Wishing you a Merry and a Happy …..

We wish all of you the very best! It has been a wonderful year for us here at GenealogyBank. Everyday we receive notes and cards from genealogists sharing their appreciation for what they’ve found in GenealogyBank – like this comment we received yesterday: Thanks also for the new additionsto the Historic Newspapers file. You... (Read More)

Hunt is on for phony POW’s…

Today’s Chicago Tribune has an interesting article by Steve Mills about Mary and Chuck Schantag of the P.O.W. Network who say they have exposed close to 1,900 people who have falsely claimed to be prisoners of war. Click here to read the article “Hunt is on for Phony POW’s“. A quick check of GenealogyBank... (Read More)

If Captain James Garcelon was the first "Garcelon" to come to America – then who was Peter Garcelon?

Genealogies often begin with the comprehensive statement that “the first (insert surname here) to come to America was…”. In our family that would be Captain James Garcelon born in 1739 on the Channel Island, Guernsey, England. However in searching old newspapers you can find the details that just might change family traditions and supply... (Read More)

Green-Wood Cemetery – Brooklyn, NY – Honors Civil War Vets

Newspapers are producing more than newsprint – they are adding video news clips. Flickr photo from George K’s Photostream Here is an example from the New York Times – “Green-Wood Remembers Civil War Dead” Click here and watch in depth report about Green-Wood Cemetery’s effort to document the graves of Civil War veterans. It’s... (Read More)

Chicago Marriage certificates 1871-1920 going online

It’s a great day for genealogy. There are only a small handful of Internet sites that are putting up sharp, clear digital images of genealogical records, the kind of resources that genealogists want to use and will rely on for their research. FamilySearchLabs has been doing just that. They have just added Cook County... (Read More)

Mora Evelyn Boone (1901-2008) world’s oldest genealogist

Mora Evelyn Boone (1901-2008) has passed away.She was the nation’s and probably the world’s oldest genealogist. Her great-granddaughter Alice Boone wrote about her life on their online site at: Ben and Alice. She describes an indomitable woman who was beloved by her family and added that despite her age, “She was an enthusiastic Internet... (Read More)

Remembering Carole Callard …

I paused this week to remember Carole Callard – she was a terrific genealogist, teacher, librarian and friend. Carole passed away 3 years ago this week. Her obituary appeared in several newspapers including the Lansing State Journal (MI) – December 12, 2005 Carole Crawford CallardLansing, MIAge 64, died December 10, 2005; born August 8,... (Read More)

More newspapers go online

GenealogyBank adds 17 newspapers – from 10 States to America’s Obituaries Section That section now has 1,161 newspapers!Here is the list of the new titles added: AlabamaDaily Mountain Eagle (Jasper, AL) Obituaries: 01/30/1998 – Current Death Notices: 01/22/1998 – CurrentArkansasBenton Courier, The (Benton, AR) Obituaries: 05/14/2008 – Current Death Notices: 05/08/2008 – CurrentCarlisle Independent... (Read More)