dedicates itself largely to newspaper collections.  It has over 7,000 newspapers with 1 billion plus family records from 1690 through today.   As you know, newspapers are detail oriented sources with names, dates, places and event descriptions that provide first-hand personal accounts.  GenealogyBank claims that 95% of its collection cannot be found on any other website.  Furthermore, it’s indexed and searchable by first and last name of each family member.  Note, they also provide a 7 day free trial with full access to their site.   If you haven’t used newspapers to do genealogical research, they really do make family history come alive. I’ve used this resource myself and would highly recommend it for your ancestors from major cities as currently that is their strong suit.  They do highlight any name you look up when they have a match inside an article.  That means it’s easy to find it when your computer brings up a large newspaper page.   Their magnifying lens works well.  Before you sign up, I suggest you take a look at the newspaper titles in their database by place of publication.   That way you will know if they are dealing with cities and towns you are interested in.   In reality though, if you have a decent sized family tree, you are bound to find some of your ancestors in this collection. Seven thousand newspapers that are fully indexed at


could provide some really great additions to the personality of your tree.

About Linda Coate

I've been an avid genealogist for my lifetime. I caught the "bug" from my father's stories about my ancestor, Marmaduke Coate, who bought his wife from the Indians for a horse, bridle and saddle. As a librarian, I'm combining these two interest areas to guide the family historian to the best on the net in genealogy. So that you know my background, I have been interviewed multiple times by radio stations across the country and have been the guest speaker at various Genealogy Society meetings including Franklin County, Ohio on Genealogy Software Programs and Online Genealogy. My extensive family tree, a labor of love for over 30 years is at Maybe we are related!
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