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An Engineering Disaster on Edge of L.A. Left Nearly 500 Forgotten Deaths

The following excerpt is from The remnants of the worst engineering disaster of 20th-century America sit about an hour’s drive from downtown Los Angeles… Eighty-eight years ago, the St. Francis Dam burst in the middle of a March night, killing nearly 500 people. There are some images of the aftermath, but numbers tell the […]

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This May be a Photo of the Iceberg With Which the Titanic Collided

Is this the iceberg that the Titanic hit? Following is a teaser from a fascinating article posted October 17, 2015 at the CNN website: (CNN) The grainy black-and-white photograph shows a pointy iceberg in the middle of a calm sea, with puffy clouds barely visible in the sky. But the simple picture, taken more than […]

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Rhode Island Shipwrecks – An Amazing New Online Database

In conjunction with the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, Jim Jenney has compiled an online database of about 3,000 wrecks in Rhode Island waters… Read an article in the Providence Journal about it. Search the database of Rhode Island Shipwrecks. – It’s worth clicking over just to see the amazing visual effects used on the opening […]

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Deaths of Seamen & Other British Marine Returns of Deaths Go Online

The following news release is from the ScotlandsPeople website: A complete record of the deaths of Scottish seafarers from late Victorian times until 1974 is being made available online for the first time through ScotlandsPeople. Among the 14,000 new records available through ScotlandsPeople are monthly returns of the Deaths of Seamen, which list Scots along […]

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1915 SS Eastland Disaster Film Footage Surfaces

The following excerpt is from the February 8, 2015 edition of the Chicago Tribune: For years, Ted Wachholz had all the evidence he needed to believe that film footage of the 1915 SS Eastland disaster on the Chicago River existed, except maybe for the film itself. The chief historian of a group dedicated to the […]

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Last Weekend’s Records Warehouse Fire in Brooklyn Could Have Been Worse

This last weekend, a seven-alarm warehouse fire in Brooklyn put many public records in danger. It’s now been determined that losses may not have been as bad as were initially feared. The following is from an article by Anemona Hartocollis, published in the February 5, 2015 edition of the New York Times website. New York […]

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Russian Library Burns

The following excerpt is from an article at the New York Times website. A major fire that threatened to consume one of Russia’s most important libraries was finally put out late Saturday, but scholars are only beginning to assess the damage from the flames, smoke and water. The fire broke out at the Institute of […]

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Interactive Map Showing Where 83 Aircraft Have Disappeared Since 1948

According to a graphic found at, “some 83 aircraft have been declared “missing” since 1948, according to data compiled by the Aviation Safety Network. The list includes planes capable of carrying more than 14 passengers and where no trace — bodies or debris — has ever been found.” This is interesting… Check out the […]

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The 1911 New York Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

This morning I happened across an article published in an August 2006 online edition of Smithsonian magazine. The article was by David von Drehle, the author of Triangle, The Fire That Changed America. In the article, he tells of his search for records to document just what happened in what is known as the Triangle […]

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Dick Eastman Reminds Us: Back Up Your Genealogy.

Considering how easy it is too lose your data, we all need to heed this advice. From “Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter” for November 01, 2013 It is the first day of the month. It’s time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups! Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it […]

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour………. Week’s Peek

So many of our Christmas Tour Family live where there have been awful fires so far this year…….. New Mexico and Colorado and now Oklahoma. My heart cries for the dear folks who have lost their homes….. lost everything. Today I ask YOU to imagine that you live in that house on the lower right…….. […]

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FGS Stern Fund Helps Make Sultana Disaster Records Available to the Genealogy Community

The following news release was received from Thomas MacEntee: Free Access Provided by Fold3 May 4, 2012– Austin, TX: The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is proud to announce its recent participation in making the Sultana Disaster records available to genealogists and family history researchers. When the boiler exploded aboard the steamer Sultana on April […]

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It’s the 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic

It’s now 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic. All kinds of materials can be found online about the ill-fated voyage. Following are just a few interesting and informative sites: RMS Titanic – article at Sinking of the RMS Titanic – article at RMS Titanic alternative theories – article at Titanic […]

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Titanic Records Available FREE Online at Until April 15, 2012

More than 200,000 records reveal a story 1,517 people didn’t live to tell. Discover fascinating details about passengers and crew who sailed aboard the doomed ship in our new Titanic collection. From occupations, names and ages of those who bought a coveted ticket to death records and coroner’s inquest files of those who lost their […]

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New Edition of Book on Pre-1906 San Francisco Research Now Available

The following news release was received from Kathryn M. Doyle, Communications, California Genealogical Society & Library: “I’m Sorry. Those Records Were Lost” California Genealogical Society Publication Gives Researchers New Hope OAKLAND, California–July 25, 2011–The California Genealogical Society (CGS) announces publication of Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research, second edition, a guide […]

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