Searching historical Illinois newspapers

Handy List of Illinois Historical Newspapers GenealogyBank has 131 Illinois newspapers with coverage from 1818 to Today. Click here to see the complete list of Illinois newspapers in GenealogyBank. Use these handy links to speed up your research:Just click and start searching!Search all Illinois Historical Newspapers. 1818-1975Search specific Illinois newspapers:Belleville News Democrat (Belleville, IL).... (Read More)

Genealogy Humor

One of our readers (Kevin Clark) pointed me to today’s Wizard of Id cartoon – that speaks to the “high cost” of family history research. To see the cartoon – click hereor if that site is busy – click hereWizard of Id by Parker and Hart is one of my favorites... (Read More)

Do you have a favorite search? Bookmark it!

As you plan your research – genealogists often find that they are actively searching the newspapers for one state, city or a specific newspaper. You may speed up your research by bookmarking the newspaper or location you want to repeatedly search. TIP: Say you are researching family lines in Philadelphia and that you expect... (Read More)

GenealogyBank adds new search tools

GenealogyBank has added new search capabilities to speed up your research. These new features let you: 1. Limit your search to only the most recently added content2. Search multiple states at the same time3. Search multiple cities at the same time4. Search one newspaper or multiple newspapers at the same time5. Narrow search by... (Read More)

How to deal with heirloom, oversize portraits

This weekend’s Wall Street Journal (February 14-15, 2009 pp. R6) has a terrific article by Kathleen A. Hughes – “The Person over the Mantle”. Hughes tells the experiences of families in preserving and displaying their old family portraits and her own change of heart in displaying the image of her 3rd Great Grandmother, Mary... (Read More)

More newspapers added to GenealogyBank

GenealogyBank adds six more newspapers. IowaKnoxville, IA: Knoxville Journal Express. 13 Nov 2008 to Current IssueMassachusettsBridgewater, MA: Bridgewater Independent. 14 Nov 2008 to Current IssueHanover, MA: Hanover Mariner. 24 Aug 2005 to Current IssueMarlborough, MA: Marlborough Enterprise. 8 Dec 2005 to Current IssueStoughton, MA: Avon Messenger. 19 Mar 2008 to 9 Jan 2009PennsylvaniaButler, PA:... (Read More)

GenealogyBank adds more digital newspapers

GenealogyBank adds 5.9 million more articles and documents.This includes more articles from 40 newspapers from 22 statesThe 18 new newspapers we added this month are indicated with * an asterisk GenealogyBank now has:Over 115.6 million obituaries and death records – more than any other sourceOver 3,700 newspapers – and growing – more than any... (Read More)