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Yesterday’s Weather Today…

Last month, the weather was a major topic in the news media, as well as social media. Images of snow measured in feet were broadcast from New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and even Glengary, WV.  These images and news stories will become a part of the historical record of states from New York to Kentucky to South Carolina.

American County Histories offer in great detail the various weather patterns of counties and regions. They highlight the many natural disasters that a county has suffered, especially violent storms, extended weather patterns and other natural disasters.

In addition, the full-text search capability of the American County Histories database permits the student/researcher to review detailed coverage of local history, geology, geography, transportation, lists of all local participants in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, government, the medical and legal professions, churches and ministers, industry and manufacturing, banking and insurance, schools and teachers, noted celebrations, fire departments and associations, cemeteries, family histories, health and vital statistics, roads and bridges, public officials and legislators, and many additional subject areas.

CHAPTER XIII. METEOROLOGY

The climate of this region is very pleasant most of the year, and well calculated for the fullest development of all the common crops of this country. There has not been kept within the limits of Daviess County what is called a “meteorological station,” but we are exceedingly fortunate in being offered the use of an extraordinary diary, faithfully kept by Mr. Joseph Thomas, of Owensboro, for about thirty years, commencing with Jan. 22, 1844, the Monday after his first marriage. This diary is a marvel of a daily record of events, of the weather, and of fine penmanship and correct spelling. Little did he think, thirty-eight years ago, that he would live to see the substance of it or any part of it in print like this, in a large book!

As he generally kept his thermometer in an unoccupied room in the house, or in the entrance hall, about ten to fifteen degrees must be subtracted from the figures in the first part of the following record, for the winter months, to obtain the true temperature out of doors. We have selected and compiled from the diary; to print all of it would make nearly two volumes the size of this. The war record and miscellaneous matters appear elsewhere in this work.

The full-text search capability of the American County Histories database permits the student/researcher to explore all the publications of a particular county by using a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis may do so in the original format merely by scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter.

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January Webinars

January Webinar Registration is Open

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This month we are hosting four thirty-minute webinars on two topics:

American County Histories

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 at 10am EST
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B and O Station

America’s First Major Railroad Station

Baltimore_and_Ohio_HeraldOn January 7, 1830, America’s first major railroad station was opened in Baltimore as the eastern terminus of the recently formed Baltimore and Ohio (B & O) Railroad. The B&O connected the Baltimore seaport and points in the mid-Atlantic with the Midwest. “There was something so striking in the inauguration of this gigantic enterprise that the main incidents were deeply impressed upon the popular mind, and the whole story has since crystallized into local legends…”

American County Histories provide vivid portraits of people, places and events, putting a state’s local history into current context with the examination of demographic, social, economic, and cultural transformations. They are among the most comprehensive sources of local and regional history available. Their emphasis on ordinary people and the commonplace event make them important in the study of American history and culture.

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HISTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY AND COUNTY, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT DAY: INCLUDING BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THEIR REPRESENTATIVE MEN. J. THOMAS SCHARF, A.M. LOUIS H. EVERTS, 1881, pp. 310-370. CHAPTER XXV…

…North Carolina to Georgia and to the Gulf and the Mississippi. The trans-Potomac connections of the Baltimore and Ohio traverse Virginia, branching at Lynchburg to the southwest, and also to the south via Danville. The Atlantic sea- board, by means of the Bay Line steamers and the Sea- board and Roanoke Railroad, are brought into the closest commercial relations with Baltimore. When to this magnificent system of continental communications is added the Northern and Eastern system, it may be said of Baltimore that there is hardly a hamlet in the Union that may not feel the impulse of her energy and enterprise.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad—No adequate sketch of the growth of Baltimore City could be given that did not embody some account of the great railroad which has probably contributed more to its commercial prosperity than all other agencies combined. Happily, the origin and early history of this splendid public improvement are not involved in obscurity. There are men still living whose recollection goes back to the first organization of the company, and who were identified with the movements by which its corporate franchises were secured and its credit established. All of the original projectors and corporators have passed away, but some of their younger associates still remain. Were there no other sources of information, an accurate history of the road from the day the “first stone” was laid by Charles Carroll of Carrollton (July 4, 1828) down to a very recent period might be compiled from the public laws, the reports of committees of the two ‘houses of the General Assembly, and the decisions of the courts. There was something so striking in the inauguration of this gigantic enterprise that the main incidents were deeply impressed upon the popular mind, and the whole story has since crystallized into local legends which are part of the lore of every Baltimore schoolboy.

The full-text search capability of the American County Histories database permits the student/researcher to explore all the publications of a particular county by using a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis may do so in the original format merely by scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter.

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Hebrew Orphan Asylum

Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum Founded 1878

The Hebrew Orphan Society of Brooklyn originated from a gathering of charitable Hebrews to provide a home for orphans from Brooklyn. An organization was perfected and the society incorporated in August, 1878.

A house was rented on the corner of Stuyvesant avenue and McDonough street. The asylum was opened for the reception of orphans January 7, 1879, and sixteen children received. Before the expiration of two years the need of larger accommodations was felt, and at a meeting April 17, 1881, it was resolved to purchase grounds on McDonough street, near Stuyvesant avenue, 120 by 200 feet, for the sum of $12,500.

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7 New American County History Additions

Our American County Histories Collection continue to grow.  We are happy to announce  seven new volumes are fully searchable.

New Titles

  • ARIZONA’S YESTERDAY BEING THE NARRATIVE OF JOHN H. CADY PIONEER. — Arizona  (Browse)
  • THE MARVELLOUS COUNTRY; OR, THREE YEARS IN ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO. – SECOND EDITION. — Arizona  (Browse)
  • THE LEADING FACTS OF NEW MEXICAN HISTORY – VOL. II. — New Mexico (Browse)
  • THE LEADING FACTS OF NEW MEXICAN HISTORY – VOL. III. — New Mexico (Browse)
  • THE LEADING FACTS OF NEW MEXICAN HISTORY – VOL. IV. — New Mexico  (Browse)
  • THE LEADING FACTS OF NEW MEXICAN HISTORY – VOL. V. — New Mexico (Browse)
  • HISTORY OF TEXAS – VOLUME 2. — Texas (Browse)

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