Woman struck blind on seeing her son …

Obituaries can give us the details of our ancestor’s lives that we just don’t find anywhere else. Today I found this obituary in GenealogyBank for Judith Tormey (1800-1898) who died in Newark, NJ. Baltimore Sun 4 July 1898 This obituary article gives us lots of details and clues to fill in the family tree.... (Read More)

A Good Woman Can be Hard to Find…

It can be very difficult to find women in the early 19th Century – finding sources that actually give their names and genealogical details. It was common in the 19th century for genealogical sources to be brief and give only the basic information about a household in the census – or an entry in... (Read More)

More Newspapers Added to GenealogyBank – covering 1775-2008

GenealogyBank today added 115 newspapers from 29 States – with coverage from 1775 to today. Wow – GenealogyBank is growing at a rapid pace. That’s over 2 million more records and documents for genealogists. What a great day for genealogists. Here’s a great obituary I found for Mrs. Catherine Reilly (1770-1874) – it has... (Read More)

The Great Obituary Hunt …

Sharon writes an interesting column – with a grim name: “Find Your Dead“Today she wrote about “The Great Obituary Hunt” … it was interesting to see her approach to finding obituaries – the search terms used, how she expanded and restricted the words selected for each search and the terrific results that she found.... (Read More)

GenealogyBank adds more newspapers from 23 States – 63 titles!

GenealogyBank adds newspapers from 23 States – Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Vermont. There are well over 3,700 newspapers on GenealogyBank — it has never been easier to find obituaries and the... (Read More)

GenealogyBank adds newspapers from 4 States

GenealogyBank adds newspapers from 4 States – Arkansas, California, Connecticut and Iowa. There are well over 3,500 newspapers on GenealogyBank — it has never been easier to find obituaries and the details about the lives of more than 1 billion of our ancestors and cousins. GenealogyBank is the best obituary site on the planet!These... (Read More)

How Do I Find an Obituary in Newsday?

Simple: use GenealogyBank’s database of newspaper obituaries and follow these steps: Let’s say you are looking for the obituary of Elayne Singer who died in 2004. Go to the obituary backfile at GenealogyBank.com In the search box – type her name: Elayne Singer Look just below the “Begin Search” button and click on Advanced... (Read More)

Frank Baum 1856-1919 – Going Beyond the Obits

Lyman Frank Baum, the author of the many books about the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was born today – May 15, 1856 – in Chittenango, Madison County, New York. When he died obituaries appeared in newspapers around the country like this obituary that appeared in the Duluth (MN) News Tribune (8 May 1919). It... (Read More)

Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker – 1935-2008

Long time office manager of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists has passed away. A prolific genealogist and writer – she was a long time presence in Connecticut genealogical circles. She is best known for her republication of the Barbour Index to Connecticut Vital Records which was issued as a CD-ROM under the title: The... (Read More)