I really need to go to bed, but I just had to post this!
I was sneaking a peek in GenealogyBank.com tonight and noticed that they have made some enhancements to their search interface for the Historical Newspapers Collection. When you go to the search screen, you are shown several new search options that were not there last time I searched about a month ago. I don’t see an announcement on the GenealogyBank blog though. (update 2/18/09 — today, they made a blog post about it)
The first new item on the search screen is the option to search the *updated content* that is added to the database. GB often adds new pages and I’d written to them several months ago that it would be nice to be able to search the new additions only. I was told that it was coming, and now it’s here. At the time of this post, the options for searching just the updated content allow you to select things added since Feb 2009, since Jan 2009, or since Dec 2008.
They have also added a graphic map of the United States with blue dots to represent locations where they have newspaper content. While it’s not my dream vision of seeing a Google Maps ultra-mashup of all the online digitized newspapers online, it is a nice view to get a sense for where they have coverage and where they don’t. I wish all providers of historical newspapers would do something similar. Beneath the graphic is a list of all the states and you can select which states to limit your search to. Previously, you could only select one state at at time; now you can select multiple states.
If you haven’t searched GenealogyBank in awhile, you should revisit it. If you are not a subscriber, try out the one-month trial. (No affiliation, just a very happy customer).
To add to my excitement about the new search options, I also found something of great interest to me. In my last post, I shared how this week has been all about my Koonce research. A lot has happened this past week with that. Well, as I often do, I did a keyword search for a city of interest for blog fodder, and one of my results was a slave runaway advertisement that I’d seen before and blogged about previously. I’d selected to search new content only, so even though this was something I’d seen before, I knew that often ads were run in multiple issues. I decided to take a look at this particular issue of the New Bern Sentinel and as I was browsing the pages, I came across this marriage announcement
Source: “Marriage: David Nunn & Alice Koonce.” New Bern Sentinel 6 Sept. 1823. GenealogyBank. 16 Feb. 2009 <http://www.genealogybank.com>.
This is the marriage notice of David Nunn and Alice Koonce who married in Jones County, North Carolina in 1823. I am quite happy to see this! I have Alice Koonce & David Nunn in my “other” Koonce gedcom collection. I added David & Alice after *meeting* Jennifer, another African-American Koonce researcher who is descended from a slave David sold to his brother-in-law Isaac, named Solomon. Isaac, as part of some of the pioneer families migrating from North Carolina, moved to Tennessee, bringing Solomon with him and that is where Jennifer’s family is from. She’s got a wonderful website and blog with more details. In any case, I just happened to browse the pages and I see a notice of David & Alice’s wedding. Up until now, I’d only had secondary sources for their marriage. I can’t believe I have yet another Koonce-related discovery and I wasn’t even searching for it!