Deadwood Dick: Chasing a Cornish-American Legend

Introduction: Scott Phillips is a genealogical historian and owner of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services. In this guest blog post, Scott digs into old newspapers to see if the Wild West’s legendary character “Deadwood Dick” was a real person or just a myth. Early in my family history and genealogy work I made,... (Read More)

William Montgomery Clemens (1860-1931)

Genealogists who made a difference William Montgomery Clemens (1860-1931) was a prolific genealogist and writer. Nephew to the more famous Samuel Clemens (1835-1910) – he was also a newspaper man and author. William M. Clemens started writing for the Pittsburgh Leader in 1879 and continued his research & writing for more than five decades.... (Read More)

Linda Fay Kaufman, genealogist, 1940-2009

Remembering one of our own: Linda Fay Kaufman, genealogist, 1940-2009Enthusiastic genealogist Linda Fay Kaufman (1940-2009) has passed away.She put her family history research online and actively corresponded with genealogists across the country. A search of the genealogy lists shows her posts as recently as the last few months. Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin... (Read More)

Wow – I love GenealogyBank.

We routinely hear from genealogists telling about their success – “Wow, look what I found!” We really love to hear those stories and today it is my turn. Last week I was stunned to find that one of my cousins had posted early photographs of our family online. There they were – the actual... (Read More)

Robin Dombrowsky, 1951-2007

Robin Dombrowsky a well known genealogy librarian has passed away. She was an active promoter of genealogy through her many articles and popular lectures. She was active in genealogy even while getting her MLS at the University of South Florida. She was the Supervisor of the Reference Department at the Palm Harbor (FL) Public... (Read More)

Finding People with Common Names

Finding people with unusual names can be very difficult but it is easy to find them on GenealogyBank. Today I was looking for Henry B. Platter and his good wife, Rachel (Bittinger) Platter. The Bittingers are my cousins and many of them are from Garrett County, Maryland. Now, Platter is an unusual name. It... (Read More)