First Lady Edith Wilson & Her Ancestor Pocahontas

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this guest blog post—in celebration of November being Native American Heritage Month—Gena searches old newspapers to find stories about U.S. First Lady Edith Wilson and her connection to her famous Native American ancestor, Pocahontas. When we think of... (Read More)

Genealogy Humor: Unusual & Funny Names of People

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this guest blog post, Mary shares some of the odd and humorous names she’s run across while researching family history in old newspapers. Like anyone else, genealogists enjoy a good laugh. Sometimes, when searching through old newspapers, we run... (Read More)

NY Student History Research Contest Deadline Approaching

New York State Archives Sponsors 19th Annual Student Research Contest Albany, NY This is a terrific opportunity to encourage students to use historical records.The deadline for the contest is July 1st. Awards go to individual students and to class projects. GenealogyBank.com has over 300 New York (1719-Today) newspapers. Click here to search all New... (Read More)