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The Stories of Our Immigrant Ancestors’ Travels to America

What was it like for our immigrant ancestors traveling by passenger ship across the ocean to the new frontier? Learn how you can uncover the true stories of your ancestors’ trips to America by researching newspapers in today’s GenealogyBank blog post. Get genealogy research tips and discover what I found out about my ancestor’s trip here from England now: http://bit.ly/1FDuy0j
I knew my ancestor William Kemp had come to America – but I didn’t know anything about the trip itself. What was it like for him as an immigrant traveling b
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20 May 1932: Amelia Earhart’s Solo Flight across the Atlantic

Today marks the anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s legendary solo flight across the Atlantic ocean. Amelia was a pioneer for women in aviation, achieving many "firsts" in the field in her lifetime. Read more about her remarkable life and accomplishments at the GenealogyBank blog now: http://bit.ly/1LlNVLP
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HUGE 1700s & 1800s Newspaper Archive Now Online

We are thrilled to announce that we recently completed the largest content addition to GenealogyBank’s  archives since our website launch, which has greatly expanded our coverage of early American life in the Colonial and Revolutionary periods.

We’ve just added 450 historical newspaper titles from the 1700s and 1800s. Visit the blog to view the complete list of early American newspapers now available online for your genealogy research: http://bit.ly/1KfTnlL
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Detroit Cemetery Is Open Only Two Days a Year?!
 
The massive, 2.2-acre Beth Olem Jewish Cemetery in Hamtramck, Michigan, has over 1,100 graves dating back to the 1860s.

That could describe any one of thousands of cemeteries across America. But this one is unusual – it is surrounded by the General Motors Company’s Detroit Hamtramck automobile plant. Because of plant security the cemetery is generally only available to the public twice a year.
 
Read the full article by Jeff Karoub, “In Detroit, Jewish Cemetery Survives with GM Auto Plant,” Yahoo News, 12 May 2015, here: http://news.yahoo.com/detroit-jewish-cemetery-survives-within-gm-auto-plant-052440027.html
 
Read more cemetery articles on the GenealogyBank blog: http://blog.genealogybank.com/tag/cemeteries
 
Source: Yahoo News
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Family History Freebie! Free Family Tree Template
 
Our free editable family tree template makes it easy to create an artful display of your ancestry. Simply fill in this blank four-generation pedigree chart by clicking on the editable text boxes, then type in your ancestors’ names, dates of birth and dates of death. Once you are finished filling in your genealogy information, save, print and frame to showcase your heritage. Note that you need Microsoft PowerPoint installed on your computer to open and edit this file. Enjoy!
 
Download our printable family tree template here: http://blog.genealogybank.com/family-tree-template-free-download
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Wow! 4-Page Obituary for William Bullock Clark

Read the story on the GenealogyBank blog: http://bit.ly/1K6huTW

It is common for the annual reports of government agencies to include detailed obituaries for not only employees but also for individuals who worked closely with the government – such as Clark, who was a college geology professor who worked with the Smithsonian Institution.
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100+ Wisconsin Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Have you got ancestry from the Badger State? GenealogyBank has got you covered. Research your Wisconsinite ancestors in over 100 historical newspapers from Wisconsin online.

Did you know that Wisconsin was home to master magician Harry Houdini, famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright and even the original Barbie doll - whose full name is actually Barbie Millicent Roberts? Visit the blog to see our full list of WI newspapers online and learn more about America's dairyland now: 

100+ Wisconsin Newspapers for Genealogy Research

100+ Wisconsin Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Have you got ancestry from the Badger State? GenealogyBank has got you covered. Research your Wisconsinite ancestors in over 100 historical newspapers from Wisconsin online.

Did you know that Wisconsin was home to master magician Harry Houdini, famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright and even the original Barbie doll - whose full name is actually Barbie Millicent Roberts?

Visit the blog to see our full list of WI newspapers online and learn more about America's dairyland now: 
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Wisconsin, part of America’s Midwest, is bordered by two Great Lakes: Lake Superior on the north and Lake Michigan on the east. The nation’s 23rd largest st
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All Mayflower Passengers Listed Online in Digitized Journal
A digitized version of Gov. Bradford's Manuscript of Plymouth Plantation is now available online! The Northeast Document Conservation Center recently took on the task of conserving, repairing and restoring this invaluable historic Mayflower manuscript. Learn more about their restoration efforts at the GenealogyBank blog: http://bit.ly/1JwKbZ7
Governor William Bradford’s (ca. 1590-1657) handwritten Of Plymouth Plantation is well known to genealogists as the earliest journal history of the Mayflower
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Revolutionary War Solider Stands Up to British General
 
So – you know your ancestor fought in the Revolutionary War – but do you know his personal story?
 
Old newspapers have our ancestors’ stories, like this article about Revolutionary War soldier Jonathan Mason.
 
 
According to this old newspaper article, Jonathan Mason of Tamworth, New Hampshire:
 
“was once taken prisoner by the British, and being brought before Burgoyne, the General said to him – ‘Well, my lad, what do you think of yourself now?’ His reply was – ‘I think you will all be prisoners within two weeks.’ The General then replied with an oath – ‘All the Yankees in America cannot make a prisoner of me.’ In three week from that day, he and his army were prisoners.”
 
General John Burgoyne surrendered himself and his army on 17 October 1777 to American General Horatio Gates. The Revolutionary War continued until 1783.
 
Did you know?
We in the process of adding the single largest release of newspaper titles since the launch of GenealogyBank, with more than 450 new newspaper titles available online and over 160 of these titles date back to the 1700s!
 
Find your family stories – document them & pass them down. Search GenealogyBank’s newspapers now: http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/
 
Read more Revolutionary War stories found in newspapers at the GenealogyBank blog: http://blog.genealogybank.com/tag/revolutionary-war
 
New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette (Concord, New Hampshire), 13 May 1839, page 3
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The ‘Confederate Column’ – a Times-Picayune Newspaper Feature

Read the story on the GenealogyBank blog: http://bit.ly/1ELfxEH

In 1902 the Times-Picayune newspaper a large ad on the front page of its 28 February issue asking readers to submit their personal stories for a new “Confederate Column” to be run every Sunday.
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How to Search Graduation Announcements in Newspapers

Read the story on the GenealogyBank blog: http://bit.ly/1HfUuOQ

In this blog article, Mary Harrell-Sesniak shows how graduation announcements in old newspapers are a good resource for your family history research.
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The WWI Soldier Girl: Hazel Blauser Carter

Read the story on the GenealogyBank blog: http://bit.ly/1ExJ4mh

In this blog article, Gena Philibert-Ortega searches old newspapers to uncover the story of Hazel Carter, who disguised herself as a man in order to follow her husband into battle in WWI – and almost made it.
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GenealogyBank is a genealogy website that is home to the largest online newspaper archive dedicated to family history research in the United States. 

With over one billion genealogy records in our vast online collection, our searchable database provides easy access to information on millions of American families from 1690–today. 

Search over 5,800 newspapers that provide first-hand accounts about your ancestors that simply can't be found at other genealogy websites. Visit GenealogyBank today and discover the story of your family's past like never before.