hospitality. The... (Read More)

Birth Announcements – newspapers are packed with them

Newspapers have been announcing births since the 1700s. It is common to see birth notices in newspapers all across the country, like this one for triplets born to “Mrs. Rust of Wolfeboro, NH” in 1796. It appeared in the Massachusetts Mercury 14 Oct 1796. You’ll find millions of births recorded in newspapers on GenealogyBank... (Read More)