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Celebrate women in science with all four of these prints! Jane Goodall, Valentina Tereshkova, Rosalind Franklin and Marie Curie have all contributed so much in their fields of science. All Four of these art prints are available now in my store as a bundle pack.  You can pick on eup at my store here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/210290943/women-in-science-4-art-print-deal

Sealing The Sacred Bonds Of Holy Matrimony
Freedmen’s Bureau Marriage Records- National Archives

Scattered among the aging volumes and paper files of the Freedmen’s Bureau at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., are an impressive number of marriage licenses, certificates, registers, and reports documenting the federal government’s efforts to aid in the legalization of marriages of former slave couples.

While there are other valued federal, state, private, and published sources that help document ex-slave marriages, the Freedmen’s Bureau’s marriage records are arguably some of the most important records available for the study of black family marital relations before and after the Civil War. For the increasing number of African American genealogists and family historians, this unique body of marriage records may hold the only formal proof of a slave ancestor’s marriage.

Many cases of polygamy surfaced after the war when freedmen located their spouses. Slaves frequently remarried after their spouses had been sold. Many polygamous relationships arose from attempts of freedmen to care for the two or more wives and families whom they had been reunited after the war

http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2005/spring/freedman-marriage-recs.html

http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/freedmens-bureau/

Happy 286th birthday to Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d’Éon de Beaumont

French diplomatspy and soldier who fought in the Seven Years War. D’Éon had androgynous physical characteristics and natural abilities as a mimic, good features for a spy. D’Éon appeared publicly as a man and pursued masculine occupations for 49 years, although during that time d’Éon successfully infiltrated the court of Empress Elizabeth as Russia by posing as a woman. For 33 years, from 1777, d’Éon dressed as a woman, claiming to be anatomically female. Doctors who examined the body after d’Éon’s death discovered that it was anatomically male.

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