History for many people is something they can not learn enough about and having a little dose of it everyday not only feeds them something new, but it also gives them something to think about.
Many things have been played out in the past; there have been wars and battles, disease, new lands and riches. Lives were far different from today, they were more difficult and in many cases exciting.
There are many people that fall into history rather than it being something they have always found exciting. The person tracing their family history starts out just thinking about how far they might be able to trace their family generations. This of course leads to something far different, not only do they start finding names; they also begin finding bits and pieces of history. With each thing that is found, which leads to a name of an ancestor history is something that begins to excite them.
History is everywhere, whether you realize it or not, from the old building in town to the land a home is built on, because there are few places that have been left untouched. Each day on the calendar is proof of this and as proof of this starting a new year with a small dose of history of someone from the past everyone has heard of, Betsy Ross.
Betsy Ross is the woman that has been credited throughout American history for sewing the first American flag. Today January 1st is the day she was born in Philadelphia in the year 1752.
This is also the day that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which gave slaves living in rebel states their freedom, in the year 1863, prior to the end of the Civil War.
January 1st is also a day when two events took place in New York in different years and both will be equally important to the genealogist. The first event was in 1892; this is when Ellis Island was officially opened and where many people would take their first steps on American soil.
The second event in New York occurred in 1898, this is when four areas of New York were consolidated into what is known as New York City. These areas, which were separate prior to 1898, were Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.