28 April 2017

Atlas Obscura is just plain fun and a wealth of obscure information often important to genealogists …

Atlas Obscura is just plain fun and a wealth of obscure information often important to genealogists …

Atlas Obscura lives up to its name.  It is self-described by …

In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you're searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you'll find them.

Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project. We depend on our far-flung community of explorers (like you!) to help us discover amazing, hidden spots, and share them with the world. If you know of a curious place that's not already in the Atlas, let us know.

There is plenty out there to discover, so let's start looking!

Here are a few topics that caught my eye recently as being relevant to genealogists and family historians:

3.   Ricker Basin -- The remains of a deserted 1800s farming community can be found in Little River State Park.
4.   Moved Church of Most -- This Gothic church was wheeled in its entirety to a new location a half a mile away.

I could go on and on … these are the topics that might interest you from a historical/genealogical perspective, so many other interesting topics are also covered!  In fact, I receive the newsletter and then squirrel it away for a rainy day (which today, as I write this, happens to be) and then just enjoy exploring the wacky variety of topics.

You can also check them out via the Atlas Obscura Facebook page.

May 6 will be Obscura Day 2017 and there are events around the world as part of this “global celebration of exploration and discovery.”

What topic has Atlas Obscura covered that you found helpful to your research? Share the URL!

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