GenealogyBank Cheat Sheets: Shortcuts to Key Website Resources

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this guest blog post, Mary provides two handy “cheat sheets” —one for navigating GenealogyBank’s diverse resources, followed by one to help with contact information and membership.

Early in my career as a computer troubleshooter and trainer, I made software cheat sheets. Organized by functionality, rather than titles chosen by software developers, they helped me navigate menus and remember complicated sequences needed to complete tasks.

They became a frequent component of my support work with clients—and not surprisingly, one of my most requested resources.

Everyone loves a shortcut—so in this long-honored tradition from my past, here is a handy GenealogyBank Cheat Sheet for navigating GenealogyBank’s diverse resources, followed by one to help with contact information and membership. You are welcome to share these downloadable cheat sheets with others and store them locally for quick reference.

  • GenealogyBank Categories, Features & Resources cheat sheet, to help navigate the features found on the GenealogyBank website (www.genealogybank.com).
  • GenealogyBank Site & Corporate Links cheat sheet, to assist with contact and membership issues.

GenealogyBank Categories, Features & Resources

Compiled by Guest Blogger
Mary Harrell-Sesniak

(June 2014)

In addition to the following specialty categories,
more results may be found using general searches.

Academic Records (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Ads & Classified Advertising www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/ads-classifieds
African American Newspapers www.genealogybank.com/static/ethnic/african-american-newspapers.html
Almanacs (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
American State Papers (See the Historical Documents & Records collection: https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/documents/all) The collection comprises 28 physical volumes of legislature and executive documents of Congress from 1789-1838. Categories include:

  • I. Foreign Relations
  • II. Indian Affairs
  • III. Finances
  • IV. Commerce and Navigation
  • V. Military Affairs
  • VI. Naval Affairs
  • VII. Post Office Department
  • VIII. Public Lands
  • IX. Claims
  • X. Miscellaneous
Articles (Featured Articles) (See articles on the GenealogyBank Blog as well: https://blog.genealogybank.com) Featured Articles, such as “Honoring Our Military Dead,” are located in the Learning Center.
Articles (Historical Newspapers) www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/newspaper-articles
Atlases (See the Historical Books collection, which includes Old Maps & Atlases) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Autobiographies (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Biographies (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Birth Records www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/birth-records
Blog (In addition to this link, you’ll find links to the blog on GenealogyBank’s various social media sites.) blog.genealogybank.com

(You’ll be able to search by any word in a blog post, or by author, and you can browse by date—see links at the bottom of the blog page.)

Books (Historical). This collection contains a variety of ephemera and specialty items, including:

  • Almanacs
  • Autobiographies & Memoirs
  • Biographies
  • Funeral Sermons, Eulogies & Elegy Poems
  • Genealogies
  • Old Academic Rewards of Merit
  • Old Maps & Atlases
  • Rare Old Books
  • Tax Bills
  • Theater Programs & Playbills
  • Town Meeting Reports
  • Vintage Ads & Prints
  • Vintage Invitations
www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Charts & Tables www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/tables-charts
Commodity & Stock Prices www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/commodity-stocks
Congressional Serial Set (See the Historical Documents & Records collection: https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/documents/all) Contains official reports and documents that the U.S. House and Senate have ordered to be printed since the 15th Congress.
Documents (Historical) See also individual categories. www.genealogybank.com/explore/documents/all

  • American State Papers
  • Historical maps including: burial & cemetery maps, old land & property maps, and military & war battle maps
  • Pension records including: Revolutionary War pension records, Civil War pension records, and World War I & World War II pensions and Widows’ Claims
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set
  • U.S. government land grants
Downloads (free) Getting Started Climbing
Your Family Tree
by Thomas Jay Kemp
Elections & Political News www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/political-elections
Ethnic Newspapers (See African American, Hispanic American, and Irish American newspaper collections) www.genealogybank.com/static/ethnic/african-american-newspapers.html
www.genealogybank.com/static/ethnic/hispaniccontent.html
www.genealogybank.com/static/ethnic/irish-american-newspapers.html
Featured Articles www.genealogybank.com/learning-center
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) www.genealogybank.com/ask-the-genealogist
Funeral Sermons (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Genealogies (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Google+ (See the Social Media entry below) https://plus.google.com/+Genealogybank
Hispanic American Newspapers www.genealogybank.com/static/hispaniccontent.html
Historical Books www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Historical Documents www.genealogybank.com/explore/documents/all
Illustrations & Photos www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/photos-illustrations
Invitations (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Irish American Newspapers www.genealogybank.com/static/ethnic/irish-american-newspapers.html
Learning Center www.genealogybank.com/learning-center
Legal News, Probate & Court Records www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/legal-probate-court
Letters Found in Newspapers www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/newspaper-letters
List of Newspapers www.genealogybank.com/newspapers/sourcelist
Maps (In addition to searching the newspaper archives, see also the Historical Books and the Historical Documents & Records collections) www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/historical-maps
www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
www.genealogybank.com/explore/documents/all
Marriage Records www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/marriage-records
Memoirs (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Military Records (In addition to searching the newspaper archives, see also the Historical Documents & Records collection) https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/documents/all
Newsletter sign-up (free) www.genealogybank.com/static/newsletter-sign-up.html
Newspapers Recently Added: www.genealogybank.com/newcontent

Source List (all newspapers): www.genealogybank.com/newspapers/sourcelist

Obituaries (Historical: pre-1977) www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/historical-obituaries
Obituaries (Recent: 1977 to present) www.genealogybank.com/explore/obituaries/all
Passenger Lists www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/passenger-lists
Pensions https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Photos & Illustrations www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/photos-illustrations
Pinterest (See the Social Media entry below) http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=genealogybank
Playbills (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Poems & Songs www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/poems-songs
Political News & Election Results www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/political-elections
Q&A www.genealogybank.com/ask-the-genealogist
School & Academic Records of Merit (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Searching The basic search is at www.genealogybank.com. See the links in this table for specialty searches.
Sermons (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Shopping (See the Store entry below) https://store.genealogybank.com/
Social MediaSearch for GenealogyBank on a variety of social media sites. Blog: https://blog.genealogybank.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GenealogyBank
Google+: https://plus.google.com/s/genealogybank
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=genealogybank
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GenealogyBank
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/GenealogyBank
Social Security Death Index (SSDI) www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all
Songs & Poems www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/poems-songs
Stock & Commodity Prices www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/commodity-stocks
Store: Shop the GenealogyBank store for a variety of books and special offers. https://store.genealogybank.com/
Tables & Charts www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/tables-charts
Tax Bills & Records (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Testimonials www.genealogybank.com/information/testimonials
Theater Programs & Playbills (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Tips (See articles on the GenealogyBank Blog as well: https://blog.genealogybank.com) www.genealogybank.com/learning-center
Town Meeting Reports (See the Historical Books collection) www.genealogybank.com/explore/books/all
Twitter (See the Social Media entry above) https://twitter.com/GenealogyBank
U.S. Congressional Serial Set (See the Historical Documents & Records collection: https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/documents/all) Contains official reports and documents that the U.S. House and Senate have ordered to be printed since the 15thCongress.
Videos (See the Learning Center and GenealogyBank’s YouTube channel) www.genealogybank.com/learning-center
www.youtube.com/GenealogyBank
Webinars (free) www.genealogybank.com/learning-center

Sampling:

  • How To Search GenealogyBank
  • Newspapers: Critical Resource to Complete Your Family Tree
  • Newspaper for Genealogists
  • Obituaries: Clues to Look For
YouTube Channel (See Social Media entry above) https://www.youtube.com/user/GenealogyBank

GenealogyBank Site & Corporate Links

Compiled by Guest Blogger
Mary Harrell-Sesniak

(June 2014)

About Genealogy Bank: Here you’ll read that GenealogyBank is a leading online genealogical resource from parent company NewsBank, inc. www.genealogybank.com/information/about-us
Account Information www.genealogybank.com/account
Contacting GenealogyBank: You can do this in a multitude of ways, from calling to e-mailing to networking on social media sites.
Learning Center: Not only is this free, but it includes a wide variety of resources. https://www.genealogybank.com/learning-center
Membership See Account Information for info on your own membership. Special offers are often found in the GenealogyBank store—and don’t forget memberships can be given as gifts.
Parent Company (NewsBank) GenealogyBank is a division of NewsBank, one of the world’s premier information providers. (See www.newsbank.com.)
Privacy Policy www.genealogybank.com/information/privacy-policy
Sitemap: Use this link to navigate the entire site. www.genealogybank.com/information/sitemap
Terms of Use: Use this link to learn how you may use the GenealogyBank website for personal use. www.genealogybank.com/information/terms-of-use

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