While Ol' Myrt was shuttle & plane hopping between Seattle, Denver & Cheyenne, a WONDERFUL THING HAPPENED.
GenealogyBank.com was officially launched
At 9am Eastern US today
www.GenealogyBank.com enables researchers to go "beyond the names and dates on your family tree to the recorded details of their daily lives. Find the facts in four centuries of fragile, rare newspapers, books and documents."
Last week I got to test out the site, and was simply amazed!
-- The servers provided quick responses to my queries.
-- Within the first 2 minutes, I found 2 references from old newspapers about my ancestors.
NOTE: The current offerings include:
-- HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS 1690-1977 (where ol' Myrt found 2 hits!)
500,000 issues of over 1,300 historical U.S. newspapers
-- COMPLETE TEXT OF 17,000 BOOKS, PAMPHLETS & PRINTED ITEMS
including: genealogies, biographies, funeral sermons, local histories, cards, charts and more - all published in the U.S. prior to 1900.
-- HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS 1789 - 1930
"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
-- AMERICA'S OBITUARIES 1977-present
"Over 22 million obituaries make this the most complete collection from the 20th and 21st centuries - includes more than 800 U.S. newspapers."
-- SOCIAL SECURITY DEATH INDEX 1937 to present
-- SCANNED & SEARCHABLE ITEMS ADDED RECENTLY: (They're adding 10,000 new items daily.)
Dallas (TX) Morning News, 1885-1977
Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer 1860-1918
San Jose (CA) Mercury 1884-1914
Richmond (VA) Enquirer 1804-1838
From the website: "GenealogyBank.com is a new offering from a premier information company, NewsBank inc. For over 60 years NewsBank's information products have been familiar to researchers in public libraries, colleges and universities, schools, and military and government libraries. Now we are proud to offer GenealogyBank, a collection of our best genealogical material and much of our exclusive content, to you at home."
If GenealogyBank Director Thomas Kemp does for GenealogyBank what he did for the Godfrey, this is going to be a "must-visit-regularly" site.
Happy family tree climbing!
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