Battle of Leyte Gulf: October 23–26, 1944

This post at the Fold3 Blog reminds us again of the sacrifices our military have made throughout our country’s history. Read the comments too. They make it personal.

From October 23–26, 1944, the Japanese navy unsuccessfully went up against the American navy off the coast of the Philippines in one of the largest naval battles in history. The Japanese loss…

Source: Battle of Leyte Gulf: October 23–26, 1944 – Fold3 Blog

The first website went public 25 years ago

The internet just marked another major milestone. The first website, Tim Berners-Lee’s description of the World Wide Web project, went public 25 years ago on August 6th, 1991. The launch was unceremonious — Berners-Lee announced the project on a Usenet group, and it wasn’t until after August 23rd that new users visited the site. However, the launch effectively marked the start of the web as a widely available tool.

Get the rest of this story at Engadget.

Georgias Roster of the Revolution cover

Ancestry Found

I was browsing Amazon to check out the latest genealogy books when I found these delicious jewels – the Ancestry Found collection of history and genealogy DVDs. There are currently 88 DVDs available. Each state has one, there are several British collections and a number of special interest DVDs too. The Georgia DVD contains 96 books including:

  • Georgia’s Roster of the Revolution, containing a list of the states defenders; officers and men; soldiers and sailors; partisans and regulars; whether enlisted from Georgia or settled in Georgia after the close of hostilities by the Georgia Dept of Archives – (1920) – 654 pages

  • Historical Collections of Georgia : containing the most interesting facts, traditions, biographical sketches, anecdotes, etc. relating to its history and antiquities, from its first settlement to the present time ; compiled from original records and official documents ; illustrated by nearly one hundred engravings of public buildings, relics of antiquity, historic localities, natural scenery, portraits of distinguished men, etc., etc. / by the Rev. George White – (1855) – 688 pages

  • History of Clinch County, Georgia, revised to date, giving the early history of the county down to the present time (1916): also complete lists of county officers, together with minor officers and also sketches of county officers’ lives; with chapters on the histories of old families of Clinch County; also other information as is historical in its nature, by Folks Huxford – (1916) – 306 pages

Each of the books and publications included in these DVDs is a scanned copy of the original saved in searchable PDF format. They can be viewed on any computer.

Most of the DVDs sell for $5.95 with a $3.99 shipping charge. There are some special collections and multi-disk sets costing more. For example, the 5-disc Civil War collection is $12.95.

All of the publications and books included in these CDs are now in the public domain and it’s very probable that you can find any of them online to download at no cost. It would be easy if we knew the title and author of each publication. Ancestry Found has done the hard work of finding and scanning these books so we can easily find what we need.

Deja Vu?

Deja Vu? Is St. Augustine history about to repeat itself?

Racing the Storm

Racing the Storm – photo art by the author

This weekend we kick off St. Augustine’s 450th celebration. In 1565 a group of 800 Spanish soldiers and settlers arrived here to colonize La Florida and protect the gold fleet from the French who had established a colony just a few miles north on the St. Johns River.

We are also keeping an eye on the tropics as a storm develops with a possible track…

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