Social history shows us how regular people lived every day. It can encompass anything from surviving a disaster, to the price of bread and milk.
Social history helps bring your ancestors to life.
- American Heritage contains a large collection of stories and photographs.
- American Memory contains interviews, photographs, books, recordings.
- American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940 contains interviews conducted by the Works Progress(Project) Administration.
- Bethlehem Digital History Project chronicles the Moravian community of Bethlehem Pennsylvania from 1741-1844.
- Digital Library of Georgia
- Digital Public Library of America
- Eyewitness to History contains firsthand accounts, interviews, photographs, film clips and audio recordings.
- First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920
- The Food Timeline
- GenDisasters contains information about floods, fires, tornados, hurricanes, blizzards, train wrecks, earthquakes, mine explosions, horse and buggy accidents, etc…
- Healthline contains information on the worse disease outbreaks in world history.
- Histography uses wikipedia entries to create animated timelines
- The Historic Catalogs of Sears, Roebuck and Co., 1896 1993 is a neat piece of social history that is now available at Ancestry.
- New York Public Library Digital Gallery
- Ohio Memory
- Plymouth Colony Archive Project
- Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 covers the 1704 raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts by the French and Indian armies.
- Spanish Flu Deaths Database
- The University of Missouri has created a guide that outlines prices and wages by decade. This is a really neat website!