Category Archives: American History

Hallowed Ground

(This post originally appeared on GeneaJourneys on October 26, 2011. It’s being republished today in honor of Memorial Day.) Many, many times over the years, I’ve struggled as a professional writer to find just the right headline, just the right lead, … Continue reading

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Social History: the Key to Producing Captivating Family Stories

How does a genealogist or family historian write about an event that he or she hasn’t actually witnessed firsthand? The Basics Back in Journalism 101—many long decades ago—I learned the key to good newspaper reporting was to cover the 5 … Continue reading

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Unearthed School Assignment Offers First Person Account of World War II Era America

Last week, when doing the autumn version of spring cleaning, I came across several bins of collected memorabilia for my daughter, Meg. Now 28 years old, she’s  lived and worked far from home, in Washington, D.C., since she graduated from … Continue reading

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