President Lincoln and Ford’s Theater 150 years ago today,
and the momentous changes to the outcome of the Civil War and history as a whole because of this dastardly assassination.
Lincoln and Ford’s Theater 150 Years Ago
At Genealogy Bank Blog, a great article on how our ancestors
would have learned the news about the assassination:
Lincoln’s Assassination Hits the Newspaper Headlines
Right away, I found this article from a New York newspaper with these shocking headlines. The article provides a series of dispatches that the newspaper received, from the assassination attempt up to President Lincoln’s death at 7:22 a.m. on 15 April 1865.
Can you imagine how this tragedy must have gripped every one of our American ancestors?
This Maine newspaper uses similar headlines and carries the latest dispatches from Washington regarding Lincoln’s last day alive, the assassination scene, and details of the assassination attempts on Secretary Seward and his son.
Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS, is a genealogy researcher and educator. After a long career in libraries and archives, Nancy now writes and lectures on her specializations: organizing research and U.S. and European records. She appears frequently at regional, national, and international genealogy conferences. She recently completed two Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy classes on Nordic research and reading German handwriting and Fraktur.