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 Chisholm Trail Did the Chisholm Trail really run through this small town in Texas?
- Techniques Paper Analysis Learn how to analyze paper to determine its age and origin.
- Techniques Timber Dating Using ring sequences or radiocarbon dating.
- Investigations Broadway Ballet Shoes Did this dancer's great-great-grandfather teach Salvatore Capezio to make ballet shoes?
- Investigations Howard Hughes Crash Was this the instrument that chartered Howard Hughes' near fatal plunge into Beverly Hills?
- Investigations Black Tom Shell Is this shell from a devastating act of foreign sabotage on American soil?
- Techniques Historical Research It's your turn to be a History Detective.
- Techniques Learning From Skeletons What we can find out from a skeleton.
- Techniques Written Items - Checklist Printable checklist to use when examining written items.
- Techniques Patent Analysis Find out the origin and detail surrounding an invention or innovation.
- Investigations Camp David Letter Could a box found in a dumpster hold information about the founding of a top-secret Presidential retreat?
- Techniques DNA Analysis How to prove a person's identity.
- Investigations John Adams Book Was this book a gift from John Adams to his son?
- Techniques Case File: Soldiers In Skirts How to use military records to help you learn about your family.
- Investigations Cannon House Could this family home once have been the headquarters of the kidnapper and slave trader Patty Cannon?
- Investigations Calhoun Books Are these the books of the famed intellectual architect of the Confederacy?
- Techniques Stones And Minerals How to study stones and minerals.
- Investigations United Empire Loyalist What can this family tree reveal about Americans who fought for the British in the Revolutionary War?
- Techniques Case File: Rock n' Research How to identify rocks.
- Techniques Stones And Minerals - Checklist Printable checklist to use when studying stones and minerals.
- Investigations Slave Songbook Are these tattered pages the earliest record of music created by slaves?
- Investigations Pretty Boy Floyd's Gun Did this vintage Colt handgun belong to the outlaw Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd?
- Techniques Archives - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list to use when using archives.
- Techniques Weapon Dating Determining the age of a weapon.
- Investigations Clara Barton Letter What does this letter reveal about America's early efforts to honor its war dead?
- Investigations Bartlett Sketchbook Does a leather bound sketchbook hold the key to some of the US' most significant history?
- Techniques Very Old Objects How to discover fascinating history, from very old objects.
- Techniques Military Research Using military records in your research.
- Investigations Kittery Telescope What can this telescope reveal about America’s earliest struggles for independence?
- Techniques Property Search How to carry out a property search.
- Investigations Land Grant How did an African-American win freedom and land so early in American history?
- Investigations Stalag 17 Portrait What happened to the artist of this portrait made in a German POW camp?
- Investigations Mussolini's Dagger Did a World War II GI return home with Mussolini's dagger?
- Investigations Cherokee Bible What can this bible written in Cherokee tell us about one of the darkest chapters in Indian history?
- Techniques Very Old Objects - Checklist Printable checklist to use when examining very old objects.
- Techniques Finding Experts How to source the correct expert to assist in an investigation.