Digging History Magazine: Caprock Genealogy Conference Special

I attended the first annual Caprock Genealogy Conference on May 12 and had a vendor table for Digging History Magazine with special subscription rates available to all attendees. Now I’d like to extend that special to everyone.  For one-week (5/14/18 – 5/21/18) I’m offering the same discount for ONE-YEAR subscriptions ONLY.  To access the special discount: Go to:  https://www.digginghistorymag.com/buy-a-subscription/ Select the Yearly subscription ($32.00) Checkout Apply the discount code:  2OFF Select payment method and purchase You will receive the first issue (May 2018) with your purchase. ONE WEEK ONLY!  Take advantage of this special offer and you’ll also be entered into the current contest to win either a custom-designed family history chart or a ten-hour block of ancestry research (value $250-300)....

Digging History Magazine: Who Would Name Their Son “States Rights”?

Who would name their son “States Rights”?  Certainly not a Yankee! A few years ago while snooping around Find-A-Grave to research a person to write about for my “Tombstone Tuesday” column, I stumbled across men named “States Rights” whose parents turned out to be proud Southerners who made a statement by naming their sons in honor of the burning issue of slavery — before, during and long after the Civil War. It’s an article written for the regular Digging History Magazine column, “Believe it or not . . . stranger things have happened” and featured in the Civil War-themed April issue.  Purchase a single issue or start a subscription (3-month, 6-month or one-year). SPECIAL OFFER:  Everyone who purchases a subscription of any length between now and June 30, 2018 is entered to win either a 10-hour block of genealogical research or a custom family history chart, valued up to $300.  Recommend a friend and get TWO more entries. Sharon Hall, Publisher and Editor, Digging History Magazine  ...

Digging History Magazine – North and South: Profiles in Courage

When I decided to feature a Civil War theme for the April issue of Digging History Magazine, I knew I needed to find two compelling stories of men who fought on opposite sides.  While researching stories for the March issue related to the Zimpelman family (“Who Were You Roy Simpleman?” and “Feuding and Fighting:  The El Paso Salt War”), I decided the character I would feature to represent the Confederacy was George Bernhard Zimpelman, a German-born Texan.  What I didn’t fully realize was just how valiantly he served. I also looked for a Union soldier to feature and found the riveting story of Francis Jefferson Coates.  He grew up as a Wisconsin farm boy and joined the much-heralded “Iron Brigade”, an amalgamation of hard-scrabble farmers and lumberman of Wisconsin.  After being wounded at South Mountain he was promoted to corporal and later sergeant, about four months before Gettysburg.  Gettysburg would be his last military battle, but not his final life challenge. Two different backgrounds, two brave soldiers, two powerful stories.  The April issue is available on sale as a single issue, or start a subscription of any length (3-month, 6-month or one year) and receive it as your first issue.  SPECIAL OFFER:  Everyone who purchases a subscription of any length between now and June 30, 2018 is entered to win either a 10-hour block of genealogical research or a custom family history chart, valued up to $300.  Recommend a friend and get TWO more entries. Sharon Hall, Publisher and Editor, Digging History Magazine...

Digging History Magazine: Special Offers

Digging History Magazine launched with a BANG! in January and this introductory special offer will be coming to an end on March 31.  Purchase either a single issue or a 3-month, 6-month or one-year subscription for a chance to win one of these prize packages: 1 hour ancestry research 1 hour newspaper research American History E-Book Package American Eclipse The Man From the Train Killers of the Flower Moon Nancy E. Turner E-Book Package These is my Words Sarah’s Quilt The Star Garden My Name is Resolute Genealogy/DNA E-Book Package: The Stranger in My Genes The Foundling Finding Family All packages are worth approximately the same.  This special offer will run through March.  Enter to win here with your purchase....

Digging History Magazine – April . . . Civil War . . . Don’t Miss it!

The April issue of Digging History Magazine is coming together and will be released on April 1 (no fooling!).  The Civil War will be featured with articles like these: National Traitor or American Martyr:  John Brown’s Enigmatic Position in History The Civil War Before THE Civil War Hell No, We Won’t Go! – The New York City Draft Riots When Johnny Came Marching Home (Without an Arm or Leg) Yankee Doodle Dandies:  Civil War Silk Stocking Regiments Winning the War by the “Hundreds” :  The Hundred Days Men North and South:  Profiles in Courage AND MORE! If you’re not yet a subscriber, it’s easy (and safe) to purchase here (3-month, 6-month and one-year subscriptions) — or pick up single issues here. Keywords: Digging History, Digging History Magazine, Civil War, John Brown, George Bernhard Zimpelman, James Paterson Bryce, New York City Draft Riots, Manifest Destiny, Bloody Kansas, Civil War Silk Stocking Regiments, Hundred Days...

Adventures in Research: Solving Family History Mysteries (Digging and DNA)

I love what I do — helping clients discover who they are, where they came from, did their ancestors make history (good or bad) and more.  I take a slightly different approach perhaps than many genealogists who are looking for land and census records and clipping obituaries.  I look for those too, but what I really enjoy finding are the stories.  I never know what I’ll uncover.  When I come across something that is either challenging or unexpected (a real “family history mystery”) you can expect to see it written about in Digging History Magazine.  I want to share what I’ve learned in hopes of helping other researchers who are challenged by their own “family history mysteries”. One such memorable mystery actually began right around the time I began writing articles for the Digging History blog.  One of the first articles I wrote was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a tragic coal mine explosion in Dawson, New Mexico.   Approximately one month later I wrote a “Feudin’ and Fightin’ Friday” article about a seemingly obscure Texas feud.  Turns out the two articles were amazingly linked, something I wouldn’t discover until contacted by someone in 2015 requesting a change in the Dawson article. As an editor, the request, ironically, involved a misspelled name.  It had been misspelled in the newspaper article used as a source and Doug Simpleman, great grandson of the man with the misspelled name, wanted to set the record straight.  In fact Doug had been working for awhile to set the record straight about Roy Simpleman — and to find out who he really was.  You see,...