Announces First Genealogist Columnist

Cedar Rapids, Iowa - October 14, 2008 -- Cedar Rapids-based, the world's largest online historic newspaper database, has partnered with Phyllis Matthews Ziller, M.L.I.S., webmaster of, to showcase genealogy writing. This partnership will allow members and visitors to access to useful and vital information about conducting genealogical research using historic newspapers.

"The value of newspaper research is often overlooked by genealogists," said Phyllis Matthews Ziller who has had many success stories with the information she has gleaned from historic newspapers.

New content written by Ms. Ziller 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.

Phyllis Matthews Ziller is the first 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.

Phyllis Matthews Ziller'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 Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date making it easy to quickly explore historical content.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 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, and "Columns," the newsletter for the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.

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.

Her website, Genwriters, can be found at


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