Press Release: New column by Phyllis Matthews Ziller announces a new column by genealogist Phyllis Matthews Ziller, M.L.I.S., discussing the wide variety of genealogical information found in old newspapers.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (PRWEB) January 18, 2009 — 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 third article showcasing genealogical writing. The new article, “Genealogists Find More Than Obituaries in Historical Newspapers,” details how genealogists can find great family history in wedding and anniversary notices, unclaimed mail notices, military news, and other sections of a newspaper.

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 for “NCGS News,” the newsletter for the North Carolina Genealogical Society.

Ms. Ziller 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.

Her website, Genwriters, can be found at

“Too often genealogists search only for obituaries when there is so much information sitting in other pages of a newspaper to help break through brick walls and lead the way to vital record sources,” said Phyllis Matthews Ziller.

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 at no cost and do not require a membership to view.

“Phyllis Matthews Ziller’s writings are a wonderful addition for our users,” said Stephen Carr, Content Developer for “Her understanding of both old newspaper design and the needs of a genealogist make her a perfect fit for us.”

Phyllis Matthews Ziller’s new article can be found at 


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