Tracking down Family Bibles ….

Family Bibles have been treasured by families for generations, but finding them today can be difficult. It was common for families to have a family Bible – a large bound book that was prominently displayed in the family parlor – “…a large octavo volume, with a more or less ornate binding, with blank pages... (Read More)

Frank Baum 1856-1919 – Going Beyond the Obits

Lyman Frank Baum, the author of the many books about the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was born today – May 15, 1856 – in Chittenango, Madison County, New York. When he died obituaries appeared in newspapers around the country like this obituary that appeared in the Duluth (MN) News Tribune (8 May 1919). It... (Read More)

Virginia is 401 years old today!

Happy Birthday to Virginia!The first colonists arrived in Jamestown, Virginia on May 14, 1607 and with ups and downs the Commonwealth has prospered ever since. GenealogyBank.com is packed with early Americana – including millions of Virginia items go back to the 1700s. NewspapersGenealogyBank has more than 100 Virginia newspapers – containing more than 2.3... (Read More)

1860 Census & Civil War Pension Index – Going Online

FamilySearchLabs.org has begun putting the 1860 Federal Census and the Civil War Pension Index Cards online. The 1860 Federal Census includes all new indexing and new digital images of the census pages. The FHL-Labs site is just beginning to put the 1860 census online – and has loaded the first 5% of the census.... (Read More)

NGS Newsmagazine – Latest Issue

The April-June 2008 issue of the NGS Newsmagazine (National Genealogical Society) just arrived in the mail. Articles: Alpert, Janet A. President’s Message. pp. 2-3Kerstens, Elizabeth Kelly. Editor’s Corner. pp. 4-5Freilich, Kay Haviland & Ann Carter Fleming. Research in the States Series Expands. pp. 10-11.Jennings, Arlene V. Reconstructing family history from museum visits. pp. 18-22.... (Read More)

Philadelphia – Death Records Online

Genealogists researching Philadelphia just got even more help in finding their ancestors. FamilySearchLabs has just added digital copies of Philadelphia (PA) death certificates from 1803-1915. The Philadelphia Inquirer 1860-1922 along with over 280 Philadelphia and Pennsylvania newspapers from the colonial period right up to today are already online at GenealogyBank So – what will... (Read More)