Mary Daniels’ written testimony from the Salem Witch Trials has sold at auction. We’re always preaching “collecting your ancestors,” but this may have been a little pricey for any descendant!
There’s nothing quite like finding some nearly century old diaries. Sure, it’s great if they were kept by your own ancestors, but since they weren’t, how great that the finders were able to find the keeper’s granddaughter.
Betsy Roddy is the last living descendant of the founder of Father’s Day. And she is proud of her great grandmother’s efforts to make the holiday official.
In New York, a genealogist who helps people inherit fortunes from large estates is being accused of forging documents. Read all about it!
Imagine! Mary Ann Kester learned how to “witch” for graves in a genealogy class. As a result she has performed an amazing service for a local cemetery.
The infamous “Trail of Tears,” over which Native Americans were forced to leave the Southeast for “Indian Territory,” west of the Mississippi, will soon be receiving historic markers in Arkansas. Thousands died on the trek that began with the Indian Removal Act in the 1830s.
The probate of the first will of James L. Chaffin wasn’t a very good one for three of his four sons. But in 1925, things got better. That is, when Chaffin’s ghost allegedly gave one of the boys directions to a second will.
Got any ancestry in Aladdin, Wyoming? If you could have three wishes, you’d probably want to buy the whole town. After all, it is on the auction block! And much of it could still be yours… but a lovely historical part of it just went for $500,000. See what the buyers got for their investment.
We all love funny Hallmark cards. But when we discover the funniest one also features a group shot of ancestors of the very person the card is intended for, well it doesn’t get much better than that!
Family history and genealogy aren’t a hundred percent the same thing, which is why this story says so much about our passion. Three guys… old friends who worked at restaurants in Cape Cod… got together in 1966 for a simple beach photo. (And don’t we love our beach photos!) Five decades later, that little photo called to them to reunite.