This is now, that was then
Today, we have countless different ways to preserve our legacy — from posting photos online to tweeting updates to contributing to community websites our words, audio, video and still photography.
Our ancestors regularly communicated about what filled their days, too. Those records, though, take a lot of work to access because they’re not directly compatible with today’s technology. But while researching my own genealogy, we found — scattered here, there and everywhere — little bits and pieces of a puzzle that helped define and color our family tree.
Finally, instead of envisioning my distant relatives as sepia-toned paper dolls moving against a hazy, grainy backdrop, I started to get a real sense of the events and experiences that shaped their lives… and ultimately made possible my own.
These are our heirlooms
Click Americana is here to take the ideas and interests and impressions of way back then and bring them up to the here and now. By culling old records, revisiting old news stories, discovering long-lost recipes and dusting off photographs and drawings of the past, we’re working to make history truly a part of this digital age.
In American schools, kids learn about ancient rituals of countless other cultures — even though we don’t know too much about what everyday life was really like for our great-great-great grandparents and the generations that came before. While we have what’s in our history books, what’s been lost to time are so many of the everyday details of life for our ancestors.
And by bringing some of history forward, it’s our hope that we can learn from, be enlightened by, and ultimately appreciate our own forgotten legacies.
- Nancy J Price
P.S. At right are some of my own family photos: My great-great-grandparents at their house in upstate New York in around 1905, my great-great-grandmother in Wisconsin in the mid-1870s, two mystery people, my great-great-grandfather in his Civil War dress uniform, and my great-grandparents in San Francisco in 1919.
About Click Americana’s creator
California native Nancy J Price is able to directly trace her family tree back to several ancestors born on American soil in the 1600s, making her a 13th generation American. However, her her most famous relative — Rutherford B Hayes, the 19th President of the United States — is only as close as her third cousin four times removed removed.
But she wasn’t looking for glamour amongst the antique records — just for ways to trace, connect with and understand her ancestors. In fact, while doing this genealogical research, she realized that she repeatedly turned to historical newspapers for information and insights… and from this, the idea for ClickAmericana.com was born.
Nancy’s own creative history goes back decades — she began writing and self-publishing when she was 13 years old, and, over the next years, interviewed musicians from across the globe. She eventually turned her interest in the music business into a stint at a major-label band management company, where she worked through 1997.
She co-founded Myria Media in 1998 with Betsy Bailey, and the duo created several websites, including SheKnows.com — now one of the world’s largest sites for women, attracting more than 55 million unique visitors each month.
Nancy’s web work has been recognized by many major media outlets, including Family PC, Redbook, Town & Country, The Wall Street Journal, Access, NBC’s Home Page (TV show), USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and TIME, among others — and her web creations appear on sites owned by brands as diverse as Disney, Toys-R-Us and Kimberly-Clark. As a writer, her articles on a variety of topics have appeared in publications such as The San Francisco Chronicle, Business Week, Parents, Parents Expecting, Baby, About.com and numerous other online outlets. Nancy also served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of Pregnancy and ePregnancy print magazines, and managing editor of Cooking Smart and Diet & Fitness.
Now the founder and president of web media company Synchronista LLC, she lives with her four kids and husband in Arizona, and works every day to bring ideas — new and old — into the digital era.