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Veteran Voices

This roll of film has sightseeing photos from Honolulu & O'ahu, Hawaii. The photos from Pali Pass, O'ahu are dated 12 August 1945. "The gang at Fort DeRussy where we all went swimming." (Fort DeRussy is a US Army Reservation... Continue Reading →

We were fortunate to come across this large lot of photos documenting the life of one soldier and his buddies in the United States Army in and after World War II.

The 74th Anniversary of D-Day

It was on this day, June 6, 1944, that approximately 156,000 Allied American, British, and Canadian forces stormed five heavily fortified beaches of Normandy, France by air and by sea for Operation Overlord, one of the largest amphibious (sea/land) military operations... Continue Reading →

That was in a Military File?!?

The Soap Opera of Kibbie B. McCoye ...  Grab your popcorn and sit back while I tell you a soap opera worthy story of aliases, German spies, jilted lovers, and insidious gossip from a group of Los Angeles neighbors who make Melrose Place look... Continue Reading →

Today In History: Victory at Yorktown (1781)

"After a week of fighting, a young man in a red coat stands on a parapet. We lower our guns as he frantically waves a white handkerchief..." - Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down) from Hamilton: An American Musical (2015)... Continue Reading →

Carrie Bell Lawrence

The back of this photo reads "Carrie Lawrence - Daughter of George and Nancy Jane Lawrence," and unlike many of the other "rescued photos" that we post this one was inherited from my great-grandmother. This set of photos has always... Continue Reading →

Your DNA Experiences – A Brief Survey

Would you mind helping us learn more about your experiences with at home genetic DNA tests with this brief survey? We'd like to know more about your experiences as we develop more DNA-related content on the blog. You can take... Continue Reading →

Using the Social Security Death Index

     The US Social Security Death Index (or SSDI) is an old favorite among family history researchers, and if you haven’t heard about this record collection I’m going to explain what it is and how it is useful in... Continue Reading →

First Day of Summer

Wishing you a joyful summer! Want to dig a little deeper into you family history this summer? Check out our services page to see how we can help you on projects large or small!

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