Sometimes it's the search itself that brings me nearer to my ancestors and all those small details that I accumulate along the way add to my deeper understanding of their life and times. I really don't know what it was like to work in a coal mine but this search had brought me places I might never go.
Here's a for instance. Was searching one of my favorite sites for my target area, Western Maryland, at http://www.whilbr.org/CoalTalk/index.aspx. See there at the bottom of the page? Where it says "Coal Mining Resources"? Well if you click through you are taken to a very nice video on YouTube about mining from the Frostburg State University's Ort Library Special Collections at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glim9dO50L8
It's this tangential stuff that fills in a lot of the blanks in the lives of my ancestors:)
Photo of the day from Aunt Betty's Archive:
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