How to Research Old Diaries & Personal Journals for Genealogy

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this guest blog post, Mary gives examples of how your ancestors’ diaries and journals—some available online in various collections—are invaluable to your family history research. As family historians, we turn to newspapers to corroborate vital records—but often neglect to... (Read More)

Celebrate Redlands’ 125th Anniversary & Its Library Archives

Hat’s off to Nathan Gonzales, City Archivist of Redlands, California, for maintaining an extensive collection of genealogical and historical material about Redlands itself and the surrounding San Bernardino County. Watch this video interview (49 minutes) with Nathan, as he describes the extensive genealogical and historical materials gathered over the past 100 years and archived... (Read More)

A Mystery from the First Handwritten Newspaper Published in America

One of the oldest newspapers published in America was the Boston News-Letter. The origins of this historical newspaper were detailed, handwritten reports by John Campbell. In 1702, John Campbell became the Postmaster in Boston. “As part of his job, Campbell had the official task of writing letters of important information to the main office.”  (Sloan,... (Read More)

Daily New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM) newspaper 1871-1887

GenealogyBank has added the Daily New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM) 1871-1887. GenealogyBank has over 3,800 newspapers from all 50 States, going from 1690 to Today. Search the Daily New Mexican for specific obituaries, marriage or birth announcements as well as news articles of the day. I used to live in New Mexico and was... (Read More)

Genealogist Obituaries – 12 Genealogists in 7 States have passed away.

12 genealogists in 7 States have passed away. Baker, Francis J. (1916-2009)News Journal (Mansfield, OH). May 1, 2009Beeson, Myron. (1926-2009)Salt Lake Tribune (UT). May 3, 2009 Cantwell, Nancy Carolyn McKissack. (1933-2009)Denton Record-Chronicle (TX). May 3, 2009Clever, Evelyn L. (1910-2009)Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT). May 2, 2009 Davis, Pauline Rose. (1931-2009)Deseret News (Salt Lake... (Read More)