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Search Tips: Using GenealogyBank's Search Engine to Research One State, City or Newspaper

GenealogyBank's archive contains five different collections of material for your family history research: Historical Newspapers (including historical obituaries), Historical Books, Historical Documents, Recent Newspaper Obituaries, and the Social Security Death Index. To do the broadest search possible, simply enter the name you are researching into the search form on the home page, and GenealogyBank's search engine will speedily examine all five collections–over 758 million articles and records–and give you the complete results.

However, what if you want to narrow your search to just one specific newspaper? GenealogyBank's search engine, with its innovative map feature, gives you the ability to do this quickly and easily. In fact, you can search all the newspapers in just one state, or just one city–or just one specific newspaper. Here's how you do it.

To begin, click on the Historical Newspapers (1690-2007) link on the bottom half of the GenealogyBank home page, where all five collections are listed:



This brings you to the search form for the historical newspapers collection, which has some powerful features including a handy U.S. map to make your searching quick and easy. (When you use this search form, you're only searching GenealogyBank's historical newspapers, not its other four collections. They each have their own search form.)



Note that every state is listed under the U.S. map. If you want to search all the papers in one state, just click the box next to that state in the list (this will put a check mark in the box), then enter the person's name you are looking for in the search form and click the "Begin Search" green button. The search results you get will only be from the state you selected. If you want to search two or more states at the same time, select them from the list before beginning your search.

What if you want to search all the papers in one city? No problem–you're just three clicks away! First, click on any state name in the list (each name is an active link), and a new map appears showing all the cities in that state whose papers are in GenealogyBank's archive. For example, click on Pennsylvania, and this map appears:



Now we see the map of Pennsylvania, and each dot represents a city whose newspaper(s) are in our collection. The new list under the map shows these cities. To search all the papers in one city, just click on the box next to the city name in the list (this will put a check mark in the box), then enter the person's name you are looking for in the search form and click the "Begin Search" green button. The search results you get will only be from the city you selected. If you want to search two or more cities at the same time, select them from the list before beginning your search.

What if you want to be really specific, and search just one particular paper? Once again, you're just three clicks away! First, click on any city name in the list (each name is an active link), and a new map appears showing all the papers in that city that we have in our archive. For example, click on Philadelphia, and this map appears:



Now we see the map of Pennsylvania with the city of Philadelphia highlighted. The new list under the map shows our Philadelphia newspapers. (We have an astonishing total of 69 newspapers from the city of Philadelphia!) To search the specific newspaper you want, just click on the box next to the paper name in the list (this will put a check mark in the box), then enter the person's name you are looking for in the search form and click the "Begin Search" green button. The search results you get will only be from the newspaper you selected. If you want to search two or more papers at the same time, select them from the list before beginning your search.

If you're curious what date range we have for the specific newspaper you're interested in, click on that paper's name in the list (each name is an active link), and a new map appears with a search form set just for that paper, showing the paper's date range For example, click on the Philadelphia Inquirer, and this map appears:



Note that this search form is set for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and reveals that its date range is 1829-1922. Now, enter the person's name you are looking for in the search form and click the "Begin Search" green button. The search results you get will only be from the Philadelphia Inquirer and in that date range–unless you narrow the date range by entering different dates in the search form's "Date" box.

Have fun searching–and good luck with your family history research!