Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Greetings

Happy Halloween!

 Halloween party at State Normal School, Kearney, Nebraska. c.1908
Library of Congress American Memory Collection
Nebraska State Historical Society, [Digital ID, e.g., nbhips 12036]
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Getting Ready for Halloween

c. 1917
Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.  
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Confederate pomp amid burial of slave's daughter

Mattie Clyburn Rice, who was 91 when she died in September, devoted her energy to confirming her father's Confederate service.

Read more here:
Weary Clyburn was in his early 80s when Mattie was born.

Read the full story here:

Read more here:
Confederate pomp amid burial of slave's daughter |

Monday, September 29, 2014

Street Life in Victorian London

A fascinating, photographic journey showing the grim reality of life on the streets of London in Victorian Britain as captured by John Thomson in 1877.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Finding Your Roots" Returns to PBS

"Acclaimed PBS Series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Returns Tuesday, September 23 at 8pm ET for its Second Season
The 10-part series explores the heritages and ancestries of 30 of today’s leading entertainers, athletes, chefs, and media personalities, including: Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Khandi Alexander, Tom Colicchio, Tina Fey, Sally Field, Derek Jeter, Stephen King, Nas, Anna Deavere Smith, Sting, and Courtney Vance"
Click HERE to read the complete press release.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Deerfield Gravestone Restoration Project


"Kai Nalenz, president of Gravestone Services of New England, compares some of his recent restoration work in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Deerfield to photographs of their original state."   Recorder/Micky Bedell

Read the full article here:  Labor of love: Deerfield family completes gravestone restoration project | The Recorder  
By TOM RELIHAN   Recorder Staff
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Searching the Google Newspaper Archives

Currently, Google News search only returns content from the past 30 days. The "advanced web search page" will let you search by date or date range, but only up to 1970.  To search in earlier time periods, you can use xxxxx

For example, I used Macoupin 1880
and found:
To see if there is a newspaper covering your area of interest,
check the list of the digitized historical newspapers available
If you know the specific time period and place you are searching, you can actually read though individual newspaper issues by choosing a newspaper from the above list and selecting the "Browse this newspaper" tab.
Have fun!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday's Child: Eva Bell Casteel - Age 2

Eva Bell Casteel
daughter of James P. & Arra A. (Bacon) Casteel
  U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedule
1880 Macoupin County, Illinois
(Click image to enlarge)
Eva is listed on the bottom.
Cause of death: Throat Disease
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Chris Welcheck (1907-1969)

Christopher L. Welcheck
son of Stephen & Margaret (Busch) Welcheck

Cleveland Plain Dealer
18 Aug 1969
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