Announces New Genealogist Columnist

Share Article announces a new monthly column by genealogist Richard Hillenbrand, discussing the use of old newspaper articles for conducting genealogical research.

Cedar Rapids-based, the world's largest online historic newspaper database, has partnered with Richard "Dick" Hillenbrand, publisher of Upstate New York Genealogy at, to showcase historical newspaper content. This partnership will allow members and visitors to access to useful and vital information about conducting genealogical research using historic newspapers.

"It is such a thrill to be able to do name searches, keyword searches or to search by location for those obscure clues that you would never ever be able to locate without historical newspapers. will be in my bag of research tools forever," said Dick Hillenbrand, who has been using computers for genealogical purposes since 1979.

New content written by Mr. Hillenbrand will be integrated into the new Users sidebar on the website, allowing both members and visitors to easily access the information. The articles will be provided at no cost to visitors.

Dick Hillenbrand is the second of several new writers who will be featured on the website. Writers are selected for the quality of their work, the subject and scope of their interests, and their interest in historic newspapers.

Mr. Hillenbrand's first article can be found at

Writers interested in contributing individual articles of that make use of archival papers in the areas of genealogy, sports, history, or as school lesson plans should contact Senior Content Developer Paul Stokstad at 888.870.0484 ext. 33.

About Heritage Microfilm, Inc.

Heritage Microfilm, Inc., of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a major archival microfilm and digitization company. Heritage Microfilm was founded in 1997 and quickly became one of the premier newspaper preservation vendors in North America. Heritage Microfilm maintains a humidity and temperature-controlled storage facility holding hundreds of thousands of reels of master microfilm and is a certified Kodak ImageGuard™ Lab. They work with tens of thousands of newspaper publishers and libraries throughout the world.

In 1999, Heritage Microfilm launched the brand, the world's largest historical newspaper database online. contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1759 to present, spanning almost 3,000 newspaper titles and 762 cities. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date making it easy to quickly explore historical content. Anyone interested in finding more information about Heritage Microfilm and can visit or

About Dick Hillenbrand

Richard "Dick" Hillenbrand from Syracuse has been an avid historical and genealogical researcher since the 1960's.

Dick publishes a popular website and Blog for "Upstate New York Genealogy" at
Dick served on the Board of Directors of the Onondaga Historical Association for twenty years and also has served on the Board of the Central New York Genealogical Society.

Dick is a well known lecturer and has presented genealogical programs for several New York State based genealogical and historical societies, church groups, and community service clubs. His lectures on "Upstate New York Genealogy" and his series on "Brick Wall Battering Rams" are quite popular.

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