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101 Things You Didn’t Know about Irish History — 15% Off through Midnight Thursday, April 24

A month and a half before we put on our sombreros, sing about a drunk cockroach, and eat too many tacos in the cultural celebration acknowledging our southern neighbors on Cinco de Mayo, we will first don a little green and hope for a little luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Most you […]

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British Pathé Posts 3500 Hours of Newsreels to YouTube

The following excerpt is from the April 17, 2014 edition of The Telegraph: British Pathé, the newsreel maker which documented all walks of life on video during the 20th Century, has uploaded its entire collection of moving images to YouTube. The archive of 3,500 hours of footage was digitised in 2002 thanks in part to […]

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History Magazine, Apr/May 2012: 100th Anniversay of the Titanic

You know the name, and probably a good part of the story, of the “unsinkable” Molly Brown. But, do you know the tale of “three time lucky” Violet Constance Jessop. Jessop survived three major maritime accidents; including, the of sinking of both the RMS Titanic and the HMHS Britannic. First, she survived a collision between a steam […]

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The History of Railroads

Like so many kids, I loved trains growing up. I never minded waiting for a train when riding in a car, I couldn’t wait to ride the train at Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm when we went as a family. I loved taking my own kids to the see the large collection of trains at […]

Leave a Comment and the Associated Press Bring Historical AP Archives Online

The following press release is from and the Associated Press Bring Historical AP Archives Online New Agreement Provides a View of the Past through Historical News Reports (Provo, Utah) – November 18, 2013 –, the world’s largest online family history resource, is proud to announce a collaboration with the Associated Press that […]

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Before Germana No. 6 – The Ancestry of the Broyles, Paulitz, Moyer and Motz Families

According to Johni Cerny and Gary J. Zimmerman, authors of Before Germanna, there have been few unanswered questions about the First Germanna Colony in the New World. However, at least in 1990 when this book first came out, surprising little was know about the Second Germanna Colony. This second colony faced hardships and misfortune from […]

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British Columbia Man Finds 107-year-old Message in a Bottle from Bellingham, Washington Man

The following excerpt is from a fascinating article by Jim Donaldson posted in the Sept. 17, 2013 edition of the Bellingham Herald. Steve Thurber, 53, of Courtenay, B.C., was walking along a beach south of Tofino last Monday, Sept. 9, when he discovered a glass bottle with a crusted cap lying in the sand, according […]

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The Genealogist’s U.S. History Pocket Reference: Quick Facts And Timelines Of American History To Help Understand Your Ancestors

I have always enjoyed trivia games and books with lists or facts. I call these books bathroom readers. However, they often contain very useful information, much of it historical. However, it never really dawned on me how useful such a book could be to a genealogist until I was given a copy for review of […]

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Jamestown People To 1800, Landowners, Public Officials, Minorities, And Native Leaders

The year in which this year’s newborns become teenagers, this country will celebrate its Sestercentennial birthday. To a child that may seem a lifetime, to us adults, such years come with increasing speed. Yet, even with our nation’s 250th year in sight, the first, permanent English settlement established on this continent is already over 400 […]

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What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New

What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New has long been the most popular historical dictionary carried by Family Roots Publishing. This book provides an understanding, in modern terms, for words used in the past. Many of these words, used historically in everyday conversation, to describe items, […]

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National Archives Launches the Founders Online Website

Washington, DC – June 13, 2013 The National Archives today launched the Founders Online website []. This free online tool brings together the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in a single website that gives a first-hand account of the growth of democracy and the birth […]

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The Irish Scots and the “Scotch-Irish”

The Irish and the Scots have a nearly inseparable history, if examined on the basis if origin. Scottish Highlanders originally came from Ireland and the two peoples have long been connected by blood, language, and religion. Both, have also, played a significant role in the founding and growth of America dating back to the earliest […]

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The Germans in Colonial Times

Germans are the second largest ethnic group in the United States. Only the English are more numerous. Even at that, these groups represent generations of families living in America. European countries hardly represent today’s largest immigrant groups. However, they are the foundation for the larger part of the population and were once the largest groups […]

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Dr Kit Messham-Muir Joins Past Preservers

The following is from Nigel J Hetherington at Past Preservers: CAIRO AND LONDON–30th January 2013–Past Preservers is proud to announce that our talented group of presenters at Past Preservers People has grown with the addition of Dr Kit Messham-Muir, a highly recognized art theorist and historian. Currently, Kit is a Senior Lecturer in Art History […]

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History of Louisianna: From Its First Discovery and Settlement to the Present Time

If I were to summarize what I remember learning about American History in public school, it would go something like this: In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue Then the Pilgrims came to Plymouth Rock People came from Europe, mostly English, to practice free religion and other things. The 13 colonies didn’t like the taxes […]

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