Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s “Do History” website

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, a history professor at Harvard and author of A Midwife’s Tale and The Age of Homespun among others, offers a website with a great deal of information for young students curious about how to do their own primary-source historical research. Parents and teachers can find useful guides and links as well. Of particular interest to me: the pages on genealogy, links to other genealogical websites, and on how to read a graveyard. Our families’ pasts are often the most compelling link to history. Many schools assign students to produce some type of family tree. As for the graveyard info, my children have always liked cemeteries. I think some of that may be due to how many of the cemeteries in our area are beautiful gardens due to the Victorian era’s belief in making a beautiful final home for loved ones.

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