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From the Green Valley News, Sunday April 25 2010, page C2

Genealogy Today, by Betty Lou Malesky, CG

A Correction and an Apology

This week I need to revisit, one of the services featured in my last column. Tom Kemp of GenealogyBank alerted me to a couple of errors in my description of his website. The newspaper collection actually begins in 1690, a fact I know quite well as I've found a number of relevant articles in his 1700s newspapers.

Also, while there is a separate search engine for obituaries from 1977 it is as a convenience to users. Contrary to what I wrote, obituaries are fully indexed in the Historical Newspaper collection. In fact, a few days ago I quickly found my grandmother's 1971 obituary in the Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio). My test searches obviously were faulty and led me to a false conclusion. I regret this erroneous reporting and hope I didn't negatively influence any potential subscribers.

As I mentioned, I find GenealogyBank well worth the subscription price due to the extensive collection of America's early newspapers. Kemp also writes a Genealogy Blog at Here he includes tips to maximize your searches, information about new content on GenealogyBank, answers questions, and invites readers to submit interesting stories about their findings.

In the next few weeks, I plan to run a series of articles about free genealogy websites. If you have any favorites that yield results without a subscription fee, please email the site name or the URL to me at I would appreciate a few words describing what you like about the site and, if possible, a sample search result with an explanation of how it furthered your research or solved a problem.

The column is abbreviated this week, as I suffered a severe attack of vertigo on the weekend and am not able to write more. Hopefully, everything will be back to normal in a few days. I look forward to hearing about your favorite sites.

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