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This is not intended to be a comprehensive list.  However, it is a list of some of my favorite history websites, and I hope you'll find some of them especially interesting. History & genealogy go hand in hand, of course.

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History is for Kids!

The White House... but for Kids Only! My kids love this one!

America's Story from America's Library: the Library of Congress

Carol Middleton's Herstories & Histories

Time Travelers - Explore Virginia's museums and historic sites, attend special events and you can earn a colorful TimeTravelers t-shirt, certificate and more... Travels began March 15 and run through November 1, 2004

Hidden History From the Institute of Texan Cultures. This is neat!



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Virginia History Resources

Virginia Subjects in Documenting the American South

The Virginia Civil War Home Page

Historic Buckingham, Inc. Buckingham County, Virginia

Flowerdew Hundred A historic  landmark on the James River, this was one of the earliest land grants in Virginia. Their website offers  a collection of artifacts for browsing plus "Voices From the Past." After visiting their online museum, I've put Flowerdew Hundred on my "must-see" list for my next trip to Virginia!

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Tennessee History Resources

Tennessee Subjects in Documenting the American South

Early History of La Grange, Tennessee Fayette County in West Tennessee

Ames Plantation Also in Fayette County, Tennessee. This website has a fascinating section devoted to the history of the people who once lived on what is now Ames Plantation. There were cotton planters and yeoman farmers, slaves and free African Americans.   

Ames Plantation also hosts a Cultural Resources Field Day each fall, and if you're in the region, it is a wonderful treat!  My family and I attended for the last two years, and we hope to be there this fall. More about this event soon.

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Texas History Resources

Texas Subjects in Documenting the American South

Hidden History From the Institute of Texan Cultures. This is neat!

The Handbook of Texas  Online A searchable multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas.

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New York History Resources

America's Historic Lakes: The Lake Champlain and Lake George Historical Site
The history of the Lake Champlain and Lake George area of Vermont and New York state. Details historic events that took place during French and Indian War, American Revolution and War of 1812.

The Gomez Mill House Virtual Museum  
The cornerstone of the Jewish pioneer experience in America... 
A fascinating website about an important historical home.  Near Newburgh, New York. 


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Great Britain Resources

The British Royal Navy  Learn all about "rum rations," daily routines, uniforms over the years, length of engagements for volunteers and much more at this page, which is part of Paul Benyon's wonderful U. K. site. Enjoy, matey!

Browse our UK, Scotland, Ireland or Wales Genealogy Books.

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The American Revolution

Visit Valley Forge This website is hosted by the Valley Forge Convention & Visitors' Bureau, and has abundant information about historical sites, attractions, short, anything you'd want to know to plan your trip to this historic Pennsylvania spot.

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General American History Links

New!  True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students at the University of North Carolina
"True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students at the University of North Carolina presents 121 edited documents written primarily by students attending the University of North Carolina between 1795, the year in which the institution opened its doors, and 1868, when the devastation of the Civil War closed them for a semester. The documents provide important first-person accounts of how antebellum University of North Carolina students lived and worked ..."

The American Colonists' Library

Old Florida Museum

American Memory  From the Library of Congress

The American Experience

The American Minute On this day in history...

The American Antiquarian Society
A national research library of American History, Literature and Culture

History News Network 

Historic American Documents from The Federalist
The Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and many more!

History Magazine
History Magazine covers social history, in particular the lives and times of ordinary people. Rather than focusing on particular battles, great leaders or histories of particular regions, they present features about how our ancestors lived and how their worlds changed in a manner you will find nowhere else.

Common-Place The Interactive Journal of Early American Life

The National Portrait Gallery

The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Omohundro Institute of Early American history and Culture From the College of William & Mary

A Biography of America

Albion's Seed Grows in the Cumberland Gap  Absolutely my FAVORITE! Why?

The Time Page  This is incredibly thought-provoking! It's a look at cycles in American History, and you won't think about history in quite the same way ever again.

Archiving Early America Lots of great information about using primary sources, and helpful folks on the message boards! One particularly useful item is "How to Read a 200-Year-Old Document and Other FAQs." Recommended reading!

NARA Online Exhibits The National Archives and Records Administration has a wealth of resources.

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General History Links

Journals at The History Cooperative

The Best of History Websites

HistoryNet states that its mission is to "effectively and efficiently organize and distribute historical content via a variety of media centered on the Internet." Some ambition! Various sections of their site include World history, the U. S. Civil War and Florida Gulf Coast history, among others. Quite interesting! 

Just a few of their many features:

Survivors of the Shoah
Since its establishment in 1994, the Shoah Foundation has collected and preserved an archive of more than 50,000 videotaped testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. Although the Foundation continues to conduct interviews, the focus has shifted to cataloguing the testimonies and the long-term goal of making them accessible to the world.

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Really Interesting Etcetera invites you to explore the process of piecing together the lives of ordinary people in the past.

The Social Construction of the American Daguerreotype Portrait 1839-1860 Interesting reading, especially if you happen to have any old daguerreotypes in your family collection. But nice even if you're just an old photo nut!

Digital Past Fascinating! Browse through a huge variety of museum collections online.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

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More to Come! 


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This link is to a free online excerpt from the book, Albion's Seed : Four British Folkways in America, which I use continuously. I may have to get a new copy soon....I'm wearing the first one out, and I've had it only a little more than a year. I'm very grateful to the author and to the folks who were responsible for making a portion of the book available online.

Hands-down, this is my favorite history book! 

This online excerpt focuses on  the settlers of the Backcountry, who were mainly from the embattled border country in southern Scotland and northern England. Among many other juicy details, the author explains the origins of that well-known ancestors' game: Musical Cabins, or, Leave No Trace for Your Frenzied Descendants.

But the book itself not only about the Backcountry settlers: Albion's Seed examines - in great detail and with wonderful scholarship - three more groups of early American immigrants from Britain: the Puritans of Massachusetts, the Quakers of the Delaware Valley and the "distressed Cavaliers" of the Tidewater country (along with their indentured servants, not a few of whom were kidnapped from the London streets). 

Regional variations of the English language, types of cooking and food, attitudes toward old age, dying, sex and gender, toward community, religion, leisure, power and authority, and even the idea of "liberty" itself...all of these can be traced back to their origins in the British Isles with surprising accuracy. 

It also traces the migration of the cultures that they brought with them: all the way across the country and through time to the present day.  It examines the persistence of regionalism in the United States, and considers some of the reasons why, in this age of mass media dominance, we continue to have distinctly different ways of life in different parts of the U. S.

Below is a quote from the folks at Amazon.Com, or you can simply click here to go to the Amazon.Com page for Albion's Seed.

I think that Albion's Seed is a delightful addition to any genealogist's or historian's library.

"This fascinating book is... a... cultural history of the United States, from the earliest English settlements to our own time. It is a history of American folkways as they have changed through time, and it argues a thesis about the importance for the United States of having been British in its cultural origins.

"While most people in the United States today have no British ancestors, they have assimilated regional cultures which were created by British colonists, even while preserving ethnic identities at the same time. In this sense, nearly all Americans are "Albion's Seed," no matter what their ethnicity may be. The concluding section of this remarkable book explores the ways that regional cultures have continued to dominate national politics from 1789 to 1988, and still help to shape attitudes toward education, government, gender, and violence, on which differences between American regions are greater than between European nations..."

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