The History Detectives have traveled the length and breadth of the country, delving into family legends, local folklore and stories behind potentially extraordinary objects in everyday American homes, cities and small towns.
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- Techniques Photographs - Checklist Printable checklist to use when analyzing photographs.
- Techniques Genealogy - Getting Started Step-by-step where to start guide when using genealogy.
- Techniques Geological Analysis Learn how to identify probable age and origin of ceramic, stone and tile objects
- Techniques Finding Experts How to source the correct expert to assist in an investigation.
- Investigations Mark Twain's Watch Was this watch a gift from noted author American author Mark Twain?
- Techniques Tracking People Learn how to research a person using public records.
- Investigations Leopold Medal What does this medal reveal about a top-secret American Military project during WWII?
- Techniques Patent Analysis Find out the origin and detail surrounding an invention or innovation.
- Investigations Scottsboro Boys Stamp Did a penny stamp help save the Scottsboro Boys from the electric chair?
- Investigations Railroad Station Is a disused depot the first railroad station in Texas?
- Investigations Short Snorter Was this British ten-shilling note witness to the forging of the alliance between America and Britain?
- Investigations Japanese Carved Cane What can the message on this cane expose about life behind barbed wire in World War II America?
- Techniques Stones And Minerals - Checklist Printable checklist to use when studying stones and minerals.
- Investigations Poison Pin Are these prototypes for poison suicide pins carried by spy plane pilots during the Cold War?
- Investigations Bonus Army Stamp Is this stamp connected to a moment when the U.S. Army fought fellow soldiers in the nation’s capital?
- Investigations Rebel Whiskey Flask Is this flask a relic from the historic "Whiskey Rebellion" of 1794?
- Investigations Diana How did this alleged lesbian autobiography escape censorship in the 1930’s?
- Techniques Historical Research It's your turn to be a History Detective.
- Techniques Preservation Learn how to preserve papers, books, photographs and textiles.
- Techniques Appraising Getting a valuation using an independent source or expert opinion.
- Techniques Genealogy - Glossary A list of useful words to know when using genealogy.
- Techniques Case File: Soldiers In Skirts How to use military records to help you learn about your family.
- Investigations Manhattan Project Letter Did this letter help persuade President Harry S. Truman to change policy in the post war era?
- Techniques Case File: 20 Questions Read this case file to help get your investigation started.
- Investigations The Ni'ihau Incident What do these metal parts reveal about the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor?
- Investigations Old Fire Station Did President Ulysses S. Grant stop by a New Jersey firehouse on the centennial of America?
- Techniques African-American Genealogy
- Techniques Tracking People - Checklist Printable checklist to use when tracking people.
- Techniques Stones And Minerals How to study stones and minerals.
- Investigations WWII Diary Does this diary hold the key to understanding the fate of a missing bomber pilot from World War II?
- Techniques Ballistics Collecting clues and evidence from bullets and firearms.
- Investigations Lawrence Billy Club Was this truncheon used in the famous Bread and Roses labor strike?
- Investigations Prison Plaque Were convicted felons responsible for bringing peace to Western Europe during World War I?
- Investigations GAR Photograph How did two African Americans come to be part of this photograph in Reconstructionist-era America?
- Techniques Case File: Quirky Quilts How to look after a very old quilt.
- Investigations Mail Order Brides Are these images evidence of mail order brides in 1890s Chicago?