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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 the original Digging History blog.
  • Feisty Females:  She Taught Amelia to Fly.  When Amelia Earhart wanted to learn how to fly an airplane, the deal she struck with her parents required she be taught by a woman pilot. That pilot, Neta Snook, was a woman of many “firsts” – one of the first female aviators, she was the first woman accepted into a flying school, the first to run a commercial airfield and the first woman to run her own aviation business..
  • Believe it or not . . . stranger things have happened:  The Luckiest Fool in the World.  World War I, the most deadly conflict in recorded history, was over and a bit more light-hearted era was just around the corner.  Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly made a name for himself as flag pole sitter — a one-of-a-kind daredevil.
  • The Roaring Twenties:  Wing-Walking.  Another Roaring Twenties fad that actually led to amazing advancements in aviation technology.  Ormer Locklear wasn’t just a daredevil — was a sky-devil.
  • Way Beyond the Call of Duty:  Milton Rubenfeld
  • and more

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