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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.

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!

102, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, February 1

By |February 1st, 2017|Celebrities, Genealogy Roundup, History, Human Interest, Military|0 Comments

This week, explore two stories concerning WWI Medal of Honor recipients, secret gems hiding in well-known places like the Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square, a few of the 200+ synonyms for being tipsy published by Benjamin Franklin, and much more!

1801, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, January 18

By |January 18th, 2017|Celebrities, Family History, Genealogy Roundup, History, Human Interest, Immigration, Military|0 Comments

This week: Commemorating the 125th anniversary of Annie Moore and Ellis Island, a hoard of gold found inside a donated piano, two genealogy-themed TV series to air soon, and much more!

1101, 2017

Genealogy Roundup, January 11

By |January 11th, 2017|Genealogy Roundup, History, Human Interest, Research|0 Comments

This week, explore Pitcairn Island, a new online index to Oklahoma births and deaths, slang, Barack Obama Plaza, and a project to mark the 100th anniversary in 2016 of the start of the first Great Migration.

1001, 2017

125th Anniversary of Annie Moore and Ellis Island

By |January 10th, 2017|Featured, History, Human Interest, Immigration|0 Comments

On January 1, 1892, 17-year-old Annie Moore from Cork, Ireland became the first immigrant to ever arrive at Ellis Island, so both Annie and Ellis Island celebrated their 125th anniversary on January 1, 2017. Now is an especially relevant time to reflect on the Annie Moores in our own family trees – those pioneers who made a leap that so drastically altered the trajectories of their descendants’ lives for the better.

1412, 2016

Genealogy Roundup, December 14

By |December 14th, 2016|Genealogy Roundup, History, Human Interest, Military|0 Comments

Lots of great reads this week: a true WWII POW escape story, a most intriguing tombstone, and news from the Library of Congress. We finish up with an interesting interview with a photographer commissioned by the National Park Service, who, when asked why the assignment was important, responded, "Because I think a lot of people forget about where we came from all too easy. It’s what shapes us. It’s how we know where we got to.”