America’s Genealogy Bank – an enticing new resource

America’s Genealogy BankGenealogy is the Internet’s second most popular past-time.  At Seattle Public Library we love to work with Genealogists and we’re excited to present a great new electronic resource for our patrons.  America’s Genealogy Bank is the perfect complement to our other fabulous genealogy services.  From one very easy to use search screen you can review millions of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, government documents and genealogies as well as a seperate file of obituaries from 1977- the present.  AGB offers full-text of many small-town newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, 1886-1922,  Eastern Argus (one of the nations earliest newspapers – published in Maine) 1803 -1880 and Dallas Morning News, 1885-1977.  Read the ads, the social news, the business and sports pages!  Discover what was happening in their communities as your ancestors went about their daily lives.  Or search the Federal Government’s publications — Was your ancestor a mail carrier?  Did he work as a meat inspector for the FDA?  Maybe he’ll show up on the annual list of employees and their salaries published by various goverment agencies. My ancestor did — as a Meat Inspector in Kansas City, Missouri — he made $1,200 a year!  A pretty good salary for the times.  What can AGB help you discover about your family?

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