- Go to the Lincoln Bicentennial Web site to find local observances, get facts on the 16th presidents life and download the text of his speeches and letters.
- The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) plans a live Webcast reading of the Gettysburg Address on the big day. Log on to listen, plan a research trip, and search the Boys in Blue database naming 7,000 Illinois Civil War soldiers whose photos are at ALPLM and other libraries.
- The National Archives in Washington, DC, will display the original Emancipation Proclamation Feb. 12 to 16. An Abe-themed family day is Feb. 7.
- Historical records site Footnote is showcasing its Abraham Lincoln “person page” with a timeline, stories and digitized photos and articles (including a reward poster seeking assassin John Wilkes Booth and accomplices John H. Surrat and David C. Harold).
- Think youre related to Lincoln? See his family tree on Genealogy.com.
Rumors persist that Thomas Lincoln wasnt Abrahams biological father. Theyre addressed in Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes and Confabulations Associated With Our Greatest President by Edward Steers Jr. (University Press of Kentucky), available for preview through Google Books. Link to it from our Google library.
You may be a cousin and not know itsupposedly, Abraham Lincoln kept quiet about his family because he believed his mother was born out of wedlock. No one’s found records to prove or disprove his suspicions. But maybe he didn’t have to worry so much: the fact we’re celebrating 200 years later shows actions speak louder than ancestry.