Announces New Genealogy Column

Share Article announces a new column by freelance journalist and genealogist Joe Manning discussing some of the amazing family history he has discovered in old newspaper pages.

Cedar Rapids-based, the world's largest online historic newspaper database, has partnered with Joe Manning, webmaster of, to release his second article showcasing genealogical writing. The article, "Remembering Fon Gentry," follows Manning as he traces Florence Gentry, who wrote a piece of community and school news to a local paper at the age of 10, through her life and her survivors.

"The real stories of America can be found in its small town newspapers, and in its vernacular photographs," said Joe Manning. "They are not the stories and pictures of the rich and powerful that end up in our history books; but they are, along with storytelling, the best evidence we have of the day-to-day life of the people on whose backs this country was built."

New content written by Mr. Manning is integrated into the Genealogy sub navigation tab on the home page on the website, allowing both members and visitors to easily access the information. The articles are provided at no cost to visitors.

"We're proud to feature genealogist writers as accomplished and interested as Joe Manning," said Stephen Carr, Content Developer for "His tales not only show great newspaper research, they are soulful narratives that highlight hope and tragedy."

Joe Manning is one of several new writers who are 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.

Joe Manning's new article can be found at

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

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 Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date making it easy to quickly explore historical content.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 Joe Manning:
Joe Manning is a freelance journalist, historian and genealogist, poet, photographer and songwriter. His book, Steeples: Sketches of North Adams (Flatiron Press 1997), is in its third printing. It has been required reading for several courses at Williams College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He followed that with Disappearing Into North Adams (Flatiron Press 2001). His most recent book is Gig At The Amtrak (Flatiron Press 2005), a collection of his poetry.

Manning was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in southern Maryland. He served four years in the United States Air Force as a medical corpsman. In 1970, he received a BA in Sociology from the State University of New York College at Cortland. He was a caseworker for the Connecticut Department of Social Services from 1970, until his retirement in 1999. Manning and his wife live in Florence, Massachusetts.

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