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Family History and Genealogical Research

History Detectives' collection of resources illustrating research methodology for investigating genealogy and family history.

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Creole Poems

THE DETECTIVE: Gwen Wright THE PLACE: New Orleans THE CASE: A History Detectives fan from Chicago recently unearthed a French manuscript rolled in a cardboard tube. The surname "Duplessis," the name of his great-grandmother's mother-in-law, is jotted in a margin and "Rouzan,” his grandmother's maiden name, appears at the bottom of another page. No one in the family knows anything about it, but our contributor, who reads a little French, thinks he has a collection of love poems, possibly written to one of his relatives. What is this? And why has his family kept it for 160 years? History Detectives ventures into the little known world of the Creoles of Color to unlock a family mystery.

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Sideshow Babies

THE DETECTIVE: Elyse Luray THE PLACE: Chicago, Illinois THE CASE: A Colorado woman wants to know if a silver baby cup from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, engraved with the name "Patricia", can unlock the mystery to her mother's unusual start in life. Family lore says the Chicago Public Health Board took premature Patricia from her shoebox cradle at home and put her in an incubator at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. But why were babies exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair? History Detectives learns about the forgotten doctor who brought the life saving incubator technology to the United States at the turn of the 20th century.

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Liberia Letter

History Detective Tukufu Zuberi investigates a letter that may help to trace one freed man’s dream to return to Africa.

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