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Learning more about how our ancestors lived is very rewarding and brings us a little closer to past generations.
Until recently, there has been little information available on the dates and documentation of the pre-Hispanic era in Latin America. However, we have good news for those who are interested in this area of research: Mexico has created a digital library, Biblioteca Digital Mexicana where you can search and analyze various documents.
The documents available range from the years 500 to 1949. And you can research ancient manuscripts like: Chavero de Huejotzingo, Colombino, Huamantla, Siguenza y Matrícula de tributos, Teachialoyan de Cuajimalpa and la serie del Marquesado del Valle.
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Have you ever wondered what your neighborhood looked like, say 100 years ago? With its historical digital map database, Historic Map Works gives you the tools to search through all kinds of historic maps and atlases. You can browse through Nautical Charts, Wall Maps, Town or City Map, or Bird's Eye Views, just to name a few.
While it takes some time to navigate the map overlays and Google maps, it was a lot of fun to see my old neighborhood described as "splendid, first-class" and "handsome" residences.
Good luck with your research! And feel free to share any of your discoveries with us!
In honor of Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, we have pulled together a few great resources for wartime history, interviews and documents:
The Veterans History Project collects and archives personal accounts of U.S. war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. The website includes first hand stories told through memoirs, postcards, photographs and interviews.
Rutgers Oral History Archives include records of personal experiences of those who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
The Cold War International History Project highlights new perspectives on the history of the Cold War and features virtual archives and collections ranging from The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall to the Korean War.
Wartime Columns include the archives of wartime reporter, Ernie Pyle's stories about ordinary soldiers fighting in World War II.
We’ve just come across an interesting competition for UK users, and thought we’d share it with you.
On 27th March next year the UK will be conducting its national census, and to celebrate this a competition has been set up for UK residents to share their family stories.
Called ‘Then and now: family stories’, the competition gives people the chance to represent the changing face of Britain over the past several decades by showcasing the part their own families played in it.
As we posted previously, MyHeritage.com is going to be attending this Saturday's family history event at the Imperial War Museum, London.
Since this event is focusing on World War II and the Blitz, we thought we'd share with you some fantastic images from that time. These are photos of London during the Blitz, but not as you know them. They've been superimposed on modern images from Google street view.
If you like these, stay tuned for tomorrow, when we'll let you know how you can generate images such as these for yourself - and for places and times beyond WWII London.
As always, just click on any of these images to enlarge for a better view.
An unauthorized biography in Spanish of Maxima Zorreguieta, the princess of the Netherlands, was released recently, to reveal a story that has all the ingredients of a fairy tale. These are some highlights of the love story that turned her into a royalty member.
Maxima was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the heart of a well connected family. She had an English-style education, studied economics at university and ended up working in New York for a financial corporation. So far, it could have been the life of any well educated, professional and independent woman. But then her life took a turn when an old school friend of hers introduced her to Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
A spontaneous and bubbly woman, Maxima wasn't intimidated by the prince. It was hardly a case of instant romance, but she couldn't deny her curiosity for this man and decided to give him a chance. Willem-Alexander then turned on his charm to the desired effect; Maxima fell in love with him.