Happy Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend!
- This President’s Day weekend, Feb. 15 to 17, America’s National Parks are offering free entrance days. Find a park to visit here. The National Park Service’s Free Entrance Days announcement also lists free entrance days later in the year, so you can plan ahead to visit a family history-related locale.
- We don’t often think about slavery in northern US states, but a new website called Mapping Slavery in Detroit documents a University of Michigan project to explore the history of slavery in Detroit. A chart shows stats on slaves and free African-Americans from censuses in 1773, 1779, 1782 and 1810, and an interactive map shows slavery-related sites.
- A Facebook post led me to a website about an Underground Railroad route along a road I often travel here in Cincinnati. Hamilton Avenue Road to Freedom has background information, a map, photos and more.
- A historian is searching the United States for WWI memorials as part of the World War I Memorial Inventory Project. Mark Levitch estimates 10,000 memorials may be scattered around the country. You can contact him through the site to share information about memorials in your area.
- The NPR show “On Point” featured genealogy and crowdsourcing yesterday. Host Tom Ashbrook’s guests included Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist blogger who had her RootsTech audience spellbound during her keynote at last week’s conference; and Spencer Wells, director of the Genographic Project, who also spoke at RootsTech (watch the RootsTech talks here). You can listen to the “On Point” broadcast here.