Ship Records for Genealogy: Newspapers & Passenger Lists

Every family historian wants to know the ship their ancestor came over on and the date that it arrived. Along with Thanksgiving, tomorrow we’ll be celebrating the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620. That trip took 66 days. Remarkably, when my ancestor William Kemp came to America 233 years later that trip still took... (Read More)

African American Slave Trade: Ships & Records for Genealogy

Introduction: Gena Philibert-Ortega is a genealogist and author of the book “From the Family Kitchen.” In this guest blog post, Gena searches old newspapers and other online resources to learn more about the African slave trade in America. Throughout the course of the Atlantic Slave Trade, an estimated 12 million Africans were captured in... (Read More)

A Mystery from the First Handwritten Newspaper Published in America

One of the oldest newspapers published in America was the Boston News-Letter. The origins of this historical newspaper were detailed, handwritten reports by John Campbell. In 1702, John Campbell became the Postmaster in Boston. “As part of his job, Campbell had the official task of writing letters of important information to the main office.”  (Sloan,... (Read More)