FarOutFridayThe so-called Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century was a period of rapid industrialization and economic expansion in the United States.  A by-product of that time, especially in the 1890’s and into the early twentieth century, was a phenomenon known as “yellow journalism”.  While today’s article isn’t specifically about that topic (but watch for a series in the future), newspapers tried just about everything they could dream up to sell newspapers – including s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g the truth, especially with sensational headlines and little or no legitimate research to back up a story.

This article has been removed from the web site but will be updated, complete with footnotes and sources in a future issue of Digging History Magazine.  History is full of all kinds of hoaxes, schemes and frauds.  If you’re a genealogist, there are genealogical fraud instances which merit caution.  These were featured in an article entitled, “Don’t Be Duped: Genealogical Fraud”, and published in the February 2018 issue of Digging History Magazine.  The issue also includes a list of surnames which might be “suspect”.

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