Posted on: August 29th, 2017 No Comments

You never know what you may find during your history research.   When you're confronted with bizarre accounts, you wonder if the information is accurate? Is it fact or fiction?  Some times the truth may be stranger than fiction.  Most of the time it is up to you to find out which parts are fact and which are fiction.  The following article clearly demonstrates this point with intriguing stories of unusual deaths.

Read: 10 truly bizarre Victorian deaths

 

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Posted on: December 7th, 2016 No Comments

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Whether you are trying to get more details on a particular ancestor who immigrated to the United States or your just at the beginning stages of researching your family history, odds are high that one or more of your ancestors came through New York City. Almost a third of all Americans, 100 million people, are related to immigrants who entered the United States at Ellis Island. When we include Castle Garden, New York City’s original immigration station, it is clear that more than a third of all Americans can trace their ancestry to immigrants who arrived in New York. Overall, between 1855 and 1954, 20 million people arrived in the city of New York. The passenger records of those arrivals are available online and in many cases are very detailed. (more…)

Posted on: November 24th, 2016 No Comments

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November 8th, 2016 the United States for the fifth time in 192 years was confronted with a candidate winning the presidency without winning the popular vote. The Electoral College designed by the founding fathers is once again confounding and angering voters, much like it first did in the 1824 presidential election.

For democrats and the state of New York, the electoral system has been uniquely unkind. The loser in each of these races was a democrat and three were New York politicians. Samuel J. Tilden and Grover Cleveland had served as governors of New York and Hillary Clinton served in the Senate for New York. Cleveland was also the incumbent president when he lost his election. For Tilden in 1876, the final results were particularly cruel. Tilden won the popular vote by 3% and was one electoral vote short of the 185 needed for victory over Rutherford B. Hayes, who had only 165 votes. Twenty disputed electoral votes from four states caused a political crisis and led to the formation of an electoral commission comprised of eight republicans and seven democrats. The commission voted along party lines and awarded all the votes to Hayes, giving him the presidency. (more…)

Posted on: November 5th, 2016 No Comments

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Are we Americans different than citizens of the United States 185 years ago? Do we still exhibit some of those founding generations' traits? Read some excerpts of Alexis de Tocqueville observations of America in his 1831 travels in the United States. Tell us what you think!

The nature of American politics
"It is astonishing what imprudent language a public man may sometimes use in free countries, and especially in democratic states, without being compromised..."(266)

The restless spirit of Americans
"In the United States a man builds a house to spend his latter years in it, and he sells it before the roof is on. . . he settles in a place, which he soon afterwards leaves, to carry his changeable longings elsewhere" (162) (more…)