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...

3 to 25

3 to 25.  Whatever does that mean?  To me it means a milestone.  Three weeks from today, October 1, marks the 25th anniversary of being a self-employed entrepreneur.  In 1993 I started my first business, The Perfect Solution.  Through the years I’ve had some fantastic clients (still do!) and I appreciate each and every one of them. I currently operate two more businesses:  Digging History (providing ancestry research and custom family charts) and Digging History Magazine (a monthly digital publication focused on history and genealogy, available by single issue purchase or subscription). How does one celebrate 25 years of being in business for oneself?  What does one wish for?  Business for Digging History and Digging History Magazine has been slow and sporadic this year.  My initial goal for subscribers is 50 and I’m currently at 22.  I’d like to boost that number up before year’s end to 50 (or more!).  I love what I do — I LOVE history and want to share my passion with like-minded history nuts. Subscriptions are easy to purchase at the Magazine Store.  Here are the instructions: Select a subscription option. Checkout Scroll down and select a payment method and provide all requested information. Purchase and your subscription will begin and your first issue will be delivered post haste. That’s it — EZ-PZ! Want to “gift” a subscription to someone you know with a love of history.  Contact me at seh@digginghistorymag.com with your friend’s name and email address and I’ll send you an invoice (choose payment preference: credit card or PayPal) so they can begin receiving monthly issues courtesy of your generosity. 3 to...

Dying (or Lying) to Get on the Dawes Rolls (or how my ancestors were Indians one minute and the next, not so much)

This month’s issue of Digging History Magazine features the great state of Oklahoma, the Sooner State.  This issue was inspired by my great grandfather, Noah Seborn Young.  I discovered something about him and a lot about Oklahoma’s history (and a radical one at that!) as I researched and wrote this month’s issue. However, my favorite article this month is about another ancestor and her family, my third great grandmother Elizabeth Louisa Boone Hensley Brummett Dodson.  You’ll have to buy a copy and read the story of her elongated name!  The article is a story which includes extensive information about the family’s attempts to get on the Dawes Indian Rolls in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  I found the case files totally fascinating and dripping with all kinds of information, from which I’ve gleaned a story. Were they “dying” (as in desperate) to get on the Rolls or “lying”? I’ve cheekily entitled it “Dying (or Lying) to Get on the Dawes Rolls (or how my ancestors were Indian one minute and the next, not so much). It’s informative with a little humor here and there — you gotta laugh sometimes at the things your ancestors did!  History isn’t boring — it’s downright fun sometimes! The September 2018 issue is on sale in the Magazine Store or you can receive it with a subscription if purchased this month. Sharon Hall, Publisher and Editor, Digging History...

Digging History Magazine: Currently Brewing for September

In the August issue we went way up north to the Yukon and Alaska.  Next month’s issue will feature some unique stories about Oklahoma.  I have a particular interest in Oklahoma and its history since that’s where my mom was born.  My grandfather, Roosevelt “Bud” Young, was born in Indian Territory in 1902.  His father, Noah Seborn Young, was born in Alabama and migrated to Indian Territory with his family. Awhile back I was working on that part of my family tree, and while conducting a little newspaper research at The Gateway to Oklahoma History (which, I might add, is an excellent place to research your Oklahoma ancestors — and free!), I ran across an interesting political advertisement.  You might ask, “what good is a political advertisement for genealogical research?”  Good question.  This one provided a startling tidbit which set me on a course to discover more about an intriguing piece of radical Oklahoma history.  Why was it so startling? Noah Young at one time worked as a Deputy Clerk for the United States Court of the Northern District of Indian Territory.  He signed his name “N.S. Young” and that was how he was referred to in newspapers and legal documents. Interestingly, as Deputy Clerk he signed his own marriage license in 1898 when he married my great grandmother Talitha Pugh (who died in 1904).  I believe this 1910 political ad in The Weleetka American was my great grandfather’s because 1910 census records indicate he and his family lived in the county, and as far as I can tell there was no one else enumerated with this name or...

On This Day 122 Years Ago . . .

the Klondike Gold Rush was off and running as George Carmack, brother-in-law Skookum Jim and his nephew Dawson Charlie filed the Discovery Claim on Bonanza Creek in the Canadian Yukon on August 16, 1896.  Men (and women) began flocking to the Yukon as newspapers dubbed the gold fever “Klondicitis”.  A Honolulu newspaper just knew it was a fever and it was catching: IT’S KLONDICITIS! The Disease That Threatens the Country In California five victims of the new disease known as “Klondicitis” were being committed to the state asylum.  A preacher turned his back for good on the pulpit and headed for the North, a sure case of Klondicitis! This month’s feature article in Digging History Magazine, “Dreamers and Drifters, Gunslingers and Grifters (Simply a Great Mad Rush)”, includes not only a poignant story about a couple of young dreamers who just knew they could strike it rich, but stories about drifters like George Carmack and grifter-extraordinaire Jefferson “Soapy” Smith.  My third cousin, thrice-removed, Wyatt Earp, caught the Alaskan gold fever a bit later — he and Josephine had a grand time (while it lasted). And, it was good while it lasted as some came out rich beyond their wildest imaginations (“Klondike Christmas: A True Rags-to-Riches Story”) and more than a few went home discouraged and empty-handed (or, unfortunately, died trying). This month’s issue is on sale here, or consider purchasing a month-to-month, three-month, six-month or one-year subscription here.  Easy and safe to purchase or subscribe and subscription payments are recurring until you tell me you want to cancel.  Buy a one-year subscription and apply the discount code “2OFFSPGS”  at...

Mining Genealogical Gold: Early American “Tweetstorms” (He Said, She Said)

I just posted an article at the magazine site about an early American way for husband and wife to have it out in a public forum — what we today might call a “tweetstorm”, by exchanging jabs back and forth. Check it out here at the Digging History Magazine blog. Try a free issue?  Go to the blog page via the link above and on the right-hand side of the page (or bottom of any page) provide your email and subscribe to the magazine blog.  A free issue will be on its way...