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Are You My Cousin?: Tweets from 1860 (?)!

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tweets from 1860 (?)!

Our ancestors knew how to tweet (?)! Well, not really, but a clever historian at the NC Archives is giving a voice on twitter to North Carolinians who lived during the Civil War. LaRae Umfleet is tweeting the actual words from our ancestors from historical sources including letters, diaries and other records. Along with each tweet is a link to a blog that contains the actual passage where the words are found.  The tweets appear on the account (at)CivilianWartime.

This is an effort to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. I like that through tweeting, this project shares words and thoughts of ordinary people living in a confusing and unsettling time. What a great way to share history with technology focused generations.

To read the original article in The News and Observer, go here.

This is enough to make me consider signing up for twitter. 

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