Old Music in Historical Newspapers: Tips for Finding Songs

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog post, Mary provides newspaper search tips to find articles and musical scores about the songs our ancestors enjoyed When doing your family history research, have you ever wondered about the old music your American ancestors enjoyed? What... (Read More)

Take a Music Break & Listen to ‘I’m My Own Grandpa’

Take a break today and listen to this old country song performed by Dennis Warner. Click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7x1ETPkZsk. You’ll need a pad and pencil to work out all the genealogy connections in this funny ballad loaded with connections on the old family tree. The song lyrics to “I’m My Own Grandpa” are below for... (Read More)

Shelbyville, Tennessee, Newspaper ‘Tennessee Herald’ Online

Shelbyville, Tennessee, was laid out and settled in 1810. By 1817 it had a newspaper, the Tennessee Herald—and GenealogyBank has this historical title in its extensive online newspaper archives for your genealogy research. Today Shelbyville is famous as “The Pencil City” and as “The Walking Horse Capital of the World”—but it was a much... (Read More)

Finding Your “Roots” at Alex Haley Museum Opening

Alex Haley home dedicated as a genealogy library and museum. When 17-year-old violinist Joseph Matthews performed at the dedication of the Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center, he had no idea he would discover his family roots. Joseph, a high school senior from Memphis, Tennessee, was among hundreds who participated in two days of... (Read More)

GenealogyBank adds 9 newspapers from 6 states

GenealogyBank is expanding it’s coverage adding 9 newspapers from 6 states: California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri and North CarolinaCaliforniaDaily Independent (Ridgecrest, CA) Obituaries: 04/11/2009 – CurrentDeath Notices: 04/07/2009 – CurrentColoradoBent County Democrat (Las Animas, CO) Obituaries: 04/13/2009 – Current Death Notices: 04/07/2009 – Current IllinoisClay County Advocate-Press (Flora, IL)Obituaries: 04/10/2009 – CurrentDeath Notices: 03/27/2009... (Read More)