30 January 2008

GenealogyBank: Historic papers and more

Historic newspapers are the researcher's friend. We may find articles detailing our families and individuals on our family trees. And, even if our ancestors are not specifically mentioned, we can still learn about the times and places in which they lived.

GenealogyBank bills itself as the fastest growing newspaper archive for family history research. It offers more than 3,300 US newspapers in all 50 states, from the 1600s through today, for some 106 million newspaper articles and 26 million obituaries.

Latest additions features big city dailies and regional weeklies including: San Jose (CA) Mercury, 1886-1922; Baltimore (MD) Sun, 1837-1901; Kansas City Star (MO), 1815-1922; NY Herald, 1844-1863; Philadelphia (PA) Evening Post, 1804-1912; Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, 1860-1922; and more. In February, Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980, will be added.

The site is celebrating with a 30-day trial offer for only $9.95. This is a great way to see what you can find in this growing database. I've found some interesting items which I'll detail in a later posting.

The site's genealogy director is Tom Kemp, who also writes the site's blog, detailing new resources and developments.

"We are excited about the rapid growth of our newspaper collection and the vast breadth of family history information we now have available” says Genealogy Director for NewsBank, inc., Tom Kemp. “GenealogyBank provides exclusive access to more than four centuries of important genealogical information such as obituaries, marriage and birth announcements as well as interesting and often surprising facts about our ancestors.”

How can you go wrong with this search-til-you drop 30-day deal?

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