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2604, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, April 26

By |April 26th, 2017|Celebrities, Genealogy Roundup, Human Interest, Orphan Heirlooms|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: thanks to tireless efforts by many, an orphan heirloom Bible is returned to its original family; tintype photography featured in a Milwaukee Hotel; the world's oldest woman; and more.

1904, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, April 19

By |April 19th, 2017|Genealogy Roundup, History, Human Interest, Military, Orphan Heirlooms|0 Comments

This week: In another orphan heirloom rescue, a wallet missing for 50 years is returned to the original owner's family; the story of our genes; UN files on the Holocaust to be opened and made searchable online, and much more!

1204, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, April 12

By |April 12th, 2017|Genealogy Roundup, History, Human Interest, Military|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: How WWI shaped the U.S. economically, socially and culturally; an 86-year-old woman visits the cabin she grew up in, now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and reflects on what life was like as a youth; plus much more.

1104, 2017

Seton Shields Genealogy Grant #199

By |April 11th, 2017|Grants, History, Human Interest, Research|0 Comments

This quarter, I awarded a grant to the Westside Cemetery Preservation Association to support their work of restoring and cleaning up the gravesites of enslaved African Americans and their descendants, found in cemeteries that have become overgrown and are largely hidden in secluded woods near sugar cane fields in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. Click through to the post for more details and to see how you can join me in supporting the work the WCPA is doing.

504, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, April 5

By |April 5th, 2017|Celebrities, Genealogy Roundup, History, Human Interest, Military|0 Comments

Lots to explore this week: an abandoned hotel in the Italian Alps, a branch of the underground railroad you might not have heard of before, a shopping list that hints at "the management of the households of the wealthy" in the 17th century, a soldier missing from the Korean War returning home, and more.

2903, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, March 29

By |March 29th, 2017|Celebrities, Family History, Genealogy Roundup, Military|0 Comments

This week: A World War II flying ace will be buried at Beaufort National Cemetery seven decades after being reported as killed in action; also find some WDYTYA tidbits to whet your appetite.

2203, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, March 22

By |March 22nd, 2017|Celebrities, Family History, Genealogy Roundup, Military, Orphan Heirlooms|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: A school assignment leads to the discovery of a WWII plane on the family farm, an orphan heirloom rescue, WDYTYA goodies, and much more.

803, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, March 8

By |March 8th, 2017|Celebrities, Family History, Genealogy Roundup, History, Human Interest, Military, Orphan Heirlooms|0 Comments

This week: An orphaned heirloom returns to its roots, an app that will let you take a selfie with a deceased ancestor, an African American Colonel who has traced his family history back to 1634 and shared, "I needed to know my own family history to motivate me to do the things in my life. You need to know where you come from. This is something that I can pass onto my children and grandchildren," WDYTYA goodies, and much more!

103, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, March 1

By |March 1st, 2017|Celebrities, Genealogy Roundup, Human Interest, Immigration, Military, Research|0 Comments

This week, Dale Earnhardt shared some thoughts after learning his family's immigration story; the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors; play with a fun tool to see how the world has changed in your lifetime, and more.

2202, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, February 22

By |February 22nd, 2017|Celebrities, Family History, Genealogy Roundup, Human Interest|0 Comments

In this week's Roundup: the Peruvian artist who painstakingly recreates portraits of his ancestors, news on the upcoming season of WDYTYA, a fun quiz that (may) identify where you live by your speech patterns, and more.