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Filling in the leaves of your family tree

The Hilda Hoffman Memorial Archives is continuing to offer a series of workshops to help participants preserve their family history. Next week, a …

Genealogy

County Surrogate's Office a good stop in your genealogy search

Just because your ancestor didn't leave a will, it doesn't mean a trip to the county surrogate's court won't be fruitful. In researching my third …

Genealogy

Free online versions of my recent Family Tree Magazine articles

In my last post, I mentioned my recent articles I wrote for <i>Family Tree Magazine</i>. There are now slightly modified free versions of the articles …

Genealogy

Student photo project infuses life into memories of Holocaust survivors

Holocaust survivor Anna Medved has only one photograph from her childhood - an image of herself as a seven-year-old girl in pre-WWII Ukraine, in 1933.<p>…

Ben-Gurion University

Clinton County Memories II: The 1940s, 1950s and 1960s

Due to the overwhelming response to “Clinton County Memories: The Early Years,” The Press-Republican is happy to present a second hardcover pictorial …

The Church With a Cemetery in the Basement

In many churches, the basement is reserved for social activities: quilting circles, play groups, donuts and coffee after Sunday services. At Center …

100-Year-Old Box of Negatives Discovered Frozen In Block of Antarctica’s Ice

While restoring one of the exploration huts in Antarctica, Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust discovered a box that turned out …

Stansted Mountfitchet man finds 14,000 WW2 dog tags in a field

A relic hunter has launched a campaign to reunite the families of World War Two soldiers with their dog tags after he found 14,000 buried in a …

World War II

My journey of 7,000 km and 83 years. – Paddy Willis – Medium

<b>My journey of 7,000 km and 83 years.</b><p>When I was a boy I fascinated by one photograph. This framed sepia portrait on the mantelpiece of my parents’ …

Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow

A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its …

21-Year-Old Breathes New Life into Historic B&W Photos by Adding Color

Brazilian artist Marina Amaral combines her love of history with creativity, creating colorized versions of historic photos. The 21-year-old artist can spend anywhere from a few hours to several months retouching each image in Photoshop.<p>Originally inspired by colorized photographs she'd seen on an …

The History of Cartography, the "Most Ambitious Overview of Map Making Ever," Now Free Online Open Culture

Worth a quick mention: The University of Chicago Press has made available online — at no cost — the first three volumes of <i>The History of Cartography.</i> …

An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story

This is the story of a totally made-up place that suddenly became real — and then, strangely, undid itself and became a fantasy again. Imagine Pinocchio becoming a real boy and then going back to being a puppet. That's what happened here — but this is a true story.<p>It's about a place in upstate New …

Maps

The Map Room - Copyright Traps

Publishers frequently use “copyright traps” to prove that someone plagiarized their work. Without evidence of the actual act of plagiarism, it’s …

‘Assassins!’: A Confederate spy was accused of helping kill Abraham Lincoln. Then he vanished.

On Feb. 19, 1867, the American gunboat Swatara returned to the Washington Navy Yard after a months-long trip to the Middle East. Out stepped a young man in a bizarre, filthy uniform and shackles.<p>His name was John Harrison Surratt, and he was the most wanted man in the entire world.<p>Two years …

Crime

Naples-based video project latest trend in preservation of family history

Jan Goldsmith knows firsthand the importance of preserving family history before it's too late.<p>Her mother, Ida Thompson, was diagnosed with ovarian …

In Detective Novel 'Celine' Peter Heller Uses Family History

Author Peter Heller's latest novel focuses on the title character Celine, a detective in the twilight of her life.<p>She takes on the case of Gabriela, …

Genealogy

Valencia Family History Center Helps Uncover The Past

Each year leading up to the Santa Clarita Valley Family History and Technology Fair, the Valencia Family History Center selects one lucky resident …

Genealogy

Keithley’s Korner: Researching family history begins with yourself

Everyone should be able to recall a story or yarn about one of their dead relatives, but Guy Hence can tell you one from pretty far back in the …

I Loved My Grandmother. But She Was a Nazi.

My grandparents were Nazis. It took me until recently to be able to say — or write — this. I used to think of and refer to them as “ordinary Germans,” as if that was a distinct and morally neutral category. But like many “ordinary Germans,” they were members of the Nazi Party — they joined in 1937, …

European History

The National Archives Wants Your Help Transcribing Declassified Documents

In honor of Sunshine Week, a celebration of government openness and public records, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration is holding …

New Study Confirms That the Future of Data Storage Is in DNA

Information Handling<p>DNA contains information about a living organism. It codes everything in an living being. That’s why it makes sense for …

The man who dresses up as his ancestors

BBC World Service<p><b>Peruvian artist and photographer Christian Fuchs is obsessed with his illustrious ancestors and spends months painstakingly recreating portraits of them, posing for them himself whether the ancestors were men or women.</b><p>It's an unusual way to get close to your forefathers, but it …

Genealogy

Three Letters That Former Slaves Sent To Their Masters

ATI CompositeAfter escaping or being liberated, most former slaves were probably more than happy to never speak to their erstwhile masters.After all, …

Cool Stuff

Families torn apart by slavery sought lost loved ones in newly archived ads

Where is John Person?<p>Ten years have gone by since his mother, Hannah Cole, last saw him. The pain of his disappearance, the mystery of his …

Lost African-American cemeteries located in SA

<b>SAN ANTONIO</b> - Two lost local cemeteries are no longer missing, thanks to Everett Fly, a nationally renowned expert on African-American …

Archaeology

30 University of Akron volunteers discover ancestry in 'Rethinking Race'

AKRON, Ohio - Thirty University of Akron volunteers have learned their ethnic mix following DNA testing, which may have changed views on race, …

Cleveland

Genealogy Success Story: Surname mystery

Undated photo of Anderson's great-grandfather, Solomon Anderson, marching in a parade in full regalia. Sol's 1930 obituary in the NY Times noted he …

Genealogy