For Americans these days, Independence Day means cookouts, fireworks, and fun with loved ones. But how did our ancestors celebrate the Fourth of July?Read More
Symbolism abounds in old family photos taken on the Fourth of July. These three young men posed as the iconic drummers and fife player commonly seen on the Fourth of July as the trio from the song Yankee Doodle Dandy. Search newspaper websites for events shown in photos A search of newspapers on GenealogyBank.com turned […]Read More
Memorial Day is the day we honor our fallen military service members with parades and speeches. The backyard barbecues held afterward kick off summer. How Memorial Day BeganThere wasn't always a Memorial Day. In 1868, people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to honor Civil War soldiers buried on the land...Read More
It seemed appropriate to write a column about the 4th of July and the American flag. It's a patriotic holiday with flags hanging in front of houses and bunting-wrapped porches. In the collections of the Library of Congress is this beautiful photograph of a tableau of four women sewing an...Read More
Kathleen Gannon found this tintype in her grandmother's papers when she died. She has been unable to identify the five family members in this image and is looking for assistance. Invented in 1856, tintypes, as they were popularly known, were also called ferreotypes and melainotypes. Their nickname is misleading...Read More
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