Articles About Moments in Time

The Year Was 1941

Posted by Juliana Smith on April 2, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time

With the upcoming release of Captain America, I thought it would be timely to take a look at what was going on in the real world during the year the original comic was released, 1941.   The year opened with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous Four Freedoms Speech. In this State of the Union address, the… Read more

Spanish Influenza: The Life Story of Patient Zero

Posted by Kristie Wells on March 11, 2014 in Moments in Time

Today, 96 years ago, Private Albert Martin Gitchell, a company cook at Camp Funston in Kansas, reported to the sick bay with the first documented case of the Spanish Influenza. Following our Core Conversation on big data and the stories we can tell from it during the SxSW conference,  we looked into the family history of… Read more

The Mitchelville Preservation Project

Posted by Juliana Smith on February 27, 2014 in Moments in Time, Stories

I love hearing about interesting projects that incorporate family history into history on a larger scale. Last fall when I was in Utah, my friend Kim Harrison, who is the product manager for our institutional accounts, told me about a unique project that is commemorating the first self-governed town of freed slaves in America. During… Read more

Local Histories: Let it Snow

Being a history lover, I subscribe to a whole lot of paper and online newsletters and magazines. A few weeks back, an item in the Wisconsin Historical Society weekly email caught my eye – reservations were being taken for old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh rides. How fun would it be to feel, hear, and see what our… Read more

Can’t find a marriage? Check for marriage mills

The genealogist in us diligently records the marriage date and place, and the family historian wonders about the story behind that date. If we’re fortunate, we may have a photograph of the happy couple on their wedding day, or some other memento of the occasion. A story may have been passed down through the family.… Read more

Moments in Time: 1888

Posted by Juliana Smith on January 7, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time

Knowing what was going on in the world can give you a fresh perspective on your ancestors. Here’s a look at the events of 1888. I’ll take a look at historical events from other years in future posts.  The year was 1888 and it came in with a roar. Following an unseasonably warm morning, on… Read more

December 7, 1941 Through Your Ancestors’ Eyes

Some mornings you wake up and by the time you go to bed, you know you’ve lived through a day that will be written about in the history books.  When those days happen, I start collecting newspapers, and throw them in a box.  When the event has passed, I put the box in storage, so… Read more

Two Historical Anniversaries This Week

Posted by Kristie Wells on November 22, 2013 in Moments in Time

  150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: November 19th President Abraham Lincoln’s iconic speech came four months after a fierce, three-day battle in July 1863 that left more than 7,000 soldiers dead and 40,000 wounded. It was delivered on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and remains… Read more

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