Milestones Unlocked


What milestones Unlock Your History has reached!



I noticed that our next published blog would be #60. It got me thinking of how much we've accomplished. In blogs alone, we've covered everything from German dialects and history, digging into the circumstances behind a series of Swedish postcards, the history of a girl's influx of 1960 cards from overseas, plus a variety of genealogy research tips (and a lot more in between). It got us looking at all our other achievements.


Here's just a smattering of what we've accomplished. Thank you!


- Affiliate member of the Senator John Heinz History Center (itself an affiliate of the Smithsonian) and are now on our second round of joint presentations (our next one is a return to Fayette

County Cultural Trust).


- A broad range of translations and Journey Books. Some favorites include:

- US Civil War letters written by a Norwegian immigrant to his family in Iowa

- A rabbi's poem Looking Back reflecting upon his long life

- A series of letters between various family members in Germany and the US, highlighting the turbulence both families were experiencing in the early 20th century



On the genealogy front, we've:

- Pieced together family connections in Germany and the US.

- Researched and submitted First Family application for Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.

- Uncovered Civil War service along with the pension showing the ancestor became mostly deaf due to fighting at Cold Harbor.

- Found countless interesting newspaper articles, including a remarkable one of my 5-year old great-great uncle setting my great-great grandfather's barn on fire!


We've hit some impressive numbers!

- Over 10,000 website visits and 400 Facebook followers

- Over 20 presentations for audiences in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio

- 60 blogs (this is it)!

- On that front, peruse some of our top blog posts!


Whew. We've been busy. Thank you all for your genealogical and historical curiosity, pieces to translate and interesting family stories that you've shared with us. We wouldn't be here without you!

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