Genealogy Sleuths

May 06

Finding your family history in the news -

Mar 19

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.

Jun 06

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.

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.

Apr 23

npr:

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)
Photo: Cheryl Corley/NPR

npr:

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)

Photo: Cheryl Corley/NPR

Apr 12

Free access to virtually all administrative and strategic docs relating to US ops in the European Theater during WWII

Apr 03

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.

Free Access to the entire WWII collection on Fold3 for the entire month of April. Please share with family and friends….

— Fold3 (@fold3) April 3, 2012

(Source: fold3.com)

Mar 20

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Mar 19

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.

Mar 18

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.