Did you know that your California Gold Rush ancestors from the East Coast traveled around six months and spent about $200 to make the trip?
That the city of Vicksburg, Miss., didn’t celebrate Independence Day from 1863, when residents surrendered on July 4 after a 47-day Union siege, until 1945?
That during the Oklahoma Land Rush of April 22, 1889, two cities of 10,000 residents each (Oklahoma City and Guthrie) sprang up in less than a day?
The Genealogist’s U.S. History Pocket Reference by Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Nancy Hendrickson delivers fascinating facts such as these, plus timelines, charts (one, for example, summarizes the dates, causes and outcomes of the major Indian wars), maps, important dates (including censuses), and lists of popular foods, books, music and trends. It encapsulates historical phenomena you might need a refresher on, such as the Triangle Trade and Bleeding Kansas.
An awareness of the events your ancestors witnessed can unlock records in your family history research and provide context for the records you’ve already discovered.
This conveniently sized book is chronologically organized into historical eras for easy browsing of the time periods important to your genealogy research—and to your understanding of your ancestors’ lives.