The Virginia Public Library has a two week trial of two great databases from Newsbank.  The first is America’s GenealogyBank.  On it you can quickly find your ancestors in over 300 years of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and government reports. You can search over 1,000 newspapers; the American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set and more. There are also obituaries, birth & marriage notices; pension records etc. You can even read every article on every page of the newspaper!

Link to America’s GenealogyBank

The other database is America’s Obituaries and Death Notices.  Extensive editorial review of all newspaper sections ensures thorough selection of obituaries for easy access. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc. 

Link to America’s Obituaries & Death Notices

These databases will be available until September 27th, so don’t delay your explorations!  All you need is your library card. 

Susan Hoppe, Reference Services Librarian