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 Monroe Letter Does this letter link America's President to the high seas piracy of U.S. merchant ships in the early 1800s?
- Investigations U.S.S Indianapolis Are these WWII souvenirs remnants from one of Japan’s famous kamikaze attacks?
- Techniques Photographs Learn how to analyze your photographs.
- Investigations Civil War Sabotage? The steamship Sultana exploded one night in 1865, killing more than 1,800 people. Was the disaster a result of Civil War sabotage?
- Investigations Leopold Medal What does this medal reveal about a top-secret American Military project during WWII?
- Techniques Census Information How to use census records in your investigation.
- Techniques Building Background - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list to use when investigating buildings
- Investigations Birthplace Of Hip Hop Did this Bronx apartment building give birth to a culture that now spans the globe?
- Investigations Howard Hughes Invention Was this oil drilling device really a Howard Hughes invention?
- Techniques Geological Analysis Learn how to identify probable age and origin of ceramic, stone and tile objects
- Investigations Diana How did this alleged lesbian autobiography escape censorship in the 1930’s?
- Investigations Vicksburg Map Could this mysterious map have been at the front lines of one of the most explosive battles of the Civil War?
- Techniques Gun Timeline A timeline of firearm history.
- Investigations Civil War POW Photos Were these pictures made in a Civil War prison with a home-made camera?
- Techniques Appraisal Glossary A List of useful words and phrases for Appraising.
- Investigations Jim Thorpe Ticket Is this ticket evidence of a chapter of Thorpe's career forgotten by history: as a professional basketball player?
- Investigations Face Jug What does this ceramic face reveal about the Middle Passage and a captive people’s search for identity?
- Investigations Amelia Earhart Plane Was this piece of metal ripped from one of the most famous missing planes in history?
- Techniques Textile Analysis How to find out more about a textile's origins.
- Techniques Military Research Using military records in your research.
- Techniques Case File: Detecting Daguerreotypes Learn more about daguerreotypes.
- Investigations Fillmore Pardon Did President Fillmore pardon a Native American convicted of murder?
- Investigations Warner's Lighter What is the connection between Harry Warner and a studio associated with the Nazi party?
- Investigations Dueling Pistols Were these pistols used in the last great duel on U.S. soil?
- Techniques Appraising Getting a valuation using an independent source or expert opinion.
- Techniques Preservation - Checklist Printable checklist to use when preserving an item.
- Techniques Archives - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list to use when using archives.
- Investigations Philadelphia Freedom Paper Is this document found in a flea market an original freedom paper for African-Americans?
- Techniques Timber Dating Using ring sequences or radiocarbon dating.
- Techniques Genealogy Learn how to successfully investigate your family history.
- Investigations Revolutionary War Cannon Is this the cannon that ignited the first battle of the Revolutionary War?
- Techniques Written Items - Checklist Printable checklist to use when examining written items.
- Techniques Historical Research - Checklist Printable checklist to use when doing historical research.
- Techniques Tracking People - Checklist Printable checklist to use when tracking people.
- Techniques Genealogy - Glossary A list of useful words to know when using genealogy.
- Investigations Quaker Map Did this faded map once guide slaves to freedom on the underground railroad?