The first of two grants this quarter has been awarded to Regina Dillard. Grant funds assisted with the cost of Y-DNA testing of the only two men of her grandmother's generation left in the family who could be tested, ages 86 and 72.
In this week's Roundup: A sweet story about a 96-y-o WWII veteran who received unexpected help to visit his wife's grave, new DNA technology (and lots more on genetic genealogy), a missing soldier from the Korean War identified, and much more!
In this week's Roundup: A DNA test opened up a mystery and eventually led to the discovery of a century-old baby swap in a NY hospital, how one man set out to immortalize his father, and more . . .
In this week's Roundup: A new book that tells the story of America’s involvement in World War I through letters by General John Pershing and others who fought or supported the war effort and five snippets of family history shared in the wake of the removal of Civil-War era monuments in New Orleans
This week: Explore a museum of architecture that once housed the U.S. Pension Bureau, what makes people love physical books, an Underground Railroad memorial in the corner of a McDonald's parking lot, and more.
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.
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.
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.
This week: explore DNA travel, the George Peabody Library, a fun history mystery book, the story of the researcher who discovered and mapped out more than 3,000 burials of black people in nearly 30 cemeteries, most hidden in secluded woods near sugar cane fields, and more.