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 Women's Suffrage Painting What role did this watercolor painting play in securing women the right to vote?
- Investigations Mail Order Brides Are these images evidence of mail order brides in 1890s Chicago?
- Techniques Analyzing Art - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list for analyzing art.
- Techniques Genealogy - Glossary A list of useful words to know when using genealogy.
- Techniques Archives Learn how to successfully use archives for your research.
- Techniques Oral History Learn how to record oral or spoken history.
- Investigations Land Grant How did an African-American win freedom and land so early in American history?
- Investigations Napolean's Sword Did Napoleon bestow this sword as a gift to a brave ancestor of a St. Martinville family?
- Techniques Learning From Skeletons What we can find out from a skeleton.
- Investigations Warner's Lighter What is the connection between Harry Warner and a studio associated with the Nazi party?
- Investigations Boarding House Flag Did this flag once save a boarding house from being burned down at the height of the Civil War?
- Investigations Hindenburg Artifact Was this device snatched from the burning wreckage of the ill-fated zeppelin?
- Techniques Genealogy - Getting Started Step-by-step where to start guide when using genealogy.
- 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?
- Investigations Slave Songbook Are these tattered pages the earliest record of music created by slaves?
- Investigations Theremin How did this strange instrument help spark a rock n’ roll revolution?
- Techniques Building Background Discover more about a building's history.
- Techniques Weapon Dating Determining the age of a weapon.
- Investigations Blueprint Special Did this record play a dramatic role in the Allied victory during the Second World War?
- Techniques Case File: Quirky Quilts How to look after a very old quilt.
- Techniques Written Items - Checklist Printable checklist to use when examining written items.
- Techniques Tracking People - Checklist Printable checklist to use when tracking people.
- Techniques Case File: Detecting Daguerreotypes Learn more about daguerreotypes.
- Techniques Photographs Learn how to analyze your photographs.
- Techniques Building Background - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list to use when investigating buildings
- Investigations Japanese House How did a Japanese house come to be at the San Francisco World's Fair just months before WWII began?
- Investigations Wartime Baseball Is this baseball evidence of an unusual ballgame that took place during segregation?
- Investigations Powder Horn Who is the man etched into this powder horn?
- Investigations Car Tape Deck Is this an example of the first ever commercially produced car tape player?
- Investigations Newport U-Boat Did these propellers come from a WWII German submarine?
- Investigations Japanese Carved Cane What can the message on this cane expose about life behind barbed wire in World War II America?
- Techniques Property Search How to carry out a property search.
- Techniques Preservation - Checklist Printable checklist to use when preserving an item.
- Investigations Korean War Letter What does this letter reveal about a forgotten act of heroism during the final days of the Korean War?
- Techniques Case File: Marriage Of Convenience How to discover things you didn't know about people.
- Techniques Historical Research It's your turn to be a History Detective.