Digging History Magazine: Subscription by Check?

Potential Digging History Magazine customers have been asking. “Can I pay by check?”  The answer is “Yes” but for subscriptions only.  Monthly and Special Edition issues are by Credit Card or PayPal only.  Why is that?  It would simply be too cumbersome to keep up with monthly individual issue purchases.  However, since subscriptions are for a term of your choosing (3-month,  6-month or one-year) it’s a bit easier to accept checks and keep track of customers.

If you’d like to buy a subscription, but prefer to pay by check, simply send a message on the Contact Page.  I’ll contact you and make arrangements for payment by check.  Note:  Payment via Credit Card or PayPal is preferred because it’s easier to keep track of subscribers, but realize some customers aren’t comfortable making purchases online.

Payment by Credit Card or PayPal (safe and convenient payment gateways) assures you will receive your first issue immediately.  Paying by check will delay delivery of your first issue because the check must be mailed and processed before you receive your first issue.

I appreciate your interest in Digging History Magazine and I’m proud to offer it to like-minded lovers of history!  Subscriptions are now available.  Purchase any subscription level this month (February) and you’ll also receive a free copy of the inaugural January issue.

Sharon Hall, Publisher and Editor, Digging History Magazine

Digging History Magazine: Subscriptions Now Available (Finally!)

You asked for it and now it’s even easier to get the monthly issue of Digging History Magazine delivered to your inbox.  Subscriptions are finally available!

The magazine site has been re-designed and tweaked and you’ll find it easier to navigate.  Ready to make a purchase?  Just go to “Magazine Store” and start shopping:



Buy a Subscription

Here you may choose three levels of subscriptions:

  • Just want to test the waters?  Select the $9.00 Quarterly Subscription (3 issues).
  • Want to wade out a little farther?  Select the $18.00 Semi-Yearly Subscription (6 issues).
  • Ready to take the big plunge?  Select the $36.00 Yearly Subscription (12 issues).

Your first issue (current month of purchase) will be attached to the receipt. Thereafter, throughout the course of your subscription, you will receive the next issue sometime between the 1st and 5th of the month via email.  Download to your computer or tablet and enjoy!

Monthly Issues

Click to shop monthly individual issues.  The latest month’s issue will be at the top — click an image to view table of contents.  There is also an archive selection box in the right-hand sidebar area of the page.

Special Editions

Click to shop Special Edition issues.  These will be added from time to time and most will be dedicated to a specific topic, e.g. “Early American Faith” (99 pages) which is currently available.

Individual Articles

Did you see an article previously posted on the Digging History blog and you’d like to have a copy?  Many articles, such as those posted under “Tombstone Tuesday” were popular with family history researchers.  Click here to purchase individual articles for a nominal fee.  All articles will include footnotes and sources.  If you don’t see the article you’re looking for, just contact us and we’ll try to get it for you (for a nominal fee).

Free Samples

Still not sure if you want to purchase an issue or try a subscription?  Go to this page to download a magazine sample which will contain a few selected pages so you can see the design and selected pages of content.

The Blog

The magazine site also has a blog page where site news and notices of special offers will be posted from time to time.  Don’t want to miss out?  Look for the “Subscribe to Blog via Email” area on most pages.  Just provide your email address and subscribe.

Special Offers You Say?

Here’s a special offer for you — purchase any subscription level this month (February 2018) and automatically receive a free copy of the January 2018 inaugural issue (delivered separately).

March 2018 Issue

The March issue is being designed and written now and will be available on March 1.  This issue will feature the introduction of our new columnist, Kalen Martin-Gross.  The name of her column:  Appalachian Histories & Mysteries.  Kalen describes herself as a “passionate historian” of all things Appalachian.  Born and reared in western North Carolina, she brings a unique perspective to her stories.  I can’t wait to introduce her to you!

Thanks for your patience while the site was being designed — and thanks to those who made individual issue purchases from the beginning.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

Sharon Hall, Publisher and Editor of Digging History Magazine


Baby, It Was Cold Outside: Historic United States Blizzards

The word “blizzard”, at least in terms of a violent snowstorm, hasn’t been around as long as one might think. “Blizzard” or “Blizard” are ancient family names, although speculation abounds as to its origin as a surname. One source proposes it may have been a variant of the word “blessed”, perhaps even a nickname.

Two instances in Olde English (”blieths”) and Middle English (”blisse”) mean joy and gladness, and by adding the French suffix “-ard” a term emerges which means a person with those particular qualities. It is only a theory, however.

The word “blizzard” came into usage in America, perhaps in the early nineteenth century, but not as a reference to a snow storm. Colonel David “Davy” Crockett used the term in a memoir of his tour to the “North and Down East”.  At Delaware City he boarded a steamboat to Philadelphia and at dinner with his fellow passengers was called upon to offer a toast. Not knowing the sort of people he was dining with, nor what they thought of him personally, he wrote:

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The Washington and Jefferson Snow Storm of 1772

This historic storm, called the Washington and Jefferson Snow Storm of 1772, was one of the largest snow storms to ever hit the northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area . At the time, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were prominent landowners and both were interested in the weather and how it affected their agricultural interests. We know this because both future presidents recorded weather details in their personal diaries.

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The School Children’s Blizzard

This epic storm is reminiscent of an episode of Little House On The Prairie, entitled “Blizzard”. It may well have been based on the 1888 storm which came to be called “The School Children’s Blizzard” or the “School House Blizzard.”

On January 12, 1888 the weather had cleared after a late December-early January storm system dropped massive amounts of snow across the northern and central plains, which was then followed by a four-day cold blast of extremely low temperatures. Between January 11 and the early morning of January 12, many places saw temperatures rise dramatically, twenty to forty degrees.

The temperatures had risen in advance of a significant Arctic cold front being fed by Gulf of Mexico moisture. Many had been home-bound for days because of the snow, ice and brutally cold temperatures. The “balminess” of January 12 lured people out of their homes – little did they realize how quickly the weather was about to change.

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1913: The Year of Epic Weather Disasters

From beginning to end, the year 1913 was a meteorologically-challenging year. In 1912 the Mississippi River had flooded, killing two hundred people and causing $45 million in damages.

1913 would bring even more catastrophic weather events with extremes from epic blizzards to rain in near “biblical proportions” to scorching summer heat. On July 10, 1913 the highest temperature ever recorded in the United States occurred in Death Valley (134 degrees!).

. . . . . These are but a few snippets of the feature article on historic United States Blizzards.  To read the entire article (complete with footnotes and sources), purchase the February issue of Digging History Magazine ($2.99).  A few sample pages are available for download at this link if you’d like to see the entire table of contents.  This issue features several articles, most related to snow in some way — amazing how much history one can find about snow, blizzards and such — baby cages and snowbank cradles, the ghost town of Snowball, Arkansas, Civil War snowball fights and more.  An information-packed 52-page issue which includes a bibliography and a special supplement relating to an article about genealogical fraud.

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Digging History Magazine: February 2018

The February issue of Digging History Magazine has been posted and is available for purchase here:  February 2018

It’s winter and it’s all (mostly) about snow.  Who knew snow had so much history — 52 pages packed with lots of history, footnotes and sources and a special supplement!

  • Baby, It Was Cold Outside:  Historic United States Blizzards
  • Believe it or not . . . strangers things have happened:  Baby Cages and Snowbank Cradles
  • Don’t be Duped:  Genealogical Fraud
  • What’s in a (Sur)name? . . . “Snowy Surnames” and Snow Ships
  • Ghost Towns:  Snowball, Arkansas
  • The Dash:  Isaac Lafayette and Arabazena Ottalee Castleberry . . . and more!

The inaugural January issue is also available for $2.99 and the Early American Faith special edition is available for $4.99.

At the stroke of midnight … this deal ends!

The clock is ticking on this one — FOUR more hours (Midnight, CST) and the January issue pf Digging History Magazine won’t be free, but still available for its regular price of $2.99.  For complete details on this offer, click this link or contact us on the Magazine Contact page with your name, email address and type “Free Copy” in the message box.

Never fear … we’ll have more special offers and giveaways now and again.  Follow us on Facebook and you won’t miss out:  https://www.facebook.com/digginghistorymag/


The February issue will be up in a few hours.  Here are some highlights (our “practically all-things-snow” issue):

  • Baby, It Was Cold Outside:  Historic United States Blizzards
  • Believe it or not . . . strangers things have happened:  Baby Cages and Snowbank Cradles
  • Don’t be Duped:  Genealogical Fraud
  • What’s in a (Sur)name? . . . “Snowy Surnames” and Snow Ships
  • Ghost Towns:  Snowball, Arkansas
  • The Dash:  Isaac Lafayette and Arabazena Ottalee Castleberry . . . and more!

Help us build our customer base and get the magazine off to a great start!  Share this post on Facebook and other social media or purchase a copy and send us feedback.


Sharon Hall, Publisher and Editor


It’s Free: What’s to Lose?

The January issue of Digging History Magazine is FREE until Midnight — just 12 more hours to claim your free copy before the February issue goes on sale!  See full deal details here.

It’s easy… just contact us here with your name, email address, and type “free copy” in the message box.

Digging History Magazine: Free Issue to Try (One Day Only!)

Free Issue – Hurry!

From 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, January 31 until 12:00 a.m. Thursday, February 1 (CST) receive a free copy (not just a sample) of January’s inaugural issue.  Enjoy reading it on your computer, tablet or phone (PDF).  February’s issue will go on sale just after midnight on February 1 and the January issue will then sell for its regular price of $2.99.  To receive your copy, go to the magazine’s contact page here.  Provide your name and email address and in the message box type “Free Copy”.  Please also let us know if you are interested in becoming a regular subscriber of the magazine.  Note:  Wednesdays are quite busy for me, but as long as you email before the deadline you will receive your free copy.

By the way, here’s what people are saying since the launch on January 15:

  • “Don’t know how I found it but really enjoyed it. I love to find the background story of ancestors. Just finding birth and death date does nothing for me. Can’t wait for the next issue!”
  • “I started reading the magazine late last night😊 Love it! Layout looks great, font size is perfect, and content keeps me wanting more!”
  • “I found the contents fascinating and learned some useful information.”
  • “Just read the whole enchilada.  So good.  Loved it.”
  • “I love your articles, and am currently reading the Early American Faith special edition that I purchased this week. Please let me know – I’d be a subscriber in a heartbeat!”


Regarding the last comment, subscriptions will be added soon, which will make it even easier and more convenient to get your monthly issue.

In the meantime, we could sure use your support by purchasing a copy of February’s issue.  Articles include:

  • Baby, It Was Cold Outside:  Historic United States Blizzards
  • Believe it or not . . . strangers things have happened:  Baby Cages and Snowbank Cradles
  • Don’t be Duped:  Genealogical Fraud
  • What’s in a (Sur)name? . . . “Snowy Surnames” and Snow Ships
  • Ghost Towns:  Snowball, Arkansas
  • The Dash:  Isaac Lafayette and Arabazena Ottalee Castleberry . . . and more!

As you can see most of the articles are somehow related to snow — amazing how many stories you can find about that topic (and all history!).  The “Believe it or not article” is not-to-be-missed for sure!


In case you were wondering this magazine is mostly free of advertising and we plan to keep it that way if at all possible.  February’s issue is 52 pages, which includes footnotes and sources, photo credits and a special supplement to the article on genealogical fraud.  Our purpose isn’t to annoy our customers with advertisements just to fill space — it’s to share our love of history.

New Contributor

In March we will introduce a new column, tentatively called “Appalachian Histories and Mysteries”.  I can’t wait to introduce our new contributor, a self-described “passionate historian” of all things Appalachian.

We are working furiously to get “tweaks” made to the site as customers have given us feedback.  Subscriptions are a big part of that.  Hang in there with us and help us grow!

Sharon Hall, Publisher and Editor

Fifty Out of Seven-Point-Six Billion

I just looked up the world’s estimated population as of December 2017 — 7.6 billion!

So, what does “fifty out of seven-point-six billion mean?  For Digging History that is how many dedicated history lovers I am looking for who will commit to helping me keep afloat while building a customer base for Digging History Magazine.  Or, maybe you’re a friend — or even a stranger — who just wants to help one of your fellow 7.6 billion human beings find success.

Fifty out of 7.6 billion really isn’t a lot, is it?  Certainly not, but it would mean a LOT to Digging History because at least 50 purchasing customers per month for the remainder of 2018 represents the means to cover monthly operating expenses for site hosting and various fees.  Fifty dedicated customers is, of course, just the first (modest) benchmark.  I’ll also need folks to spread the word to expand the magazine’s influence.  (By the way, if you’re not interested in purchasing a magazine you can still help.  Click the “Donate” link above and you’ll still be supporting Digging History.)

What is Digging History Magazine?

Beginning in late 2013 and through the early part of 2016 hundreds of articles were posted at the Digging History blog site (where you are right now).  I love researching and writing the articles but I’d like to receive some compensation for my efforts, so I decided the best avenue to accomplish that would be to digitize Digging History.  The magazine also gives me more latitude to be creative in layout and presentation.  All articles are accompanied by footnotes and sources, where appropriate.  It’s colorful, informative, easy to read and navigate (see feedback below).

Digging History Magazine is the digital version of the blog, a PDF download you can enjoy on your computer, tablet or phone.  Currently, it’s anticipated monthly issues will be about 40-50 pages in length — perhaps more as the customer base expands and I find other contributors to write for the magazine.  Look for a new contributor in the March issue, a passionate historian of all things Appalachian.  I can’t wait to introduce her to you!

The new site (https://www.digginghistorymag.com) is the place to purchase monthly and special edition issues of Digging History Magazine.  Click on “The Magazine” and then click on an issue image to see the contents and sample link or to purchase.  By the way, each purchase made between now and the end of March is a chance to win one of three prize packages (see the “Special Offers” link on the magazine site).

While introductory prices are in effect this month, the regular price for monthly editions will be $2.99.  Pricing for Special Edition issues will vary according to length of content.  In addition popular articles from the blog will be available as stand-alone digital downloads (including footnotes and sources) for a modest fee.

The January 2018 issue can be purchased here (see the issue contents and link to download a sample to try-before-you-buy).  Our first Special Edition on Early American Faith is also available and may be purchased here.  Plans are to provide a yearly subscription when repeat business reaches an optimal level.  Thus, for now, it’s monthly purchase only.

If you’re not already an email subscriber to the Digging History Blog, consider doing so by providing your email address in the right-hand corner of this page and press “Subscribe” to sign up.  That way, you’ll get notice of new issues of the magazine when they become available.  Rest assured, your email address will never, ever be shared with anyone else.

What are People Saying About the Magazine?

We are featuring articles about historical events and characters you won’t necessarily find in history books.  Each month’s issue will also include articles on genealogy and family history (“ancestories”, how-to, tips and more).  Although the magazine is just getting off the ground, this is the feedback received thus far:

  • “Don’t know how I found it but really enjoyed it. I love to find the background story of ancestors. Just finding birth and death date does nothing for me. Can’t wait for the next issue!”
  • “I started reading the magazine late last night😊 Love it! Layout looks great, font size is perfect, and content keeps me wanting more!”
  • “I found the contents fascinating and learned some useful information.”

Looking Ahead

The last several days have been a roller coaster of emotions and, quite frankly, full of mistakes and missteps as I’ve tried to roll out the magazine.  It’s proven to be quite a challenge switching over a free-to-read to a pay-to-read site.  What keeps me going?  Passion and faith — passion for what I do and love (history) and belief in the One who made and endowed me with that passion.  I plan to keep pushing forward until I reach my goals (and beyond).  Will you join me?


Sharon Hall, Editor and Publisher

Digging History Magazine: Try a Sample Before You Buy

Digging History is converting to a monthly digital magazine format (PDF).  The first issue of Digging History Magazine is now on sale for $1.99.  If you’d like to try a sample, download it here.

Our first Special Edition is also available.  Early American Faith is a compilation of both previously-published at Digging History and newly-written articles with an extensive bibliography and priced at $3.99.  Download a sample here.

Like what you see?  Purchase, checkout, wait for your email and download the entire magazine to enjoy on your computer, laptop, tablet or phone!  Plus, each purchase you make between now and March 31 results in an entry to win one of three prize packages (see Special Offers).


Sharon Hall, Publisher and Editor

Believe it or not . . . stranger things have happened (Can’t Mail Kiddies)

On January 1, 1913 the United States government began parcel post service throughout the country, based on a zone system which would determine how much postage would be charged for a particular package. Eleven pounds was the weight limit for a single package and basically anything that did not injure other mail could be sent. . .

The new parcel post system was making headlines around the world. . . folks were so excited about the prospect.  Then, someone tried to mail a child.

For the rest of the article, purchase the January issue of Digging History Magazine here ($1.99).

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