It’s been a busy week!  I have been working on research for future posts for Life in the Past Lane, as well as writing a submission for Oklahoma Women Bloggers! Check out Genealogy 101: The Crash Course when you have some time and want to learn more about getting started in researching your family history.  Also, I was featured in The NextGen Genealogy Network’s blog post, Faces of NextGen.  If you haven’t already joined this network of dynamic young genealogists, you should!

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Hopefully you have been watching the re-broadcast of Ken Burns’ The Civil War on your local PBS station this week. To commemorate the film’s 25th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, the film underwent a complete digital restoration. I had forgotten how incredible this series was. It debuted when I was in high school and already fascinated by Civil War history. I am probably the only teenage girl in America that had a framed, numbered collectible print of Civil War Generals hanging on the wall of her bedroom. Don’t judge. Ok, judge…

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Thanks Mom & Dad for keeping this for me!

In light of many tragic recent events in this country, the timing could not be better for the 25th anniversary.  The LA Times has written a great piece I would recommend reading, about Burns and the enduring relevance of the documentary. The legacy of the Civil War and slavery still haunts us and as Ken Burns said, “Slavery is still this original sin that Americans have to figure out, somehow, how to transcend and overcome.” The re-broadcast has inspired me to write my next post about my Civil War era ancestors, and the mystery around an emancipated slave I discovered in a family photo. Stay tuned!

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