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From: "Marcia" <>
Subject: Re: [PAARMSTR-L] FREE Census Searches (actual images) and Other Valuable Genealogical Research Tools
Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2004 22:37:42 -0800
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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that's helped with providing this information because I've never heard about this subscription site!!!! I've printed off my form and am now going to send it in.....:). Thanks again, Marcia

----- Original Message -----
From: Susan E
Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2004 9:26 PM
Subject: Re: [PAARMSTR-L] FREE Census Searches (actual images) and Other Valuable Genealogical Research Tools

Hi Marcia and Jean and anyone interested in this subscription site.

It is the 'Godfrey Memorial Library' in Middletown, CT. and the easiest way
to pull it up, is to go to
and type that in.
it will give you several choices, usually the first one works best.
{But an access logic number is needed}
and you CANNOT do this online. You send your check or money order to the
library and then they send you a card with the access code on the card.
Takes 2-3 weeks to process. The annual subscription is $35/year

I also forgot to say that the Historical Newspapers are at this site -
approximately 150 years for
The New York Times
The Washington Post
One of the Chicago papers, not sure if it is the Tribune or not.
The Los Angeles Times

As with historical newspapers at, the search engine needs to be
refined so that it will bring back, exactly what you ask for. But I suspect
that will come in the near future. For those who haven't done newspaper
searches it works like this:
Type in the search box something like the following:
Jane Carter
It will return any Jane and Carter that are on the same page, especially if
they occur in the same paragraph or sentence. It also brought back
"Carter's Little Liver Pills" which some of you may remember being popular.

Sometimes these search engines won't find what you want directly, as
happened on the Chicago list when I was trying to find my great aunt Mary
Ralston McCarthy. So I began asking for her siblings, one by one, and her
death notice finally turned up when I put in her youngest sister's name,
Elizabeth Beecher. After I found that, I went back and put in Mary's name
again and this time it did return her death notice with the other McCarthy
names it had located. The Chicago Tribune does list their death notices for
two days in a row. I don't know what other papers do. Then you can go to
the Cook Co. archives and search through their death records and match up
those dates with dates found in the newspaper. So Mary's obit was in the
Dec 21 and Dec 22 papers with funeral on Dec 22, but she died Dec 20,
according to the archives and that should be the date found on her
certificate when I order it.
Finally, not everything is found in newspapers. The above was in the 1930s
and 1940s. Mary's husband's death notice is not found anywhere, but we had
already located him in the archives under death records. Her brother that
lived with them and his son have not been located, nor was there a notice
when the wife/mother in this family died in 1917, but she is in the archives
of the death records. Two years ago an aunt died out west, and for some
reason, possibly the expense as obituaries now are expensive, the children
did not put anything in either of the state newspapers.

The wonderful things about finding this death notice was that we had a 12
year period in which Mary could have died, from when my Mom visited her in
1934 and when her younger sister died in 1947, and we had no idea where she
was living, or where she was buried. Although the death notices are very
brief, not a word is wasted, it verified that she had been the wife of Peter
who was deceased, and it listed her siblings and whether alive, and her
ADDRESS and where the funeral home and cemetery were located.
We went to MapQuest and located all three and they are in the same part of
Chicago, which works well. We may find as we search further that, Peter is
buried there and possibly her brother and his family.

So I guess it is just like putting a jigsaw puzzle together, only using lots
of 'thinking out of the box". You have to do a lot of jockeying back and
forth from one data base to another and compare, compare, compare and review
and review. Then new ideas and thoughts will come into your mind about what
to try next. And sometimes it brings it altogether.

Susan Eppich

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