Announces New Genealogy Column

Share Article announces a new column by genealogist Phyllis Matthews Ziller, M.L.I.S., inviting readers to use historical newspapers to discover the details of ancestors' marriages.

Cedar Rapids-based, the world's largest online historic newspaper database, has partnered with Phyllis Matthews Ziller, M.L.I.S., webmaster of, to release her fourth article showcasing genealogical writing. The new article, "Look Beyond the Marriage Certificate," details how researchers can find intricate and interesting information about the marriage ceremonies of their family members.

"Using newspapers to research my ancestors has helped me go beyond the dates and facts to add life to my family histories," said Phyllis Matthews Ziller.

An Exerpt:

"Many states did not require the recording of marriages until the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. If your great-grandparents were married before records were kept, how could you find out the details of the event? Historical newspapers may provide the answers. Weddings were social events that brought families and neighbors together. Engagement announcements before the event, news of showers given in honor of the future bride, and detailed articles about the wedding can be found within the pages of the newspaper. In the twentieth century…"

Phyllis Matthews Ziller's new article can be found at

New content written by Ms. Ziller is integrated into the new Users sidebar on the website, allowing both members and visitors to easily access the information. The articles are provided for free.

"Phyllis Matthews Ziller's articles add a unique value to NewspaperARCHIVE," said Stephen Carr, Writer for "Our visitors can access original and insightful tips into using newspaper archives for family research."

Phyllis Matthews Ziller 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.

Writers interested in contributing individual articles that make use of archival papers in almost any area should contact 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 Phyllis Matthews Ziller, M.L.I.S.

Phyllis Matthews Ziller holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Florida. She is the editor of Speak, the newsletter for the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Columns, the newsletter for the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and is co-editor of NCGS News, the newsletter for the North Carolina Genealogical Society. Phyllis is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, and the North Carolina Genealogical Society.

She can be found online at

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