Every war has seen mothers who have seen their sons march off to fight, never to return. This Mother’s Day, we take a solemn look back at one poignant example. In November 1864 a letter was sent to a widow living in Boston named Mrs Lydia Bixby. The brief, message, allegedly penned by Abraham Lincoln himself, attempted to comfort and… [Read more]
Last week, April 12th marked the 153rd anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. The war split the nation for four years and has long been remembered as the bloodiest conflict in American history. As part of the 100in100, findmypast is providing access to a number of vital Civil War records for both the Union and Confederacy. The American Civil… [Read more]
Findmypast is thrilled to announce an incredible breakthrough in one of the most famous popular mysteries of the last century. Our stellar London team has recovered the death records of both Dr Henry Jekyll, and his sometime associate, Mr Edward Hyde.
Rumours and theories about the identity of the notorious Victorian murderer Jack the Ripper have been whispered, shouted, and otherwise bandied about ever since his grisly reign of terror nearly 130 years ago in London’s Whitechapel. While the truth has never been conclusively revealed, the investigation is by no means over. In our exclusive series, findmypast explores the history surrounding… [Read more]
Findmypast.com has discovered records linking the family of Reese Witherspoon to nearly every major American conflict since the American Revolution. Service records indicate Witherspoon ancestors were active in the service during conflicts including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Creek Indian War, the Civil War, World War II, and the Vietnam and Korean conflicts. As America reflects on… [Read more]
In the spirit of mother’s day, we wanted to look back on moms of the past whose selfless acts made headlines. We found 15,748 articles recounting extraordinary acts of heroism and sacrifice women made for their family within the collection of British, US and world newspapers on findmypast.com, an archive covering nearly 300 years of world history. While… [Read more]
The British newspapers include original images of local and regional newspapers from England, Scotland and Wales from 1700 to 1950, and encompass nearly 200 titles. The stories featured in this collection are infinite. You can see great events reported as they appeared to people at the time, from the Crimean War to the Boston Molasses Disaster.
Tune in to findmypast.com to view episodes from the hit UK television show, Find My Past, now entering its second season. Each episode links living individuals to real historical events found in their family tree. Findmypast.com is the only US site where you can watch this show! Register on findmypast.com for free and watch Find My Past episodes that aired… [Read more]
As genealogists often do, I found myself wandering through a cemetery on my vacation. This particular cemetery was in Boston’s North End, an area that has seen much of U.S. history, and the headstones were riddled with evidence to prove it. Understandably, one who is strolling through a grave site armed with wax, rubbing paper, cameras, a few pieces of… [Read more]