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 local area.
- 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.
- Investigations Harlem Heirs How is this ornate document connected to the earliest settlers of New York City and a potential multi-million dollar land dispute?
- Techniques Photographs - Checklist Printable checklist to use when analyzing photographs.
- 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 Lincoln Letter Does this cryptic letter reveal Abraham Lincoln's secret strategy for winning political power?
- Investigations George Washington Portrait Could this be an authentic portrait of the nation's first president?
- Techniques Glossary A list of useful words and phrase for carrying out historical research.
- Techniques Census Information How to use census records in your investigation.
- Techniques Preservation Learn how to preserve papers, books, photographs and textiles.
- Techniques Genealogy - Glossary A list of useful words to know when using genealogy.
- Techniques Ballistics Collecting clues and evidence from bullets and firearms.
- Investigations Nora Holt Autograph Book Why did this Harlem Renaissance luminary own a book filled with U.S. Presidents' signatures?
- Techniques Genealogy Learn how to successfully investigate your family history.
- Techniques Case File: Quirky Quilts How to look after a very old quilt.
- Investigations Lafayette China Did the Marquis de Lafayette give this china set to the popular wife of the Patriot Mayor?
- Techniques Do's And Don'ts Your definitive list of do's and don'ts when carrying out historical research.
- Investigations GAR Photograph How did two African Americans come to be part of this photograph in Reconstructionist-era America?
- Investigations Ernie Pyle's Typewriter Did America’s most beloved battlefront correspondent bang out his dispatches on this Corona 3?
- Investigations Face Jug What does this ceramic face reveal about the Middle Passage and a captive people’s search for identity?
- Investigations Copperhead Cane How did this cane inspire a fiery political movement that threatened Lincoln's presidency?
- Investigations Isleton Tong Was this building a safe haven for persecuted immigrants, or a hub for organized crime?
- Investigations Modoc Basket What tales does this basket weave of the heroism of an American-Indian woman?
- Techniques Stones And Minerals How to study stones and minerals.
- Investigations Broadway Ballet Shoes Did this dancer's great-great-grandfather teach Salvatore Capezio to make ballet shoes?
- Techniques Oral History Learn how to record oral or spoken history.
- Investigations Body In The Basement Are these the remains of an executed prisoner of war from an English Civil War battle?
- Investigations Valley Forge Map Did George Washington use this map during the American Revolution?
- Techniques Archives - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list to use when using archives.
- Investigations Josh White Guitar What role did this guitar play in the transformation of the music industry in the 1960's?
- Techniques Written Items - Checklist Printable checklist to use when examining written items.
- Techniques DNA Analysis How to prove a person's identity.
- Investigations Booth Letter Did the father of John Wilkes Booth threaten to assassinate the President?
- Investigations Silent Film Reel Could this film reel could be a silent movie once lost forever to history?
- Techniques Paper Analysis Learn how to analyze paper to determine its age and origin.
- Techniques Genealogy - Getting Started Step-by-step where to start guide when using genealogy.