As I continued my efforts to digitize my family history research this week, I was reminded of some excellent references about immigrants who settled in the Dakotas and Minnesota; they focus on why they traveled from their home country and what their experience was like once they arrived. Let’s look at how these can help us tell our family story.
The term microhistory has been around for a while but lately I’ve noticed that it has popped up in genealogy articles. As family historians we are using microhistory when we focused on researching a specific individual or family. Let’s look a bit more into microhistory and capturing our ancestors’ experiences.
In our world of emails, texts and chats, the handwritten letter is a rarity. Do you have a leather-bound volume of your emigrant ancestors’ letters? No?! Me either but wouldn’t that be nice? For those of us who don’t have access to family letters from that time, how do we better understand what the journey to America and homesteading the land was like? Here are some ideas.
Happy 4th of July! And if you have the opportunity this weekend, ask what traditions were observed on this holiday. Did they go to the lakes? Spend time camping? Grill on the patio? How is this year different from past years?
Here are vintage images of past 4th of July celebrations.
Have a wonderful 4th of July with your family and friends!
With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.