The Boston Molasses Disaster

On January 15, 1919, one of the strangest disasters in history occurred in Boston, Massachusetts when 2.3 million gallons of molasses poured down the streets of Boston, killing 21 people. The tragedy became known as the Boston Molasses Disaster or the Great Boston Molasses Flood. The Boston Daily Globe, January 16, 1919 / MyHeritage SuperSearch The disaster occurred at the Purity Distilling Company facility in the North End neighborhood of Boston. During this time, molasses was… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we remember civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 90th birthday. King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to Martin Luther King, Sr., a Baptist pastor, and Alberta Williams King, a former schoolteacher. A gifted student, King enrolled in Morehouse College at the age of 15. An inspiring leader, King sought to bring an end to racial discrimination through non-violent protest and civil disobedience. In… Read the full story

Knowledge of Grandparents’ Names

Even if a person were not a family history researcher, you might guess that everyone could provide the first and last name for their grandparents. From a recent survey conducted by Ancestry.com, it appears approximately 1/3 of Americans can not name their grandparents. In America’s total 2018 population of 326,766,748 that is approximately 100,000 million […]

Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

Remember reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? On this day in 1898, author Lewis Carroll died at the age of 65. The famous author was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. He was the third of eleven children born to Charles Dodgsen, a clergyman, and Frances Jane Lutwidge. Growing up, Carroll was an avid reader and suffered from a stutter that would last most of his life. He was also gifted mathematician… Read the full story

Mobile Phone App for Searching

Most family history researchers are familiar with ‘Chronicling America’ newspaper collection covering from 1789 to 1963. Using one’s mobile phone (smartphone) has developed into an important instrument in research. There is an app titled ‘OldNews USA‘ which can help you locate the newspaper articles and stories from Chronicling America using your smartphone. Chronicling America has […]