Digging History Magazine – November 2018

It’s November . . . a month of remembrance and thanksgiving.  This month’s issue features quite a bit of World War I history: The War to End All Wars.  World War I, also referred to as “The Great War”, was considered the first modern war, and until 1917 was a European war, albeit with increasingly dire and daunting implications for the United States. It would also be the first major conflict both prosecuted and propagandized at the direction of the nation’s Commander in Chief. Mining Genealogical Gold:  Finding Records of the Great War (and the stories behind them).  World War I, aka “The Great War” is historically considered the first modern war. Both historically and genealogically speaking, the records generated during this volatile time in American history are potentially a treasure trove of fascinating information. The best part? Lots of stories! Rolling Up Their Sleeves:  World War I and the Road to Suffrage.  After decades of campaigning for equality and the right to vote, women were ever so close to victory by the time the United States entered World War I in 1917. At war’s end even Woodrow Wilson was ready to acquiesce and push through the Constitution’s Nineteenth Amendment. PANDEMIC!  On the Home Front:  Blue as Huckleberries and Spitting Blood.  Spring 1918.  War headlines were intense enough by the spring of 1918 – the world was reeling from a war unlike any other in the history of the world. Soon – very soon – the world would be reeling from a different kind of war. Remembering Tombstone Tuesday.  A look back at the very first article published at...

Digging History Magazine – October 2018

It’s October and everyone thinks Halloween . . . spooky stuff, you know?  This month’s issue goes right along with that theme: American Poltergeist (and other strange goings-on).  America has had its share of strange other-worldly phenomena.  America’s first ghost made an appearance (or so they say) in 1800.  Early colonists seeing flying ships . . . hallucinations or the real thing? Sister Amy’s Murder Factory.  It’s a long and winding saga of what some call America’s first female serial killer.  Was she crazy-crazy, crazy-manipulative, wicked-crazy or just plain crazy?  You be the judge. Brown Mountain Lights: Appalachia’s Historical Mystery.  A historical perspective from Kalen Martin-Gross, an Appalachian native. Genealogy Speaking:  It’s Time to Rake the Leaves.  It’s fall, it’s Family History Month, and what better time to take a closer look at the “leaves” on your Ancestry.com tree.  You might be surprised at some records which may not be useful at all. Are you one of THOSE kind of people?  If you’re a genealogist, you know THOSE kind of people I’m talking about — those who can’t pass up a cemetery stroll.  What is with genealogists and dead people? Those Dang Saucers Appear Everywhere.  You’ve heard about UFOs seen in the 1940s and 1950s.  In July 1952 there were an unusually high number of sightings.  What was that all about?  Plus, an extensive look at the so-called Lubbock Lights. Hideous Insidious History.  Quite often history inspires us.  Unfortunately, sometimes it disgusts us.  We don’t need to look away, but instead learn from it and pledge it will never happen again.  A new column introduced this month. Grave Headlines. ...

I Am Becoming . . . Therefore, I Must . . .

To be a writer, one must write.  And so, on October 1, 2018, the 25th anniversary of becoming a self-employed entrepreneur, I write.  It’s not what I started out doing 25 years ago, yet I am slowly, but surely, pursuing my dream of becoming a writer.  Honing my God-given skills.  As long as you’re alive and kicking you can pursue your dreams.  Therefore, I must continue to write. Will I write a book(s) someday?  Perhaps so.  I have amassed a portfolio of several hundred articles over the last few years, any number of which could be expanded into a book.  I have also amassed more article ideas than I’ll ever have time to write.  The great thing about history is you never run out of something to write.  What happened two minutes ago is history. I rather enjoy researching and writing my monthly publication, Digging History Magazine.  I am also a genealogist, helping people discover their roots.  I write their family stories as well.  As I pointed out recently, researching and writing makes me a better genealogist. It’s cathartic in a way, writing about long ago events, making a connection with the past. I am there.  I try to take my readers there.  Not all history is inspiring and uplifting, unfortunately.  Parts of it – to our corporate chagrin – are outright disgusting.  I wrote one of those kinds of stories for the October issue.  History doesn’t always have a happy ending. I am always exhilarated once I get a 60-70 page issue written, graphics designed, edited, finalized (yes, I do it all — it’s just me!), up for...

Following is Easy . . .

September is about to wrap up and I’ve already given away one free issue of Digging History Magazine today.  Would love to give away some more (today or any day)! Following is easy and you’ll get notification of occasional blog posts and special offers.  The current special offer ends on December 31, 2018 (more details below).  Click the image below and it will take you directly to the Digging History Magazine web site; scroll to the bottom of the page; type your email and subscribe. CURRENT SPECIAL OFFER Anyone purchasing a subscription of any length will receive a chance to win a custom-designed family history chart or 10 hours of genealogy research.  See details here.  There’s a bonus attached to this special offer:  Purchase one subscription of any length and get one entry; REFER a friend (and let me know you have referred) and when they purchase a subscription you will receive TWO more entries.  Refer more and get more chances! Whether you buy a subscription now or not, I’d love to share the magazine I’m so proud to write, publish and edit!  Like I say, it’s free — what have you got to lose? Best, Sharon Hall, Publisher and Editor, Digging History Magazine...

A New (and Improved) Way to Preview Digging History Magazine

Digging History Magazine is pleased to announce a new way to preview each month’s issue of the magazine.  We now have a YouTube channel with previews of all issues published since January 2018.  These previews will continue to be published on a monthly basis with links for purchase. Better than downloading a sample of just a few pages, you will be able to view snippets from all articles.  A link to that month’s issue is provided in the video description (below the video).  This month’s video preview can be viewed here.  Please take the time to watch, “Like” and “Share” to help us spread the word. In addition to purchasing individual copies ($2.99) of the magazine, a more economical way is to purchase a subscription.  Each of the four budget-minded options is billed automatically until you tell me you want to cancel: Month-to-Month (a small savings over single issue purchase) Three-Month ($8) Six-Month ($16) One Year ($32) Purchase subscriptions here with PayPal or a credit card.  Have questions or need help with purchasing a subscription?  Contact me at seh@digginghistorymag.com. Here’s what people are saying about Digging History Magazine: I have recently subscribed to Sharon Hall’s Digging History Magazine after looking at several of the free articles. I’ve just finished reading the January issue. I’ve already learned a good bit and am having a great time doing it. The articles, which are extremely well written, are a joy. I especially appreciate the use of family stories to both engage the reader and at the same time emphasize and illustrate what to look for while researching. The combination of the author’s...