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~ National and Major Eastern Newspapers, Online Books & Obituary Collections ~

Newspapers By State 
New York Times - archive
Washington Post 
* Newark Star-Ledger
* Newspapers.com
* Google News Archive 
* GenealogyBank Newspaper Archive
* Chronicling America - Digital Papers

* Family Tree Magazine 

Southwestern Pennsylvania
* Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - obits
   Google News archive 
* Pittsburgh Press Google archive
* Greensburg Tribune Review - obits 
* Greensburg Daily Trib - 1890-1978
* Pittsburg Dispatch - 1889-1892 
* Uniontown Herald-Standard-
    - obits-archive - 1913-1941 -
    1941-1977 (ES) - 1917-1977 (MH)
* Connellsville Daily Courier - obits -
    1879-1888 - 1888-1907 - 1905-1929
    - 1902-1977
* Somerset Daily American - obits - 

Meyersdale Republican - 1900-1977
* Somerset Herald - 1870-1897
* Washington Observer-Reporter
   - obits - Reporter (1945-1985)
   - Observer (1878-1967)
* Waynesburg Republican - 1867-1869
   -  obituary index
* Mon Valley Independent - obits
* Beaver County Times - obits
* New Castle News - obits

Eastern Pennsylvania
* Carbon Advocate - 1872-1924
* Reading Eagle - 1868-2008
* Kutztown Patriot - 1889-1940
* Philadelphia Inquirer
* Allentown Morning Call

West Virginia
* Morgantown Dominion Post - obits
* Preston County News - obits
* Preston County Journal (1994-2014)
* West Virginia Argus (1877-1916)

* Grafton Mountain Statesman - obits
* Clarksburg Exponent - obits
* Elkins Inter-Mountain - obits 
* Fairmont Times-West Virginian - obits
* Wheeling Intelligencer - obits -
   - archive 1865-1903
* Weirton Daily Times - 1955-1977

* Parkersburg News & Sentinel - obits


* Canton Repository - obits - archive 
* Akron Beacon Journal - obits
* Zanesville Times-Recorder
   -  obits-archive
* Athens Messenger - obits - archive

* Marietta Times - obits
* Steubenville Herald-Star - obits
* Youngstown Vindicator - obits
* Warren Tribune Chronicle - obits
* New Philadelphia Times Reporter
* Findlay Courier - obits
* Van Wert Times Bulletin - obits
* Mt. Vernon Democratic Banner
* Columbus Dispatch
* Cleveland Plain Dealer
* Cincinnati Enquirer


* Cumberland Times-News - obits

* Garrett County Republican - obits

Baltimore Sun


* Fort Wayne News-Sentinel - obits

* Monroeville Breeze - 1884-1940

* Barbour County Democrat - 1880-1910
* Kinsley Graphic - 1890-1940
* Clay Center Times - 1882-1923
* Junction City Daily/Weekly Union -
    1866-1887 - 1865-1922 - 1897-1909 -
* Smoky Hill and Republican Union

* California Digital Newspaper Collection

Obituary/Cemetery Collections
* Fayette County, PA
* Somerset County, PA - courtesy

   Meyersdale Public Library
* Mary S. Biesecker Library, Somerset PA
* Altoona Mirror, PA
* Ohio
* Obituary Daily Times 
* Myers, Lett Related Families

Funeral Homes and Cemetery Records, Southwestern PA
* Somerset-Fayette Co Funeral Homes

* WPA Cemetery Transcriptions

* History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania (1906)

Ohio Funeral Homes/Cemeteries
* Reed Funeral Home, Canton

* Canton Area

* Akron Area

* Zanesville Area
* Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus
* Central Ohio Grave Search/Franklin Co.

West Virginia Funeral Homes
* Philippi: Wright - Schoonover Stemple -

* Grafton: Pat Boyle - Donald G. Ford -
   Bartlett - Bolyard

Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1937

~ Genealogy Resources and Databases ~

Marriage & Death Records:
* Social Security Death Index

* Federal Mortality 1850-1885
* FamilySearch Historical Records

* Pennsylvania Births - 1906-1911
* Pennsylvania Marriages - 1852-1968
* Pennsylvania Deaths - 1906-1967

* Pennsylvania Wills/Probate 1683-1993 -

   Somerset County (PA) Wills Books
* Pennsylvania Prison, Reformatory,

   Workhouse Records, 1829-1971
* Westmoreland Co. (PA) Marriages
* Ohio Marriages - 1789-1994 
* Ohio Deaths - 1908-1953 
* Ohio County Deaths 1840-2001
Maryland Motherlode: Births,
   Marriages, Deaths, and Naturalizations

* Indiana Marriages 1811-2007
* Indiana Deaths 1899-2011
* Michigan Marriages 1868-1925
* WV Births - Marriages - Deaths

* NY City Death Index 
* Illinois Death Index 
* Missouri Deaths - 1910 to 1956

Searches and Sources:
* Ancestry.com 
* U.S. Census - 1850 - 1860 - 1870 -
   1880 - 1890 - 1900 - 1910 - 1920 -
   1930 - 1940 - 1950 

State-by-State Websites

Mortality Schedules 1850-1885
* Find-A-Grave
* FamilySearch.org Record Search 
* Rootsweb
* USGenWeb
* PA Division of Vital Records 
* Ellis Island Immigrant Database
* Thomas Minor Society (English family)

1890 Census - Civil War Veterans
Civil War Pension Applications
World War I Draft Registrations
World War II Draft Registrations -

     Draft Cards for Young Men 1940-1947
Arlington National Cemetery

The Medical and Surgical History

    of the War of the Rebellion

Pennsylvania German Culture:
Google Translate

Reading (PA) Public Museum

Berks (PA) History Center

Newberry Library, Chicago

Free Library of Philadelphia

Pennsylvania German Society

Gutenberg Bible - Keio University, Japan

Other Family Organizations

Edmund Rice Association 1638


True Stories of Great Americans for Young Americans, 1897

~ Minerd.com's Recommended News Stories and Blog Posts About Americana, Culture,
Art, Journalism, Science, Technology, History/Genealogy, German-ness and Pittsburgh ~


~ 2024 ~

"Deaccessioning of Library Books Goes to Court" - by Michael Stillman, Rare Book Monthly, July 2024
"How the Soon-to-Reopen Folger Shakespeare Library Came to Be" - by Andrea Mays and James L. Swanson, Smithsonian, June 2024  
"Benjamin Franklin Was the Nation’s First Newsman" - by Adam Smyth, Smithsonian, June 2024  
"Amid Challenges, Small New York City Museums Are Closing Their Doors" - by Zachary Small, New York Times, June 28, 2024
"Famine Drove Jamestown Settlers to Eat Native Dogs, DNA Reveals" - by Carl Zimmer, New York Times, June 29, 2024
"The Digital World Is a Powder Keg. Julian Assange Lit the Fuse." - by Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, June 29, 2024
"The Meme-ification of Anthony Bourdain" - by Becca Schuh, New York Times, June 26, 2024
"Today’s Teenagers Have Invented a Language That Captures the World Perfectly" - by Stephen Marche, New York Times, June 25, 2024
"The Folger Library Wants to Reintroduce You to Shakespeare" - by Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, June 21, 2024
"How Black Librarians Helped Create Generations of Black Literature" - by Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, June 19, 2024
"Who Owns Alexander the Great? It’s a Diplomatic Minefield" – by Andrew Higgins, New York Times, June 19, 2024
"Forty years after drafting Mario Lemieux, the Penguins feel his impact every day" - by Rob Rossi, New York Times, June 17, 2024  
"I Reread a Book That Changed My Life, but I’d Changed, Too" - by Margaret Renkl, New York Times, June 3, 2024
"Archival Treasures ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’" - by Terence McGinley, New York Times, June 2, 2024
"At MoMA, Braddock artist LaToya Ruby Frazier asks what our monuments should be" - by Holland Carter, New York Times/ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 2, 2024
"Google’s A.I. Search Leaves Publishers Scrambling" - by Nico Grant and Katie Robertson, New York Times, June 1, 2024  
"MLB integrates Negro League statistics into all-time record book with Josh Gibson now career batting average leader" - by Melissa Alonso, David Close, Dalia Faheid and Wayne Sterling, CNN, May 29, 2024
"Step Aside, DNA. RNA Has Arrived." - by Thomas Cech, New York Times, May 29, 2024
"The Night That Sotheby’s Was Crypto-Punked" - by Zachary Small, New York Times, May 19, 2024 
"Melinda French Gates to Resign From Gates Foundation" - by Anupreeta Das and Santul Nerkar, New York Times, May 13, 2024
"Many of Allegheny County’s historical records are slowly rotting away" - by David S. Rotenstein, NEXT pittsburgh, May 15, 2024
"Christie’s Website Is Brought Down by Hackers Days Before $840 Million Auctions" - by Zachary Small, New York Times, May 10, 2024
"Schools in One Virginia County to Reinstate Confederate Names" - by Campbell Robertson, New York Times, May 10, 2024 
"Locks of Beethoven’s Hair Offer New Clues to the Mystery of His Deafness" - by Gina Kolata, New York Times, May 6, 2024
"Rare Editions of Pushkin Are Vanishing From Libraries Around Europe" - by Rachel Donadio, New York Times, May 1, 2024
"When a Pittsburgher went to Chicago to beat France" - by Mary Lynn Davidek Alpino, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 28, 2024
"Exploring Pittsburgh’s Legacy of Steel" - by Leslie Wayne, New York Times, April 27, 2024
"A Historian Makes Peace With Her Own History" - by Joanne Kaufman, New York Times, April 9, 2024
"Pittsburgh is Named a Top 100 ‘Unexpected’ World Destination'" - by Virginia Linn, Pittsburgh Magazine, April 4, 2024
"What the Bridge Meant to Baltimore" - by Anna Betts and JoAnna Daemmrich, New York Times, April 1, 2024
"A New Chapter for Irish Historians’ ‘Saddest Book’" - by Ed O’Loughlin, New York Times, April 1, 2024
"George Washington family secrets revealed by DNA from unmarked 19th century graves" - by Mindy Weisberger, CNN, March 29, 2024
"How the Key Bridge Collapsed in Baltimore: Maps and Photos" - by Weiyi Cai, Agnes Chang, Lauren Leatherby, Lazaro Gamio, Leanne Abraham and Scott Reinhard, New York Times, March 26, 2024
"Why Rare Book Collectors Like the Personal Touch" - by Joel Silver, Fine Books & Collections, Spring 2024
"Down the Rabbit Hole in Search of a Few Frames of Irish American History" - by Dan Barry, New York Times, March 15, 2024
"David Bordwell, Scholar Who Demystified the Art of Film, Dies at 76" - by Michael S. Rosenwald, New York Times, March 8, 2024
"How the Media Industry Keeps Losing the Future" - by David Streitfeld, New York Times, Feb. 28, 2024
"Yiddish Book Center Announces Retirement of Founder and President Aaron Lansky" - Fine Books & Collections, Feb. 28, 2024  
"He Rescued 1.5 Million Yiddish Books. Now He Will Have Time to Read Some" - by Joseph Berger, New York Times, Feb. 27, 2024
"Hope for Suicide Prevention" - by Ellen Barry, New York Times, Feb. 21, 2024
"Yale Apologizes for Its Connections to Slavery" - by Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, Feb. 16, 2024
"The 16 best movies ever made in Pittsburgh" - by Michael Machosky, NEXTpittsburgh, Feb. 15, 2024 
"The Home of Carter G. Woodson, the Man Behind Black History Month" - by Anna Kodé, New York Times, Feb. 1, 2024  
"A Stunningly Well-Preserved 600-Year-Old Gauntlet Is Found in Switzerland" - by Victor Mather, New York Times, Jan. 31, 2024
"George Carlin’s Estate Sues Podcasters Over A.I. Episode" - by Christopher Kuo, New York Times, Jan. 26, 2024
"Richard Prince to Pay Photographers Who Sued Over Copyright" - by Matt Stevens, New York Times, Jan. 26, 2024
"Leading Museums Remove Native Displays Amid New Federal Rules" - by Julia Jacobs and Zachary Small, New York Times, Jan. 26, 2024
"A Lincoln Trove Lands at the Library (Pie Safe Included)" - by Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, Jan. 24, 2024
"A New Project Uses Isotopes to Pinpoint the Birthplaces of the Enslaved" - by Maddie Bender and Teddy Brokaw, Smithsonian Magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2024
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~ Outstanding National, Regional and Local Archives and Reference Libraries ~


National Archives  - Catalog
Library of Congress
Google Books and Google Scholar 
Smithsonian Institution 

The Internet Archive -
    American Libraries
Pulitzer Prizes

Nobel Prize e-Museum 
Presidential Libraries 
New York Public Library -
    Digital Collections
Merriam-Webster Dictionary 

U.S. Census Bureau 
The British Museum 
Google Blog Search Tool

*  Ohio Historical Society Library
Bowling Green (OH) State University

Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh 
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh 
Cornerstone Genealogical Society 
Meyersdale (PA) Public Library
Historic Pittsburgh 
Pennsylvania State Archives 
Pennsylvania State Libraries
Historical Society of Pennsylvania  
Uniontown (PA) Public Library 
Dunbar Historical Society 
Berks County (PA) Historical Society
University of Pittsburgh Archive

University of Pittsburgh Library -
    Archives and Special Collections

West Virginia:
West Virginia University


New Jersey:
Newark (NJ) Public Library

*  Indiana State Library 
Allen County Public Library  
Allen County Genealogical Society

Midwest United States:
Illinois State Archives 
The Newberry - Chicago
Kansas State Library
*  Iowa Digital Library

Oklahoma Historical Society

Academia Resources:
Assn of College & Research Libraries 

ACME News Pictures, 1926    

~ Rare Books, Photographs and Special Collections ~

Special Collections Libraries:
Rosenbach Museum & Library -
    Manuscripts Online - Online Catalog
Morgan Library & Museum
Univ of Virginia Rare Book School 
Lilly Library, Indiana University
Ransom Center, University of Texas
Scheide Library, Princeton University
Folger Shakespeare Library
University of Michigan-Clements

University of Florida-Smathers
Vanderbilt University
University of Rochester River Campus
Ephemera Society of America
University of Illinois 
University of Pittsburgh 
The British Library, London

Getty Images (Bettman and Corbis)

*  National Archives Catalogue

New York Public Library Digital

Metropolitan Museum of Art Images

Smithsonian Open Access

Museums of the City of Paris

Yale Center for British Art

The Public Domain Review

Teenie Harris Archive


Fine Books & Collections
Rare Book Hub - Monthly Archives
The Book Collector

viaLibri - Library Search
Antiquarian Booksellers Association

David Pearson Book Owners Online


Bibliography and Cataloguing:
OCLC WorldCat


Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1937

~ Industrial and Railroad History ~

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration Statistics 
Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum 
Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society 


~ Faith-Based History and Culture ~

United Methodist Commission on Archives and History
Lutheran Historical Conference 
Presbyterian Historical Society 
Mennonite Church USA Archives
Wexner Heritage Program

~ Science and Medicine ~

U.S. National Library of Medicine
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
NASA - National Air and Space Administration


~ Historical Reconstructions, Museums, Homes and Inspiring Spaces ~

Colonial Williamsburg
Henry Ford Museum at Greenfield Village
Plimouth Plantation
John Adams National Historic Park, Massachusetts
Mount Vernon, Virginia
Monticello, Virginia

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio, Oak Park, IL
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural Life

Westminster Abbey (London)
Thomas Jefferson's Home Library at Monticello
The Forbes Galleries (New York City)

~ Military History and Veterans Services ~

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System (National Park Service)
Bugles Across America (services for funerals)
Civil War Regiments 
U.S. Army Military History Institute  
U.S. Naval Historical Center and Merchant Marines

A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion - by F.H. Dyer

American Battle Monuments (Foreign soil burials)
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Ohio in the Civil War 
Civil War Richmond 
National World War II Memorial 
Virtual Wall - Vietnam Veterans Memorial 
Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
~ Select Pittsburgh Regional Cultural and Sports Attractions ~

Andy Warhol Museum
Senator John Heinz History Center
Frick Mansion and Art Center
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Pittsburgh Opera 
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Stephen Foster Memorial Museum

Westmoreland Museum of Art
Carnegie Science Center

Civic Light Opera
Pittsburgh Cultural District

August Wilson African American Ctr.

National Aviary

Rachel Carson Homestead

Jimmy Stewart Museum

Pirates - Major League Baseball
Steelers - National Football League
Penguins - National Hockey League

University of Pittsburgh Football 
University of Pittsburgh Basketball 

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