Category Archives: American History

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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School Assignment Unearthed 20 Years Later 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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Finding a Good Home in Rural New York, c. 1904

Recent days have found me knee deep in online newspaper research at a website known as NYS Historical Newspapers. It’s a site  you’ll find indispensable if you’re researching  ancestors who resided anywhere in New York State. Best of all it’s … Continue reading

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