Genealogist Obituaries – genealogists in 10 states pass away

Genealogists in 10 States pass away. IN, KY, LA, NH, NY, TN, TX, UT, VA, VTAllred, LaRue Winn. (1923-2009)Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT) – May 7, 2009Alloway, Frances Patricia. (1917-2009)Indianapolis Star (IN) – May 7, 2009Baker, Rosaline Tilley. (1930-2009)Dallas Morning News (TX) – May 7, 2009Barnes, Major Arch Dalrymple. (1921-2009)Dallas Morning News (TX) – May 7,... (Read More)

Happy National Doughnut Day!

My days of eating doughnuts are long gone – but it was 70 years ago that the first Friday in June was designated National Doughnut Day! Captain Hanson Gregory (1831-) of Camden, Maine gets the credit for inventing the modern doughnut – or at least the hole. He was a ship’s cook at age... (Read More)

GenealogyBank adds even more newspapers

Hot off the press! I just received word that GenealogyBank began adding an additional 67 historical newspapers today. (Image from Library of Congress – American Memory Project) That jumps the total with yesterday’s announcement to 107 titles added this weekend!! These titles will finish loading later this week. These additional historical newspapers are from... (Read More)

Jim Thorpe – Born May 28, 1888

We all heard the stories of Jim Thorpe – the world’s greatest athlete – while we were growing up. The newspapers & movies regularly carried stories about him and he was even featured on a box of Wheaties. (photo – NC Museum of History). He loved to compete. He enjoyed the battle itself and... (Read More)

It’s Wild Bill Hickok’s Day ….

Wild Bill Hickok – James Butler Hickok – was born on May 27, 1837 in Troy Grove, Illinois. Famous in movies, films and hundreds of newspaper articles – he is central to the legends of the Old West. Newspapers serialized his story and pictured him fighting bears, outlaws and Confederate agents. Images by Van... (Read More)

More Birth, Marriage & Death Records Go Online

We reported earlier that FamilySearchLabs has put up the Philadelphia Death Certificates from 1803 to 1915. Volunteers working at FamilySearchLabs are digitizing microfilm and original vital records and putting them online. (Photo, courtesy: Newsroom.lds.org) Today I see that they have added records for: MICHIGAN Michigan Birth Records 1867-1902 – Complete – includes digital images... (Read More)

Birth Announcements – newspapers are packed with them

Newspapers have been announcing births since the 1700s. It is common to see birth notices in newspapers all across the country, like this one for triplets born to “Mrs. Rust of Wolfeboro, NH” in 1796. It appeared in the Massachusetts Mercury 14 Oct 1796. You’ll find millions of births recorded in newspapers on GenealogyBank... (Read More)

Tracking down Family Bibles ….

Family Bibles have been treasured by families for generations, but finding them today can be difficult. It was common for families to have a family Bible – a large bound book that was prominently displayed in the family parlor – “…a large octavo volume, with a more or less ornate binding, with blank pages... (Read More)