I had the privilege and opportunity to try out the new GenealogyBank.com just as it launched in mid-October. In the process I searched many early newspapers, historic books, documents, and other resources.
Along with numerous other items, I found a letter written by my third great grandfather, William Canfield – the first thing I’ve ever seen written by the man. This letter was published in the Albany (New York) Argus in February of 1819. Wonderful!!!
Most of the content found at GenealogyBank is unique, not found on other sites. You may search it for free to see how many records there are for your family. If it looks good, sign-up to see the full records. The cost is currently $19.95 per month for full access.
Honestly, folks, if you have colonial ancestry, you can’t afford not to use this new resource. For the first time ever, you will be able to access newspapers and documents not previously indexed or in many cases, accessible at all. What makes this collection unique is that much of the data is from the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. This organization holds the earliest American printed materials, including newspapers – and now, for the first time, much of this material is accessible to you and I – all in digital format.
Available NOW, you will find the following resources at GenealogyBank:
Historical Newspapers 1690 – 1977
Over 1,300 historical newspapers from 1690 to 1977. This content is found no where else. Quickly find names and keywords in millions of articles, obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements and other items published in more than 500,000 issues of over 1,300 historical U.S. newspapers.
America’s Obituaries 1977 to current
More than 22 million obituaries from 1977 to the present. More than any other site. Obituaries contain helpful information such as names, dates, places of birth, death, marriage and family information. Over 22 million obituaries make this the most complete collection from the 20th and 21st centuries – includes more than 800 U.S. newspapers.
Historical Books 1652 – 1900
A unique source that provides you with complete text of more than 17,000 books, pamphlets and printed items including: genealogies, biographies, funeral sermons, local histories, cards, charts and more – all published in the U.S. prior to 1900.
The complete American State Papers (1789-1838)
Find military records, casualty lists, Revolutionary and Civil War pension requests, widow’s claims, orphan petitions, land grants and much more including all of the American State Papers (1789-1838) and all genealogical content carefully selected from the U.S. Serial Set (1817-1930). More than 81,000 reports, lists and documents. All of the genealogical content in the US Serial Set from 1817-1930… more than 81,000 reports, lists and documents.
Social Security Death Index – 1937 to current
More than 78 million death records from the Social Security Death Index.