Job Names in Historical Newspapers: Researching Old Occupations

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this guest blog post, Mary provides a fun quiz to test your knowledge of terms used in old newspapers to describe our ancestors’ occupations—and then provides illustrated definitions of those terms. Genealogy research often finds terms used for occupations... (Read More)

The Old Pioneers …

Our town just celebrated “Old Home Days” – other towns call it Pioneer Day; Settler’s Day – where the old stories are told and lives well lived remembered. Towns across America will be celebrating their heritage this summer and newspapers will be interviewing the “old timers”. Newspapers are a good source for finding the... (Read More)

Jamaican historical documents being rescued

The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme reported this week that it has completed its Inventory of Archival Holdings in Jamaica – zeroing in on the records at greatest risk. Manumission record. Jamaica Archives and Records Department The report concentrated on manuscript genealogical resources most at risk, “specifically in the National Library of Jamaica and... (Read More)

Genealogist Obituaries

Bock, Terri Ann (Van Sickler) (1956-2009). Kalamazoo Gazette (MI): May 3, 2009 Gooch, Jane Bradford (1912-2009). New York Times: 3 May 2009McCullough, Frederick Charles (1914-2009).Oak Ridger (TN): April 29, 2009 Price, Oberia Garrett Estrada (1926-2009). Alexandria Daily Town Talk (LA): 27 Apr 2009.. (Read More)

GenealogyBank – more than 3,700 newspapers from across the country

GenealogyBank has newspapers from all regions of the United States … small-town weeklies to big-city dailies and all of them of high interest to family historians.Here are just a few of the over 3,700 titles: Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)The Journal offers wide-ranging coverage of daily life and culture on the southwestern frontier, both before... (Read More)

Jim Thorpe – Born May 28, 1888

We all heard the stories of Jim Thorpe – the world’s greatest athlete – while we were growing up. The newspapers & movies regularly carried stories about him and he was even featured on a box of Wheaties. (photo – NC Museum of History). He loved to compete. He enjoyed the battle itself and... (Read More)