Friday, April 13, 2007 & Discussion Links

This post shows links included in the handout, April 11, 2007 B.C.G.S. U.S. Special Interest session in which I compared my recent experiences with both & in searching for MCKILLIP, MARTIN and SKYLES relatives in and near Altoona, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.—currently all U.S. content; $ website
(many yearly offers e.g. $119.95 yr; or $19.95 monthly US$)

From NewsBank Inc., with co-operation from the American Antiquarian Society.
Historical newspapers, 1690-1977 (81.3 million articles), historical books, 1801-1900 (11,700--sermons, advertising cards, concert playbills) & historical documents, 1789-1980 (American State Papers, U.S. Serial Set), obituaries, 1977 on (23.6 million), Social Security Death Index, 1937 on (updated weekly)

Website:—currently all U. S. content; $ website
Some content free. ($99 per year or 9.99 per month; or $1.99 each premium image. US$)

With newly digitized original documents (over 4.5 million pages) from National Archives of the U.S.A. (viewable free at the Archives in Washington & regional centres); & an non-exclusive agreement. NARA will make images viewable free on-line in 5 years. Examples: Blue Book Project (U.F.O.s) & Pennsylvania Archives publications, free; Civil War Pension Index; Lincoln Assassination Papers; Naturalization indexes, Photos Fine Arts Commission (includes WW I & II cemeteries). Must be 13 years old; 13-18 year olds require parental consent.

Also user submitted content---comments, annotations, photographs, web pages


Other resources:

Paper of Record:
21 million newspaper images, U.S., Canadian & worldwide newspapers. Free with registration (was a subscription site.)

New England Historic Genealogical Society:
Membership resources include various early New England newspapers & other records. S.S.D.I. updated monthly free. (Most available at the B.C.G.S. Library free):

Godfrey Memorial Library:
Premium sites available to members include 19th Century U.S. newspapers (InfoTrac, Gale Research); (Heritage Microfilm); Early American Newspapers 1690-1876 (Readex); Newsbank America’s Obituaries; Newsbank U.S. & World Newspapers (1980’s-current); Accessible Archives Inc. (18th, 19th century publications; various)
(Membership: $35 U.S.$ per year)

Google News Archive Search (Beta):

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers from the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S.A. (Beta):

Library of Congress, U.S.A.:

American Memory, Library of Congress, U.S.A.:

American Antiquarian Society:

U.S.A. GenWeb Portal:

U.S.A. GenWeb Search:
Beta site; incomplete. States not yet included: CA, IL, IN, KY, OH, TN, WI, WV

Diane’s ‘new’ surnames: MCKILLIP, SKYLES & variants, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Related surnames: HEELEY, MARTIN, WOOD & variants, Yorkshire, England to Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, U.S.A. 1850’s; some to Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada 1860’s.


Rootsweb Mailing Lists: MCKILLOP, SKILES

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