Expungement is the destruction of court records related to an arrest or criminal proceeding. Even arrests that do not result in conviction end up on someone's criminal record. That record can impact the person long after an offense is committed, limiting their ability to get a job, sign a lease, or attend college.
While the majority of immigrants during the peak years of U.S. immigration arrived through Ellis Island (more than 1 million in 1907 alone), millions more immigrated through other American ports including Castle Garden, which served New York from 1855-1890; the New York Barge Office; Boston, MA; Baltimore, MD; Galveston, TX; and San Francisco, CA.
Nelson Rockefeller served as governor of New York for 15 years and became an influential figure in the Republican Party before serving as vice president under President Gerald Ford for two years. As the presumed leader of the northeastern wing of the party, Rockfeller ran for the Republican nomination for president three times.
Have you heard that sucking on a copper penny will cause a chemical reaction that will fool the breathalyzer causing it to register negative blood alcohol? If you've had too much to drink and are pulled over by police, don't try it--this claim is false! Variants on the Myth Some say the trick will cause the breathalyzer to show an absurdly high level of blood alcohol, allowing a defendant to make a case for test malfunction.
William Barret Travis (August 1, 1809-March 6, 1836) was an American teacher, lawyer, and soldier. He was in command of the Texan forces at the Battle of the Alamo, where he was killed along with all of his men. According to legend, he drew a line in the sand and challenged the defenders of the Alamo to cross it as a sign of their promise to fight to the death.
The process of researching your family tree will eventually lead you to a courthouse, library, archives or other repository of original documents and published sources. The day-to-day joys and hardships of your ancestors' lives can often be found documented among the numerous original records of the local court, while the library may contain a wealth of information on their community, neighbors and friends.