GenealogyBank – adds 170 newspapers from 31 States – 1830 to today

In the last few weeks GenealogyBank has added a staggering 7.2 million records and documents! In all of 2008 we added 39 million records and documents

GenealogyBank hits new high: 253 million records and documents – If each document was a person – that would be more than the population of the UK, Ireland, Germany, France and Canada combined!

Specifically in the last few weeks GenealogyBank added:
170 newspapers from 31 states
Content from 1830 to the present

Here is a list of the titles added:

Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 3 issues. 7/16/1910 to 10/10/1910

Jasper. *Daily Mountain Eagle. 1/22/1998 to Current

Benton. *Benton Courier. 5/8/2008 to Current
Carlisle. *Carlisle Independent. 6/6/2008 to Current
Jonesboro. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 120 issues. 10/3/1905 to 11/9/1921
Little Rock. Arkansas Gazette. 17 issues. 8/23/1842 to 10/11/1899
Malvern. *Malvern Daily Record. 1/1/2008 to Current

Nogales. *Monitor. 1 issue. 9/5/1890
Tucson. Amigos. 1 issue. 2/9/1977
Tucson. Tucsonense. 159 issues. 1/2/1923 to 12/29/1923

Colton. Chicano. 34 issues. 3/14/1974 to 6/16/1977
Los Angeles. *Aguacero. 2 issues. 3/24/1878 to 3/31/1878
Los Angeles. Clamor Publico. 6 issues. 10/9/1855 to 4/25/1857
Los Angeles. *Con Safos. 2 issues. 3/21/1969 to 6/1/1970
Los Angeles. *Correo Mejicano. 1 issue. 10/18/1917
Los Angeles. *Cronica. 1 issue. 9/12/1874
Los Angeles. *Democrata. 6 issues. 10/14/1882 to 11/4/1882
Los Angeles. Dos Republicas. 3 issues. 10/28/1892 to 2/1/1893
Los Angeles. *Eco de la Patria. 2 issues. 2/14/1878 to 2/21/1878
Los Angeles. *Fe en la Democracia. 2 issues. 10/29/1884 to 11/3/1884
Los Angeles. Heraldo de Mexico. 145 issues. 5/20/1919 to 11/29/1928
Los Angeles. *Joven. 2 issues. 9/18/1877 to 4/12/1878
Los Angeles. *Malcriado. 1 issue. 4/17/1927
Los Angeles. *Mesazero. 1 issue. 12/21/1954
Los Angeles. *Monitor Mejicano. 10 issues. 10/26/1895 to 10/29/1898
Los Angeles. Prensa. 68 issues. 7/26/1919 to 12/22/1921
Los Angeles. *Regeneracion. 250 issues. 9/5/1910 to 10/6/1917
Los Angeles. *Union. 3 issues. 11/21/1896 to 5/15/1897
San Francisco. *Centro America. 20 issues. 2/20/1921 to 8/25/1921
San Francisco. *Hispano America. 48 issues. 1/3/1931 to 12/5/1931
San Francisco. *Imparcial. 5 issues. 11/20/1931 to 2/1/1935
San Francisco. *Jalamate. 10 issues. 1/30/1972 to 6/9/1972
San Francisco. Mefistofeles. 1 issue. 3/23/1918
San Francisco. *Seminario Imparcial. 12 issues. 8/20/1938 to 11/12/1938
San Francisco. Voz del Nuevo Mundo. 97 issues. 3/27/1865 to 9/23/1884

Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 3 issues. 9/29/1903 to 9/16/1922
San Luis. Adobe. 1 issue. 8/31/1975

New London. New London Democrat. 1 issue. 5/17/1851
Norwich. Norwich Morning Bulletin. 2 issues. 12/3/1875 to 8/13/1887
Shelton. *Fairfield Sun. 9/18/2008 to Current

Tampa. Diario de Tampa. 13 issues. 8/21/1908 to 7/10/1911
Tampa. Internacional. 16 issues. 6/30/1939 to 8/7/1942
Tampa. Revista de Cuba Libre. 1 issue. 8/27/1898
Tampa. *Traduccion Prensa. 14 issues. 4/9/1941 to 9/4/1956
Tampa. *West Tampa Leader. 1 issue. 12/8/1940
Tampa. *Ybor City Sunday News. 1 issue. 11/18/1951

Kailua. *West Hawaii Today. 8/31/2008 to Current

Idaho City. Idaho Register. 3 issues. 11/17/1905 to 4/23/1915
Twin Falls. Twin Falls News. 2 issues. 4/30/1919 to 6/18/1919

Centralia. Centralia Sentinel. 7 issues. 1/12/1865 to 6/15/1865
Chicago. Latin Times. 2 issues. 9/24/1960 to 4/6/1962
Chicago. Noticia Mundial. 2 issues. 10/9/1927 to 10/23/1927
Chicago. Vida Latina. 1 issue. 2/21/1958

Abilene. *Abilene Reflector-Chronicle. 12/17/1999 to Current
Dodge City. *Dodge City Daily Globe. 8/9/2005 to Current

Corbin. *Times-Tribune. 6/17/2008 to Current

New Orleans. Abeja. 166 issues. 5/24/1830 to 4/25/1831
New Orleans. Times Picayune. 3,086 issues. 1/11/1861 to 10/22/1900
New Orleans. Times Picayune. 2,856 issues. 1/26/1901 to 12/30/1922

Boston. Boston Journal. 2,176 issues. 7/6/1866 to 8/31/1897
Boston. *Liberator. 72 issues. 9/6/1896 to 4/15/1906
Brockton. *Enterprise. 10/9/2008 to Current
Dedham. Norfolk Democrat. 2 issues. 12/27/1850 to 12/2/1853
Stoughton. Stoughton Sentinel. 79 issues. 7/30/1864 to 11/11/1876

Baltimore. Baltimore American. 4 issues. 7/23/1905 to 7/13/1910

Grand Rapids. *Grand Rapids Press. 3,138 issues. 7/1/1901 to 12/30/1922
Jackson. *Jackson Citizen Patriot. 137 issues. 8/15/1849 to 12/2/1858

Kansas City. Cosmopolita. 1 issue. 1/30/1915
Kansas City. Kansas City Times. 99 issues. 5/13/1884 to 9/20/1894

Vicksburg. Daily Commercial. 1 issues. 7/16/1878

Helena. Western Clarion. 1 issue. 9/30/1865

Nebraska City. Daily Nebraska Press. 1 issue. 3/25/1876

New Jersey
Trenton. *Trenton Evening Times. 880 issues. 5/7/1883 to 12/30/1922
Trenton. *Trenton Sunday Times-Advertiser. 497 issues. 6/1/1902 to 6/23/1918

New Mexico
Albuquerque. Indito. 1 issue. 4/4/1901
Albuquerque. Nuevo Mundo. 5 issues. 12/25/1897 to 7/28/1900
Bernalillo. *Agricultor Moderno. 1 issue. 3/23/1916
Bernalillo. *Espejo. 1 issue. 3/8/1879
Bernalillo. *Voz del Valle. 53 issues. 10/12/1899 to 1/31/1901
Deming. *Deming Headlight. 5 issues. 1/24/1891 to 2/18/1899
Deming. *Deming Tribune. 1 issue. 12/25/1884
Deming. *Democracia. 1 issue. 1/14/1906
Elizabethtown. *Mining Bulletin. 17 issues. 1/4/1900 to 8/11/1900
Estancia. *Estancia News. 4 issues. 9/1/1905 to 7/5/1907
Las Cruces. *Borderer. 1 issue. 8/16/1873
Las Cruces. Dona Ana County Republican. 2 issues. 1/19/1901 to 3/30/1901
Las Cruces. Labrador. 2 issues. 1/25/1901 to 3/10/1905
Las Vegas. *Boletin de Anuncios. 1 issue. 1/19/1878
Las Vegas. *Cachiporra. 1 issue. 10/19/1888
Las Vegas. *Campaign Bulletin. 2 issues. 8/25/1880 to 8/27/1880
Las Vegas. *Hispano Americano. 6 issues. 4/21/1892 to 10/15/1892
Las Vegas. *Las Vegas Daily Optic. 11 issues. 3/1/1890 to 7/8/1893
Las Vegas. *Las Vegas Weekly Optic. 2 issues. 10/23/1880 to 10/30/1880
Las Vegas. Revista Catolica. 54 issues. 4/1/1888 to 2/10/1895
Las Vegas. *Sol de Mayo. 8 issues. 5/1/1891 to 7/24/1891
Las Vegas. *Voz del Pueblo. 4 issues. 9/21/1895 to 12/13/1904
Maldonado. *Estrella. 1 issue. 1/30/1897
Mesilla. Mesilla News. 1 issue. 12/18/1880
Mora. *Cronica de Mora. 2 issues. 6/13/1889 to 11/2/1889
Mora. *Mora Echo. 2 issues. 9/16/1890

Mora. *Mosquito. 15 issues. 12/3/1891 to 6/30/1892
Raton. *Relampago. 11 issues. 5/21/1904 to 8/6/1904
Rincon. *Rincon Weekly. 11 issues. 8/29/1895 to 5/11/1897
Rincon. *Roswell Record. 1 issue. 7/14/1893
San Acacio. *Comercio. 1 issue. 7/11/1907
San Marcial. *San Marcial Bee. 2 issues. 6/10/1893 to 3/29/1902
Santa Fe. Cachiporrota. 1 issue. 10/16/1890
Santa Fe. *Clarin Mejicano. 1 issue. 8/10/1873
Santa Fe. Daily New Mexican. 227 issues. 4/15/1871 to 3/28/1872
Santa Fe. *Gauntlet. 1 issue. 6/25/1894
Santa Fe. *Nuevo Mejicano. 2 issues. 4/25/1863 to 9/24/1881
Santa Fe. *Nuevo Mexicano. 40 issues. 8/16/1890 to 5/9/1908
Santa Fe. *Registro de Nuevo Mexico. 1 issue. 5/2/1916
Santa Fe. *Santa Fe Daily New Mexican. 23 issues. 8/8/1885 to 2/9/1887
Santa Fe. Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican and Livestock Journal. 2 issues. 3/22/1888 to 10/26/1893
Santa Fe. *Verdad. 1 issue. 9/12/1844
Santa Fe. *Voz del Pueblo. 2 issues. 4/27/1889 to 6/1/1889
Santa Fe. Weekly New Mexican.1 issue. 9/27/1919
Socorro. Defensor del Pueblo. 8 issues. 3/30/1906 to 5/24/1935
Springer. Colfax County Stockman. 1 issue. 1/6/1912
Wagon Mound. *Combate. 198 issues. 12/6/1902 to 11/2/1918

New York
Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 98 issues. 5/31/1850 to 6/1/1874
Garden City. Eco. 26 issues. 5/1/1930 to 5/15/1932
New York. *Artes y Letras. 56 issues. 10/21/1933 to 10/21/1939

New York. Cacara Jicara. 2 issues. 10/9/1897 to 12/13/1897
New York. Ecos de Nueva York. 31 issues. 2/26/1950 to 1/6/1957
New York. (Brooklyn). Espana Libre. 12 issues. 11/10/1939 to 8/14/1942

New York. *Novedades. 274 issues. 1/3/1880 to 12/21/1918
New York. Papagayo. 1 issue. 2/23/1855
New York. Patria. 1 issue. 3/14/1892
New York. Prensa. 1 issue. 8/24/1925
New York. Puerto Rico en Marcha. 1 issue. 6/21/1951

Cincinnati. Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 1,592 issues. 5/1/1869 to 6/30/1890
Wooster. Wooster Republican. 112 issues. 1/4/1855 to 12/30/1922
Cleveland. Plain-Dealer. 355 issues. 11/26/1914 to 12/30/1922

Portland. Oregonian. 3,355 issues. 4/1/1861 to 7/12/1906

Philadelphia. Public Ledger. 3,364 issues. 3/25/1836 to 12/31/1873

Rhode Island
Pawtucket. Pawtucket Times. 3 issues. 1/8/1920 to 1/28/1921

South Carolina
Aiken. *Aiken Standard. 8/27/2008 to Current
Pickens. *Pickens Sentinel. 8/13/2008 to Current

Beaumont. Beaumont Enterprise and Journal. 4 issues. 4/27/1906 to 4/9/1911
Borger. *Borger News Herald. 6/11/2008 to Current
Brownsville. Cronista del Valle. 3 issues. 12/15/1924 to 9/8/1925
Brownsville. Puerto 16 issues. 7/24/1954 to 12/26/1959
Brownsville. Republican 34 issues. 10/23/1862 to 7/23/1868
Cleburne. *Cleburne Times Review. 7/18/2008 to Current
Corpus Christi. Horizonte. 2 issues. 11/26/1879 to 3/3/1880
Corpus Christi. *Progreso. 31 issues. 6/23/1939 to 3/15/1940
Corpus Christi. Verdad. 12 issues. 11/11/1955 to 9/6/1957
El Paso. Atalaya Bautista: Semanario Evangelico Bautista. 116 issues. 1/5/1911 to 6/26/1919
El Paso. *Clarin del Norte. 1 issue. 12/27/1906
El Paso. Continental. 1 issue. 6/5/1936
El Paso. *Dia. 2 issues. 2/18/1919 to 2/23/1919
El Paso. El Paso Evening Tribune. 1 issue. 6/23/1893
El Paso. Noticias. 5 issues. 10/21/1899 to 1/20/1900
El Paso. Republica. 8 issues. 11/2/1919 to 5/22/1920
Galveston. Galveston News. 6 issues. 8/20/1877 to 9/1/1881
Kingsville. Eco. 4 issues. 5/1/1934 to 12/1/1934
Kingsville. Notas de Kingsville. 29 issues. 6/29/1950 to 5/12/1960
Kingsville. Tex. Mex. Reflector. 3 issues. 5/21/1921 to 1/21/1923
Laredo. *Cronica. 95 issues. 1/1/1910 to 4/18/1914
Laredo. Evolucion. 31 issues. 7/27/1917 to 1/30/1920
San Antonio. Epoca. 4 issues. 11/24/1918 to 7/24/1927
San Antonio. Heraldo de Mexicano. 8 issues. 1/29/1928 to 9/8/1929
San Antonio. Imparcial de Texas. 45 issues. 9/19/1918 to 9/30/1920
San Antonio. Prensa. 4,781 issues. 10/1/1916 to 6/13/1957
San Antonio. Revista Mexicana. 158 issues. 5/28/1916 to 7/6/1919

St. Albans. St. Albans Daily Messenger. 2 issues. 2/29/1916 to 7/5/1918

West Virginia
Montgomery. *Montgomery Herald. 4/1/2008 to Current
Oak Hill. *Fayette Tribune. 6/11/2008 to Current
Princeton. *Princeton Times. 4/17/2008 to Current

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10 thoughts on “GenealogyBank – adds 170 newspapers from 31 States – 1830 to today

  1. Oh, my! The Grand Rapids Press! I’ve been waiting for this! As soon as I double-check my genealogy budget, I’m subscribing! Whoo hoo!

  2. Do you really think people are that stupid that they won’t look at that list and all the 1 and 2 issue papers you bloated that long list with? In fact I counted around 98 papers with 10 issues or less, i.e. more than half.

    Why do you do that? You added nice runs and hundreds or more issues to many papers, so why try to misrepresent with all those short run and handful of issue listings?

    Also all of this short run sporadic coverage just does not do much for potential customers I would think unless you hit an exact little paper they need. Instead why don’t you try to saturate a state or two every year and really get some depth of coverage that means something?


  3. Mike,
    Look again at our full title list and see how these fit with what is already on the site. We have over 3,700 titles – spanning 1690 to today. No other site has this level of coverage. It is the best source of old newspapers on the planet.

    When it is a “short run” it is because that is all of the title that is available.

    We added 7 million records – in one month. That’s a lot of new sources to search.

  4. It’s not a title numbers game, at least not to thinking potential customers. It is a depth of coverage game. Do you have long continuous runs of various papers in given localities that I am interested in?

    And even if you do have the biggest collection of newspapers online on the planet, is that really meaningful? Rather it seems like comparing the largest freshwater lake to an ocean. Which is the problem with your site. It has wonderful potential but adding a few dribs and drabs across the board still results in shallow coverage everywhere.

    Let me use the following states as examples:


    I am most interested in those states and if you had depth of coverage in the counties in those states I need I would be glad to subscribe and re-subscribe. But you don’t. I realize economics plays a big part in this but why don’t you educate us.

    If you find the state library or university that is the repository in one of those states for the most newspaper microfilms, especially those produced through the US newspaper project, how much would it cost to digitize an entire state’s holdings for all its counties? Is it doable in some near-term time frame?

    If the answer is no, and you have no plan to “own” some states by such depth of coverage and then move on to other states, then your site simply will not have the depth of coverage most of us potential customers need to subscribe. Especially for a price half that of Ancestry’s US Deluxe subscription (counting that gimmicky subscription model of yours where you have to spend for the trial period and only then subscribe at the normal price).

    So many of us would love to subscribe, and for myself I would be willing to pay twice what your subscription is if you really covered the states I need. But I just don’t see it happening in my life time unless you have some awesome secret plan.


  5. Mike –
    Terrific comments. You ought to give me a call and I’ll walk you through the realities of digitizing and putting historical content online. Call me at: 800.762.8182.

    Here’s a snapshot of the economics of doing this. We have over 3,700 newspapers online right now. We have contracts for another 6,000+ titles in the cue ready to be worked on and go live.

    The reality is that it costs $$ millions to do that. The reality also is that library budgets, individual genealogists and GenealogBank are feeling the real pressures of the economy and can’t absorb the cost of doing this all at once.

    We have regularly been adding staff, new offices and plants to get more done. The pace and growth is dramatic. We wish 100% of all newspapers ever published were digitized and online. The reality is that it takes time.

    By every measure I can see we are the fastest growing commercial genealogy site online.

    Since launching GenealogyBank we have steadily added to it – over 93 million articles have been added since launch 2 years ago. At the same time we’ve reduced our prices. More content at lower prices – not many sites do that.

    We are an open and responsive company. I try to respond to e-mail nearly 24/7. We also have a no hassle, no haggle guarantee – any problems – call us. We’ll make it right.

    Bottom Line: We’re the best source for old newspapers on the planet and we have a lot of fun providing this service to genealogists. We love what we do and are here to help.

    Tom Kemp

  6. Tom,

    Thanks for the response and the offer of the phone call. But you still are not really addressing my main point which is depth of coverage by geographical area rather than total title counts which may be inflated grossly by my estimation, by single issues and short runs.

    So the real issue here is how your company plans for data acquisition. Do you plan to saturate a state or several states this year and move on to new ones next year, or do you spend those millions on acquiring papers across the country to give the illusion for marketing purposes that you have broad coverage, which you do, but which is very shallow.

    So again my question. Is it feasible for you to plan to digitize virtually all of a state’s microfilmed newspapers (cheaper than digitizing from originals no doubt even if not as good of quality). Or just take one large city like Cincinnati. Because of multiple fires in the 1800s, newspapers are an important source of vital stats found nowhere else, including in the German papers. So could you digitize all of Cincinnati’s past papers?

    I realize this depends on the permission and cooperation of depositories holding that microfilm. But I would think something could be worked out. So again, can you “do” an entire state in a reasonable period of time for the amount you spend now digitizing?

    If the answer to the last question is no, then it is hard for me to see how I could be a customer, or at least a repeat customer unless you just happen on a city I need and cover it for decades. Because I need deep coverage in a handful of states and shallow coverage across the nation just can’t help me much.


  7. Tom,

    One other point I would like to make is that to me at least, newspapers as a genealogical source are vastly underused by most researchers due to lack of access, but can be wonderful in what they produce, and not just for obits.

    But they are not a “dense” source like vital stat registers and such. You have to “mine” tons more of images to produce any hits at all of interest. The difference between mining a gold seam and mining tons of gold laced minerals that is 1000 times less dense than the seam.

    But of course the costs to produce those images is not any less than digitizing other microfilm that is more dense like vital stats or census enumerations. You and your customers just are going to get less gold for the buck per 1000 images.

    So I guess I need to see you or another newspaper site putting 1000 times the number of images online (as well as depth of coverage in states I need) to be as excited as for Footnote say putting a certain number of civil war records online.


  8. Mike –
    I need to get you to stop by the office in Chester, VT. Let me show you what we’ve been doing for the past 60 years. Let me know when you’ll be in the area.

    I like the way you think – but let’s sit on the bank of that stream where you’ve been panning for gold and see the big picture.

    A vital record will give you the name, rank and serial number of a person and newspapers will give you the stories, details that fill in the facric of their lives.

    I am all for vital records – as you know I’ve written over five books just on that topic (and plenty of other books). But if you think about it – they pinpoint 3 or so days in the lives of most people. GenealogyBank goes back over 300 years that’s every day of our ancestor’s lives ….. skim through my recent blog posts and see the details you get from the paper that just aren’t in a vital record.

    Look back for example at my post on May 9, 2008 – Philadelphia – Death Records Online. It was about the FHL’s collection of Philadelphia death records going online. I give the example of Edward Hendrickson – age 11 – who was killed by a train. His death certificate tells the facts, it is sterile, almost harsh in reporting this 11 year old’s death. But – then look at the newspaper account – explaining that he had died a “Hero” – while saving his 8 year old brother from being hit by the train. The sterile facts come alive – we’re moved by what happened. We don’t forget it. As Paul Harvey would say – now you know the rest of the story. See:

    My blog posts and the posts by hundreds of our members tell of similar stories – where newspaper accounts gave the crucial details that just aren’t found anywhere else. Newspapers from the 1500s to today.

    GenealogyBank is a terrific source. It’s a great day for genealogy.

    Tom Kemp

  9. Tom,

    You are expounding on the virtues of newspapers, which I am not denying. But you are not answering my questions about feasibility of digitizing the majority of a state or city’s newspapers.

    Good job keeping on PR marketing message of title counts while deflecting other issues as to depth of coverage geographically. You are very good at PR.


  10. Mike,
    Oh, I see your question.
    Hmmm …. “feasibility of digitizing the majority of a state or city’s newspapers” …. and your implied criticism on depth.

    I’d say we do have that level of coverage. Look at it state by state. Look at our coverage for Massachusetts, New York, Kansas City, Baltimore or Philadelphia.

    We are the comprehensive site for Hispanic newspapers. Near comprehensive runs for the earliest US newspapers. It is dramatic. There are no competitors in these areas.

    It’s a solid site. Mike – look at the title list again. You just don’t find this depth in the market. There is no competition for what we’re doing.

    What prevents us from doing more?

    Sure – part of it is economics. If the pace of subscribers escalated then we could afford to do more. So – take on the challenge of getting every one of your friends to become GenealogyBnak members 🙂

    Part of it is access to the content. We build up partnerships with newspapers and archives that hold the original newspapers. It is not enough to have a run of a newspaper on microfilm – it is the rights to that title. The holder of the originals and the holder of the “master” microfilm of a title. Is that title a predecessor title of a modern newspaper?

    Part of it is economics. Our audience comes from all states – even other countries. Everyone writes us for their “local” title and they want it yesterday. So, it takes a balance.

    So Mike – while you are getting everyone to join GenealogyBank have them also write me and tell us what newspapers you want to see: titles; cities or states to concentrate on. Those letters get results. More members + more letters = results.

    As I said earlier we have over 6k titles in line waiting to be done.

    It’s a balancing of the needs of researchers, partner libraries and newspapers.

    Even when we line up titles to work on – we have to stream in original copies from multiple repositories. Do they arrive in time? Are they too fragile to be digitized? Are there any missing issues? Or, if we’re working from the master microfilm were they properly done. Multiple things can disrupt a schedule. Titles get shifted at the last moment to keep the production moving so that we can produce as much as possible.

    That’s why December was such an incredible month – usually we do 3-4 million articles a month. This month was over 7 million.

    So Mike – will you accept the challenge and encourage all of your friends to join GenealogyBank and help us digitize all of America’s newspapers?


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