There’s a lot of good family history information available on the Internet. Here are five places we’ve enjoyed visiting this week:
Who'd a thunk it? (finding "out of place" records). Genealogist Meri Rees of Albany, New York, writes about several cases where brick walls are serendipitously overcome. As she writes, "The records are out there ... You just have to keep searching for them."
Original photos from the Civil War. A visually stunning collection of one of the pivotal moments in American history.
Getting baptized. Brenda Mantz – “risk manager by day, writer at night” – writes such elegant prose that it’s sometimes difficult to realize that it’s personal history she’s writing about. For those aspiring to polish their own writing skills, check her out, especially her precise attention to detail.
Timeline: Faking it. Ancestry Magazine goes back more than 300 years to offer up this entertaining list of great ruses in the world’s history. Great reading.
Vicks helped many in '18 flu pandemic breathe easy. OK, this is a puff piece for Vapo-Rub, but, honestly, did you know that the pungent-smelling salve played a big role in the flu epidemic of 1918? Lots of businesses come of age in times of crisis and I found the historical perspective of this product to be fascinating.
Writing prompt of the day: Write about your most memorable Independence Day.
Flickr photo courtesy of burningkarma.