Saturday, August 16, 2008

Exploring History on

You can click on any of the items or numbers in the box below to access my activity on You do not have to be a subscriber but will have to pay up if you want to search on your own. I have decided to subscribe for a year as I found that even though the site is still early in its development, the resources are quite extensive, its has one of the best image viewing systems available and the resource base is expanding rapidly. It does take a bit of practice to get the navigation down.

Almost immediately I located a lot of articles on the Haywood trial, Governor Steunenberg and other related stories but have only scratched the surface. What I like is that it has smaller town papers where opinions and views might be different then New York, Chicago, San Francisco or Los Angeles. Photos are a bit thin but each member is adding 1000's more of there own all the time. Hence you will see some familiar ones that I have uploaded. And it was a snap and a real treat to find the Civil War pension records for Lewis and Justus Simpson used in the previous post. The Bureau of Investigation (later FBI) files are interesting as you can find something on just about everybody, particularly if they had a German or Japanese sounding name. It gives a good picture of the paranoia that swept the county and the abuses of investigative power on innocent citizens during that period in history.

Of course there is a price to pay...about $5 bucks a month or $60 a year. You can get a free three day trial or do as I did and sign up for one month at $7.95. This is my one bit of cheap unabashed commercialism as if ever inclined to sign up then please use the banner ad over in the left hand column of my blog or wherever it might be located in the future. That way I get a cut of the action and the money goes back into the Idaho, Steunenberg, Richards' historical preservation fund for buying more old historical stuff. Regards, John

The section blow moved to here on 12/1/2008
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