Florida Newspaper Archives: 116 Titles for Genealogy Research

When the first European—Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon—arrived in Florida in 1513, he named it “La Florida” (Flowery Land) because of the floral beauty he found everywhere. With its tropical climate, long coastline adorned with many beaches—on both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean—and varied vegetation, Florida is a beautiful place... (Read More)

Friday the 13th: Is It Lucky or Unlucky in Your Family?

Introduction: Scott Phillips is a genealogical historian and owner of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services. In this guest blog post, Scott searches old newspapers to find out more about the superstition of Friday the 13th being an unlucky day—and finds that the day has been unlucky for many, but lucky for some. I... (Read More)

Dispelling Superstitions about 13: History of the Thirteen Club

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this guest blog post—appropriate for Friday the 13th—Gena searches old newspapers to find stories about Captain William Fowler and the Thirteen Club he founded in 1880 to defy superstitions about the number 13. Superstitions about 13 There are... (Read More)

GenealogyBank adds newspapers from LA, NE and TN

GenealogyBank adds more newspapers from Louisiana, Nebraska & Tennessee. Donaldsonville Chief (Donaldsonville, LA) Obituaries: 07/02/2008 – Current Death Notices: 06/11/2008 – Current Nebraska City News-Press (Nebraska City, NE) Obituaries: 04/11/2009 – Current Death Notices: 04/06/2009 – CurrentDaily Post-Athenian (Athens, TN)Obituaries: 04/13/2009 – CurrentDeath Notices: 03/28/2009 – Current Newport Plain Talk (Newport, TN)Obituaries: 08/31/1998 –... (Read More)

President James K. Polk – 1795-1845

President James K. Polk died June 15, 1845. GenealogyBank let’s you read the newspapers when he was elected and the accounts of his death. (Macon Telegraph – 19 June 1845)Whether you want to read about the lives of the Presidents or your ancestors – GenealogyBank has the best coverage – 1690 to Today. It... (Read More)

So, did you hear the one about the girl and the snake?

Newspapers are packed with the stories documenting our ancestors. Thankful Taylor of Murfreesboro, TN had quite a story to tell her grandchildren. Her story appeared in the Inter-Ocean (13 July 1874) and the Indianapolis Sentinel (10 July 1874). Here is just the first few paragraphs from the Inter-Ocean (13 July 1874). Click on the... (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)