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Interactive 3D snapshots of ancestors, artifacts, supporting characters, and pivotal places in time. Choose from the selection of free public content below to get started.

A woman standing in front of a window.

She came over in March 1863 with her cousin, Flynn. Her brother John had sent for them. As soon as the ship reached port, Flynn was carted off by two men to join the Union Army. Then she found that John was missing.

A man standing next to a bench in front of an old building.

Explore a slice of life in the Lower East Side of New York, a hub of immigration throughout the 1800s. Europe’s poor and America’s downtrodden eeked out a living amid wretched conditions, exploitive bosses, violent gangs, and competition for housing and jobs.

A wooden walkway leading to a cabin in the woods.

For the third time in as many years, Joseph Bartley was in trouble with the Colonial government. High taxes hampered his ability to run his tobacco farm. Should he, as a free Black man, join the Patriot cause to oust the British and risk losing it all?


Godfrey Macklin Bartley, a free 15-year-old farmer, answered the call for more Virginia men to fight for liberty. He joined the Patriot forces in September 1780 with his cousin, Benjamin, at the Chesterfield County Courthouse. What happened to Godfrey is still a mystery.

A man standing in front of a desk with books.

James and his wife ran to the Union Army line when they heard they were nearby. For the first time, he was paid for his labor. Then, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and welcomed him into the fighting force that would liberate his brethren.

A painting of a street corner with the sun setting.

To Luis, the cars signaled freedom -- to go wherever he wanted to go, far from East LA, where his family and almost everybody he knew lived. It also gave him the keys to a new life as a business owner. It started with a Chevy.


Leib Stein left his native Russia for a new life in New York. He and other Eastern European immigrants watched the Statue of Liberty come into view from the ship’s deck. It was up to each of them to make this opportunity work.

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Do you have an ancestor whose story you want to share with others in a new way? Check out the different ways we can tell your family story. Don’t let your history be forgotten. Let us bring it to life as storytellers and interaction designers know how.