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.

Blessings,

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!”

Subscriptions

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!

Advertisements

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?

Blessings,

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).

Cheers,

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).

Philatelic Genealogy: What is it and how can it help me find my ancestors?

As a child you may have been a philatelist without knowing the official term. Stamp collecting has long been a popular hobby.  It was (and still is) a great way for young and old alike to learn more about the world.

The word “philately” is the English version of a French word coined by a man named Georges Herpin in 1864. Herpin took the Greek root word “philo” which refers to love or appreciation of something, and combined it with the word “ateleia” which refers to “exempt from duties and taxes”. . . .

Genealogists know that Bible records, wills and old letters can be a gold mine of family history. In regards to old mail, philatelic genealogy also looks at the outside of the envelope to glean genealogical information. . .

For the rest of the article, which includes actual examples of combing through old letters to find family history “gems”, purchase the January issue of Digging History Magazine here ($1.99).

 

Brick Walls: Despise Them or Conquer Them

Whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned genealogist, you have inevitably run into what is called a “brick wall”.

If you primarily use the internet for research, it’s easy to blame it on Google, but sometimes it has nothing to do with search techniques, but a mindset that may need some adjustment — or a change in strategy.

For instance, and I’ve encountered this myself, we rely too much on family “lore”. Let’s face it, some family stories were just that — stories (and perhaps outright stretches of the truth!). Too much reliance on those stories may have you “barking up the wrong tree.”. . .

Try a “Back Door” Approach

Awhile back I was researching family history for a friend who was adopted by his aunt and uncle. He knew his mother but didn’t know much about his father (but did know his name). After a brief conversation with his wife at church one Sunday, I set out on a quest to find out all I could about his father and his family.

What I found was a family tragedy related to a volatile time in United States history on the border between Texas and Mexico.  To read the rest of this lengthy and informative article, purchase a copy of the January issue of Digging History Magazine here ($1.99).

P.S.  This article in the magazine is followed by a short article on effective Internet search techniques.

Happy New Year: New (Ad)ventures on the Way Soon!

Happy New Year . . .  and with the new year come new (ad)ventures!  Digging History will be “going digital” by mid-January (if all goes as planned).  What does “going digital” mean?  (Update:  looks like it will be sometime Tuesday, January 16 for opening day!)

Digging History will be publishing a monthly digital history magazine packed with an eclectic mix of articles and topics.  Digging History has always tried to focus on the unusual, unique and unheard-of stories which are not found in history books and that tradition will continue with Digging History Magazine.  After purchasing you’ll be able to download a copy to your computer, tablet or phone to read and enjoy at your leisure.

There will be a new web site: www.digginghistorymag.com (still under construction).  Here you’ll be able to purchase monthly issues, beginning with January 2018.  Also available will be special editions which are dedicated to one particular theme.  For example, an “Early American Faith” special issue will be available and focus on a series of articles and essays previously published on the Digging History blog (with some new content).  Another special issue entitled “Genealogy and the Census” is also planned, with more to come.

While early on most articles will be written by Publisher and Editor Sharon Hall, the goal is to garner interest from other lovers of history who would like to write and share these same kind of stories.  If you have a story to tell, contact us and let’s discuss.  In addition to serving as publisher/editor of Digging History Magazine, Sharon also serves as Editor for the award-winning newsletter of the South Plains Genealogical Society in Lubbock, Texas.

The first issue begins with an “Ancestories” column and most issues will include articles focused on family history research.  January’s inaugural issue also introduces a regular column:  “Family History Tool Box” which will feature essential tools and tips for successful family history research.

Featured in the January Issue:

  • Signature Stories:  The Civil War in Arkansas and a Family Tragedy
  • Philatelic Genealogy:  What is it and How Can it Help me Find my Ancestors?
  • Brick Walls:  Despise Them or Conquer Them
  • Brick Walls, you say?  Try Ask-ing, Bing-ing or Google-ing:  Effective Internet Search Techniques
  • Ghost Towns:  Glenn Spring, Texas
  • Believe it or not . . . Stranger Things Have Happened:  Can’t Mail Kiddies
  • O, Victoria:  Hair Gone Wild and Madame Moustache
  • Ghost Towns:  Bodie, California
  • Epitaph:  Lowry James Englebright (1865-1965)

Each issue will include a bibliography of footnotes and sources.  Monthly issues will be priced at $2.99 and special editions priced somewhat higher, depending on content.  Look for monthly special offers like a chance to win an hour of genealogy or newspaper research or e-book packages (with the purchase of a monthly issue).

Please consider following us on Facebook or other social media so you will know when new issues are available — and tell your friends and family!

 

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