Brick Wall Buster: New Online Newspapers via MyHeritage

Thanks to the new historical newspapers available via MyHeritage, I was able to break down a long standing brick wall involving my Slattery line!

For several years I’ve struggled to locate more information on how my 2nd great-grandparents Martin Slattery and Margaret Leehive died in or around Kingston, New York about 1895.

As genealogists we frequently call them “brick walls” and at times they are simply road blocks of our own construction due to a lack of knowledge about existing records.  And sometimes they are barriers created due to a lack of records availability,

Well, last night I decided to check on some recent updates at MyHeritage and I was given the best sledgehammer ever in the form of digitized historical newspapers.

Access via MyHeritage – and SAVE!

In the past, I’ve subscribed to, but I wasn’t using the service and I was dissatisfied with some of the company’s issues involving subscription renewal. So I plodded on with newspapers via or used free newspaper websites.

When I signed up for MyHeritage, I then realized that I also had access to over 139 million US newspaper pages at right from the MyHeritage website.  SWEET!

So last night I noted that there were some recent updates to newspapers in the Hudson Valley area of New York where my ancestors had lived. I knew that by 1900 both Martin Slattery and his wife Margaret Leehive were either dead or had abandoned their six children; the 1900 Federal census showed them living in Rosendale, New York with their uncle (Margaret’s brother) Michael Leehive.

A few years ago, while at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, I also found copies of the guardianship records for the Slattery children, confirming that their parents where dead. But there was no information on how Martin Slattery died, where he died and when he died. I didn’t have much more for Margaret either.

So imagine my excitement when I see this short article, all three lines of it, in the January 29, 1895 issue of the Daily Argus from Middletown, New York:

“Martin Slattery, a quarryman, killed near Kingston, yesterday, by a rock falling on him. He leaves a widow and six children, the oldest only eleven years of age.”

Source: “Live Local Topics,” Daily Argus (Middletown, New York), 29 January 1895, electronic newspaper, archived, ( accessed 30 March 2015), p. 5, col. 2, para. 5. Death of Martin Slattery in accident on 28 January 1895 in Kingston, New York.

While I still need more substantive proof that this is my Martin Slattery, the fact that he was killed in Kingston and also left six children within the same age range make him a good candidate to be the Martin Slattery. I’m looking forward to more research at MyHeritage to help solve this mystery!

50% Off MyHeritage – Offer Good Through April 1st

Now here is your chance to break down your own genealogy brick walls. Before you take advantage of this offer, can you do me a favor and try this first?

  • Click here to research the 139 million US newspaper pages available via MyHeritage (you don’t need to have an account).
  • Enter your ancestor info and click Search. Then review the results.

While you won’t get access to the entire newspaper page, you’ll get a few lines of text that could be just want you need to continue your search.

If you are ready to move the next phase of research with your genealogy, click here to get your 50% off deal from MyHeritage. The normal price is $238 USD and you’ll pay just $119.40 for a full year’s access to MyHeritage Premium Plus AND the Data Membership.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.


FINAL DAYS! Save 30% on World Subscription if you have an AARP Membership – this offer expires on Wednesday March 4th – via

UPDATE on AARP Discount: has just informed me that a new agreement has been signed with AARP and a discount on’s World Explorer subscription will continue to be available. There are some restrictions that you need to understand. Please review the parameters below before calling and requesting the discount:

  • You must be a current member of AARP and have your AARP membership number available.
  • The AARP discount applies to World Explorer memberships only.
  • The discount applies to new memberships as well as renewals.
  • You can only use this offer ONE TIME. If you have used the AARP discount in the past, you cannot renew your current membership using the discount.
  • In addition, no longer offers 3-month or 1 year memberships; this means the AARP offer is good for the 1-month and 6-month membership products.

Click here for more information.

Finally, I did not realize that Ancestry had eliminated its 3-month and 1-year membership products, did you?

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How I’m Leveraging StoryPress for Blogging

I've started using StoryPress to not only expand the reach of my family history blog but to amplify the story telling aspect of blogging.

I’ve been blogging about my family history over at Destination: Austin Family for over eight years now. Many readers know that I first started blogging in late December 2006 as a means of coping with my mother’s early onset Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis in 2000.

As the years have passed, preserving my mother’s memories and family stories have let me to a career in the genealogy field. And in the last five years I’ve seen big changes in how we as humans preserve the story of family.

What is StoryPress?

According to the site, “StoryPress is changing the world of storytelling by making it fun and easy to create, save, and share personal memories and stories.” Going beyond the tagline, and based on my experience using the platform, StoryPress help you take any story, including your own stories, to the next level.

The written word can only go so far to convey those stories. While the reader and grasp meaning and picture imagined scenarios, adding images and audio to a story can give it greater impact. Video has been an option I’ve always wanted to explore in terms of blogging and now I’ve found a platform in StoryPress that offers me the options I need.

Video will continue to be a growth area for Internet users, and over time more and more genealogists and family historians will realize the power of family stories through video.

There are so many features of StoryPress that I love and they are too numerous to cover in this post. For now, enjoy the story below and consider using StoryPress to expand the impact of your genealogy blog.

My Mother and Alzheimer’s Disease

Below is a video story I produced using the StoryPress platform entitled My Mother and Alzheimer’s Disease. The video was fairly easy to produce using family photos that I had already digitized and narrating an previously written post from several years ago.

Disclosure statement: I have material connections with various vendors and organizations. To review the material connections I have in the genealogy industry, please see Disclosure Statements.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.