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.
Browse the investigations on the map and see what we've revealed in your area.
- Investigations Transatlantic Cable How did this twisted fragment of metal spark a communications revolution?
- Techniques Building Background - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list to use when investigating buildings
- Techniques Gun Timeline A timeline of firearm history.
- Investigations Cast Iron Eagle Did this 12-foot-high eagle once grace the old Grand Central Station in Manhattan?
- Investigations Lost City of Gold What can these carved letters reveal about the first explorers to visit the American Southwest?
- Techniques Military Research Using military records in your research.
- Techniques Photographs Learn how to analyze your photographs.
- Investigations N.E.A.R Device Was this device invented to help Americans believe they could survive a Soviet nuclear attack?
- Techniques Written Items - Checklist Printable checklist to use when examining written items.
- Investigations Slave Banjo Is this the only surviving banjo carried by former slaves following Emancipation?
- Investigations Duke Ellington Plates What is the story behind the printing plates for this famous Jazz song?
- Investigations Spanish Civil War Eulogy What can this faded document tell about a US volunteer fighting in another country’s civil war?
- Investigations Ronald McDonald Costume Is this the costume that helped serve up a billion Happy Meals?
- Techniques Oral History Learn how to record oral or spoken history.
- Investigations Transistor Radio Is this the oldest transistor radio in existence?
- Investigations Bettie Page Slide Is this a lost Bettie Page image by Irving Klaw?
- Investigations Cherokee Bible What can this bible written in Cherokee tell us about one of the darkest chapters in Indian history?
- Techniques African-American Genealogy
- Investigations Seadrome Did floating airports dot the Atlantic before modern air travel?
- Techniques Weapon Dating Determining the age of a weapon.
- Techniques Historical Research It's your turn to be a History Detective.
- Techniques Archives Learn how to successfully use archives for your research.
- Techniques Archives - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list to use when using archives.
- Techniques Tracking People - Checklist Printable checklist to use when tracking people.
- Techniques Finding Experts How to source the correct expert to assist in an investigation.
- Techniques Very Old Objects How to discover fascinating history, from very old objects.
- Investigations Howard Hughes Invention Was this oil drilling device really a Howard Hughes invention?
- Investigations Revolutionary War Poem How did this poem, written by an American prisoner in England in 1780 end up in Oregon 200 years later?
- Investigations Civil War POW Photos Were these pictures made in a Civil War prison with a home-made camera?
- Investigations Dempsey Fight Bell Is this the bell that sat ringside at the world's first boxing superstar's legendary match?
- Techniques Analyzing Art - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list for analyzing art.
- Techniques Appraising Getting a valuation using an independent source or expert opinion.
- Investigations Red Hand Flag Is this peculiar flag one that African-American soldiers marched under in the war to end all wars?
- Techniques Document Examination How to determine authenticity and authorship of a document.
- Techniques Building Background Discover more about a building's history.
- Investigations Witch's House Could this house have once belonged to a woman executed during the Salem Witch trials?