Here is the home page for GenealogyBank (two screens):
The signed-in user can start a global search immediately by putting names into the last name and first name search fields. Or the user can scroll down a bit and pick from a state (and then from a specific newspaper if desired) or a specific record set (Newspapers, 1690-present; Historical Documents (1789-1994); Historical Books (1801-1900); Social Security Death Index (1937-present) - free access!).
The list of newspapers available on GenealogyBank is at http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/sourcelist/.
The "About Us" page for GenealogyBank says:
"GenealogyBank is a leading online genealogical resource from NewsBank, inc. Featuring a wealth of exclusive material-including modern obituaries and historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, military records, government documents and more - GenealogyBank helps you discover fascinating information about your family history.
When I clicked on the one Newspaper match, I found a listing of the matches (up to 10 on a page) and a snippet view of the matches:
At the bottom of the results page above, I could edit my search with information about the last name, first name, include keywords, exclude keywords, date, and added since [date].
When I clicked on the one match on the screen above, the newspaper page appeared with the requested last name and first name highlighted:
The search is still a search for word combinations within two words of each other on the same page. The "Search Tips" link describes it like this:
"Using both name search fields returns newspaper articles in which the surname is automatically "near2" the first name.
- This means the newspaper archive search engine automatically finds occurrences of the first and last names within two words of each other.
- This helps to find occurrences of middle names or initials in the newspaper articles, without having to enter or remember them.
- The "near2" search command is not order specific—meaning your newspaper search will retrieve the person's name no matter in what order it is mentioned: the first name then last name or the last name then first name.
- This search default is intended to bring you the most occurrences of the name you are searching for in the online newspaper archives."
I like the new "look" and "feel" of the GenealogyBank site. I especially like that up to 10 matches are displayed on the results page now - it used to be only 5. Actually, I would prefer more - like 20 or 50!
Disclosure: I know Tom Kemp personally, he is a distant Richmond cousin of mine. I was given a free membership to the site several years ago and use it regularly. This does not affect my use or review of the site.
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Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver