Over the course of my researchÂ into various years for The Year Was…, I’ve run across some interesting sites that I thought I’d share with those of you who share a passion for learning more about the life and times of our ancestors. Here are a few:Â
The History Box
This site includes a wealth of information on New York City–a combination of transcribed articles and links to articles online–all pertaining to the history of the city. Among them I found descriptions of Election Districts and Ward boundaries from 1869, “American Seaman’s Friend Society: Institution and Timeline 1859,” and an article on “New York City’s Places of Amusement.” These are just the tip of the iceberg. If you’ve got ancestors in “the big apple” you’re sure to enjoy this site.
Wessels Living History Farm
Ever wondered what life was like for your farming ancestors in the 1920s, â€˜30s, or â€˜40s?Â The website for the Wessels Living History Farm provides this information in its website, geared toward educating children. Pest and weed control, transportation, emerging and available technology, farm life, and several other topics are covered through a series of interviews for each decade, including the Dust Bowl Years and Pearl Harbor.
GenDisasters.com: Events that Touched Our Ancestors Lives
This site is just what the title would suggest–a database of historic disasters that may have impacted our ancestors lives. Categorized by the type of disaster and cross-referenced by location, entries typically include a transcribed newspaper account of the event. Events range fromÂ well-known disasters like the Eastland Disaster in Chicago to more obscure tragedies like the man who was fatally injured when his folding bed collapsed on him. While still in the early stages, the site is promising. They are looking for volunteers to transcribe materials that will be added to the site.
Hope you enjoy these sites as much as I did!