Last Revolutionary War Widow Receives Final Pension—in 1906!

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this guest blog post, Mary writes about the last Revolutionary War pension being paid in 1906—131 years after armed conflict began between Great Britain and its American colonies. It seems hard to believe, but the last Revolutionary War pension... (Read More)

Family Search Uncovers Circus Elephant Story

Introduction: Scott Phillips is a genealogical historian and owner of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services. In this guest blog post, Scott speaks of his love of genealogy, and shares some of the family history discoveries he’s made—including the tale of an ancestor, a zookeeper, who was nearly trampled to death by Minnie, the... (Read More)

Search More than 30 Baltimore, Maryland, Newspapers Online!

GenealogyBank is growing: we now have over 30 Baltimore, Maryland, newspapers online. One of the original 13 colonies, Maryland has a long, rich history full of interesting facts and stories about our American ancestors. Since Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland, there are many local newspapers from the “Charm City.”... (Read More)

Search More than 80 Minnesota Newspapers Online!

GenealogyBank continues to grow, adding more content daily to our newspaper archives. For genealogists researching their family history in Minnesota, we now have over 80 newspapers online from the “North Star State.” That’s a lot of papers to research your genealogy with! Our Minnesota archives include both old and recent newspaper titles, dating from... (Read More)

How to Find Your Ancestors’ Church Records

Church records can be a terrific resource for your genealogy research. But if you’re not sure what church your ancestors attended, how do you know what church records to look for? The denominations that families attended may have changed over the years. In some faith traditions, like Catholics and Mormons, it is important that... (Read More)