150 Years Ago Today: Fort Sumter

150 years ago today, 12 April 1861, the Civ­il War start­ed in earnest with a Con­fed­er­ate attack on the Fed­er­al posi­tion at Fort Sumter, in advance of sup­ply ships arriv­ing with food to resup­ply the fort. For Amer­i­can geneal­o­gists and his­to­ri­ans of the Unit­ed States, the Civ­il War is the cen­tral event, even more calami­tous than… Con­tin­ue read­ing 150 Years Ago Today: Fort Sumter

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US Census Bureau — Data Access Tools

The Unit­ed States Cen­sus Bureau has a page out­lin­ing its data access tools. While the data being made avail­able is sta­tis­ti­cal data, not per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fi­able genealog­i­cal data, it should be of inter­est to geneal­o­gists to under­stand trends and the pop­u­la­tion trends and geog­ra­phy of the Unit­ed States. The site pro­vides large datasets for analy­sis, but… Con­tin­ue read­ing US Cen­sus Bureau — Data Access Tools

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WDYTYA Episode 208: Ashley Judd

Tonight, Ash­ley Judd was the celebri­ty on the sea­son finale of Who Do You Think You Are? Her fam­i­ly sto­ry is com­pelling, and includes a Union Civ­il War vet­er­an from Ken­tucky, who was cap­tured twice by the Con­fed­er­ates, and was a bat­tle­field amputee. Addi­tion­al­ly, her line goes back to the ear­li­est days of the Ply­mouth Bay… Con­tin­ue read­ing WDYTYA Episode 208: Ash­ley Judd

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WDYTYA Episode 207: Gwyneth Paltrow

This week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? returns to a more tra­di­tion­al research method­ol­o­gy, start­ing from what is known, and mov­ing back­ward to illu­mi­nate the unknown. While many crit­ics will note that the star did not engage with much of the research, and was being hand­ed hours of research in a moment,… Con­tin­ue read­ing WDYTYA Episode 207: Gwyneth Paltrow

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