Finding your family history in the news -
Hit a dead end in your family history search? Newspapers may provide the resuscitation you’re looking for. Not only are they a prolific source of obituaries, but they can also provide insight into the
Slaves’ Forgotten Burial Sites, Marked Online -
“The fact that they lie in these unmarked abandoned sites, it’s almost like that they are kind of vanishing from the American consciousness,” said Sandra Arnold, 50, a history student at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Fordham University.
The first doctor to reach President Abraham Lincoln after he was shot in a Washington theater rushed to his ceremonial box and found him paralyzed, comatose and leaning against his wife. Dr. Charles Leale ordered brandy and water to be brought immediately.
Leale’s long-lost report of efforts to help the mortally wounded president, written just hours after his death, was discovered in a box at the National Archives late last month.
Three years ago, a Chicago man found historic documents in an abandoned house and took them to a rare books dealer. The papers and books belonged to Richard T. Greener, a 19th century black intellectual, who was the first African-American to graduate from Harvard University. (via Discovery Sparks Interest In Forgotten Black Scholar : NPR)
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Free access to virtually all administrative and strategic docs relating to US ops in the European Theater during WWII
How to Find Cool Stuff in the Newly-Released 1940 Census Data, or, Cyberstalking Your Grandparents -
The Census Bureau just released reams of data from the 1940 U.S. Census online (the website’s been up and down all day; if it doesn’t work, try later), and you are going to spend the next hour or so tooling around on the website. I know because I just did it myself.
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Back in the '40s ... -
1940 census data will be released April 2. Take a look at life in the ’40s, and how it compares to today.
How Green Was My Surname; Via Ireland, a Chapter in the Story of Black America -
So many African-Americans have Irish-sounding last names — Eddie Murphy, Isaac Hayes, Mariah Carey, Dizzy Gillespie, Toni Morrison, H. Carl McCall — that you would think that the long story of blacks and Irish coming together would be well documented. You would be wrong.