We constantly add more newspapers and obituaries to our online archive. Currently, GenealogyBank features over 6,100 newspapers from all 50 states, with more than 210 million obituaries and death records. Here are some details about our most recent additions (we actually added new content to thousands of titles, but the following is a representative sample): a total of 109 newspaper titles from 32 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. We've shown the date ranges so that you can determine if the new content is relevant to your personal research.
You have asked for additional search tools and we are happy to announce that several new search tools and other features are coming soon to GenealogyBank. This will make it even easier to search for key newspaper records such as obituaries, birth records, engagement & marriage notices, and passenger lists. Once these changes are made available, you'll be able to access them by clicking on the "Try the New GenealogyBank.com!" link on top of the GenealogyBank homepage.
One of the key sources of family history information that genealogists rely on are birth records published in newspapers. Over the past three centuries the reporting styles of the nation's editors have changed. In reporting births an editor might have referred to the child by full name, partial name or simply as "a daughter" or "a son." So—when you search for newspaper birth records, be flexible.
Over the past 50 years I have heard of many ways to source and document our ancestors. Genealogists will "dig up" all types of sources but the solution that the Phillips family used has to be the most unusual. I recently came across this, the strangest genealogy sourcing story I have ever heard of. In 1891 the Phillips literally dug up their Family Bible that had been buried in the grave of a niece 25 years earlier.
Q: I can't find my great-grandfather Wilhelm Frantz, born in 1845 in Germany, maybe Berlin. My grandmother Louise Frantz was also born there. They came over in 1891 or 1892. They settled in Wheeling, W. Va. My grandmother married August Seel in 1894 in Wheeling, W. Va. I cannot find anything on him. He may be buried in Preston County, W. Va. Can you help me?